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An '80s Flashback
This week in live music is full of '80s-inspired acts and acts direct from the '80s.

Monday, June 3: Twin Shadow with Elliphant @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Turns out the soft, nostalgic haze of the ’80s was actually a pretty accurate prediction of what music would sound like 30 years in the future. We have no shortage of ’80s-inspired indie acts here in 2013, and Twin Shadow is one of them. The Brooklyn-based one-man project released his second album, Confess, last year. (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)  

Also: Marshall Crenshaw with The Bottle Rockets @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.(1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)

Wednesday, June 5: Son Volt with Colonel Ford @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Son Volt’s eighth release and first since 2009 is called Honky-Tonk, and it’s not kidding. Filled with tangles of pedal steel, shuffling drum patterns and an especially twangy Jay Farrar, it effectively lops the “alt” off “alt-country” for a band that has been a staple of that scene since it appeared with Trace in 1995. (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)

Photo by George Moore

Thursday, June 6: Dead Milkmen with Samuel Locke-Ward and the Garbage Boys @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.

Dead Milkmen began as an imaginary band dreamed up in high school by front man Joe Genaro, but the jokey punk project went on to far outlive whatever mythology he had probably concocted in his Chester County, Penn., bedroom. Affecting Philadelphia accents and writing short, goofy punk songs like “Bitchin’ Camaro” and “Punk Rock Girl,” the band went on to release nine albums and countless singles and EPs over a nearly 30-year career. After breaking up in 1995 and the suicide of original member David Schulthise, the band reunited in 2008 and has been active ever since. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)

Also: Baths with Houses and D33J @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)

And: Sinkane with Painted Caves, DJ Marcus Doucette and Bumbac Joe @ Mad Planet, 8 p.m. (533 E. Center St, mad-planet.net)

Friday, June 7: The Suburbs with Dairyland Youth @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.

When the same-sex marriage bill was signed in Minnesota last month, Twin Cities heroes The Suburbs performed its 1983 song “Love Is The Law” – which had become the movement’s unofficial theme song – in downtown St. Paul, joined by mayor Chris Coleman on guitar. The band ruled the Twin Cities along with Twin/Tone label-mates The Replacements in the early ’80s with its tight new wave sound and wild live shows. It broke up in 1987, but has played on and off since then and is reportedly working on a new album. It will play a rare gig at Shank Hall Friday. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)

Also: Vega with Red Desert and Merican @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., http://cactusclub.dostuff.info/)

Saturday, June 8: Weed with Cascadia, Dogs In Ecstasy and Technicolor Teeth @ Cocoon Room, 7 p.m.

When we say Vancouver’s Weed and Cascadia are sludge, we mean it as a compliment. There’s no better word to capture the thick, oozing sounds that will be erupting from their undoubtedly huge amps Saturday at Cocoon Room. But, dense and blurry as the noise may be, their pop sensibility cuts it like a knife. I would say “recommended for fans of Technicolor Teeth,” but – duh – they’re already on the bill, along with Dogs In Ecstasy. (820 E. Locust St.)

Also: Invisible Things with Moss Folk and Speakerdust @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.(815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)

And: Indigo Girls @ PrideFest, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 9: 37th Annual Locust Street Festival, 11 a.m.

Some of Milwaukee’s best bands will be on the same block for the 37th annual Locust Street Festival, which starts Sunday at 11 am. That includes Music Notes favorites The Delphines, The Fatty Acids, Thriftones, Space Collector and more, spread over seven indoor and outdoor stages. For a complete schedule, take a look at the festival’s website, which looks to be about 37 years old.

Also: Mount Kimbie with Holy Other and Vinyl Williams @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)  

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