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Kenny Rogers will play Riverside Theater on Sunday, Nov. 27 Monday, Nov. 21: David Cook at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($29.50) From contest participant to Billboard chart regular, the life of David Cook has never been the same since being crowned the seventh champion of glorified karaoke contest American Idol. But Cook is out to […]


Kenny Rogers will play Riverside Theater on Sunday, Nov. 27

Monday, Nov. 21: David Cook at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($29.50)
From contest participant to Billboard chart regular, the life of David Cook has never been the same since being crowned the seventh champion of glorified karaoke contest American Idol. But Cook is out to disprove the doubters as he continues to tour and add to his catalog of niche radio-rock songs. Meanwhile in America, hundreds of actual bands will be playing to disinterested bar crowds before sleeping on a stranger’s floor and leaving town in a rusty conversion van $40 richer. (1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)

Tuesday, Nov. 22: River Water Tribe at Bremen Café , 9 p.m.
Milwaukee blue grass band River Water Tribe has only been a band since last summer, but they’re apparently doing something right. The group has a running Tuesday gig at Riverwest’s Bremen Café. This particular Tuesday, RWT is pretty much the only show happening locally, so see them while you have the chance. Otherwise, there’s no way to know when you’ll get to see them play again.  Oh wait, next Tuesday. Never mind. (901 E. Clarke St., bremencafe.com)

Wednesday, Nov. 23: Architects of the Aftermath at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
Headliner Architects of the Aftermath and opener Moon Curse are like the bread of a delicious sandwich—the meat of which is the all-star cast comprising No Future. The punk band is a who’s who of great Milwaukee musicians, including members from such renowned Brew City bands as Decibully, Poison The Well, Bosio, Red Knife Lottery, and Since By Man. For a better background, feel free to consult our Q&A with No Future drummer Ryan Smith. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)

Also: Def Harmonic, Kid Millions, DJ Deadbeat, and A-Biz at Mad Planet, 9 p.m.
(533 E. Center St, mad-planet.net)

Thursday, Nov. 24: Drugs Dragons at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
Those of you who aren’t leaving town this turkey day should be thankful for the surprising number of local shows taking place Thanksgiving night. The gravy on this meaty heap of Milwaukee music is the sendoff show for campy punkers Drugs Dragons. The first leg of what they call “a grueling” three-show, 48-hour tour in which the band will visit such wild locales as Chicago and Detroit, this holiday show also includes Head On Electric and noisy duo Cyborg Fortress. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)




Also: Vacation, Tight Bros., and Tenement at Quarters Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($5)
(900 E. Center St.)

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And: Steve Aoki, DJ JSlay, Noize Pollution, DanAconda, and Fonzi at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($26.50)
(2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., therave.com)

Friday, Nov. 25: Sat. Nite Duets at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5)
Milwaukee’s own Sat. Nite Duets has been the recipient of a great deal of praise from respected national pillars like CNN and GQ Magazine. Local attention has followed suit. This show (split with Crappy Dracula) might be the last time you’ll get to see Sat. Nite Duets before the band’s Turner Hall album release show January 14. (815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)




Also: .357 String Band, Those Poor Bastards, and The Shades, 7:30 p.m. ($12)

(1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)

And: WhiskeyBelles at Lo-Cash Live, 10 p.m.
(124 W. National Ave., locashlive.com)

Saturday, Nov. 26: Collections Of Colonies Of Bees at Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
A lot has changed since Collections Of Colonies Of Bees last graced the U.S. with its warm and complex breed of instrumental indie rock. The band has gained two new members. COCOB sideband Volcano Choir front man Justin Vernon became evermore the household name with his work in Bon Iver. And the Cactus Club turned 15 years old. Fittingly, one of Milwaukee’s best bands will help celebrate the quinceanera of one of Milwaukee’s best venues. Jagjaguwar Records band Peter Wolf Crier will start things off. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)



Also: Beats Antique at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($17)
(1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)

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Sunday, Nov. 27: Thursday at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($15)
With all due respect to The Gambler, the perfect dessert to put the finishing touches on a bountiful cornucopia of Thanksgiving weekend shows comes by way of famed New Jersey screamo outfit Thursday. The band first gained widened acclaim 10 years ago with Full Collapse—which propelled them to a major label slot with Island Records. As the passing years saw Thursday’s abrasive and hardcore-tinged variety of rock fall out favor with mainstream audiences, the band sought a darker sound. Its latest full-length, No Devolución, is a welcomed sidestep for the band that undoubtedly launched thousands of bad high school bands a decade ago.  (1032 N. Fourth St., pabsttheater.org)


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Also: Kenny Rogers at Riverside Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($45-55)
(116 W. Wisconsin Ave., pabsttheater.org)

Kenny Rogers photo from kennyrogers.com
Thursday photo from thursday.net

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