Perhaps the strangest bill the city’s music scene sees all year, All Messed Up returns to Linneman’s Riverwest Inn this weekend for two nights of shows on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18. This annual project randomly assigns 64 musicians into 16 bands and gives them a scant two months to come up with a few original songs, one cover and a name—to make things even more difficult, this year each band must cover a song in the style of another band, say, a Fugazi-style rendition of a Byrds song.
The concept was created in 2010 as an attempt to generate creativity and connection between musicians who would never otherwise collaborate in the usually quiet winter months. Over its seven years, the audience truly never knows what to expect at the show. Sets can range from slap-dash to revolutionary to downright bizarre, but all remain inherently captivating. With time-slots only ranging from 15 to 20 minutes, the event moves along quite nicely, which can feel like sweet relief when a performance is particularly rough.
While the music being played is yet to be known, the eccentric band names prove that this year’s show should be as peculiar as ever. Bands on the bill for Friday night include: The Warp And The Woof, The Shit And Piss Boys, Mickey Rooney & The I’m Still Alives, ZZ Hop, Ugly Crier, Gargantua!, Liberal Meteor and MMOOLLDD (the last one is certainly a jab at synth-pop group GGOOLLDD). And playing Saturday night: I’m in a Band with a Fucking Cop, Not What I Expected, Ancient Fumes, Surreal Cloud Party, N.M.N.F.K.L., “Macarena 2” (In Quotes), That’s A Horse To Him and Bluto.
All Messed Up VII takes place on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 1001 E. Locust St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the cover charge is $3.
Stream of the Week
“Everything’s changed now/Nothing is changed,” goes the first line of GENAU’s second self-titled release. The opener, “New Goth,” casually meanders through fuzz and reverb before picking up some steam near the end. The 7-track album, which sounds indebted to ‘80s shoegaze music, refuses to shy away from the past in hopes of discovering something new in the present—a mission that the band certainly accomplishes.
This Week in Live Music
Tuesday, February 14:
Doyle Bramhall II with Future Stuff at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($25) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave.)
Wednesday, February 15:
WORK with The Rutabega and Body Futures at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.)
William Singe & Alex Aiono at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($20 advance; $25 door) – (1032 N. 4th St.)
Tribal Seeds with Raging Fyah and Nattali Rize at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($18) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.)
Thursday, February 16:
Ben Folds with Kadhja Bonet at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($35) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.)
Colony House with Deep Sea Divers at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($12) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.)
Lily & Madeleine with Seasaw at The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee, 8 p.m. ($12 advance; $15 door) – (2211 N. Prospect Ave.)
Attila with New Years Day, Cane Hill and Bad Omens at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($18) – (1032 N. 4th St.)
Friday, February 17:
Young The Giant with Lewis Del Mar at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($25-$30) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.)
Mike Doughty with Wheatus at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($20) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave.)
Love Letter to Milwaukee: Def Harmonic with Siren, Honey x SistaStrings x Klassik and DJ Madhatter vs Kiings at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($12) – (735 E. Center St.)
CHIEF with Rover at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.)
Ravi/Lola with Real Numbers at Bremen Cafe, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (901 E. Clarke St.)
Fruition with American Babies at The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee, 8 p.m. ($12 advance; $14 door) – (2211 N. Prospect Ave.)
Gerardo Ortiz at The Rave, 9 p.m. ($47.50-$127.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.)
Saturday, February 18:
Platinum Boys with Moon Rats at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.)
Rocket Boy 55 with Faux Fur at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St.)
Hand of Doom with Scratch 45 and Rover at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($10) – (735 E. Center St.)
Sunday, February 19:
Andy Black with William Control at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($20) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.)
Dorothy at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($12.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.)