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The Delphines, Conor Oberst and Haley Bonar
And plenty more in this week's music roundup.

Tuesday, May 27: Diecast with Sworn Enemy, I AM HERESY, Silence the Messenger and Above Charted Waters at the Metal Grill, 6 p.m. ($10) – (5036 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy, themetalgrill.com)

Wednesday: Man Forever with CAVE and Soup Moat at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($8)

Man Forever is the experimental drumming project of Kid Millions—not the Milwaukee rapper, rather, the alias for percussionist John Colpitts, who’s hammered the skins for the Brooklyn psych rockers Oneida and toured with Spiritualized. The polyrhythmic compositions from his latest collection, Ryonen, elicit the same hypnotic reaction to psychedelic rock but with much more grace and subtlety. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: JE Double F with Economy Superstar, Undead Wolves and Life Puzzler at Treats Tavern, 7 p.m. ($5) – (2221 N Humboldt Blvd.)

Thursday, May 29: Black Star Riders with The Black Saints at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($27.50)

The boys are back in town, just under a different moniker. Black Star Riders feature many of the touring members of the classic rock band Thin Lizzy, but rather than taint the highly-esteemed Thin Lizzy brand, the guys switched names to release new material—the final studio album in the group’s discography came in 1983, a few years before original singer Phil Lyndott’s death. So, ostensibly, the show will be like any recent Thin Lizzy performance, except with songs from its new album, All Breaks Loose. It’s perhaps a good night to see rock legends play hits in a small-ish space, or you know, you could always wait for their inevitable Summerfest set next year. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: The Subdudes at The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($29.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Sugar Ransom with Snake Oil Saints, Geri X and the Violent Mood Swings at the Riverwest Public House, 8 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

And: Tigernite with The Safes and The Quiet Time at Frank’s Power Plant, 9 p.m. – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)

Friday, May 30: Haley Bonar with Hello Death and Jeff Mitchell at the Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.

First heralded by Low’s Alan Sparhawk a decade ago, Haley Bonar has slowly built a career crafting beautiful folk masterpieces. Her new album, Last War, incorporated a new element into her sonic palette—dreamy synthesizers. She compared the moodier direction to the atmospheric Twin Peaks soundtrack. Unlike the television show, though, her record doesn’t wander aimlessly during the second half. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Paul Collins Beat with The Olives, Josh Berwanger Band and Indonesian Junk at Linneman’s, 9 p.m. ($8) – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

And: Outshine with Carbellion and Chief at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

And: Work at Circle A, 8 p.m. – (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)

Saturday, May 31: Conor Oberst with Dawes at The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($27.50)

The eternally youthful Conor Oberst might be reaching his mid-30s but he still exudes those petulant boyish qualities that make him such a decisive persona. Beginning so young has given the Bright Eyes frontman quite the extensive discography. The fifth record under his own name, 2014’s Upside Down Mountain, finds the former kid prodigy recalling his low-frills folk roots. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: The Delphines (Album Release) with Platinum Boys and No Bueno at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5)

Recorded in the meat locker of an old sausage factory, The Delphines debut album, Hush, straddles that fine line of being polished while still maintaining their signature lo-fi sound. “I was afraid it was going to be too clean,” guitarist Harrison Colby told me last week. He had reason to be concerned, as their previous EPs and singles were recorded merely through a laptop’s internal microphone. The band celebrates its long-awaited full-length release at the Riverwest Public House. For more on the band read my post about them from Thursday. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

And: Worrier with Whips, Awkward Terrible and Wax Addicts (DJ set) at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($5) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

And: Buffalo Gospel with Whitney Mann and Wolfgang Schaefer at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: St. Paul and the Broken Bones with John & Jacob at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Sunday, June 1: Benny the Jet Rodriguez and Midnight Reruns at Bremen Cafe, 8 p.m. (FREE)

Named after a major character from The Sandlot, Benny the Jet Rodriguez appropriately titled its debut record Homerun. But cinematic allusion aside, it’s actually an album full of line-drives. The fuzzy, lo-fi elements blend well with catchy pop punk melodies and establishes the San Pedro, Calif., four piece not as a bulky clean-up hitter but instead a gritty second baseman. (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)

Also: The Monkees at The Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($49.50-$65.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Diocletian with Bloodyminded, Manticore, Sacrificial Massacre and Shroud of Despondency at Frank’s Power Plant, 8 p.m. – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)





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