Plus a new Soul Low track is our Stream of the Week.

Your typical punk song maintains a lightning pace, hurling towards the finish line in less than three minutes. Starting this Friday, the first week of the sixth edition of MKE Punk Fest eschews that formula and showcases an excessive amount of music over the coming weekend.

A total of 43 bands are performing over three days at three venues, including The Local (Friday and Saturday night) and Brewed Cafe and Up and Under (Sunday afternoon)—The Local and Up and Under are 21 and over; Brewed Cafe is all ages. The eclectic line-up encompasses the diversity of the genre, featuring artists like glam rockers J and the 9s, garage rockers Tiger Sex, and funk/punk fusion SpaceWaster.

No need to worry if you can’t make it out this weekend; the festival continues with three more days of music over the next two weeks. More information is available at the MKE Punk Fest website. Tickets to each show ranges from nothing to $6; a 7-day pass costs $10. A full schedule of this weekend’s events is provided below:


Friday, August 19  

The Local, 807 S. 5th St. ($6)

Main Stage

Floor Model, 1 a.m.

Beaker, 11:50 p.m.

The Artist Formally Known As Vince, 10:40 p.m.

J And The 9s, 9:30 p.m.

Cosmonaut, 8:20 p.m.

Ceteri, 7:10 p.m.

Hi/Jack, 6 p.m.

Side Stage

The Night Howls, 12:25 a.m.

Cold Ghosts, 11:15 p.m.

Deal Breakers, 10:05 p.m.

The Nearbyes, 8:45 p.m.

The Brash Menagerie, 7:45 p.m.

Spanish Bird Droppings, 6:55 p.m.

Genderchores, 6:35 p.m.


Saturday, August 20

The Local, 807 S. 5th St. ($6)

Main Stage

The Brewser Boys, 1 a.m.

The Filthy Lowdown , 11:50 p.m.

Tiger Sex, 10:40 p.m.

Spacewaster, 9:30 p.m.

Size 5’s, 8:20 p.m.

Bad Bread, 7:10 p.m.

Infliction Rate, 6 p.m.

Side Stage

Max Stimulus, 12:25 a.m.

The Women, 11:15 p.m.

Mr Russia, 10:05 p.m.

Warden, 9:25 p.m.

Punk Guilt, 7:45 p.m.

False Flag Renaissance, 6:35 p.m.


Sunday, August 21

Brewed Cafe, 1208 E. Brady St. (FREE)

Main Stage

Northside Creeps, 4 p.m.

The Meatcurtains, 2:55 p.m.

Rocket Paloma, 1:50 p.m.

Gas Station Sushi, 12:30 p.m.

Acoustic Courtyard Stage

E Is For Epic, 4:55 p.m.

First Cousin Once Removed, 3:45 p.m.

Adam Ithier, 3:30 p.m.

The Worried Twin, 2:25 p.m.

Kira Casterly, 1:35 p.m.

Assassins Part 2, 1:25 p.m.

Joel Szabrowicz Expierience, 1:05 p.m.

Up and Under, 1216 E. Brady St. (FREE)

Roosevelt Dolls, 6 p.m.

Scratch 45, 5 p.m.

Self Destruckt, 4 p.m.

The Dead Morticians, 3 p.m.

So Far So Bad, 2 p.m.

New York Bozo, 1 p.m.


Stream of the week

Soul Low celebrated the release of its sophomore album, Nosebleeds, last Saturday night at Miramar Theatre. It’s a coming-of-age record that delicately balances the line between adolescence and maturity. One minute singer Jake Balistrieri viscerally struggles through a contemptuous affair and the next he’s flippantly mentioning his “weenie.” The band finds some solid ground between those two extremes on “Finger Bones,” an anxiety-fueled track on the uneasy digital age of relationships.


This Week in Live Music

Monday, August 15: Kandace Springs at The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee, 8 p.m. ($15) – (2211 N. Prospect Ave.,

Also: Rogue Valley with Cabin Essence at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($7) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

Tuesday, August 16: Milemarker with The Life and Times and Estates at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

Also: The Curls with lifetime achievement award and Cairns at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($5) – (735 E. Center St.,

And: Chill on the Hill featuring Jon Burk’s Band with Joker’s Henchman, Kinsella Irish Dancers and Shamrock Club Pipes and Drums at Humboldt Park, 6 p.m. (FREE)  – (3000 S. Howell Ave.,

Thursday, August 18: X with Dead Rock West at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($29.50) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

Also: Wavy V with Grasping At Straws at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St.,

And: Jack & The Bear with Mookie Terremoto, Rustbelt Rejects and Mustas at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St.,

Friday, August 19: Kesha at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($25-$30) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: Big Eyes with Midnight Reruns and Phylums at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($8) – (735 E. Center St.,

And: John Hardin (album release) with Hayward Williams and Liza Day at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. ($10) – (1001 E. Locust St.,

And: Psychic Temple with Thomas Wincek at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St.,

Saturday, August 20: Lil Uzi Vert at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($27-$32) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: The Red Flags, Action Jelly, Spare Change Trio and Foozle at Bremen Cafe, 10 p.m. – (901 E. Clarke St.,

And: Caley Conway and the Lucy Cukes (album release) with Boom Boom Klap, Abby Jeanne and Kyle John Kenowski at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($5) – (735 E. Center St.,

And: Our Lady with Lume, estates, Downer and Statures at Quarter’s Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

Sunday, August 21: Waywords with Rocket Paloma at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St.,