Tuesday, January 13: Future Porn at the Jazz Estate, 10 p.m. (FREE)
By mid-January, trudging through slushy, grimy snow and putting on layer after layer to combat the cold temperatures has already grown mighty stale. The weeknight concert calendar as of late has slowed to a crawl due to the fact that no one wants to leave their warm, cozy houses. Those with cabin fever, however, can catch the improvisational jazz ensemble, Future Porn, who routinely plays every Tuesday night, regardless of the elements. (2423 N. Murray Ave., JazzEstate.com)
Wednesday, January 14: Evan Christian at the Jazz Estate, 9 p.m. ($5)
Wednesday marks another slow concert day, but another great opportunity to see a weekly performer at The Jazz Estate. Evan Christian is a musical chameleon. He works in a variety of different genres—soul, blues, reggae—and seamlessly transitions among them. If you somehow haven’t checked him out yet—he’s constantly playing out, whether it’s at an established music venue or smaller bars and cafes—tonight’s the night. (2423 N. Murray Ave., JazzEstate.com)
Thursday, January 15: Klassik (EP release) with El-Shareef, Damir Balo and Blizz McFly and Great Music at The Hotel Foster, 9 p.m. ($5)
Local genre-bending rapper Klassik celebrates the release of a new EP, Winter, this Thursday night at The Hotel Foster. The lead single, “Andromeda” is an entrancing and soulful journey that reaches for the sky. (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)
Also: Myles Coyne with Boom Forest and Devil Met Contention at Boone & Crockett, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., BooneAndCrockettMKE.com)
And: The Traveling Suitcase with Wild Adriatic at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Friday, January 16: Local Coverage featuring Ugly Brothers, Bright Kind, Maritime, Temple, Whips, The Olives, Fatty Acids and WC Tank at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. ($5)
Former Music Notes writer Tyler Maas puts on an innovative concert this Friday night at Club Garibaldi called “Local Coverage,” where a local band plays a series of covers by another local band. Temple covers Maritime; The Fatty Acids covers WC Tank; Maritime covers Whips; Whips covers The Fatty Acids; Bright Kind covers Ugly Brothers; The Olives covers Bright Kind; WC Tank covers The Olives; and Ugly Brothers covers Temple. This could be an utterly spectacular and fun show, or this could an aimless mess. Either way, it will be interesting just to see how it turns out. All the proceeds from the event benefit local summer camp non-profit Girls Rock Milwaukee. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Also: Phox with Dolores at the Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($15) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Blue Oyster Cult at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($25-$35) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)
And: The Midwest Beat with Midwives, Head On Electric and Butter at Cocoon Room, 7 p.m. ($5) – (820 E. Locust St.)
Saturday, January 17: Wale with Audio Push at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($26.50-$119) (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
What’s the deal with rappers who make Seinfeld references? Perhaps no artist has built a bigger music career off a sitcom to which he had no affiliation than D.C. rapper Wale, who’s released a handful of mixtapes that extensively sample the show. He actually got to work with the puffy-shirted man himself, Jerry Seinfeld, on his new studio record, The Album About Nothing, which comes out this March. Serenity now!
Also: WebsterX with Lord of the Fly, CRASHprez, Riley Lake and Coby Ashpis at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($7) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
And: Pablove 6 at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($20 advance; $25 door) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Platinum Boys with Mama and Midnight Reruns at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Sunday, January 18: Ladies Rock Camp Showcase at Riverwest Public House, 8 p.m.
While Girls Rock Milwaukee is a music camp for girls aged 8-16, Ladies Rock opens up the age range to anyone over 21. On Sunday night at the Riverwest Public House, the campers will showcase their newfound skills and probably partake in a celebratory adult beverage. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
And: Songs In The Key Of Life: A Musical Tribute To Stevie Wonder featuring Christopher’s Project at Shank Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($10 advance; $15 door) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Homepage photo by Adam Ryan Morris.