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Riverside Theater Hosts The National and Big Time Rush
And much more happening this week in local music

Photo by Dierdre O’Callaghan

Monday, August 5: The National with Daughter at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($33.50)
By now, The National has graduated to certified top-tier indie rock royalty standing. The Brooklyn (by way of Cincinnati) group has come a long way since playing Onopa Brewing Company (now Stonefly) roughly a decade back. Since popping up on the map with 2005’s Alligator and reaching mainstream consciousness with breakout album Boxer, the quintet’s legend, acclaim and draw have all grown to unimaginable heights. Touring in support of its deservedly lauded latest effort, Trouble Will Find Me, The National returns for is now-standard bi-annual Milwaukee appearance. Daughter opens. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Steve Earle And The Dukes at Pabst Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($35) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Tuesday, August 6: Theory Of A Deadman with Black Stone Cherry at Wisconsin State Fair, 7:30 p.m. ($25-$35)
Following in the footsteps of their Canadian countrymen Nickelback, Theory Of A Deadman has piled radio rock hits onto the airwaves with regularity for the past decade. The rockers smatter influences from alternative metal, country and post-grunge into one tidy, buttrock package befitting of State Fair entertainment. Black Stone Cherry opens. (Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, WIStateFair.com)

Also: The Wimps with Heartthrob at Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

Wednesday, August 7: Foreign Fields with PHOX, and Boom Forest at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($12)
With all due respect to Foreign Fields, the primary appeal of this Wednesday evening event comes from PHOX. Since killing it at Summerfest, the up-and-coming indie rock corps’ meteoric rise has brought them to sold-out headlining gigs in Europe and a number of shows throughout the states—including a slot on Lollapalooza. Here’s your opportunity say you saw this peppy sextuplet for $12 before its infectious sound spread worldwide. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Also: Soft Metals with Stacian and DJ John Btswrkng at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: The Ghost Inside at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($15) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Thursday, August 8: Juiceboxxx with Rio Turbo, Slim Brit and Video Villains at Hotel Foster, 7 p.m.
Mequon-sired emcee, relentless Thunder Jammer and aspiring energy drink mogul Juiceboxxx has long legitimized Milwaukee’s hip-hop scene with his campy-while-capable rhymes and borderline spastic (usually shirtless) live shows. Beloved area party-popper Rio Turbo, along with Slim Brit and Video Villains, start things off. (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)

Also: Yes at Wisconsin State Fair, 7:30 p.m. ($25-$35) – (Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, WIStateFair.com)

And: Destroy This Place with Body Futures, and Lamb’s Legs at Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 9:30 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

Friday, August 9: The Violet Hour with Polarizer, and Lisa Ridgely at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m.
Local blues punk outfit The Violet Hour specializes in fat bass lines, punctuated by crunchy guitar licks and Karen Muehlbauer’s sturdy vocal chops. The quartet will release its debut album Not Haunted Friday in a show that also features Polarizer and Lisa Ridgely. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Also: Austin Mahone with Jake Miller at Wisconsin State Fair, 7 p.m. ($25-$35) – (Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, WIStateFair.com)

Saturday, August 10: Semi-Twang at Milwaukee Ale House, 9:30 p.m.
A quarter century ago, both Milwaukee outfit and Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil (also playing in Milwaukee Saturday) belonged to major record labels. While Semi-Twang’s Warner Bros stint was short-lived, the band is now making its best music to date. The same can’t be said for Mr. Neil, who’s reduced to treating State Fairgoers and bacon enthusiasts to a night of hair metal nostalgia. (233 N. Water St., Ale-House.com)

Also: Vince Neil with Stryper at Wisconsin State Fair, 8 p.m. ($25-$35) – (Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, WIStateFair.com)

And: YLLA with Gauss, and Trades at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Sunday, August 11: Big Time Rush at Riverside Theater, 6 p.m. ($50-70)
Big Time Rush is just your typical fictional Nickelodeon boy band turned real. The tween heartthrobs swing by the Riverside Theater as part of its Summer Break Tour. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Miranda Lambert with The Farm at Wisconsin State Fair, 6:30 p.m. ($25-$35) – (Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, WIStateFair.com)

And: Catacombz with Unmanned Ship, Toupee, and Orb at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($6) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

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