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Sugar Stems headlines the Equinox Music Festival at Linneman's, Buddy Guy plays Potawatomi, and so much more live music in Milwaukee this week.

Tuesday, March 17: Gaelic Storm at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($29.50)

Seeing blitzed college students chug gross-looking green Budweiser and in turn, stumble along pub crawls has truly soured the jolly St. Patrick’s Day spirit, but celebrate responsibly this Tuesday—you know, on the actual holiday—with perhaps the best widely known Celtic music makers, Gaelic Storm. You may remember them as the steerage band on the titular Titanic or from their annual stops in Milwaukee this time of the year. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Broods with Mikky Ekko at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($15) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Wednesday, March 18: Masked Intruder with A Wilhelm Scream, Direct Hit! and The DUIs at The Metal Grill, 5 p.m. ($10)

The Madison-based, balaclava-wearing punk rockers Masked Intruder invade Cudahy on Wednesday and bring with them a tongue-in-cheek criminal spirit. Their latest album M.I. features such songs as “Locked Up and Lonely,” “I Fought the Law” and “Crime Spree.” Milwaukee’s own Direct Hit! opens the show and alone worth the price of admission. (5036 South Packard Ave., Cudahy, themetalgrill.com)

Also: Chuckleheads with Holy Shit! and Platypodes at Cocoon Room, 7 p.m. ($5) – (820 E. Locust St.)

Thursday, March 19: Mike + The Mechanics with Daryl Stuermer of Genesis at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($39.50-$75)

Mike Rutherford’s offshoot from Genesis, the soft rocking Mike + The Mechanics makes its way to the Pabst Theater this Thursday. After breaking up 20 years ago, Mike returned with a new garage of musical technicians in 2010—replacing original vocalist Paul Carrack with a relatively younger Broadway singer Tim Howar—and released an album with the fresh line-up entitled The Road in 2012. Expect a few cuts from that record, but stay for the treasure trove of ’80s adult contemporary hits like “The Living Years,” “All I Need Is a Miracle” and “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground.” (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Buddy Guy at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($45-$55) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Friday, March 20: Buddy Guy at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($45-$55)

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Even though the health of 78-year-old Buddy Guy is waning, he can still play a mean guitar. Friday night marks his second of two nights at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater. Catch the blues living legend while you still can. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Also: Present Music – Equinox at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. ($15) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Phil Woods and Bryan Lynch with We Six at Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($27.50) – (929 N. Water St., MarcusCenter.org)

And: Fox Face with The Olives and Mark Adams: Son of Bill at Bremen Cafe, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)

And: Doomhammer with Attalla and Dudestorm at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: New Boyz Club with Rocket Paloma, Flag Signals and Stubby Chubz Brass Band at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Music Notes Show of the Week

Saturday, March 21: The Sugar Stems with The Atomic Spins, The Great Lake Drifters, Tigernite and Mortgage Freeman at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. ($8)

Welcome the dawning of a new season at Linneman’s on Saturday night as the Equinox Music Festival rejoices in the passing of winter—in band form. The party showcases five local bands, including the sprightly power pop of Sugar Stems, whose most recent album, We Only Come Out At Night, ranked at No. 9 on the best records of 2014. The night doubles as a celebration for a new release from roots rockers Great Lake Drifters, Radio Picture Show. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Also: Whips, Fatal Figures and Gallery Night at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: New Found Glory with Turnstile, This Wild Life and Turnover at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($19) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Alverno Presents featuring William Tyler at Alverno’s Chapel of Mary Immaculate, 8 p.m. ($20) – (3401 S. 39th St., AlvernoPresents.alverno.edu)

And: Thistledown Thunders with Grasping at Straws, Jessie Walker’s Hitch and Brewgrass at Walker’s Point Anodyne, 8 p.m. ($5) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Sunday, March 22: The Platinum Boys with The Fog at Circle-A Café, 8 p.m. ($5)

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Fresh off the band’s rambunctious album release party for the Marc Maron-approved album Future Hits, the Tom Petty disciples Platinum Boys cram into the cozier confines of Circle-A on Sunday. Being crammed in next to the bar surely won’t faze the four-piece since it just makes grabbing a beer during the set all the easier. Kansas City, Mo.’s The Fog opens the show sporting its own debut full-length, Darkness USA, an eccentric punk record with some slick guitar licks. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)

Also: The Slackers with T.I.G.T. at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. ($15) – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

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