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Week of Album Releases
Three shows featuring new albums are the highlight of live music this week.

Tuesday, April 9: The Joy Formidable with Kitten and Ribs at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
Besides the Bradley Center, Turner Hall is probably the only venue in Milwaukee big enough to contain The Joy Formidable, whose powerful fuzz-rock is mammoth even through feeble Mac speakers. Despite the aggressive attitude, TJF is all pop hooks, albeit delivered with the torrential force of My Bloody Valentine or Battles. The trio is touring in support of its third full-length album, Wolf’s Law, released in January on Atlantic Records.  (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)

Also: The Last Bison with Phox at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. (2501 S. Superior St., clubgaribaldis.com)

Wednesday, April 10: Chuck Ragan with Tim McIlrath, Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato and Jenny O. at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
Genre-jumper Chuck Ragan made his leap in 2006, leaving behind disbanded Gainesville, Fla., rock outfit Hot Water Music for a career in folk. Besides the ragged, resonant vocal style left over from his hard rock past, Ragan made the transition smoothly, and has convinced other rockers to join him on his Revival Tour, which comes to Turner Hall Wednesday. The tour is a collaborative project between punk rock and folk musicians, featuring the likes of Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) and Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) performing their music in a “grassroots fashion.” Fun fact: Ragan has released three records via SideOneDummy, making him label-mates with Milwaukee’s own Trapper Schoepp and the Shades.  (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)

Thursday, April 11: Fever Marlene with Mark Waldoch and Video Villains at Landmark Oriental Theatre, 10 p.m.
Grab a bucket of popcorn, silence your phone, and settle in for this week’s feature presentation: a rare show at the Oriental Theatre celebrating the vinyl release of Fever Marlene’s Medicated Friends, the band’s first album since it blew up locally (read: got airplay on 102.1 FM) in 2008. Formed in 2003 as a garage-rock duo, Fever Marlene grew into a five-piece for the warm, spacious Medicated Friends, which was recorded in the band’s home studio. Proceeds from the show will benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. (2230 N. Farwell Ave., landmarktheatres.com)

Also: Rufus Wainwright at The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)

Friday, April 12: The Hussy with The Mystery Girls and Trent Fox and The Tenants at Linneman’s, 9 p.m.
Searing Madison garage-rock sibs The Hussy are fresh off a Spin.com feature in which they call their hometown a “politically charged cheese rectum.” They come to Linneman’s for the release of new album Pagan Hiss, out May 7 on Southpaw. (1001 E. Locust St., linnemans.com)

Also: Girls Rock MKE Fundraiser with Fahri, Outside, Rat Lips and The Olives at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. (815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)

And: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound with Painted Caves at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. (1434 N Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)

Saturday, April 13: Zebras with Like Like The The The Death and Temple at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
This ultra-heavy Cactus triple-header is Zebras’ first gig in four months and the release show for Temple’s emo-concept The Conscience of the King. Sandwiched between the two is Like Like The The The Death, Milwaukee noise-mongers whose 2012 album, Ghosts of Dead Bros, gets the award for best album title ever. All things considered, this appears to be one of the more brutal lineups in recent history. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)

Sunday, April 14: 33rd Annual WAMI Awards at Turner Hall Ballroom, 6 p.m.
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry takes its lumps from the critics, but there’s no denying that it is the most prestigious and comprehensive award show in the area, handing out honors for genre categories and individual musicianship in addition to big-name awards like artist and album of the year. Plenty of Milwaukee Mag favorites garnered nominations this year, including Field Report, Jaill, Klassik and the Whiskeybelles. And, without the holy presence of Bon Iver to sweep up the major categories, some of them might actually have a shot. Featuring performances by Klassik, The Squeezetes, De La Buena and more. (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)

Also: Red Kross with The Blind Shake at Cactus Club, 8 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)

And: Hugh Bob And The Hustle with Jayk and Boy Blue at Lucky Joe’s Tiki Room, 2 p.m. (196 S 2nd St., luckyjoestiki.com)





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