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Monday, April 23: Sabaton @ The Rave, 8 p.m.
This week gets started the way every week should get started: a healthy dose of Swedish metal. And Sabaton doesn’t just melt your face off with shredding guitar solos and chest-thumping double kick drums, this band wants you to learn. The bulk of the lyrical subject matter centers around history’s greatest battles. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Also: Android Moon with Fairweather Friends, The Rezzonators and The Lillies @ Frank’s Power Plant, 9:30 p.m. ($5) (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.Angelfire.com)
Wednesday, April 25: The Band of Heathens with Lera Lynn @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15)
The Band of Heathens has certainly found itself in the right place at the right time. The Austin-based group is Americana through and through. And since its inception five years ago, the band has ridden the recent rootsy popularity wave to great heights, including an appearance at Lollapalooza, three well-received studio albums (the best of which may be 2011’s Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son) and a taping of Austin City Limits. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)
Also: Peach Kelli Pop with Nature Boys, Sugar Stems and Uh-oh @ Quarter’s Rock Palace, 8 p.m. ($5) (900 E. Center St.)
Thursday, April 26: The Shondes with The Olives and Appleseeds @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
It can be difficult for a band to pull of the balancing act between overt political soap-boxing and honest, natural songwriting. The messages tend to get overbearing and over-simplified, ultimately undercutting the power of the music. But when it’s done well, as is the case with Brooklyn’s Jewish radical punk outfit The Shondes, the mix of genuine rage and pure artful musicianship can be one of the most exhilarating live music experiences out there. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Green River Ordinance with Graham Colton @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10) (1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)
Also: Googolplexia with Lady Cannon @ Frank’s Power Plant, 9:30 p.m. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.Angelfire.com)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Friday, April 27: Juniper Tar with Surgeons In Heat @ Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($10)
Have we told you about this band called Juniper Tar yet?
Our apologies if this month’s Juniper Tar love fest has left anyone feeling left out, but we can’t help but be giddy over everything this band has done for the Milwaukee local music scene as of late. The crowning jewel, and the reason for all the hubbub, is the release of the band’s much-anticipated new album Since Before. Take our word for it, this show will be a monster, and will leave you out of the collective conversation if you miss it.
Surgeons In Heat will also be dropping its new self-titled effort (which is now available for free download here) at the show. Stay tuned this week for reviews of both of these albums. Spoiler alert: they’re really good! (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Lisa Gatewood (9 p.m.) and Father You See Queen with Canyons Of Static (11:55 p.m.) @ Sugar Maple
Milwaukee Beer Week fittingly comes to a big close at Sugar Maple, the city’s home of the micro brew. So before retreating from your week-long binge and facing the unkind light of day Saturday morning, check out this intriguing two-show bill that starts out pleasant, if a little sad, with Lisa Gatewood and ends up abstract and head-pounding with Minneapolis-based Father You See Queen and our own Canyons Of Static. Sort of like every night this week has probably gone for you. (441 E. Lincoln Ave., MySugarMaple.com)
Also: Waco Brothers with Hugh Bob and the Hustle @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Xeno and Oaklander with Stacian and Population @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($7) (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Saturday, April 28: The Life and Times with Sleepcomesdown and Disguised As Birds @ Cactus Club, 9:45 p.m.
On almost any other week, I would not hesitate making either a visit from Kansas City-based The Life and Times or the incomparable Florence and the Machine the Music Notes Show of the Week (thank you very much, Juniper Tar!). The latter is a sold out bash at The Rave that promises to be chock full of the soulful beauty that only the indescribable Florence Welch can offer. The former should be just another intoxicating evening of some of the tightest musicianship around, compliments of Allen Epley (ex-and-soon-to-be-current-again Shiner) and the boys <https://www.milwaukeemag.com/Article/1222012-ShinerReunionIntheWorks>. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Florence and the Machine with Blood Orange @ The Rave, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT) (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Also: James Cotton with Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater @ Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($20) (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: American Revival with Fly Over State and Great Lake Drifters @ Frank’s Power Plant, 9:30 p.m. ($6) (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.Angelfire.com)
Sunday, April 29: Night Animals with Hollows, Tony Sagger and Paul Caporino @ Frank’s Power Plant, 9:30 p.m. ($6)
What a busy week at Frank’s! From Android Moon and Fairweather Friends to Googolplexia with Lady Cannon to Fly Over State and Great Lake Drifters, this week is overflowing with great music of all varieties. If you can’t make the rest of the goodness, this night should satiate your Frank’s music needs. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.Angelfire.com)