The New Pornographers and Interpol

Monday, November 10: David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet with David Dondero at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($20) The former Pedro the Lion lead singer David Bazan made headlines in the late-2000s when he disbanded his Seattle indie-rock band and subsequently released a solo album about his newfound agnosticism. Bazan’s openness to explore his innermost emotions and concerns has always been an appealing part of his work—he also often takes breaks between songs to engage in enlightening Q&As with his fans. While he sometimes plays tiny living rooms across the country strapped with an acoustic guitar, Bazan will be…

Top Picks for October

The cold clench of winter is upon us. Cuddle up with a nice warm drink and reminisce about the good times with us. Here are the top picks from October. 10. Good month for EPs Even though it’s already November, it’s not too late to catch up on the great EPs that came out this last month. Especially of note are Volunteer’s noisy, punishing punk rock effort Goner, Wealthy Ghosts’ frosty bedroom pop album Cold Hands and El Shareef’s nine-song, 29-minute blistering rap on Nonchalant EP, which he admits is probably actually a mixtape in the intro. 9. Who’s that…

James Taylor Miltown Beatdown and Klassik

Monday, November 3: Rings of Saturn with Devolving Messiah, To Set Ablaze , Pangaea, Encryptor and Wicked World at The Metal Grill, 5 p.m. ($10) The Bay Area deathcore band Rings of Saturn boasts a vast, young audience, a super polished, hyper-technical, punishing metal sound and throws in some heavy science-fiction themes. Those qualities have lead to numerous attacks from critics, who find their growing success unwarranted in the metalcore scene and bemoan the band’s inability to reproduce their extremely difficult songs live. See for yourself Monday night at The Metal Grill in Cudahy. There’s nothing quite like a metal…

It’s Halloween Y’all

Since Halloween falls on a Friday this year, almost everyone seems (rightly) set on celebrating the holiday the exact date it appears on the calendar—get it together, Bay View. This means the music calendar is overloaded with shows featuring tribute acts, costume contests and some other hair-raising mischief. The shear amount of activities can be outright spooky, especially, if you’re plans aren’t set for tonight’s festivities.  But don’t fear, below is a comprehensive guide to all the Friday night’s spooktacular music-related activities.  Tribute Shows Halloween marks the only night of the year where it’s appropriate to dress up as your…

John Prine Death Blues and Ladders

Monday, October 27: Insane Clown Posse with Mushroomhead, Da Mafia 6is, Madchild and Jellyroll at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($26.50-$94) Even bands with fervent cult followings don’t hold a light to the obsessive Insane Clown Posse fanbase. ICP devotees, lovingly dubbed Juggalos, adhere to a certain band-approved lifestyle of drinking the disgusting soda-brand Faygo, twisting their hair in spider legs style and wearing creepy facepaint. The following has definitely turned into a prominent subculture, spawning countless derivative rap groups and culminating in a notoriously sketchy festival in central Ohio called Gathering of the Juggalos. The music isn’t very inclusive—it’s basically…

Field Report and Milo

Monday, October 20: Pearl Jam at the Bradley Center, 7:30 p.m. ($66.50) When the Seattle music scene exploded during the 1990s and record labels extended their hands to the nearest flannel shirt, most bands remained unprepared for the intense media scrutiny and inflated expectations that followed the soon-to-burst grunge bubble. Alongside Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam established that massive market boom in northwestern Washington with its radio-friendly, alt-rock debut Ten and no other outlasted the fading trend better than Eddie Vedder’s crew. As the Illinois-born frontman nears 50 years old, he’s gracefully reached the vaunted rock elder…

The Music of Patti Smith

Tuesday, October 14: Ryan Adams with Butch Walker at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($35-$45) North Carolina native Ryan Adams struck a chord with listeners on his 2000 solo debut, Heartbreaker, an honest, emotional trip down to the bottom of failed relationship, which the singer released after the falling out of his alt-county band, Whiskeytown. Adams could never live up to the lofty expectations of becoming the next generation’s Bob Dylan and while he experienced some backlash due to his outspoken personality in the mid-2000s, he’s settled into a good spot in his music career. He was able to release…

Pose And Prose

CAMERA READY Is Yo-Dot poised for fame? Photo by Adam Ryan Morris Thousands of onlookers stand atop aluminum benches, braving the unseasonable blanket of cool temperatures to watch determined rapper Yo-Dot deliver a frantic, lively performance during this year’s Summerfest. Passion and enthusiasm seep through every pore of the Sherman Park word-slinger – with a little sweat, since he’s racing across the ends of the stage in a furious strut, acting as his own hype man. He routinely switches course, playing to the masses one minute, blazing through his notoriously gritty street rap the next and then relinquishing the reigns…

New Era in Milwaukee Music?

If you missed last Tuesday’s WebsterX, Bliss & Alice, and Soul Low show at Hotel Foster, well, don’t say we didn’t tell you so. We had the performance slotted as our show of the week, picked over an impressive slate of touring acts, like hypnotic indie-rockers Warpaint, emo progenies Braid, and Atlanta rapper Young Thug—though, he didn’t even show. The recognition wasn’t unwarranted. The three groups are responsible for some of the best music permeating the city’s music scene. Last year’s 16-song album Desparate Youth from WebsterX landed the heady, brooding rapper highly deserved praise. Bliss & Alice made his…

Herman Astro and Big Freedia

Monday, October 6: Rachel Sage (album release) with Claudia Johnson at Anodyne Walker’s Point, 8 p.m. ($12) – (224 W. Bruce St., AnodyneCoffee.com) Tuesday, October 7: Asia at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($35.50-$55.50) The four-piece Asia banded together in 1981 following the dissolutions of the two massive progressive rock bands Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Yes. While the band didn’t score well with critics, their albums sold millions of copies during the ‘80s on the back of hit singles, “Heat of the Moment,” “Only Time Will Tell,” and “Don’t Cry.” Despite numerous line-up changes throughout the past 33 years,…