Sleater-Kinney and All Messed Up V

Plus Glen Hansard, Piles and Fleetwood Mac. It’s a great week in local shows.

Tuesday, February 10: The Australian Bee Gees Show at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($45-$65)

With six shows over three days, The Bee Gees tribute act The Australian Bee Gees Show fills Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater with the soft-rock R&B that’s played gently in the background in waiting rooms for decades. Disco-era nostalgics will get a kick out the Gibbs’ brothers Saturday Night Fever classics “Staying Alive,” “More Than a Woman,” “Night Fever,” and “How Deep Is Your Love,” but, you know, without the Gibbs brothers. (1721 W. Canal St.,

Wednesday, February 11: Bush with Theory Of A Deadman and Stars In Stereo at The Rave, 8:30 p.m. ($29-$119)

For all the terrible post-grunge bands that sprung up in the mid-90s after the Seattle boom, Bush always seemed to be propped a couple rungs on the ladder above everyone else. Its debut album, Sixteen Stone, may have been highly derivative of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but at least the imitation felt like it held some substance. Lead singer Gavin Rossdale and Bush wouldn’t reach the same artistic peak as on Sixteen Stone (although, follow-up Razorblade Suitcase came close) and after diminishing record sales the band called it quits by 2002. But the breakup didn’t stick, as Bush formed back up in 2010, going on two release two new albums so far, the latest, 2014’s Man on the Run. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: The Australian Bee Gees Show at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ($45-$65) – (1721 W. Canal St.,

Thursday, February 12: Fleetwood Mac at the Bradley Center, 8 p.m. ($46.50-$176.50)

Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 blockbuster Rumours remains one of the best pop albums of all time, one filled with hook after hook that influenced the next generation of melody writers and that only feels more classic because such an easy going record was  recorded while intense internal turmoil filtered through the band. Fleetwood Mac announced its first album in 12 years will come out later this year, so you may need to sit through some new stuff in order to hear some of rock’s greatest pop songs. (1001 N. Fourth St.,

Also: Daniel Champagne with Devil Met Contention, Heavy Leaves and Jack Tell at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($8) – (1001 E. Locust St.,

And: The Australian Bee Gees Show at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ($45-$65) – (1721 W. Canal St.,

Friday, February 13: All Messed Up V at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 7 p.m. ($3)

Crafting a distinct sound and writing a good song is hard enough between people that know each other. Imagine trying to accomplish that artistic feat with complete strangers. Now in its fifth year, the annual All Messed Up showcase pushes local musicians into that fire, by pairing up 64 participating musicians randomly into 16 bands and giving them a few months to decide a direction and write some songs. Over Friday and Saturday, the newly assembled bands will perform whatever they’ve come up with. Even if most of the material falls flat, the affair still remains a good networking event for local bands. (1001 E. Locust St.,

Also: The B-52s at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($65-$75) – (1721 W. Canal St.,

And: Nikki Lane with Jonny Fritz and Hugh Bob at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. ($10 advance; $12 door) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

And: Cherub with ForteBowie and Mystery Skulls at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($15 advance; $17 door) – (144 E. Wells St.,

Saturday, February 14: Glen Hansard with The Lost Brothers at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

While being the frontman for pub-rock group The Frames gained him some notoriety, Glen Hansard’s major breakthrough came on film, playing a down-and-out Irish busker in the 2007 independent romantic musical Once. He and his onscreen companion Markéta Irglova toured from the success of the film and their Academy Award-winning song “Falling Slowly” as the duo Swell Season. There isn’t a better date night show on Valentine’s Day than this one. (144 E. Wells St.,

Also: All Messed Up V at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 7 p.m. ($3) – (1001 E. Locust St.,

And: All Them Witches with The Well and Piles at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. ($8 advance; $10 door) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

And: Midwest Beat and The Olives at Circle A Café, 8 p.m. – (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)

Music Notes Show of the Week
Music Notes Show of the Week

Sunday, February 15: Sleater-Kinney with Lizzo at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Reunions never seem to quite work out. The initial ambition and aggression that make a band meaningful and relevant has long subsided and the more self-aware groups realize that a simple anniversary tour is all that’s necessary. That’s nowhere near true for Sleater-Kinney, whom after a 10-year absence returned this year for the oh-so typical cash-grab (a box-set release and tour dates), but also broke the mold by putting out an absolutely stunner of a record that holds up next to its essential albums. No Cities To Love doesn’t find the band searching for its glory days, but rather they’re more in touch with their spirit now than right before the breakup. This show was initially booked at Turner Hall Ballroom, which would seem like the appropriate size to hold a reunion act that’s putting out a sub-par album. But since Sleater-Kinney appears in peak form, it was quickly moved to the more expansive Riverside Theater and has since sold out. If this was summer, it’s hard to doubt that this show would be filling an outdoor amphitheater. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.,



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.