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The week in Milwaukee music

Photo of Martin Sexton courtesy of martinsexton.com

Wednesday, September 26: Mission Of Burma with Wereworm @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($25)

Though Boston band Mission Of Burma's initial existence was brief (1979-1983), the influential punk art-rockers packed a decade's worth of sonic credentials into those four years. Loud, creative to no end and embodying an unquestionable level of musical integrity, Mission Of Burma's legend lived on and grew throughout the years. Milwaukee's own Wereworm opens. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Also: Los Straitjackets Jet Set Dance Party @ Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($15)
(1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Thursday, September 27: Martin Sexton with Brothers McCann @ Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($22.50)

Originally hailing from upstate New York, singer-songwriter Martin Sexton is an interesting hybrid. His soulful voice and silky smooth hooks often get him lumped in with modern crooners like John Mayer and Jack Johnson. But Sexton's old soul and wandering spirit would feel just as much at home alongside '60s folk troubadours Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Dope Folks Records Second Anniversary featuring AUTOMatic @ The Hotel Foster, 9 p.m.

(2028 E. North Ave., thehotelfoster.com)

Also: Steve Vai @ The Pabst Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($36.50)
(144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Friday, September 28: Riverwest Radio Benefit Show featuring Freddie Lee Band, Ian And Company, Onion Breath Theater and more and Linneman's Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. ($3-$7)

Building a radio station from scratch is no easy task. But that's just what three intrepid entrepreneurs are doing right now in the heart of the Riverwest neighborhood. Setting up shop in Riverwest Film and Video, Radio Free Riverwest is intended to be a fully community-run station, featuring only conversation from and content created by residents of the artistic neighborhood. No schedules, no mainstream music, just the heart of the community on full display. The station launched this spring as a webcast, but hopes to purchase some essential supplies along with a transmitter to take the voice of the people to the airwaves. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Also: Glen Hansard with The Lost Brothers @ Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($25)
(144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Bay View Gallery Night featuring Boy Blue, Worrier, and Bring Your Ray Gun @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
(2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Saturday, September 29: Black Eagle Child with Golden Donna and Racing Heart @ Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m.
Instrumental music can often be a bit difficult to digest. It can be an easy pitfall for a musician to attempt to overcompensate for a lack of singing by indulging in over-the-top instrumentation and wankering. Fortunately this is not an issue for Black Eagle Child (aka Michael Jantz), whose sole focus is on creating a mood rather than a listening experience. And he does so deftly, incorporating guitar, electronics, banjo, and even a library of recorded sound effects to create elegant, sprawling soundscapes that manage to bring you into his world without overwhelming you. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Also: Elusive Parallelograms with Salinas @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5)
(815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Also: Boy Dirt Car with The Prosecutors, Dark Facade and Enemy Star @ Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. ($10)

(2844 N. Oakland Ave., TheMiramarTheatre.com)

Sunday, September 30: Smashing Pumpkins @ Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($45)
Billy Corgan has always been one of those musicians that confounds the senses. Arrogant, self-indulgent and just plain creepy at times, The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has spent much of the last decade weirding everyone out with questionable creative choices (see the Pumpkins electronica phase and Zwan) and a seemingly ill-fated Pumpkins "reunion" featuring a bunch of kids playing the roles of James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and the irreplaceable D'arcy. But there is no questioning the creative chops that brought us master works like Gish, Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. And as much as I hate to admit it, the new stuff and the new band members are actually pretty good. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Dirty Projectors with Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($20/$22.50)
(144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

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