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Billy Bragg at Turner Hall
The reluctantly labeled political songwriter hits Milwaukee this week. Plus: lots of other less-politically-inclined shows.

Monday, Sept. 23: Dustin Wong with Dope Body and Catacombz @ Quarters, 9 p.m.

As a major figure in the ripe early-2000’s Baltimore music scene, Dustin Wong brought his trenchant guitar work to seminal acts like Ecstatic Sunshine and Ponytail before striking off on his own. His solo recordings take his studious technique to a new level of complexity, with layers of looped guitar swirling and shifting to a form a meditative snarl of sound. He’ll be joined by Baltimore’s bludgeoning Dope Body and Milwaukee’s Catacombz. (900 E. Center St.)

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Billy Bragg with Joe Purdy @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.

“I don’t like being labeled a political songwriter,” Billy Bragg once told the Montreal Gazette. “The thing that troubles me is being dismissed as a political songwriter.” While he may be commonly pigeonholed, the English folk-singer certainly hasn’t been dismissed over a 30-year career in which he has released a dozen well-received solo albums and collaborated with Wilco on the ambitious Mermaid Avenue project. He softens up on his newest album, Tooth & Nail, which came out in March. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Wednesday, Sept. 25: David Wax Museum with Bombadil @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.

David Wax Museum’s mix of traditional Mexican and American folk styles has elicited swoons from the likes of Paste, The Huffington Post, and Time, who have heralded the Boston-based band as something like “the next big thing” – all without ever signing to a label. The band is no stranger in these parts, having played Milwaukee at least once a year for the past three years. This year they come to Shank Hall with North Carolina folk-poppers Bombadil. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Also: The Zombies and Et Tu Bruce @ The Pabst, 7 p.m. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Thursday, Sept. 26: Widespread Panic @ The Riverside Theatre, 7 p.m.

For most bands, going a year without touring is common practice. For Widespread Panic, it’s monumental enough to be called a “hiatus.” The jam rock road warriors of Panic took some time off after their 25th anniversary in 2011, but are back in full-force for a three-night occupancy of the Riverside Theatre starting Thursday. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: John Saint Pelvyn with Ben Cervenka @ Circle-A Café, 8 p.m. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)

Friday, Sept. 27: Teenage Moods with Real Numbers and The Delphines @ Quarters, 9 p.m.

Teenage Moods eschews the scummy, beer-drunk energy that sometimes defines garage rock and approaches it instead with the wide-eyed enthusiasm of a 10-year-old with nothing to hide. “Rock Man” is simply about collecting rocks, “Baby Plastic Baggy” is about a small plastic bag, and it all goes down easy as a sack of Halloween candy. They’ll be joined by Minneapolis mod-revivalists Real Numbers and Milwaukee’s own Delphines. (900 E. Center St.)

Also: Lorn with Dolor, Adoptahighway, Grant Malehrhofer and The Demix @ Stonefly Brewing Co., 10 p.m. (735 E. Center St. http://www.stoneflybrewery.com)

And: Fable and the World Flat with Catacombz and Dogs In Ecstasy @ Hotel Foster, 10 p.m. (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)

Saturday, Sept. 28: Canopies with Mega Bog and Punishment @ Linneman’s, 9:30 p.m.

It’s been two years since Canopies moved us with analog hum and shimmering hooks on its glowing self-titled EP, and that’s two years too long. Finally beginning to stir after a lengthy hibernation, Canopies returns to the stage Saturday. And while that’s the most exciting thing about Saturday night at Linneman’s, it’s not the only thing. The bill also features two wildly original Seattle bands – airy experimentalists Mega Bog and one-man electro-pop whiz Punishment.  Plus, Milwaukee garage punks Appleseeds. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)                                      

Also: Volcano Choir with Hello Death @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Meat Puppets with Enemy Planes @ Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., http://cactusclub.dostuff.info/)

Sunday, Sept. 29: San Fermin with Kane Place Record Club @ Pabst Pub, 7 p.m.

San Fermin is the orchestral rock project of Brooklyn songwriter and composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and (local angle) features Milwaukee native Rae Cassidy on vocals. The band’s debut self-titled album came out this month, giving birth to the buoyant, brassy “Sonsick,” a masterpiece of chamber pop songwriting that will undoubtedly be massively popular. Milwaukee’s own Kane Place Record Club opens. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)





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