Monday, Dec. 13: Big Snow Show 5: Cake, Switchfoot and OK Go at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($25) Finding a niche in the mid-’90s with its brand of dry, ironic humor-rock, Cake has been able to maintain a solid cult following on the strength of the band’s three or four mildly successful hits. Also on […]

Monday, Dec. 13: Big Snow Show 5: Cake, Switchfoot and OK Go at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($25)

Finding a niche in the mid-’90s with its brand of dry, ironic humor-rock, Cake has been able to maintain a solid cult following on the strength of the band’s three or four mildly successful hits. Also on the bill are inoffensive prodigal Christian rockers Switchfoot and OK Go. If OK Go puts half as much effort into its live show as its music videos, you could be in for a treat. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)

Tuesday, Dec. 14: Big Snow Show 5: Chevelle and Finger Eleven at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($25)

As formulaic as Chevelle’s meathead metal can be, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Chicago-based trio. For as much as it gets lumped in with the Theory of a Dead Mans and Seethers of this world, Chevelle continues to release efforts that are at their core solid rock albums with a subtly beautiful sense of melody. Finger Eleven used to do the same, but not so much any more. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)

Wednesday, Dec. 15: Kaiser Cartel, Clean Hands and Boy Blue at Mad Planet, 8 p.m. ($10)

Kaiser Cartel is the end product of two former school teachers who met up and decided to make beautiful music together — literally and figuratively. And while the former profession comes shining through in the duo’s breezy, quaint folk stylings, Courtney Kaiser’s effortlessly gorgeous voice steers the focus away from some of the music’s more Raffi-esque qualities. (533 E. Center St., mad-planet.net)

Thursday, Dec. 16: Music Under Glass Series: 5 Card Studs at Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), 6:30 p.m. ($6.50)

If you haven’t yet found the motivation to experience the magnificent light show inside the renovated Mitchell Park Domes, I challenge you to turn this opportunity down. Formed 15 years ago as a New Year’s Eve joke, 5 Card Stud has transformed into a Vegas-style lounge act complete with self-referential cheese ball schmaltz and bona fide musical chops. (524 S. Layton Blvd., county.milwaukee.gov)

MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK

Friday, Dec. 17: Minus the Bear and Tim Kasher at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($17.50)

Minus the Bear has been one of the most consistently creative, quality indie rock bands of the early 2000s. The other-worldly talented Seattlites have somehow managed to morph their unique style with every album — utilizing dancy rhythms, intricate time signatures and shredding guitar licks — while maintaining the brilliantly candid lyrical content and amazing musicianship that has earned the group a rabid following. If you have not seen or heard of this band, you are stupid. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)

Also: Charlie Daniels Band at Elmbrook Church, 7 p.m. ($19/$27)

Grab your rosary, your cowboy hat and your American flag for a good ole-fashioned Christmas hoedown with the creator of the country classic “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Nee haw! (777 S. Barker Road, elmbrook.org)

Also: 1956 (Album Release), The Ragadors and Amateur Astronaut at The Cactus Club, 10 p.m.

(2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)

Saturday, Dec. 18: The Mighty Deerlick, The Sugar Stems and Eva Grubb at The Cactus Club, 10 p.m.

Girl-powered ’60s throwback The Sugar Stems supply an enjoyable dose of saccharine-coated pop with just enough grungy edge to keep it interesting. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)

Also: John Legend at Northern Lights Theater (in Potawatomi Casino), 8 p.m. ($80/$105)

(1721 W. Canal St., paysbig.com)

Also: Richard Marx at Hamilton Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. ($30 adults, $15 students)

The unchallenged king of ’80s pop balladeering is back. Sorry ladies, recent photos suggest he has chopped off the free-flowing, money-making mullet. (W220 N6151 Town Line Road, hamiltonfineartscenter.com)

Sunday, Dec. 19: Northless, Lines and Terminals and Slob Donovan at Mad Planet, 8 p.m. ($5)

Sludge metal can sometimes get a bad name, as it is often the refuge of musicians who can do little more than crank up the amps and grunt nonsensically. That is most certainly not the case for Milwaukee’s own Northless and Lines and Terminals. Both bands bring a refreshingly creative, self-aware twist to the genre while maintaining all of the required volume and grunting. (533 E. Center St., mad-planet.net)

Also: John Legend at Northern Lights Theater (in Potawatomi Casino), 8 p.m. ($80/$105)

Sound familiar? It should. (1721 W. Canal St., paysbig.com)

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