Tuesday, Nov. 29: Brandi Carlile and The Secret Sisters at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. (SOLD OUT) From breathy lows to soaring highs, Seattle-based Brandi Carlile has all of the makings of a Nashville songstress that would fit right in at the Grand Ole Opry. But it is her ability to traverse stylistic boundaries that makes […]
Tuesday, Nov. 29: Brandi Carlile and The Secret Sisters at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
From breathy lows to soaring highs, Seattle-based Brandi Carlile has all of the makings of a Nashville songstress that would fit right in at the Grand Ole Opry. But it is her ability to traverse stylistic boundaries that makes her such a complete and compelling artist. And these traits will all be front and center as Carlile ditches the rest of the band and treats her fans to an intimate, candlelit acoustic show at Turner Hall. (1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)
Wednesday, Nov. 30: Beirut with Perfume Genius at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($27.50)
It’s hard to describe Beirut while doing the music proper justice. I can tell you all about New Mexico native Zachary Condon, his eclectic influences from around the globe and his liberal use of such bizarre instruments as the euphonium, ukulele and rotary valve flugelhorn, but wouldn’t you rather just give it a listen for yourself and then go see this truly underrated and innovative artist in person? (1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)
Also: The Birthday Massacre with Ash Aria, I: Scintilla and The Prep School Tragedy at Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. ($15)
(2844 N. Oakland Ave., themiramartheatre.com)
Thursday, Dec. 1: Kyuss Lives! with The Sword and Black Cobra at Turner Hall, 6 p.m. ($22.25)
Before there was Queens of the Stone Age, there was Kyuss. Southern California rockers Josh Homme, John Garcia, Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri formed Kyuss in the early ‘90s, rocking faces off for five years before ultimately breaking up and spawning several other highly influential bands like Fu Manchu, Eagles of Death Metal, Them Crooked Vultures and, of course, Queens of the Stone Age. This unique reunion show (minus Josh Homme, who is apparently no fan of reunions) continues an epic week of shows at Turner Hall. (1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)
Also: Jaill at The Hotel Foster, 10 p.m.
(2028 E. North Ave., thehotelfoster.com)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Friday, Dec. 2: Russian Circles with Young Widows and Anatomy Of Habit at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.
Continuing its absolutely inspired 15th Anniversary run, the Cactus Club welcomes Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles. Bursting onto the scene with its 2006 debut Enter, Russian Circles has managed to evolve its blisteringly beautiful metal melodies from album to album, culminating in the recent release of the incredible Empros. The band can be bludgeoning in its heaviness and angelic in it subtlety, but the true brilliance lies in how seamlessly and effortlessly these two extremes blend together. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)
Also: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with Waters at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($17.50)
(1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)
Saturday, Dec. 3: White Rabbits at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
Brooklyn-based White Rabbits has often been compared to another raucous, upbeat band by the name of Spoon, a comparison that wasn’t shied away from when the band enlisted Spoon frontman Britt Daniel to produce 2009’s It’s Frightening. But the band’s impeccable delivery and earnest energy prove that there is room enough in this industry for both bands. Check out the Q&A with Stephen Patterson to find out more about the band. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)
Also: Trolley with Testa Rosa and Sugar Stems at Linneman’s, 9 p.m. ($6)
(1001 E. Locust St., linnemans.com)
Also: Crooked Keys with Ikarus Down and The Farewell Circuit at Stonefly Brewing Company, 9 p.m.
(735 E. Center St., stoneflybrewery.com)
Also: Scattered Trees with Walk The Moon, Bring Your Ray Gun and Living Statues at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. ($8/$12)
(2501 S. Superior St., clubgaribaldis.com)
Sunday, Dec. 4: Hollywood Undead with D.R.U.G.S. at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($21.50)
It’s a formula that has seemed to work for many metal bands throughout the years: slap on some masks, cake on the makeup and let the metal mayhem fly. But where bands like Slipknot and Buckethead don masks to act as a buffer between their on-stage persona and personal identity, perhaps the members of less musically inspiring acts like Insane Clown Posse and Hollywood Undead mask up to cover themselves lest someone recognize them as one of the creators of garbage like “Undead.” (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)
Photo of Russian Circles by Ryan Chang