Klassik photo by Cara Hunt.

Roundup: Klassik, Tenement, Trapper Schoepp, and more

Klassik celebrates the release of his new album on Thursday at the Miramar Theatre. Plus: where you can see Tenement, Trapper Schoepp, Thee Tsunamis, Machine Gun Kelly, and more.

Tuesday, July 14: Empires with Whips at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10 advance; $12 door)

A good hook and some driving guitar is all the Chicago-based four-piece Empires need to make a song sparkle. Major label debut, 2014’s Orphans (off Island Records) showcased that infectious formula established by mid 2000’s garage pop stars The Killers and The National. Milwaukee post-punks Whips open the show. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Also: Wild Pink with Migo and Antler House at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)

Wednesday, July 15: River Rhythms featuring Trapper Schoepp at Pere Marquette Park, 6:30 p.m. (FREE)

A new album is on its way from singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp, who’s kept busy since releasing 2011’s Run, Engine, Run by getting signed to a record label and touring with The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks and the Old ‘97s. Rangers and Valentines further displays Schoepp’s delicate and engaging narrative-driven writing style. His songs are filled with such amazing stories, many of which are true. For more, read my profile on Schoepp from the July issue of the magazine. (900 N. Plankinton Ave., Westown.org/neighborhood-events/river-rhythms)


Music Notes Show of the Week

Thursday, July 16: Klassik (album release) with Pizzle, B-Free and Kiings at Miramar Theatre, 9 p.m. ($10 advance, $12 door)

After releasing a series of seasonal EPs throughout this past year, local rapper Klassik is set to release his third full-length album, Seasons, with a party at Miramar Theatre this Thursday. For $20, you can get admittance into the show and pick up a copy of the record. (2844 N. Oakland Ave., TheMiramarTheatre.com)

Also: Liturgy with Yvette and Jon Mueller at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Lady Lamb with Soul Low at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($10) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: estates with Apollo Vermouth and Cairns at Borg Ward, 8 p.m. (FREE) – (823 W. National Ave.)

Friday, July 17: Machine Gun Kelly at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($21.50-$26.50)

You have to respect any non-wrestler willing to risk their well-being to take a powerbomb off the stage during a wrestling show. If the 25-year-old Cleveland rapper puts it all on the line for something like that, his shows must be an even wilder experience. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: Ry Cooder with Sharon White and Ricky Scaggs at The Pabst Theater, 8:30 p.m. ($49.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Space Raft with Niche, Red Stuff and The Get Drunk DJs at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Saturday, July 18: Thee Tsunamis with The Midwest Beat at Circle A Cafe, 8 p.m. ($5)

The fuzzy garage rockers Thee Tsunamis hail from Bloomington, Ind., but their blistering sound and bubblegum melodies feel originated from either coast, not Middle America. Debut album Saturday Night Sweetheart makes a fervent case that the best proto-punk actually does come from the Midwest. The three-piece band should fit right into Circle A’s cramped, dive bar surroundings. (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)

Also: Midwest Synth Fest featuring NO/NO, Gel Set, Wax Fruit, Stacian/Luxvid, Economy Superstar, Mar Babrine and Vreemd at Cactus Club, 7 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: John Butler Trio at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($29.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Sunday, July 19: Tenement with Tweens, Platinum Boys and Mercy Brown at Riverwest Public House, 8 p.m. ($7)

If you haven’t read Sahan Jayasuriya’s excellent piece on Tenement’s new double album Predatory Headlights, go do that now. And if you haven’t witnessed Tenement play live before (or even if you have), go see them at the Riverwest Public House this Sunday night with local skuzzy party rockers Platinum Boys, Cincinnati trash pop group Tweens and Spokane, Wash., metal band Mercy Brown. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Also: Boz Scaggs at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 7 p.m. ($65-$74) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)



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.