From Malaysia to Jersey to Appleton

Monday, Jan. 27: Yellowcard with What’s Eating Gilbert at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($20) Yellowcard has the distinction of being the most famous Jacksonville band since Limp Bizkit. Fortunately, the band’s pop-punk outfit has a lot more longevity than its Nu-Metal predecessor due to the now-12-year-old album Ocean Avenue. The violin-driven, implicitly Jesus-ish outfit comes to town to give the aforementioned opus the acoustic treatment. What’s Eating Gilbert opens. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com) Wednesday, Jan. 29: Screaming Females with Tenement, and Rio Turbo at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. Jersey three-piece Screaming Females is a tad misleading, in that two of its members…

Album Review- Old Earth ‘All Kill’

Todd Umhoefer is a machine. In 2013, Old Earth – the product of that well-oiled musical machine – had a banner year, with a handful of great releases (including Small Hours, which cracked our Best Albums list), some captivating local outings and even some shows in Europe. Under a month into 2014, Umhoefer put the wraps on 13-minute opus All Kill, his first release of a year that holds the promise of even greater Old Earth output – both in terms of volume and in quality. A storm of distorted palm-muted guitar and feedback lunges All Kill into action. The…

Snowy Roads Dog Fights and Chemical Plants

Last year, we introduced you to Temple, a Milwaukee-Madison post-punk band that grabbed our attention with its great debut, The Conscience Of The King (download it now!). This year, Temple guys took its Wisconsin-tested 2013 material on the road shortly after new year, as they struck out on a 17-day tour that found them playing 12 shows – and having two cancelled on account of weather – in 10 states. Temple guitarist John Larkin was kind enough to pen an exceptionally informative and well-written account of the experience. Unfortunately, 17 days worth of diary entries requires a lot of words.…

Earth Moon and Space

Tuesday, Jan. 21: Sigmund Snopek at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. (FREE) It’s a Tuesday, and there’s not much going on in the way of music. You know what that means: You’re up, Snopek! The Brew City troubadour has a standing Tuesday night gig at Linneman’s for a reason. The accomplished multi-instrumentalist has been an ever-changing yet ever-present fixture in Milwaukee music for more than three decades. His regular playing schedule may leave him susceptible to being buried in our show listings, but give him a chance. You might like what you hear. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com) Wednesday, Jan. 22: Forgotten…

As Defined By WebsterX

Photo by Damien Klaven This time last year, Sam Ahmed was just a Milwaukee kid with some verses and an overriding sense of apprehension. Fortunately, the 21-year-old soon shed his self-doubt and added some flesh and blood to his skeleton songs, creating WebsterX. As 2013 drew to a close, Ahmed released WebsterX’s encouraging debut album, Desperate Youth. The 16-song introduction (which appears on our year-end Best Albums list) spawned an array of live shows – with fellow rappers and indie bands alike – and quickly made this youngster one of the most exciting artists in Milwaukee’s rapidly growing hip-hop scene.…

Canadian Contemporaries and Regional Reunions

Wednesday, Jan. 15: Betty Who at Pabst Theater (Pub Show), 7 p.m. ($8) Australian-born pop prodigy Jessica Newham came to the states in 2007 to further develop musically. At just 22, she’s a breath away from mainstream success, after her self-released 2013 EP The Movement (under the Betty Who moniker) led to a record deal with RCA. With both time and talent on her side, notoriety is inevitable for Betty Who. Why not see her for $8 at an intimate Pabst Pub outing while you still can? (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org) Thursday, Jan. 16: The Rural Alberta Advantage with…

Pink Lauded Locals and a King-Sized Tribute

Monday, Jan. 6: A Tribute To The King (contests and shows) at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, noon to 7:30 p.m. ($5-$43) If you’re brave enough to bundle up and brave the sub-zero conditions Monday in search of music entertainment, swing by Potawatomi to see Elvis impersonators vie for a $25,014 prize in numerous early rounds of the “Tribute To The King” contests. If you’d rather see professionals mimic The King, there are also tribute shows that traverse every era of the music icon’s incredible career. It’s literally the only music listing we found. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com) Tuesday,…

Breadking Bash at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn

Photo by Tim Suchocki The days following the debauchery of New Year’s promise to be a folk-ing good time over at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn. Breadking – a music collective populated by plenty of young Milwaukee musicians – had so much success with its two-day, four-venue, 21-band Summerfest-adjacent punk festival last summer, the group decided to showcase its cast of local folk acts for its Breadking Bash on Jan. 3. The bill is brimming with area talent, including Myles Coyne & the Rusty Nickel Band, Caley Conway and the Lucy Cukes, Ugly Brothers, Jamie Yanda (of Temple), the Lousy Trots, and Brett…

Top 10 Picks For December

Every month, we count down the top 10 most exciting, surprising and just plain great moments in Milwaukee music. Here are 10 standout picks from December. 10. Avenues gives the gift of “PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS” If your senses aren’t inundated with holiday cheer yet, local pop-punkers Avenues wrapped up its own take on the yuletide standards with “PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS” – an admittedly repetitive, but fun Christmas carol. 9. WC Tank releases “In A Blaze Of Light” on SoundCloud Wesley Tank put a bow on a year – which came complete with an album release, an opening slot of Canadian…

Top 13 Videos of 2013

Fable & the World Flat ­– “Soliloquy in Symphony” It’s actually kind of hard to watch this video now, when it’s 10 degrees and there are six inches of snow on the ground, because it’s so quintessentially summer. A gang of bikers and boarders tool around a leafy green Milwaukee like they own the place before convening with some mystics around a bonfire. The video is beautifully shot by Cole Quamme and Dan Boville, with frequent slow-mo perfectly matching the song’s syrupy synths. (JG) The Fatty Acids – “Airsick” The Fatty Acids, along with their tour buds in Sat. Nite…