Whips and Fresh Cut Collective

Monday, December 15: No shows Tuesday, December 16: Fall Out Boy with Walk the Moon and Vinyl Theatre at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($40-$50) Third time’s a charm? Fall Out Boy returns to Milwaukee for the third time in a year (and second appearance at The Rave) on Tuesday night as part of FM 102.1’s annual Big Snow Show. The pop-punk band vowed (perhaps facetiously) to save rock and roll on its last record, titled, uh, Save Rock And Roll. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com) Wednesday, December 17: Wiz Khalifa with Meghan Trainor, Jacob Latimore and…

Monday, December 15: No shows

Tuesday, December 16: Fall Out Boy with Walk the Moon and Vinyl Theatre at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($40-$50)

Third time’s a charm? Fall Out Boy returns to Milwaukee for the third time in a year (and second appearance at The Rave) on Tuesday night as part of FM 102.1’s annual Big Snow Show. The pop-punk band vowed (perhaps facetiously) to save rock and roll on its last record, titled, uh, Save Rock And Roll. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Wednesday, December 17: Wiz Khalifa with Meghan Trainor, Jacob Latimore and Eden xo at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($37-$42)

The Rave is all about these radio station holiday parties. “Black and Yellow” rapper Wiz Khalifa joins breakthrough pop star Meghan Trainor and R&B wunderkind Jacob Latimore and Eden xo for KISS-FM’s Kissmas Bash on Wednesday night. It’s a surprisingly eclectic mix of music from the Top 40 purveyor. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: Myles Coyne & The Rusty Nickel Band with Donovan The Shark, Jay Joslyn and Caley Conway at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($6) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Thursday, December 18: Owls with Absolutely and Storm Clouds at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($15)

The Chicago-based Owls is composed of former members of ‘90s emo band Cap’n Jazz (excluding Davey von Bohlen, who went on to form The Promise Ring). The band put out one album (produced by Steve Albini) in 2001 before disbanding, but returned more than a decade later to write and record a follow-up, simply entitled Two. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Fresh Hops (album release) with Conundrum and Groove Fun at The Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. ($10) – (2844 N. Oakland Ave., TheMiramarTheatre.com)

And: Banks with The Living Statues at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Frozen Mardi Gras with The Extra Crispy Brass Band at the Jazz Estate, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (2423 N. Murray Ave., JazzEstate.com)

Friday, December 19: Caspa at the Miramar Theater, 9 p.m. ($15-$30)

Many listeners’ introduction to live EDM happens at a large festival setting. But the wobbly electronic music actually works much better at a small enclosed club than a massive open air park. Get a real taste of how jump-up dubstep producer Caspa sounds this Friday at the Miramar Theater. (2844 N. Oakland Ave., TheMiramarTheatre.com)

Also: Frankie Ballard with Drew Baldridge and Saddlebrook at the Rave, 8 p.m. ($16.50-$21.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)



Whips photo by Alyssa Schulte.

Saturday, December 20: Whips (album release) with Midwest Death Rattle and Ryan Holman at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($7)

The spunky rock four-piece Whips didn’t merely storm out the gate on last year’s rowdy debut EP Year One, they doused the thing in gasoline, lit a match and watched it burn before slowly walking through the wreckage. This time, on follow-up full-length Turn It On, lead singer Ashley Smith (formerly of Red Knife Lottery) sounds like the one spitting flames as she conjures the art-punk howl of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O behind rumbling guitars, punchy bass lines and bruising rhythm sections. It’s no surprise that Evel Knievel shows up on the sinewy track “Right On” since Whips employs the risk-taker’s brash, daredevil attitude throughout the swift 32-minute record. On that song, Smith clearly outlines the band’s daring mission statement when she snarls, “If you can’t get it higher/ you’ve got to set it on fire.” Catch Whips celebrate their release for Turn It On Saturday night at Cactus Club with opening comic Ryan Holman and Midwest Death Rattle. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Ugly Sweater Party featuring Fresh Cut Collective, Sat. Nite Duets, The Living Statues and WC Tank at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($7, $5 with ugly sweater) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

And: Buffalo Gospel with Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds and Simon Balto at Anodyne Walker’s Point, 8 p.m. ($10) – (2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., AnodyneCoffee.com)

And: Chevelle with Crobot and Lesser Key at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($26.50-$119) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Sunday, December 21: Poncho People with Sex Forecast, Moon Eyed Man and Tim? The Enchanter at Bremen Cafe, 9 p.m. (FREE) (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)

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Kevin is a freelance writer residing in Milwaukee. He’s contributed to The Shepherd Express, Third Coast Daily, Pop Matters and the sadly now-defunct A.V. Club Milwaukee. He looks forward to forging a deeper connection with the city’s impressive music scene during his gig as a Music Notes blogger. His talents include music criticism, riding a bicycle, drinking tasty beers and a crafty croquet swing. His weaknesses comprise Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, professional wrestling and his ever-growing record collection. He’s in desperate need to find more physical (and hard drive) space for the exceptional albums Milwaukee musicians keep churning out.