Monday, May 20: Father John Misty with Solid Gold at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
Joshua Tillman was a notable songwriter long before he came and went as the drummer for Fleet Foxes. But when he traded his own name for Father John Misty, his songs began to take on a new tone. Aided by mushrooms and a soul-searching road-trip down the West coast, Tillman found his true voice on last year’s Fear Fun, a smart-alecky, psychedelic folk album that he feels is more honest than his previous work (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org).
Tuesday, May 21: Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers with Michael McDermott at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com).
Also: Blank Realm with Night Animals at Quarters, 9 p.m. (900 E. Center St.).
Wednesday, May 22: Bullet For My Valentine with Halestorm, Young Guns and Stars in Stereo at The Rave/Eagles Club
Bullet For My Valentine is Britain’s most popular heavy metal band. But its newest album Temper, Temper did little to impress critics, who lamented its general mediocrity and “Nu-Metal” sound (e.g., Papa Roach – yikes). While it may have lost some of its edge, Bullet still enjoys a strong – and youthful – mainstream following (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com).
Also: Andrew Belle with Neulore and Peter Groenwald at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com).
Thursday, May 23: Mortgage Freeman with Calliope at Riverwest Public House, 7 p.m., and Earthrise with Space Collector and Gravedirt at Quarters, 9 p.m.
The Public House will be jumping Thursday night, and a bit earlier than usual. A new series designed for working folks begins at 7 p.m., and will feature some rock ‘n’ roll from Mortgage Freeman, Calliope and Madison’s Hewn. The ambitious music fan with the luxury of sleeping in on Friday might make it to Quarters afterwards, where Minneapolis “post-metal” band Earthrise will be joined by Milwaukee’s Gravedirt and Space Collector, whose new album is very good, we think (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com).
Also: The News Can Wait with No Coast and Knockout Kid at Frank’s Power Plant, 10 p.m. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., frankspowerplant.com).
Friday, May 24: Lest We Forget CD Release Party featuring Sacred Order, 3 On Fire, Rock-A-Dials and Liv Mueller at Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m.
Last year’s Lest We Forget concert was one of the more memorable local music events of 2012, featuring the reunion of thirteen Milwaukee bands from the 80s and 90s, most notably hardcore punk trail-blazers Die Kreuzen (who coincidentally play later this week). This Friday, the downsized event celebrates the release of a live Lest We Forget CD, presumably recorded at last year’s concert, and features performances by Lest We Forget vets Sacred Order, 3 On Fire, Rock-A-Dial and Liv Mueller, all of whom play strictly “oldies-but-goodies.”
Also: Twin Brother with Bigfoot, Old Earth and Adelyn Rose at Club Garibaldi’s, 9 p.m. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com).
And: The Blinding Lights recreate Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks at Linneman’s, 9:30 p.m. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com).
Saturday, May 25: Crappy Dracula with The Fatty Acids and Ramma Lamma at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
Jokesters, rockers and compulsive snail-mailers, Crappy Dracula celebrate the release of their long-awaited Toooo Muuuuch LP. It features songs like “Universal Haircut,” “Middle Finger to Parents” and “For Your Convenience, All of the Album’s Choruses Crammed into One Song,” and already feels like an instant classic. They’ll be joined by buddies The Fatty Acids and pals Ramma Lamma (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info).
Also: Brett Newski & The Corruption with Living Statues and Tax Brandywine at Up And Under Pub, 9 p.m. (1216 E. Brady St., TheUpAndUnderPub.com).
Sunday, May 26: Die Kreuzen and We Are Hex at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
Almost exactly one year after reuniting for the Lest We Forget concert, Die Kreuzen returns to Turner Hall. The Milwaukee band formed in 1981 combined metal, hardcore and eventually alternative rock to create a style that was tweaked and popularized by many 90s grunge bands. Die Kreuzen never achieved much mainstream success, but they’ve become legends around here (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org).
Also: The March Divide with Beach Patrol and Tim Schweiger And The Middlemen at Frank’s Power Plant, 10 p.m. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., http://www.frankspowerplant.com/).
Main image by Adam Ryan Morris.