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Under the Radar in Live Music
No big acts this week, which makes it a great time to check out some new music.

Monday, May 6: Crystal Castles @ Turner Hall, 7 p.m.
Crystal Castles makes electronic music, but the duo’s infamously intense live shows feel more at home in a punk basement than a dance club. Of course, the band has long outgrown the underground and has scaled U.S. dance charts, tickling critics and pounding the summer festival circuit. They’ll be at Turner Hall Monday before embarking on a long summer tour, probably performing songs from last year’s dark, brambly (III). (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)

Also: Unfun with Serenghetto and Temple @ Quarters Rock ’N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. (900 E. Center St.)

Wednesday, May 8: BLACK PUS with Catacombz and Dogs In Ecstasy @ Club Timbuktu, 9 p.m.
BLACK PUS is Brian Chippendale, the drum-flaying madman from legendary Providence, R.I., noise duo Lighting Bolt. Not surprisingly, his drumming is the driving force behind BLACK PUS’ psychedelic tribal sound, but Chippendale abandons Lightning Bolt’s boggling technicality for songs that are more straightforward, but no less combustible. He’ll be joined by Milwaukee’s own Catacombz and Dogs In Ecstasy. (520 E. Center St., clubtimbuktu.us)

Also: Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires with Paul & The Tall Trees @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)

And: Shinedown with Bush @ The Rave/Eagles Ballroom, 7 p.m. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)

Thursday, May 9: The Laureates with Dinny Bulca and Calliope @ Frank’s Power Plant, 10 p.m.
Fans of the British Invasion will find a lot to like in Chicago’s The Laureates, who live on sunshine and jangle. But they pack plenty of garage rock punch as well. They’ll fit perfectly at Frank’s, where they’ll be joined by locals Calliope and Dinny Bulca. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., frankspowerplant.com‎)

Also: A Giant Dog with Appleseeds and No Bueno! @ Quarters, 9 p.m. (900 E. Center St.)

And: Chuck Prophet And The Mission Express @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)

Photo courtesy of Pallbearer's Facebook page

Friday, May 10: Pallbearer with Moon Curse and Northless @ Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.
Pallbearer’s 2012 release Sorrow And Extinction was one of 2012’s most critically acclaimed metal albums, even earning Pitchfork’s coveted “Best New Music” designation. The Arkansas doom four-piece will be accompanied by Milwaukee’s two finest metal bands, Moon Curse and Northless, making this show a must-see for metal fans. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)

Also: Ed Sheeran @ The Rave/Eagles Ballroom, 8 p.m. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)

And: The Big Wu with Cosmic Railroad @ The Miramar, 8 p.m. (2844 N. Oakland Ave., themiramartheatre.com)

Saturday, May 11: Resist Her Transistor with The 57’s and The Jones Island Flood @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m
A rare slow Saturday in Milwaukee is a great chance to discover some new music. This Public House lineup features three under-the-radar Milwaukee rock groups. While their styles range from punk (Resist Her Transistor) to pop (The 57’s) to blues (The Jones Island Flood), all three bands share an affinity for old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll. (815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)

Also: Lisa Ridgely with Esh and Chris DeMay @ Stonefly Brewing Co. (735 E. Center St. stoneflybrewery.com)

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