Bob Dylan, Tame Impala and Milwaukee Psych Fest

Four days of Milwaukee Psych Fest at Cactus Club and Dylan sells out the Riverside. Plus: Tame Impala, The Body, Melt-Banana, Mastodon, Paul Cebar, and more

Monday, May 11: The Body with Full of Hell, Northless and Blessed Sacrifist at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 7:30 p.m. ($10)

Portland-via-Providence-R.I. duo The Body fills the intimate room at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace with its punishingly loud and aggressive sludge metal this Monday night. Joining the 16-year-old band on tour are relative newcomers, Ocean City’s grindcore outfit Full of Hell. Local openers Northless and Blessed Sacrifist don’t skimp on the volume, either. Bring out the earplugs for this one. (900 E. Center St.)

Tuesday, May 12: Melt-Banana with Zebras and Rio Turbo at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($15)

After 20 years spent enlisting touring musicians to assist in filling out its whirling, chaotic sound, the Japanese noise rock duo Melt-Banana has slimmed down its live performance to include just the band’s two founding members, Yasuko Onuki and Ichirou Agata. While the line-up may seem small, expect the sound to be huge. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

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Wednesday, May 13: Bob Dylan and His Band at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

The legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan returns to play the relatively intimate Riverside Theater and while the 73-year-old’s grasp continually fades, if you catch him on the right night, he can be transcendent. He last played Milwaukee in 2012 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center behind his 35th studio album, The Tempest. His latest, Shadows in the Night, consists of 10 cover songs originally recorded by Frank Sinatra. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: Mastodon with Clutch and Graveyard at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($29.50-$144) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Thursday, May 14: Tame Impala with Mini Mansions at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($25)

Australian psych-pop band Tame Impala broke out in 2012 with its kaleidoscopic pop melodies on sophomore record Lonerism. The four-piece gained enough steam to play a sold-out Turner Hall Ballroom show the following year. Now the band is back to fill the much larger Riverside Theater with its follow-up album in the bank—Currents is due out in July. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: Milwaukee Psych Fest featuring Feck, Space Raft and Drugs Dragons at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

And: Milky Chance with FMLYBAND at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

Friday, May 15: Milwaukee Psych Fest featuring Retribution Gospel Choir, The Myrrors and Moss Folk at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10)

The annual Milwaukee Psych Fest has quickly become a Milwaukee institution. This year’s four-day festival kicks off Thursday with a local bill featuring the onstage reunion of ‘90s avante-garde rock band Feck, the Big Star-conjuring Space Raft and the sludgy Drugs Dragons. Friday night brings Duluth’s Crazy Horse-inspired Retribution Gospel Choir, Tuscon’s sonically mysterious The Myrrors and festival founder Andrew Shelp’s psychedelic droning as Moss Folk. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

Also: Temple with Jr., Live Tetherball Tonight and The Midwestern Charm at Cocoon Room, 7 p.m. ($5) – (820 E. Locust St.)

And: Piles with Jerome and the Psychics and Midwives at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St.,

And: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave.,

Saturday, May 16: Milwaukee Psych Fest (late show) featuring The Paperhead, The Holydrug Couple, L.A. Witch and Verma at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10)

Psych Fest continues on Saturday with two separate performances (see earlier show below). The late show includes some acid folk courtesy of Nashville’s The Paperhead, Chile’s spacey The Holy Drug Couple, So-Cal’s bluesy, reverb-laden L.A. Witch and Chicago’s free-minded, psych rockers Verma. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

Also: Milwaukee Psych Fest (early show) featuring Jovontaes, Ancient River, Has a Shadow, Nest Egg and Burning Palms at Cactus Club, 2 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

And: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat with Rio Turbo, Dogs in Ecstasy and Holy Shit! at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. – (815 E. Locust St.,

And: All Time Low with Issues, Tonight Alive and State Champs at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($25-$33) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Sunday, May 17: Damnwells with Trapper Shoepp and Cringe at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m.(2501 S. Superior St.,

Also: Milwaukee Psych Fest featuring Holywave, Ttotals, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Calliope, Vats, Naan Violance, Golden Donna, Geena and Voco at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,



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.