Monday, Aug. 19: Hunx And His Punx with Hunters, and Pow Wow at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
Hunx And His Punx is the gritty pop-punk product of brainchild Seth Bogart (who uses the stage name Hunx). Over the years, the lineup has breezed through a flurry of female members – Nobunny mastermind Justin Champlin the long exception – and tried (and failed) to integrate background dancers into the delightfully abrasive melee. Now a three-piece featuring Erin Emslie and Shannon and the Clams matriarch Shannon Shaw, Hunx And His Punx grant Milwaukeeans a one-of-a-kind Monday entertainment option. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)
Tuesday, Aug. 20: The Wanted with Carly Rae Jepsen at Riverside Theater at 6 p.m. ($49.50)
Since its 2010 debut, British boy band The Wanted has been tearing up UK charts and enjoyed a great deal of American crossover appeal with its massive catalog (relative to the group’s age) of dance club standards such as “We Own The Night” and the staggeringly huge “Glad You Came” (which we promise you’ve heard). Now an aged three, the countdown is on for one to four of them to attempt a solo music career (with the remaining members trying to act), so watch ’em while you can. Carly Rae Jepsen of “Call Me Maybe” infamy opens. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., pabsttheater.org)
Also: Oceano with Reflections, Sworn In, and Adestria at Miramar Theatre, 5 p.m. ($10) – (2844 N. Oakland Ave., themiramartheatre.com)
And: Chill On The Hill with Ramma Lamma and The Wanton Looks, 6:30 p.m. (FREE) – (Humboldt Park)
Wednesday, Aug. 21: Ke$ha with Mike Posner, and Semi-Precious Weapons at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($34-$44)
Whether you love her or loathe her (and most likely sway closer to the latter), Ke$ha is here to stay. Her provocative costumes, polarizing lyrics, revealing reality show and liberal use of vocal effects may get under some people’s skin, but those same people have no doubt struggled to get the melody to “Tik Tok” out of their heads at some point in the last three years. The raucous and unapologetic hit-maker chased her chart-topping debut, Animal, with more reckless party anthems on follow-up EP Cannibal and 2012’s Warrior – which suffered lackluster sales despite a predominately positive critical reception. Mike Posner and Semi-Precious Weapons open. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)
Also: 5 Card Studs at River Rhythms, 6:30 p.m. (FREE) – (Pere Marquette Park)
And: The Iguanas with The California Honeydrops at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)
Thursday, Aug. 22: Milwaukee Noise Fest at Miramar Theatre, 7 p.m. ($16/night -$41 for 3-day pass)
For three nights, a combined 24 of the preeminent noise bands in the Midwest (and beyond) will drop by the Little Caesar’s-adjacent confines of Miramar Theatre to partake in the annual convergence of samples, loops, feedback and who knows what else as part of Milwaukee Noise Fest. The weekend-long affair boasts such genre greats as Negativland, Peter J Woods, Pedestrian, The Rita and Reptile Worship. Thursday’s lineup consists of The Haters, Frank Rosaly, Hal Rammel and Jim Schoenecker, Lucky Bone, Hostage Pageant, Krumpus, Blessed Sacrifice, and Fake Blood Universe. (2844 N. Oakland Ave., themiramartheatre.com)
Also: The Hookers with Against The Grain, and Volunteer at Frank’s Power Plant, 9 p.m. – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., frankspowerplant.angelfire.com)
And: John Statz with Yosemite at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. ($6) – (1001 E. Locust St., linnemans.com)
Photo by Jen Loberg
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Friday, Aug. 23: Northless with Mouth Of The Architect, The Staves, and Much Worse at Quarter’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Palace, 8 p.m.
Northless is the undisputed king of Milwaukee metal. After the heat generated by 2011’s Clandestine Abuse cooled, the loudest band in the state went uncharacteristically – playing out less while working on its next sludgy, harsh black metal masterpiece. After featuring a few new songs on music blogs such as Pitchfork earlier in the month, Northless is finally ready to release its latest, World Keeps Sinking, in full Friday night. If the rest of the album is anything like sneak preview song “Kuru,” listeners are in store for an ultra heavy dose of dropped D strings and brutally beautiful instrumentation. Mouth Of The Architect, The Staves, and Much Worse open. (900 E. Center St.)
Also: The Delphines with Hussy at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. – (815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)
And: Elusive Parallelograms with Thought Detecting Machines at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)
Saturday, Aug. 24: Jimmy Buffett with Jackson Browne at Alpine Valley, 7 p.m.
The much more famous island incantation of Pat McCurdy, Jimmy Buffett has enjoyed a lengthy music career and a cushy calypso cottage industry of affiliated products and businesses on the weight of songs like “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger In Paradise.” If you’re a card-carrying Parrothead who can’t escape the weekday grind, this Alpine Valley appearance grants a temporary island escape. Jackson Browne opens. (Wisconsin 120, East Troy)
Also: Milwaukee Noise Fest at Miramar Theatre, 7 p.m. ($16/night or $41 for 3-day pass) – (2844 N. Oakland Ave., themiramartheatre.com)
Sunday, Aug. 25: Rival Sons with The Other Us at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)