Monday, Oct. 4: Strand Of Oaks, Golden Coins, Wolfgang Schaefer at Cactus Club, 8 p.m. What better way to spend a chilly October Monday night than with the dark, haunting strains of Pennsylvania’s Strand of Oaks? Singer-songwriter Timothy Showalter has some serious inspiration for his somber tones — a house fire left him possession-less — […]
Monday, Oct. 4: Strand Of Oaks, Golden Coins, Wolfgang Schaefer at Cactus Club, 8 p.m.
What better way to spend a chilly October Monday night than with the dark, haunting strains of Pennsylvania’s Strand of Oaks? Singer-songwriter Timothy Showalter has some serious inspiration for his somber tones — a house fire left him possession-less — and a knack for delivering his often-surreal brand of acoustic heartbreak with beautiful precision. Fitting, right? (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)
Tuesday, October 5: Jimmy Eat World and We Were Promised Jetpacks at The Pabst, 8 p.m. ($22.50)
Far removed from their days of helping usher in the emo movement with the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbreaker, Jimmy Eat World continues to crank out album after album, with mixed results. But there are plenty enough gems in the discography to make for an evening of heartfelt, melodic bliss. (1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)
Also: King’s X and Secret Society of Starfish at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($20)
If you’re more the musicianship snob-type, prog-funk-metal gods King’s X will be in town to give you all of the time signature changes and shredding guitar solos you can handle. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)
Wednesday, Oct. 6: Muse and Passion Pit @ Bradley Center, 7:30 p.m. ($45 and $55)
The days of over-the-top stadium rock are back in full effect with British space rock monolith Muse, combining sprawling, intricate music with other-worldly extravagant stage shows. Although this combination can be a recipe for overwrought self-righteous disaster, Muse manages to pull it off by writing solid, inventive tunes that seamlessly span multiple genres. (1001 N. Fourth St., bradleycenter.com)
Also: Murder By Death (Vagrant Records), Samantha Crain, Ninja Gun at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
(2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)
Thursday, Oct. 7: Jucifer, Enabler, Northless at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.
Jucifer is a two-piece self-described “nomadic-in-nature” sludge-rock band that got its name from the O.J. Simpson murder trial and released its first album on an independent label named “Crack Rock.” I’ll see you there! (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)
Friday, Oct. 8: Willy Porter at The Pabst, 8 p.m. ($20)
A Milwaukee institution, Willy Porter is one of the most virtuosic guitarists the city has to offer. Teaming up for a special show with the Carpe Diem String Quartet adds a whole new dimension to his folksy vibe. (1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)
Also: Hurray For The Riff Raff, SamDoores, tba at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)
Also: The Ragadors (CD Release), The Wildbirds and The Delta Routine at Club Garibaldi’s, 9 p.m.
(2501 S. Superior St., MySpace.com/clubgaribaldis)
Saturday, October 9: Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls and Off With Their Heads at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($22)
Punk legends Bad Religion have been at it for 31 years straight, creating some of the most influential songs in punk history and building the quintessential punk record label (Epitaph Records). There’s something inspiring about a group of 40-somethings still raging against the machine, and with a local connection (lead singer Greg Graffin is from Racine) and the fact that they will be joined by fellow punk icons Bouncing Souls, this promises to be an old-school party. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)
Also: The Scarring Party at East Side Green Market (Beans and Barley parking lot), noon (free)
One of the most unique bands in town, The Scarring Party combines accordion, tuba, 40-pound cast iron bell, typewriter and banjo into a 1920s vaudevillian dance hall throwback experience. So grab your best bird, get on the trolley and give this ducky group a go. They’re the cat’s meow.
Also: Film School, Depreciation Guild, Faux Fir at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
(2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Sunday, Oct. 10: Coheed and Cambria, Fang Island and Now You Have Audio (local contest winner) at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($25)
Truth be told, I’m a big Coheed fan. I always root for a hard-working band that is able to build a huge international following from humble roots through little more than touring constantly, writing great music and catching a few lucky breaks along the way. But what makes this the show of the week is the fact that Coheed is using this tour as a way to give local bands around the country a chance to do the same. The band held a contest via Facebook that rewarded an opening slot on each bill to a local band from that city. For this stop, Milwaukee-based pop rock band Now You Have Audio took the honors. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)