November in Milwaukee is a month of urgency. Winter is approaching with rapid speed and soon will have us nestling underneath a heated blanket. That means you need to take advantage of time outside the house as much as possible. This week’s eclectic music schedule gives you plenty of different reasons to get out and about. Here’s five different ways to spend this temperate November week:
On Wednesday, Jessica Hopper, a senior editor at Pitchfork, gives a reading of her new pop culture anthology, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave. The reading starts at 7 p.m. Hopper is one of the finest and fiercest voices in the writing community today. She continuously fights against the rampant, casual and not-so-casual misogyny in criticism and fandom. Her interview with Jim Derogatis on R. Kelly for the Village Voice made people reexamine their emotional ties to the sleazy R&B singer. And her profile for the Chicago Reader on David Bazan’s fall from faith is captivating. Her twitter handle (@jesshopp) is a must follow.
On Thursday, Jon Mueller (of Volcano Choir, Death Blues and Pele) presents his new solo project, A Magnetic Center, at INOVA: Institute of Visual Arts, 2155 N. Prospect Ave. An enrapturing and hypnotic piece, the album utilizes just two instruments, a handmade Arabic bass drum and looped wordless vocals. Like any of the percussionist’s work, his material takes on a different energy when played in a live setting.
Milwaukee Zine Fest celebrates its 8th year of supporting the independent press this Saturday. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the Falcon Bowl, 801 E. Clarke St, and zine makers will be selling their DIY publications until 5 p.m. While zines mostly faded from view after the advent of the internet, which gained readers easy, free access to counterculture opinions and art, there’s still a real artistic value in these small, personal items that can’t be conveyed on a computer screen.
Another year Riverwest tradition returns to Milwaukee this Saturday as local musicians pay homage to Neil Young with the “Kneel to Neil” event at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 1001 E. Locust St. The 11th annual show raises funds for local radio station WMSE 91.7 and Neil Young’s Bridge School. Musicians include Bella Bruto, Christopher Porterfield, The Aimless Blades, RedHawks, Lyric Advisory Board, Panalure, The Viper & His, Famous Orchestra, Edward Burch, Devil Met Contention, Railmeat, Arkansas Kelly, Connie Ward and Matt Tyner. Festivities start at 8 p.m.
Back from an East Coast tour, Midnight Reruns headline an album release party at Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth Ave., this Saturday for sophomore album, Force of Nurture, with openers Space Raft and Sat. Nite Duets. The show starts at 9 p.m. I’ll have more on the outstanding Tommy Stinson-produced record later this week.
Stream of the Week
Last Wednesday, Turner Hall Ballroom announced that the prolific and ever-moving New York City post-punk band Parquet Courts would headline a show on Monday, Feb. 15. It’s an excellent get for the city. Listen to their breakthrough album, 2012’s Light Up Gold.
More This Week
Monday, November 9: The Charlatans with Eyelids at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($25) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Tuesday, November 10: Video with Static Eyes at Lucky Cat, 7 p.m. ($5) – (2541 N. Bremen St.)
Wednesday, November 11: Sublime with Rome and The Expendables at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($32-$144) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Thursday, November 12: Rainn Wilson with Nineteen Thirteen at The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($26.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Friday, November 13: Nikki Lane with Clear Plastic Masks at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. ($13) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Saturday, November 14: Jackson Browne with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($49.50-$65) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Sunday, November 15: Rock for the Animals (benefit for Autumn Farm Sanctuary) featuring The Tritonics, Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine and Floor Model at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)