MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK Tuesday, Dec. 7: An Evening With Cindy Lauper at Northern Lights Theater (in Potawatomi Casino), 8 p.m. ($40 to $75) Back in the 1980s, most men would have gladly traded in their beta player and “Where’s the Beef?” T-shirt for an evening with Cindy Lauper. Although a tad delayed, […]

MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK

Tuesday, Dec. 7: An Evening With Cindy Lauper at Northern Lights Theater (in Potawatomi Casino), 8 p.m. ($40 to $75)

Back in the 1980s, most men would have gladly traded in their beta player and “Where’s the Beef?” T-shirt for an evening with Cindy Lauper. Although a tad delayed, Tuesday and Wednesday present fans the opportunity to see the still-relevant songstress play her bushel of top 40s hits in an intimate theater setting. Sure, $75 to hear Lauper belt out classics such as “True Colors,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and maybe even “The Goonies R Good Enough” nearly 30 years after the fact may seem like a bit of a gamble with the wallet. Fittingly, the show is at a casino. (1721 W. Canal St., paysbig.com)

Wednesday, Dec. 8: Uncle Kracker at Turner Hall, 8 p.m. ($25)

Continuing with the real-life turning of the radio dial, we arrive at the more contemporary pop stylings of Kid Rock disciple, Uncle Kracker. Although not as talented, well-known nor famous as Lauper, Mr. Kracker is sure to attract a modest turnout behind radio favorites such as “Follow Me,” and “Drift Away” and other. He has other songs, right? Frankie Ballard and Ty Stone open. (1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)

Also: Mini Mansions and The Sensationalists at Mad Planet, 8 p.m. ($8)

Featuring members of amazing rock band Queens of the Stone Age, Mini Mansions will make Uncle Kracker seem like, well, Uncle Kracker by comparison. Solid local rockers The Sensationalists also tote their poppy hooks to open things up. (533 E. Center St., mad-planet.net)

Thursday, Dec. 9: Sound Pass Session featuring Jeffrey Foucault and John Sieger at Alterra on Prospect, 7 p.m. (FREE)

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This season’s Sound Pass Sessions kicks off with local-boy-done-good Jeffrey Foucault. The Whitewater native weaves a breathtaking tapestry of sparse, reflective roots rock with the subdued delivery of a gravelly-voiced, road-weary troubadour. But perhaps the most amazing aspect of Foucault’s musicianship is his ability to make all of those uber-depressing characteristics ultimately leave the listener with a sense of hope. The combination of this unique talent with Alterra on Prospect’s unique setting promise to make for an unforgettable night. (2211 N. Prospect Ave., alterracoffee.com)

Also: B1g T1me at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10)

Chicago’s B1g T1me may not possess the mastery of vowel usage, but they know their way around a Tom Waits tune. The tribute band does the legendary crooner justice with a solid set of songs Waits made famous. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)

Friday, Dec. 10: Dweezil Zappa at Turner Hall, 8 p.m. ($35)

Probably the fourth most popular Zappa — behind his famed musician father Frank, longtime television personality/brother Ahmet and gloriously named sister Moon Unit —Dweezil isn’t above using both his crazy-ass first name and renowned last name to bring attention to his musician career. The former MTV VJ will play a set of his father’s songs in honor of Frank’s 70th birthday. (1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)

Also: No Future at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.

The name suggests no such prominence, but the newly formed punk band No Future has quite the storied past. With alumni from Milwaukee mainstays Decibully, Red Knife Lottery, Poison the Well, Managra and more, No Future is like a present that should not be passed by. Even without the weak pun I just made, this side band warrants checking out. Death Dream and Architects of the Aftermath also play. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)

 
Mustard Plug. Photo courtesy mustardplug.com.

Saturday, Dec. 11: Mustard Plug at Bay View Brew Haus, no start time listed.

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Dig out that old Slapstick shirt, pull on some argyle trousers and skank the night away with one of ska’s longest running and most popular acts. Mustard Plug blows into town (get it… because they have horns?) to transport you to back to high school, a time when your whole life stood ahead of you and the quality and genre of the music you listened to, evidently, didn’t matter very much. Fellow ska holdovers Something to Do gets things rolling. (2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., bayviewbrewhaus.com)

Sunday, Dec. 12: Linneman’s Christmas Party at (obviously) Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 6 p.m. (FREE!)

The Squeezettes are set to play Christmas Carols as patrons party down at this free holiday celebration. It’s Sunday in December; what else do you want from us here? (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

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