Tuesday, Oct. 22: Kylesa with
Pinkish Black and Sierra @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
Even as Kylesa evolves into a more
psychedelic and dare-I-say approachable band, its two-drummer attack and
general mad-at-the-world attitude keeps it sounding undeniably bruising. This
year’s Ultraviolet may be its most accessible album yet as it grows its
sludge metal into something broader and more atmospheric.
Also: Ben Sollee with The
DuPont Brothers @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 23: Yonder
Mountain String Band with The Founding Fathers @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
Before Mumford & Sons took over
the world playing banjo and standing in a line, there was Yonder Mountain
String Band. The Colorado foursome has been moving crowds and melting faces
bluegrass-style since 1999, when it released Elevation on its own label,
Frog Pad Records. After several years without a release, Yonder presents EP
’13, a four-song EP with one track contributed by each member and the first
in a series of planned EPs.
Thursday, Oct. 24: Indigo Girls
with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra @ Milwaukee Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Indigo Girls’ acoustic folk will
get an orchestral boost Thursday when they team up with the suddenly super-hip
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (which will also be playing Rolling Stones songs
in December.) Milwaukee will be their last stop on the current tour, and is
just one of four performances receiving the symphony treatment.
Also: Marille Allschwang
with Vartan Mamigonian and Rob Lundberg @ Riverwest Public House, 7 p.m.
And: Melt-Banana with Brain
Tentacles, Zebras and Lifes @ Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25: Creatures And
Creators Halloween Party with The Fatty Acids, D’Amato, MC Oneself, Boy Blue
and DJ Bone White @ Turner Hall, 7 p.m.
Turner Hall hosts a night of art,
music and fashion billed as the city’s “largest and funkiest Halloween
party.” Performers include Boy Blue, D’Amato, MC Oneself and The Fatty
Acids, who will get the dance floor warm for the Michael Jackson vs. Prince
dance party. Perhaps most importantly, the first 100 heads through the door get
a free Pabst Tallboy.
Also: Ha Ha Tonka with
Samantha Crain and The Sleepwalkers @ Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m.
And: Greatest Lakes with
Bright Kind and Zoo Animal @ Linneman’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26: Rio Turbo @
Quarters, 9 p.m.
Creatures and Creators may be the
largest Halloween party in town, but Rio Turbo might truly lay claim to
“funkiest.” This free show celebrates Turbo’s golden birthday as well
as the release of new album Ish Ish. Also on the bill are comedian Ryan
Holman, free food from Love Handle, free shots on the hour, and an oxygen bar.
Not to mention the requisite scantly clad dancers and sleazed-out party
Also: Blue Oct. with
Unlikely Candidates and Tori Vasquez @ The Rave, 7:30 p.m.
And: Jacuzzi Boys with Fox
Face and Revenge Society @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27: Night Beats
with The Hussy and Head On Electric @ Linneman’s, 9 p.m.
Night Beats can write garage pop
songs with the best of them (Black Lips and Sic Alps come to mind) but few
groups have perfected the kind of vintage production that makes this year’s Sonic
Bloom sound unearthed from deep inside some long-lost 70’s record bin, 40-some
years of dust and grit still stuck in its grooves. They’ll be joined by a crack
team of locals for an all-around great Sunday night at Linneman’s.
Also: The Dead Painters with
Heartthrob @ Circle-A Cafe, 8 p.m.
And: Mike Doughty with Sons
Of Hippies @ Turner Hall, 7 p.m.