GGOOLLDD’s New Video, Astronaut Husband, and Two Big Anodyne Shows

Swing Chevron and Rx Drugs celebrate their respective new albums at the local coffee house.

Over the past three years since its opening, the Walker’s Point location of Anodyne Coffee, 224 W. Bruce St., has stood acres above the bland coffeehouse musical fair, playing host to a cadre of different local and national artists including Trapper Schoepp, Tommy Stinson and Paul Cebar. This week the cafe is primed for a particularly productive week, as two local bands play album release shows at the venue.

On Thursday, December 1, the gypsy swing quartet Swing Chevron celebrates its debut full-length Gas & Gators at Anodyne. The group, fronted by Allen Russell, feels like a real throwback to 1930’s swing music. The instrumentation, which relies heavily on Russell’s violin, allows sufficient space for artist improvisation, making each performance an ephemeral experience. Doors open at 7:30 and cover charge is $8.


Back in August, I declared the debut from Rx Drugs as one of the best of the year. This Friday, Dec. 2, the indie-rockers (which features members of The Championship, The Promise Ring and Dashboard Confessional) finally get together to honor that release, Future Friction at Anodyne. You can pick up a vinyl copy at the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $15.


Stream of the Week

This ethereal bedroom-pop album of prolific one-man project Astronaut Husband finds common ground between mystery and comfort. Throughout the personal, 15-track Collection of You, the pace slowly creeps along, inviting curiosity and reflection. It’s an album that deserves to be digested via headphones in a darkly-lit room.


Video of the Week

Very few local musicians have the draw to fill Turner Hall Ballroom, but count synth-pop group GGOOLLDD as one that can. Last January, following the release of the four-song EP For The Night, the band sold out the venue. This Friday, Dec. 2, GGOOLLDD hopes for an equally packed follow-up, as they once again headline Turner Hall Ballroom with openers Har Mar Superstar and Flint Eastwood. In anticipation for the show, the band released the music video for their single, “Undercovers.” The ‘80s vibes run deep here, from the sparkling pop soundtrack to the vintage bus and apparel to the slasher movie narrative.



This Week in Live Music

Tuesday, November 29: Children Of Bodom with Abbath, Exmortus and Oni at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($21.50-$26.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Wednesday, November 30: Dosh with Sample & Fold and Chris Weller at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

Also: The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration at The Milwaukee Theatre, 7:30 p.m. ($35-$65) – (500 W. Kilbourn Ave.,

And: Jesse & Joy at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8:30 p.m. ($33-$65) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

And: Phil Vassar at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Casino, 8 p.m. ($39-$47) – (1721 W. Canal St.,

Thursday, December 1: Whitney at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($10) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

Also: Swing Chevron (album release) at Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee, 8 p.m. ($8) – (224 W. Bruce St.,

And: Sonny Knight and the Lakers at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($20) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave.,

And: Anthony Raneri of Bayside with Joe Crockett (Rx Drugs) and Bobby Flowers (Ex Carolina) at The Backroom at Colectivo Coffee, 7:30 p.m. ($12 advance; $15 door) – (2211 N. Prospect Ave.,

And: Tongue Party with Volunteer at Frank’s Power Plant, 9:30 p.m. ($5) – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,

And: Phil Vassar at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Casino, 8 p.m. ($39-$47) – (1721 W. Canal St.,

Friday, December 2: GGOOLLDD with Har Mar Superstar and Flint Eastwood at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($12 advance; $14 door) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

Also: Rx Drugs (Album release) with Split Single and Midnight Reruns at Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee, 8 p.m. ($15) – (224 W. Bruce St.,

And: Shana Falana with NO/NO and Ravi/Lola at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. ($8) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

And: Big Snow Show featuring The Head and the Heart, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jimmy Eat World and Bishop Briggs at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($40-$50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

And: Ifdakar with Stereo Frontier and Conundrum at Shank Hall, 9 p.m. ($20) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave.,

Saturday, December 3: Maritime with Paper Holland at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

Also: Cole Swindel with Jon Langston at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($37-$50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

And: Amanda Shires with Andrew Leahey & the Homestead at The Backroom @ Colectivo Coffee, 8 p.m. ($15) – (2211 N. Prospect Ave.,

Sunday, December 4: WMSE Big Band Grandstand: Sinatra and Basie at The Sands at Turner Hall Ballroom, 4 p.m. ($35-$50) – (1032 N. 4th St.,



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.