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This week in local shows.

Monday, August 11: Boris with SubRosa and The Atlas Moth at Turner Hall Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. ($15)

The swift pace at which the prolific Japanese three-piece Boris works makes your head spin. The disciples of the Melvins have released a total of 12 albums over the past 10 years. The band’s latest, Noise, won’t be considered the band’s loudest record, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t filled with moments that test the limits of your ear drums. (1032 N. Fourth St., PabstTheater.org)

Tuesday, August 12: Altan at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. ($8)

For those who can’t wait another two days for the city’s annual Irish Fest to commence, have no fear: the very Irish-sounding Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh leads traditional Irish folk group Altan at the Peck Pavilion on Tuesday. Expect a dynamic Ricky Martin-esque performance—that is, an intermingling of two languages, English and Gaelic. (929 N. Water St., MarcusCenter.org)

Also: Chill on the Hill featuring Reilly with Kinsella Irish Dance at Humboldt Park, 6 p.m. (FREE) – (3000 S. Howell Ave., BayViewNeighborhood.org/Chill_On_The_Hill)

And: Skyline Music Series featuring 5 Card Studs at Kadish Park, 5 p.m. (FREE) – (308 E. Lloyd St.)

Wednesday, August 13: Willie Nelson & Family at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

A ceaseless social activist and living folk icon—also, you know, rampant pot enthusiast—Willie Nelson can still deliver sprawling performances despite his octogenarian status. That’s perhaps due to the laid-back nature of his songs, like the jazzy, snail-paced ballad “Crazy,” the ragged, forlorn folk tune “Whiskey River,” or the ramshackle, driving rhythm of “On The Road Again.” After a brief tour with support from Allison Krauss, Nelson returns to the road with his band for two sold-out shows at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Also: Norma Jean with Night Verses, Cravemind and The Maiden Voyage at the Metal Grill, 5 p.m. ($10 advance, $15 door) – (5036 S. Packard Ave., TheMetalGrill.com)

And: Stacian and Gel Set (split 12” release) with Storm Chaser and Magic Key at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Hayward Williams & Band with Thriftones at Anodyne Walker’s Point, 8 p.m. ($5) – (2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., AnodyneCoffee.com)

Thursday, August 14: Rodrigo y Gabriela with Heather Maloney at The Riverside Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($39.50-$45)

The Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela merge the technical virtuosities of Spanish flamenco music and heavy metal to create its own dynamic and enrapturing sound. The pair grew in popularity, in of all places, Ireland, where the two cultivated their style while busking the streets of Dublin. Developing quite an Irish following, the 2006 breakthrough self-titled record, featured both Led Zeppelin and Metallica covers alongside more traditional flamenco music and debuted at No. 1 on the Irish Albums Chart. Whereas back then the influences remained mostly divided, the genres fuse seamlessly on the band’s recently released record, the hypnotizing and dexterous 9 Dead Alive. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: The New Red Moons with Thriftones and Myles Coyne (cassette release) at the Jazz Estate, 9 p.m. – (2423 N. Murray Ave., JazzEstate.com)

And: Willie Nelson & Family at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT) –(1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Friday, August 15: Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Lovanova at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($20) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Also: Midwives with Foreign Lawns, Holy Shit! and Absolutely at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. ($5) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Lisa Ridgely and The Fainting Room with Count This Penny and Cereus Bright at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

And: Castle Thunder (single release) with Animals in Human Attire at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Saturday, August 16: Elvis & Orbison at The Pabst Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($30-$40)

Tribute acts—or glorified cover bands—are often hard to get behind. The ones that rise above the seemingly endless field either grasp onto a blood relation or invoke some wild gimmick. Nonetheless, even the best performances equal not much more than an above-average karaoke night. No other musician has spawned more imitations than Elvis Presley, which even when paired with the (relatively) more uncommon Roy Orbison impersonator, still makes the night a tough sell. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Tigernite with North by North and Mortgage Freeman at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

And: Jon Mueller with Mike Weiss at Anodyne Walker’s Point, 8 p.m. ($10) – (2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., AnodyneCoffee.com)

Sunday, August 17: Polyphonic Spree at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($22.50)

No other band accomplishes awe-inspiring, triumphant indie-rock compositions quite like the Dallas-based Polyphonic Spree. The mega-group—which during its 14-year lifespan has varied between 13 and 27 members and currently stands at 22—utilizes its massive size to create tremendous “moments” in its symphonic tunes. For example, when the chorus from “It’s The Sun” hits, it actually feels like the dawning of a new day. (1032 N. Fourth St., PabstTheater.org)

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