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This Week Not in Summerfest
Need a break from the crowds? Here are some great alternatives for week two of the Big Gig.

Tuesday, July 2: Milwaukee American Legion Band @ Humboldt Park (Chill On The Hill), 6:30 p.m.

In this week’s installment of Chill On The Hill, local super-group The Milwaukee American Legion Band will be cranking out symphonic standards to make your patriotic, free-music-loving heart swell. It’s been doing that since 1920. That’s 90 years. We hope you’re taking notes, Eagles.

Photo courtesy of Wook

Wednesday, July 3: Wook @ Fire On Water, 9 p.m.

With a mix of spacey guitar riffs and crisp electro grooves, Wook hits a spot somewhere between jam rock and EDM that is heady but reassuringly groove-driven. The Madison band’s first album, Glowstick Sidewalks, goes between brooding electronica (“Mike’s House”) and breezy rock (“The Dweller”) for a scattered but fun debut. This show is a great alternative to Summerfest, unless, of course, you’re into Drowning Pool. (518 N. Water St., fireonwaterstreet.com)

Thursday, July 4: Mark Hubing with Lay Naked @ The Up & Under, 8 p.m.

Mark Hubing’s easygoing Americana evokes visions of two-lane highways, soaring eagles, and little American flags snapping in the breeze, so he’s not a bad Independence Day soundtrack. The Random Lake native will be joined by Lay Naked, a Milwaukee acoustic duo forged in the fires of the local open mic scene. (1216 E. Brady St., TheUpAndUnderPub.com)   

Friday, July 5: California Wives with My Gold Mask @ Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.

California Wives is just the kind of up-and-coming, artsy indie act you won’t find at Summerfest this year. The Chicago band’s breathy, ’90s-gazing post-punk puts them next in line behind Pitchfork first-stringers like Yuck, Smith Westerns and Wild Nothings. So don’t be fooled by the sweeping title of its debut album: Art History goes down easy as anything else, whatever its broader ambitions might be. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)

Also: Math The Band with Awkward Terrible and Economy Superstar @ Quarters, 9 p.m. (900 E. Center St.)

Saturday, July 6: Marielle Allschwang with My Name Is Nobody, Mark Trecka and The Pillow Snatchers @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.

My Name Is Nobody, aka Vincent Dupas, will bring his heart-wrenching folk songs to the Public House all the way from Nantes, France. Also on the bill is Mark Trecka, the drummer of Minnesota’s Dark Dark Dark, and Marielle Allschwang of locals Hello Death and Group Of The Altos. Much like her other bands, Allschwang’s songs – and especially her voice – have a kind of pastoral elegance that feels mysterious and rare. (815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)

Also: Teenager @ Quarters, 9 p.m. (900 E. Center St.)

Sunday, July 7: Minsk with Asatta and Subjugation @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.

Things are gonna get gloomy Sunday at Cactus club, when Peoria doom metal outfit Minsk collide with Milwaukee’s Asatta and Subjugation for a night of pummeling riffs, obscure mythology and probably a lot of dudes with long hair. Notably, it will be one of Minsk’s first shows in years, featuring new songs and members. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)

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