A Breath of Foxygen

Tuesday, July 23: Chris Isaak at Potawatomi Casio’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($60-$75) About two years ago, crooner Chris Isaak came to the Northern Lights Theater, to which we previewed by saying, “From what I can tell, Chris Isaak has made a career based on one wildly successful song, one set of devilishly handsome good looks and countless cameos in everything from The Silence of the Lambs to ‘Friends.’ And then there’s that video for ‘Wicked Game.’ Ahhh…” Really, what more is there to say than that? Isaak is back for the third time in 36 months to play…

Tuesday, July 23: Chris Isaak at Potawatomi Casio’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($60-$75)

About two years ago, crooner Chris Isaak came to the Northern Lights Theater, to which we previewed by saying, “From what I can tell, Chris Isaak has made a career based on one wildly successful song, one set of devilishly handsome good looks and countless cameos in everything from The Silence of the Lambs to ‘Friends.’ And then there’s that video for ‘Wicked Game.’ Ahhh…” Really, what more is there to say than that? Isaak is back for the third time in 36 months to play another casino stage stint and trot out all his (one) hits. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Also: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound at Chill On The Hill, 6:30 p.m. (FREE) – (Humboldt Park, Bay View)

And: The Brown Bottle Flu with Daycones, and Shadow Slant at Frank’s Power Plant, 10 p.m. ($5) – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.Angelfire.com)

Wednesday, July 24: Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers with Eddie Bickwell at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($40-$75)

Comic icon Steve Martin has done it all. The incomparable funnyman has starred in a laundry list of great films (and Bowfinger) and imparted levels of influence and wisdom to a crop of comedians that can’t be quantified. In addition to his stand-up work and acting experience, Martin is an author and a Grammy-winning musician. While most people at the Riverside would prefer The Jerk star break into a stand-up routine, they’ll gladly settle for seeing one of the greatest humorists to ever live plucking a banjo with nearly as much proficiency. Eddie Bickwell opens. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: The Fatty Acids at River Rhythms, 6:30 p.m. (FREE) – (Pere Marquette Park)

And: Chris Isaak at Potwatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($60-$75) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Thursday, July 25: MC Chris with Dr. Awkward, Jesse Dangerously and Tribe One at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.

With songs with titles like “Hoodie Ninja” and “Fett’s Vette” to his credit, Christopher Brendan Ward – or “MC Chris” – fits the nerdcore classification like a Nintendo Power Glove. Making his return to Cactus Club for the first time since he played one of the bar’s 15th anniversary shows in 2011, MC Chris will head up a night of Adult Swim songs and all-around nerdery in round two. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Jazz In The Park with Torn Soul, 6:30 p.m. (FREE) – Cathedral Square Park)

Friday, July 26: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($27)

Cleveland rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony first (and last) rose to prominence with 1995 breakout E. 1999 Eternal, which included cataclysmic hit “Tha Crossroads.” While many albums followed, few hits accompanied them. Along the way, members quit and one bone thug served time in prison. But time, mixed with a lack of any other tangible options, heals all. In 2007, Bone Thugs, were again N Harmony, playing its now-annual Rave concert. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: Shoes with Sugar Stems at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($20) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

And: Cameron McGill with Hayward Williams, and The Thriftones at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9:30 p.m. ($7) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Saturday, July 27: Buffalo Gospel with Jonathan Burks at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5)

Boasting such Milwaukee folk staples as Heidi Spencer and Allen Cote in its lineup, Buffalo Gospel has been an area Americana gem for close to five years. If you’ve never heard the band, there’s no better time than this show, in which Buffalo Gospel will release its new record, We Can Be Horses. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Also: Mac Miller with Earl Sweatshirt, Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples, and The Internet at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($30) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Klassik, Rio Turbo with Ryan Holman at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)


Sunday, July 28: Foxygen at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($15)

Though the members of the California duo is still a long way from their 30s, Foxygen has already established a catalog any musician would be proud of. As the band’s critical acclaim grows, the band will stop by Turner Hall for a quaint Sunday night affair just after playing Pitchfork Music Festival. This has all the makings of being an “I was there when…”-type shows. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Steely Dan with Deep Blue Organ Trio at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: The Hot Moms at Franks Power Plant, 9 p.m. – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.Angelfire.com)

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Tyler Maas is the co-founder of Milwaukee Record.