Tuesday, Sept. 10: Blood On The Dance Floor with Heavygrinder, Farewell My Love, The Relapse Symphony and Haley Rose @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 6:30 p.m.
I had no idea who Blood On The Dance Floor was, and after reading their Wikipedia page and watching a handful of music videos, I still don’t really know. They dress like teenage Svengoolies and specialize in a grating mix of screamo and electronica, seeming perfectly oblivious to anything that could be currently described as “cool.” That said, they press on undeterred: They’ve released six albums and six EPs over the last five years. Newest album Bad Blood came out last week. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: J. Roddy Walston And The Business with Teddy Porter and Nicole Rae @ Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Wednesday, Sept. 11: Human Eye with Shocked Minds, Drugs Dragons and Static Eyes @ Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.
With a voice like an undead crooner, Human Eye frontman Tim Vulgar spews dirt and grime and fire as his band flirts with combustion behind him, making for a live act that is notoriously nuts. The depraved psychedelic garage-punks have records out on venerable In The Red, Sacred Bones and, most recently, Goner, which released this year’s Into Unknown. They’ll be supported at Cactus Club Wednesday by some of Milwaukee’s filthiest in Drugs Dragons and Static Eyes. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)
Also: Victor & Penny @ Boone & Crockett, 9 p.m. (2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., booneandcrockettmke.com)
And: The Wood Brothers with Piers Faccini @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Photo of Youth Lagoon by Faith Silva
Thursday, Sept. 12: Youth Lagoon and Pure X @ The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m.
It’s only been a year-and-a-half since Trevor Powers, AKA Youth Lagoon, last visited Milwaukee – but his April 2012 Turner Hall performance, cut short by food poisoning, left the audience wanting. Thursday, Powers is back, and with another album under his belt: the warm, woozy Wondrous Bughouse, released earlier this year. Despite the ubiquitous “bedroom pop” label, Powers’ songs have a kind of unassuming, sparkling grandeur that should cast a powerful spell in the Pabst. Austin psych-rockers Pure X, who ably translate the Texas heat into a hazy, heavy sound, will open. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Crappy Dracula with Eureka California and Awkward Terrible @ Frank’s Power Plant, 9 p.m. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., www.frankspowerplant.com)
And: Windhand with No Brainer and Asatta @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)
Friday, Sept. 13: Moon Curse with Outside and Space Raft @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.
The ghoulish riffs of Moon Curse and Space Raft’s shelved-horror-film-soundtrack make Riverwest Public House the spot to indulge superstitions this Friday the 13th. In the middle is Outside, who aren’t particularly scary, but – as I stretch to neatly categorize every band in this blurb under the category “spooky” – its lack of recordings shroud them in mystery. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Also: Animals In Human Attire with Brontosaurus, Wedding Dress and D’Amato @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)
And: Fresh Cut Collective @ Fire On Water, 9 p.m. (518 N. Water St., www.fireonwaterstreet.com/)
Saturday, Sept. 14: Bare Mutants with Red Stuff and Pow Wow @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
Like Tim Vulgar’s Human Eye, which will occupy the same Cactus Club stage Wednesday, Bare Mutants is the “new” project of an indie rock lifer. Chicago’s Jered Gummere was most notably a founding member of the influential Ponys, which released its last album, Turn The Lights Out, via Matador in 2007. On Bare Mutants’ 2012 Hozac debut, Without You, the group offers up two tracks of cavernous post-punk that share the warm fizzle and half-awake tempo of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Psychocandy. They’ll be joined by locals Red Stuff and Pow Wow. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)
Also: Drugs Dragons @ Circle-A Café, 8 p.m. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)
And: Zed with Oliver and Alex Metric @ The Rave, 8 p.m. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Sunday, Sept. 15: The Wrong Words with Radar Eyes and Fire Retarded @ Circle-A Café, 8 p.m.
Small-label garage rock continues its unofficial takeover of Milwaukee for the week with this triple-header at Circle-A featuring San Francisco’s The Wrong Words, Chicago’s Radar Eyes (another Hozac band), and Madison’s Fire Retarded. Not a bad way to finish the week, assuming you still have hearing. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)