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The Dan Band and Queens of the Stone Age
Plus more in our weekly slew of must-see shows.


Monday, May 5:
Uh Huh Her with DJ Kim Anh at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($15)

It’s not difficult to discern that the electro pop band Uh Huh Her is based in Los Angeles. Bassist Leisha Hailey, who previously fronted the ‘90s indie pop group The Murmurs, is a television star, gaining national attention for playing journalist Alice Pieszecki in Showtime’s The L Word. And lead singer Camila Grey backed a handful of highly-marketed West Coast musicians, like Adam Lambert, Kelly Osbourne and Dr. Dre. Uh Huh Her is touring behind its latest record Future Souls, a synth-driven, tranquilly-sung pop record. (1032 N. Fourth St., PabstTheater.org)

Tuesday, May 6: Made To Break with Ken Vandermark at The Sugar Maple, 8 p.m.

The Boston-born, Chicago-based free jazz bandleader and reed player Ken Vadermark constantly searches to reinvent the form. His abundant and admirable work in the genre earned him a MacArthur Fellowship in 1999 and raised his already pristine profile. His latest ensemble, Made To Break, incorporates all sorts of styles throughout the history of jazz but focuses more on the esoteric aesthetics of John Cage and Morton Feldman. (441 E. Lincoln Ave., MySugarMaple.com)

Also: Hello Goodbye with Vacationer and Heavenly Beat at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($15) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)


Wednesday, May 7: Queens of the Stone Age with Chelsea Wolf, The Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($38.50)

Massive rock bands that are universally embraced by the monoculture barely seem to exist anymore. An eagerly sharing internet culture has diluted a generation’s listening habits so that universally-loved rock stars are hard to come by. Queens of the Stone Age teeter right on the cusp of rock mega stardom, and if perhaps formed a decade earlier, they would’ve reached a higher echelon of success. That makes this intimate Riverside Theater show much more of a treat. Josh Homme and company are coming off a strong effort (in a string of strong efforts) with last year’s ...Like Clockwork. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Tech N9ne with Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton, Psych Ward Druggies and Dark Half at the Rave, 8 p.m. ($26.50-$31.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com

And: Peaking Lights with Rio Turbo and Dancing Silks at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($12) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Thursday, May 8: Robert Randolph & The Family Band at The Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($35-$45)

There are few musicians who can rock a pedal steel as ferociously as Robert Randolph. The leader of the soul revivalists Robert Randolph & The Family Band can easily get a crowd moving solely on his twangy instrument alone. He’ll routinely ask a few ladies from the crowd to accompany him onstage to “shake their hips” through a well-known Rolling Stones cover. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)


Also: Peter Mulvey Band (album release show) with Vic and Gab at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($10 advance, $12 day of show) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Friday, May 9: Milwaukee Record Launch Party featuring Fatty Acids with Midnight Reruns and Soul Low at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com) 

Also: Alan Parsons Live Project at the Pabst Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($45-$65) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org

And: Well Informed Citizens (album release) with The Cavewives and The Pink Lipsticks at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Saturday, May 10: Nickel Creek with Secret Sisters at The Riverside Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($35-$45)

Very few bands seem to break up for good these days. Even when progressive folk outfit Nickel Creek called it quits seven years ago, the amicable separation was dubbed as an “indefinite hiatus,” making a return highly likely. But as each member pursued their own paths—lead singer Chris Thile formed Punch Brothers, fiddler Sara Watikins embarked on a successful solo career and Sean Watkins formed a duo with the dude from Switchfoot—a reunion felt less certain with each passing year. Nonetheless, Nickel Creek announced its return as well as a new record, A Dotted Line, which come out this past month and unfortunately sounds like a retread of its previous material and not a culmination of the different strengths each gained during their time spent apart. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: YG with DJ Mustard at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($23)(2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Space Raft (album release show) with Doug Tuttle, Technicolor Teeth and Get Drunk DJs at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Kinetic (album release show) with Stereoactive at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Sunday, May 11: The Dan Band at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($25)

Musical comedy act The Dan Band owes much of its popularity to director Todd Philips, who featured the group and its overly enthusiastic wedding singer Dan Finnerty in his blockbuster hits Old School and The Hangover (also, Starsky & Hutch). You can’t call him Weird Al—Finnerty’s schtick simply involves interjecting a series of swear words into otherwise innocuous pop hits—but while the joke wears thin quickly, it does garner a few—albeit, brief—chuckles. (1032 N. Fourth St., PabstTheater.org)

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