Monday, July: Bones Jugs N’ Harmony at the Jazz Estate, 9 p.m.
The Champaign-Urbana four-piece Bone Jugs N’ Harmony incorporates more instruments into its arrangement than bands three times its size. Xylophone, kazoo, steel drum, clarinet, banjo, harmonica, and, of course, jug (among many others) appear in the ramshackle Americana outfit’s songs. The result is a confluence of genre—ranging from blues to turn-of-the-century ragtime—that is resoundingly fun and rowdy. (2423 N. Murray Ave., JazzEstate.com)
Tuesday, July 15: Jackson Browne at the Riverside Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($49.50-$65
Younger listeners may only be familiar with Jackson Browne through the Nico-sung 1967 hit “These Days,” later featured in the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums, but the singer-songwriter amassed a successful career as a politically-motivated, highly literate folk musician during the ‘70s and ‘80s with hits “Running On Empty” “Somebody’s Baby” and "Doctor My Eyes.” (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Chill on the Hill featuring Aluar Pearls with Painted Pearls at Humboldt Park, 6 p.m. – (3000 S. Howell Ave., BayViewNeighborhood.org/Chill_On_The_Hill)
And: Union Specific with WORK and Caley Conway & the Lucy Cukes at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Wednesday, July 16: Ugly Brothers with Trampoline Team, Burning Ponies and Seven Costanza at Art Bar, 8 p.m.
Traversing the music spectrum from lighthearted Americana to goofy, brash garage punk, Riverwest’s full-time tavern, quasi-art gallery, sometimes music venue Art Bar puts on a good, varied bill this Wednesday. Milwaukee bands Ugly Brothers and Seven Costanza stand at both ends of the spectrum; the former playing laid-back folk music and the latter a sloppy, neo-grunge outfit. For the non-locals, Detroit’s Burning Ponies lie somewhere between folk and surf rock and New Orleans’ Trampoline Team has its feet buried in the dreamy, surf rock sand. (722 E. Burleigh St., ArtBar-Riverwest.com)
Also: Cult Leader with Beast in the Field, Antique Scream, Milorganaut and Ahab’s Ghost at Quarters Rock 'n Roll Palace, 7:30 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)
And: River Rhythms featuring U2Zoo at Pere Marquette Park, 6:30 p.m. (FREE) – (900 N. Plankinton Ave., Westown.org/neighborhood-events/river-rhythms)
Thursday, July 17: Jazz in the Park featuring AhVantSoul at Cathedral Square Park, 5 p.m. (FREE) – (825 N. Jefferson St., http://www.easttown.com/events/jazz-in-the-park)
Also: Lauryl Sulfate & The Ladys of Leisure with Scrimshaw and Luxvid at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8:30 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Friday, July 18: Moon Curse with Mount Salem and Neon Warship at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Also: Body Futures with Heavy Hand and the Cell Phones at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: The Bang Bang with Sugar Stems, The Violet Hour and The Cavewives at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9:30 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
And: Antler House with Cherry Ball and Myles Coyne at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Saturday, July 19: Foreign Fields with Boom Forest and Old Earth at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m.
The Nashville-by-way-of-Milwaukee electronic folk duo Foreign Fields basically assembled its debut, 2012’s Anywhere But Where I Am, in an abandoned office building in downtown West Bend, beginning songs with small fragments and then building layers atop the skeleton until the piece resembled a cohesive work. The album sounds strikingly bare, yet still permeates with a cinematic quality. Song titles include the pastoral imagery invoking “From The Lake To The Land,” “Mountaintop” and “The River Kings.” (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Also: Platinum Boys with Oozing Wound and Short Walk at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($6) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
And: Freddy & The Blifftones at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. ($6) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Sunday, July 20: Curren$y at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($21)
Perhaps to shift the narrative from simply dissecting one custom—weed culture—the prolific New Orleans rapper is notorious for imbuing his records with other non-cannabis concepts. A string of his best albums use aviation (Jet Talk, Pilot Talk, Pilot Talk II, and the upcoming Pilot Talk III) as a metaphor for getting high. The former Lil Wayne protégée also delves into film on 2011’s Weekend at Burnies and his latest, The Godfather franchise-influenced The Drive In Theatre. Delivering about three releases a year, the stoner-rap icon proves all that smoking doesn’t inhibit his work ethic. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Curren$y - King Kong from Creative Control on Vimeo.
Also: All Blood with Dirty Kills, Iron Plzza, Pizza Time and Psychotic Reaction at Bremen Café, 9 p.m. – (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)
Foreign Fields photo by Kate Loehrer.