Wednesday, May 30: Evan Christian at The Jazz Estate, 10 p.m.
As far as these music round up posts go, skilled local jazz man Evan Christian is to Wednesdays as Sigmund Snopek is to Tuesdays. But just because the resident Estate guitarist is the default option when there’s little else written on the mid-week calendar doesn’t mean Christian isn’t worth consideration. (2423 N. Murray Ave., jazzestate.com)
Also: James Lee Stanley and Nora Collins at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Thursday, May 31: Herman Astro at The Jazz Estate, 9:30 p.m.
Since releasing its debut full-length, Chico, late last year, Milwaukee alt-rock outfit Herman Astro has only managed to play a handful of shows in support of the new record. Of those shows few, though, the band opened for Alabama Shakes’ sold out Pabst Theater show and was part of the impressive lineup the Pablove Foundation brought to Turner Hall in January. This show grants listeners an uncharacteristically close look at Herman Astro, as the band occupies the intimate Eastside club The Jazz Estate. (2423 N. Murray Ave., http://www.jazzestate.com)
Also: Ragadors, The Fossils at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
And: Graffiti6 and Yuna at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($12) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
And: A Cactus Club Comedy Show featuring Castle Thunder, 9 p.m. ($7) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Friday, June 1: Sat. Nite Duets, The Fatty Acids, Rusty P’s at Club Garibaldi, 7 p.m.
Sure, past-prime screamo act The Used, as well as rapid-fire rapper Tech N9ne and Langhorne Slim will all bring their national appeal to town in each of their tour stops Friday. But a Bay View Gallery Night audio accompaniment including beloved local acts Sat. Nite Duets The Fatty Acids and Rusty P’s peaks our interest during this all-around great night of Milwaukee music. Great lineup, quaint club setting and local arts support aside, this is also the last local show Sat. Nite Duets and The Fatty Acids play before setting out on a tour together that will send them around the U.S. for much of the summer—excluding a brief return home to play the Locust Street Festival on June 10. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Also: The Used, Dead Sara, and Stars In Stereo at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($23) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
And: Tech N9ne, Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prosak, and Stevie Stone at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($24.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
And: Langhorne Slim and Ha Ha Tonka at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($10) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Drugs Dragons, Phylums, Static Eyes, Lamb’s Legs at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Saturday, June 2: Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. ($7)
When he’s not lending his axe prowess to serve as lead guitarist for popular Appleton band Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, Rockford, Ill., singer/songwriter Miles Nielsen fronts an acclaimed Midwestern act of his own. Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts blends radio-friendly pop rock sensibilities with classic country elements to hone a sound almost anybody can get behind. Milwaukee scene veteran The Mike Benign Compulsion and Petty Demons play in support. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Also: Pat McCurdy at Shank Hall, 9 p.m. ($6) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
And: The New Red Moons, The Vitrolum Republic, and Bethesda at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9:30 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Sunday, June 3: Thrice at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($18)
Though post-hardcore outfit Thrice hit its apex (in post-hardcore terms, that is) in 2003 with The Artist In The Ambulance, the band has stuck around long enough to put out four additional records, tour with some of indie rock and punk’s elite, and forge a consistently changing sound throughout. Thrice recently announced its latest tour will be a “farewell tour” before the band goes on an infinite hiatus. This might be one of your last chances to see Thrice in action for some time… maybe ever. Animals As Leaders and O’ Brother open. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Also: Jon Anderson at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($32.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)