Monday, July 15: M.O.T.O. with Crappy Dracula and Rat Lips @ Quarters, 9 p.m.
Legendary garage punks M.O.T.O. (Masters Of The Obvious) are a miracle of longevity. Formed in New Orleans in 1981 by Paul Caporino, the band has been unstoppable for more than 30 years, lineup changes and relocations be damned. Caporino is the band’s mainstay and primary songwriter, continually adding to a catalog of offbeat garage pop songs that number in the hundreds. (900 E. Center St.)
Tuesday, July 16: Paul McCartney @ Miller Park, 8 p.m.
No offense to the last-place Brewers, but the best thing to happen at Miller Park this summer won’t be baseball. The tireless Paul McCartney, who occupies centerfield Tuesday night, has been playing long, Beatles-heavy sets on his intercontinental Out There! Tour, which brings him through Milwaukee for the first time since he appeared at the Bradley Center in 2005.
Also: Painted Caves at Chill On The Hill @ Humboldt Park, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17: Lakookala with Tigernite and Fox Face @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
Thursday, July 18: Klassik with Ragelife, Defcee and Blizz McFly @ Mad Planet, 9 p.m.
This show has been dubbed “The Rager,” but a quick listen to the four artists on the bill suggests it will be a more nuanced affair. There will probably be raging, yeah, but there’s also a good chance of soulful head-bobbing and pensive chin-scratching. Representing a large chunk of the Midwest including Illinois, Minnesota, Milwaukee and Madison, these four artists cover a wide range of styles, from Defcee’s grainy bebop samples to the silky smooth electronics of Ragelife. And if Klassik’s Summerfest gig was any indication, there might even be an acoustic number or two. (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
Friday, July 19: Chris DeMay with Old Earth @ Circle-A Café, 8 p.m.
Circle-A hosts a great double-shot of local folk Friday, when Chris DeMay (member of Juniper Tar, founder of “Kneel to Neil”) and Old Earth take the floor for the weekly “Alive At Eight” series. DeMay has not released anything since 2010’s Bigger Than Small EP, which, to my knowledge, exists only in an unfortunate Myspace limbo. Here’s hoping this rare solo appearance brings new material. Old Earth’s Todd Umhoefer, on the other hand, has been extremely busy this year, releasing the haunting, experimental Small Hours and planning a tour of Scotland. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)
Also: All Tiny Creatures @ Stonefly Brewing Company, 10 p.m. (735 E. Center St. stoneflybrewery.com)
And: Megadeth with Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted and Death Division @ The Rave, 4:30 p.m. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Saturday, July 20: Elusive Parallelograms with Perhaps, Dirty Dancing and Moss Folk @ Frank’s Power Plant, 10 p.m.
Elusive Parallelograms have been anything but elusive over the last couple years, releasing a steady string of EPs and canvassing all over the Midwest, capped with a gig at Summerfest this month. The band’s recent trio of EPs: Habits, Spaces and Fragments, is a veritable dynasty of poppy psychedelia and fuzzy alt-rock. Boston prog-rockers Perhaps headlines, joined by Minneapolis’ Dirty Dancing and local psych project Moss Folk. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., frankspowerplant.com)
Also: Melissa Etheridge @ The Riverside, 7 p.m. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
And: Cozy Danger with Crooked Keys @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Sunday, July 21: Melvins with Mudhoney @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
The Melvins have been a band for 30 years, leaving behind a slow, sludgy legacy that redefined “heavy” and helped launch the grunge movement. To sweeten this rare deal, they’ll be joined by Seattle-area brethren and grunge royalty Mudhoney, one of only two shows the bands will play together on this tour. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)