Summertime is music time in Milwaukee. We've rounded up the best of the best for your listening pleasure.
The freewheelin’ folk tunes from this Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter twist and turn in unexpected directions. It’s fitting that his latest album tackles the jarring rides at Green Bay’s much-loved Bay Beach Amusement Park.
Widely known for his big, booming voice and erratic dancing on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Future Islands’ frontman Samuel T. Herring is a rapper on the side. He’s shared the mic with Milwaukee’s underground poet/rapper Rory Ferreira, who opens for Future Islands at the Pabst Theater on June 7 as milo. Confused? We are, too. We try to sort it out below.
Samuel T. Herring
|Alter-egos||milo, Scallops Hotel||Hemlock Ernst|
|Sample lyrics|| “Brothers like me don’t live too long/That’s why I have to write so many rap songs.”
“At home on a cracked iPhone/Alone and hairy, casting postmodernist abracadabra”
| “Sometimes things come to me/Sometimes I come to things.”
“Got many styles/This time just tryin’ to follow milo”
Witness the future of laid-back indie-rock as the breezy sounds of this supremely chill Washington-based four-piece outfit gently fill Bay View’s intimate rock venue.
The Pabst Theater
The musical mariner in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou revisits his soothing Portuguese-language renditions of David Bowie songs to commemorate the life of the Thin White Duke.
Gathering on the Green
Relive the ’70s and ’80s soft rock heyday with schmaltzy tunes from these two famously bearded dad-rock originals.
BMO Harris Pavilion
No need to choose between the warm summer rays (“Blister in the Sun”) and the cool, murky night (“The Killing Moon”) on this study-in-contrasts double bill.
What serious musician records an entire album of Taylor Swift covers? The same one who infuses equally effortless-sounding pop hooks into his signature brand of heartland rock.
Turner Hall Ballroom
Feel comfortable knowing that the once-dysfunctional, now-stable psychedelic indie-rock duo won’t break up onstage anymore, thus harshing your mellow from the band’s kaleidoscope soundscapes, man.
Wisconsin State Fair Park
For one night only, the hi-top fade hairstyle is again de rigueur. This year’s lineup features Vanilla Ice, Kid ‘n Play, Tone Loc and Young MC.
The Riverside Theater
An entire generation of kids sang along to her songs; now see the Tony Award-winning actor and singer of “Let It Go” from Disney film Frozen grace the stage. ◆