Monday, July 7: Free Metal Monday: Northless, Hivelords, Sadgiqacea and Asatta at Frank’s Power Plant 8 p.m. (FREE)
An easy gateway to shed personal pain is through music, but perhaps no other genre offers quite a cathartic experience as metal. The brutally loud and aggressive songs can provide a massive, freeing release. Northless’ last album, World Keeps Sinking, highlighted some personal struggles of singer Erik Stenglein and the vulnerability earned the band its highest praise to date. Milwaukee stoner metal band Asatta and two Philadelphia-based metal bands Hiverlords and Sadgiqacea round out the bill. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)
Tuesday, July 8: Skyline Music Series: De La Buena at Kadish Park, 5:30 p.m. (FREE) (308 E. Lloyd St.)
Also: Chill on the Hill featuring Fuzee, South of Potter and Jay Bullock at Humboldt Park, 6 p.m. – (3000 S. Howell Ave., BayViewNeighborhood.org/Chill_On_The_Hhill)
Wednesday, July 9: Hurray for the Riff Raff with Joe Pug at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($10)
A Riot Grrrl turned Woody Guthrie devotee, Alynda Lee Segarra brings a rarely-heard feminist take to old-timey country music. Raised in the Bronx, the southern gothic Americana singer honed her style while hitching rides on train cars. She’s now settled down in New Orleans, but her albums still portray that ramblin’ woman lifestyle. Small Town Heroes, Segarra’s fifth full-length and major label debut blazed a path that redefined what traditional folk music could discuss. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Sara McLachlan at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($49.50-$59.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
And: Bonobo with Odesza at the Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($20 advance, $22 day of show) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Thursday, July 10: Veruca Salt with Battleme at the Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($22.50)
While continually compared to the Breeders on the band’s debut record, 1994’s American Thighs, Veruca Salt were able to set themselves apart from the Deal sisters, but ultimately couldn’t reconcile creative and commercial issues between the two main songwriters, Nina Gordon and Louise Post. After tumultuously cutting ties with Veruca Salt in 1998, Gordon released a couple adult-contemporary-orientated solo records that never took off. Post soldered on with the Veruca Salt name, putting out two underperforming full-lengths herself, with a completely new cast of performers. The original line-up reunited in 2013 and released a 10” with two new songs. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Bastille Days featuring Extra Crispy Brass Band, 5 Card Studs, I’m Not A Pilot, The Squeezettes at Cathedral Square Park, 11:30 a.m. (FREE) – (825 N. Jefferson St.)
And: Circles (album release) with Phylums at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Wyldlife with Flesh Panthers and Indonesian Junk at Frank’s Power Plant, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)
Friday, July 11: The New Red Moons (album release) with Steven Look and The Union Suits at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m.
Staying under the radar after its self-titled debut from 2011, The New Red Moons return with a new full-length Mesmérisme in tow that finally seems to position the three-piece to gain some exposure. Pastoral themes flood the record (see song titles “Tyrrhenian Seas,” “In the Woods” and the fitting opener “Act of Creation”), but the ideas never get too lofty. You can pick up a slice of a handful of popular indie-rock bands infiltrating their songs. Just on “Act of Creation” there’s Thom Yorke’s vocal cadence, Andrew Bird’s precision and Sufjan Stevens’ sweeping melodies. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.
Also: Sat Nite Duets (EP release) with Fatty Acids and Dogs in Ecstasy at Riverwest Public House, 10 p.m.
Sat Nite Duets’ impressive follow-up to 2012’s Summer of Punishment found the scrappy group leaving the Pavement comparisons in the front lawn along with its empties. Last year’s Electric Manland established a distinguishable Sat Nite Duets “sound” and brimmed with youthful attitude. But the band mixed things up again on the new EP Los DJs, which the band celebrates the release of at the show. Los DJs sounds scrappier and looser than anything else in the band’s scrappy and loose discography. Also, there’s a saxophone. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
And: Ben Kweller at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($17.50) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Ramma Lamma (album release) with Cozy, Slow Walker and DJ Andy Junk at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9:30 p.m. ($6) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
And: Bastille Days featuring Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Rebel Grace, Delta Routine and The WhiskeyBelles at Cathedral Square Park, 11:30 a.m. (FREE) – (825 N. Jefferson St.)
Saturday, July 12: Jon Mueller’s Death Blues with Old Earth and Marielle Allschwang at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
The website for the Death Blues describes the band as such: “a multi-disciplinary project by Jon Mueller that addresses the inevitability of death as impetus to become more present in each moment.” That heady concept informs the Death Blues’ walloping, layered assault from the group’s second LP, Non Fiction, which earned a No. 4 spot on last month’s Top Picks. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Bastille Days featuring R.A.S. Movement, Vic and Gab, Femme Feroce Dancers at Cathedral Square Park, 11:30 a.m. (FREE) – (825 N. Jefferson St.)
And: Kevin Heinzel (album release) with Zach Mathe, Michael Gerlach and Robert Welniak at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
And: Say Anything with The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos and You Blew It! at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($17) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Sunday, July 13: Bastille Days featuring Willy Porter, Chasin’ Mason, The LoveMonkeys and Ivy Spokes at Cathedral Square Park, 11:30 a.m. (FREE) – (825 N. Jefferson St.)