Plus TV Girl, Animals in Human Attire, Kacey Musgraves, Single Mothers and Swami John Reis.
Tuesday, February 17: Mind Over Mirrors with Daniel Bachman and Dryhouse Ruins at Cactus Club, 8:30 p.m.
At the center of Mind Over Mirrors’ retro-futuristic synthesizer-laden soundscape is the Indian pedal harmonium, an instrument that feels both familiar and alien. The project began as a solo affair for Jaime Fennelly (from the now defunct experimental noise trio Peeesseye) but has since incorporated the angelic voice of Haley Fohr (from chamber pop group Circuit des Yeux). The duo released The Voice Calling, its first album together and fourth in total, this January. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Blues at the Crossroads with Irma Thomas, Lee Fields, Eric Krasno, Alecia Chakour and The Dynamites at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 7 p.m. ($35-$45) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)
Wednesday, February 18: Heavy Hand with Body Futures and the rutabega at Frank’s Power Plant, 9 p.m. ($5)
This impressive Wednesday bill at Frank’s Power Plant includes two of the city’s best bands—mathy-pop outfit Body Futures released one of the best albums of 2014 and Heavy Hand came out with one of my favorite songs last year—and a frequently seen Indianan neighbor, the rutabega. The show doubles as a promotion/send-off for PRF Thundersnow, a rock festival held in Gladstone, Mich. that all three bands are playing this weekend. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)
Also: Chung Antique with Doktra, Seven Costanza, The Visis and Backseas at Cocoon Room, 6 p.m. ($5) – (820 E. Locust St.)
Thursday, February 19: TV Girl with Animals in Human Attire and J Todd at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10)
Los Angeles-based indie-pop trio TV Girl combines dreamy ‘60s pop music with ‘90s hip-hop beats to form highly infectious, sun-drenched melodies. Last year’s debut full-length French Exit proved that the nostalgia formula was a success. The show features local openers Animals in Human Attire and J Todd. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Joshua Radin with Andrew Belle at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($25) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Friday, February 20: Frankie Lee & The Hustle with The Championship at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.
Minneapolis’ best songwriter of 2014 (according to the alt-weekly City Pages) Frankie Lee teams up with The Hustle (you know, from Hugh Bob and the Hustle) on Friday night at the Cactus Club. Since Hugh Masterson recently moved down to Nashville, it will be interesting to see if The Hustle can become the city’s official backing band for hire. Opening the show is local alt-county contemporary, The Championship. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Swami John Reis with The Blind Shake, Brokeback and Whips at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($12 advance; $14 door) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
And: Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($15-$25) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)
Saturday, February 21: Hozier with Asgeir at The Riverside Theater, 8:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Few songs dominate mainstream radio like Hozier’s sweeping ballad “Take Me To Church.” It earned the Irish singer a Song-of-the-Year nomination at this year’s Grammys, which is less artistic competition and more popularity contest. It’s also destined to become an ever-growing beast, if it’s not followed by another commercial pop song. For the time being, though, revel in the unstoppable hit this Saturday at a sold-out Riverside Theater. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Ugly Brothers with The New Red Moons, Ladders and King Courteen at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($7) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
And: Corners with NO/NO and Blonder at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($6) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
And: Kacey Musgraves at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($32.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
And: The Summertime Dudes at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Sunday, February 22: Solids with Tenement, Brat Sounds and Carpet City at Bremen Cafe, 9:30 p.m. (FREE)
The debut full-length from Montreal’s Solids earned the duo endless comparisons to fellow noise-pop duo No Age, but Blame Confusion (from Fat Possum Records) sounds more euphoric and fierce than its predecessors. Each song on the 37-minute, 10-track record feels like an unstoppable anthem scored with a chugging guitar, frenetic drums and a catchy, melodic structure. Also playing, Appleton’s fuzzed-out, three-piece Tenement, which kicks off a two-week East Coast tour on Sunday night. The 9-year-old band is set to release a compilation of its first three years on March 10 called Bruised Music Volume One. (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)
Also: The Blind Pets with Dirty Few and The Stud Spiders at Frank’s Power Plant, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)
And: Single Mothers with The Dirty Nil, Midwives and Peter J. Woods at Cocoon Room, 8 p.m. ($10) – (820 E. Locust St.)