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Kiings, Platinum Boys and Barry Manilow

Kiings’ album release show, Thursday at Hotel Foster with Chris Porterfield, Webster X and more, highlights the week ahead for live music in Milwaukee.

Monday, March 2: Barry Manilow with Dave Coz at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, ($16.75-$126.75)

Initially booked for last Tuesday, the golden-haired crooner Barry Manilow rescheduled his BMO Harris Bradley Center performance to this Monday for undisclosed reasons. The extra six days perhaps only heightened expectations for the 71-year old Las Vegas mainstay’s final tour. See him perform pop hits like “Mandy,” “Could It Be Magic” and “Copacabana” for the last time, far from the clinking sounds of slot machines. (1001 N. 4th St.,

Tuesday, March 3: Future Porn at the Jazz Estate, 10 p.m. (FREE)

March is supposed to bring warmer temperatures and livelier, mid-week music offerings, but the beginning of this week feels like it’s still stuck in January. Don’t fear, however, the Jazz Estate’s improvisational jazz ensemble, Future Porn, continues its experimental Tuesday night routine. (2423 N. Murray Ave.,

Wednesday, March 4: Evan Christian at the Jazz Estate, 9 p.m. ($5)

Wednesday brings another slow day on the city’s music calendar, but offers another great opportunity to see a weekly performer at The Jazz Estate, like the musical chameleon Evan Christian. He works in a variety of different genres—soul, blues, reggae—and seamlessly transitions among them. If you somehow haven’t checked him out yet—he’s constantly playing out, whether it’s at an established music venue or smaller bars and cafes—tonight’s the perfect night to see him. (2423 N. Murray Ave.,


Music Notes Show of the Week

Thursday, March 5: Kiings (album release) with Christopher Porterfield, WebsterX, Bliss & Alice, King Courteen and Colin Plant at The Hotel Foster, 8 p.m. ($5)

The electro-soul duo Kiings celebrate the release of its first full-length album, WWYFD, Thursday night at The Hotel Foster. The album features contributions from an array of national and local artists including Christine Hoberg, Rae Cassidy, milo and Pizzle. Several collaborators—Christopher Porterfield, WebsterX, Bliss & Alice, King Courteen and Colin Plant—will help Kiings perform its material live. (2028 E. North Ave.,

Kiings new album, "WWYDF." Credit: Bryce Walhof
Kiings new album, “WWYDF.” Credit: Bryce Walhof

Also: The Wailers with Rusted Root and Adam Ezra Group at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($24-$29) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

And: Infected Mushroom with AU5 and Terravita at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($22.50 advance; $24.50 door) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

Friday, March 6: Platinum Boys (album release) with Soup Moat, Rupert Angeleyes and Sat Nite Duets at The Hotel Foster, 10 p.m.

Platinum Boys, which features members of Rio Turbo, Catacombz, and Fatty Acids, extol the sloppy routine of sleazy, beer-soaked basement parties and cruising down the highway. These basic rock tropes aren’t breaking any new ground, to be sure, but the Riverwest four-piece deliver them with such enthusiasm that it’s hard not to buy in to the lifestyle. Platinum Boys play a release show for its debut full-length, Future Hits, this Friday at Hotel Foster. Also on the bill, sludgy rock band Soup Moat also celebrates the release of its six-song EP, Enjoy Your Hobbies. (2028 E. North Ave.,

Also: Bang Bang (album release) with Mortgage Freeman, Ryan Holman and Brian Hibbard at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St.,

And: The Hussy with Other Masquerades, Dogs in Ecstasy and Gallery Night at Cocoon Room, ($7) – (820 E. Locust St.)

And: Santah with Greatest Lakes and Ivy Spokes at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. ($8) – (2501 S. Superior St.,

Saturday, March 7: Devil Met Contention with Ladders at Walker’s Point Anodyne, 8 p.m. ($5 advance; $7 door)

Devil Met Contention singer Ehson Rad conjures the dark, husky howl of Tom Waits on the band’s new five-song EP American Times. The brooding folk sound feels more fitting for a backroads dive bar than a coffeehouse. The Anodyne Coffee in Walker’s Point does offer a few beer and wine selections behind the bar, but Devil Met Contention goes best with a couple shots of whiskey. (2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,

Also: Assault and Battery with The Mons, Fastplants and Deadset at Cactus Club 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

And: Tapebenders with Evacuate the Earth and B ALXNDER at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St.,

Sunday, March 8: Taking Back Sunday with letlive. and The Menzingers at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($26.50-$119) –(2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: Ugly Brothers with Bo Triplex and Mama at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St.,

And: Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($39.50) – (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.