The Black Keys and Bay View Bash

Monday, September 8: Glass Animals with Rome Fortune at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($12) Paul Epworth, the British producer behind massive UK muscians Coldplay, Adele, Paul McCartney and burgeoning stars like FKA Twigs and Foster the People, started his own record label and made his first signing the electro-pop four-piece Glass Animals. The band couldn’t live up to those lofty expectations on their debut full-length, Zaba, a glitchy, sterilized affair that sounded like a band still trying to find its style. But the Oxford chaps, nonetheless, showed promise, and if anything, you can’t find a dance party this psychedelic…

Monday, September 8: Glass Animals with Rome Fortune at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($12)

Paul Epworth, the British producer behind massive UK muscians Coldplay, Adele, Paul McCartney and burgeoning stars like FKA Twigs and Foster the People, started his own record label and made his first signing the electro-pop four-piece Glass Animals. The band couldn’t live up to those lofty expectations on their debut full-length, Zaba, a glitchy, sterilized affair that sounded like a band still trying to find its style. But the Oxford chaps, nonetheless, showed promise, and if anything, you can’t find a dance party this psychedelic on a Monday night. (1032 N. Fourth St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Meddle Monday featuring Raw McCartney and Apollo Vermouth at Frank’s Power Plant, 6 p.m. (FREE) – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)

And: Daniel Wyche with Katrina Stoneheart and Invertabit at Borg Ward, 8 p.m. ($6)  – (823 W. National Ave.)


Tuesday, September 9: The Black Keys with Cage the Elephant at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, 8 p.m. ($32-$66.50)

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach experienced a tough year—what with embarrassing details of their divorce becoming public knowledge and a slam from Jack White that also leaked from his The White Stripes singer’s own divorce proceedings. But all that dirty laundry doesn’t mean that his band, The Black Keys, isn’t one of the biggest bands in the world. They may, in fact, be playing every major sports arena in the country this summer. Following blues rock super-hits “Howlin’ for You” “Tighten Up” and “Lonely Boy,” around the start of the decade, The Black Keys returned this spring with its eighth record, the more melancholic Turn Blue, which was announced by Mike Tyson on Twitter. (1001 N. Fourth St., BradleyCenter.com)

 

Also: The Offspring with Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers and Pegboy at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($30-$37) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Wild Gone Girls with Temper and M Jurek at Borg Ward, 8 p.m. ($6)  – (823 W. National Ave.)

Wednesday, September 10: Natalie Merchant at The Pabst Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($45)

The self-titled record usually comes at the beginning of a musician’s discography, but folk pop singer Natalie Merchant waited two decades into her solo career to employ her name as album title. It makes sense, too. The 11-song record from the former 10,000 Maniacs singer constitutes her first all-original release in more than 13 years. But the reasoning wasn’t so calculated. As Merchant told Rolling Stone this April “I couldn’t come up with a single word or short phrase that summed it up. The only thing that summed up the record was my singing and writing. Also, I had always wanted to call this album The Hunger Banquet, and then The Hunger Games happened. It’s not fair! I’ve had that title for twenty years.” (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Sole and DJ Pain 1 with YO-DOT and The Calamity Janes And The Fratney Street Band at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($8) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

Thursday, September 11: Ronnie Milsap with Nora Collins at The Pabst Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($39.50-$65)

Ronnie Milsap is the kind of prolific music legend that deserves a 21-CD box set. In fact, the country singer is getting just that this November. You can catch him play some of his hits (“(I’m A) Stand By Woman Man,” “It Was Almost Like A Song” and “Smoky Mountain Rain”), but he probably won’t have time to get through all 40 of his No. 1 hits. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Wishbone Ash with Serious Jones at Turner Hall Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. ($25) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: JD McPherson with The Brothers Comatose at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($20) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Friday, September 12: The Buzzcocks with Avenues at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($25) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: The Natural Facts (album release) with The Aluar Pearls and Scott David at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($6) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

And: Dryhouse Ruins with Jim Schoenecker and Karl J. Palouček at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Joseph Huber with Jeff Shepherd & The Jailhouse Poets and Rachel Kate at Anodyne Walker’s Point, 8 p.m. ($7) – (2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., AnodyneCoffee.com)

Saturday, September 13: Bay View Bash featuring Gabriel Sanchez presents The Prince Experience, Heavy Hand, Like Like The The The Death, Tigernite, Midnight Reruns, Platinum Boys and more, located between Potter and Clement on Kinnickinnic Avenue, 11 a.m. (FREE)

Bay View has long offered an oasis from the yuppie vibes of the East Side and the grittiness of Riverwest. While those neighborhoods each have a handful of summer block parties, the Bay View Bash is really Bay View’s only chance to show off its distinct character in street festival form. The festivities begin with a costumed-dog walk, with prizes for the best dressed pooches and owners. Along with the usually street festival fare (food, bands, beer) there’s also a stage that offers cooking demos in between carnival revelry (strong man competition, Hamburger Mary’s revue and Dead Man’s Carnival).

Also: Foster The People with The Velvet Teen at The Rave, 9 p.m. ($35-$45) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Reverend Horton Heat with The Tossers, Krank Daddies at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($21.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: The Atomic Spins with The Belle Weather and Jack Tell at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Graham Weber (album release) with Wolfgang Schaefer and Lyric Advisory Board at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($7) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Sunday, September 14: So Cow with Your Pest Band, Tenement and Prognosis Negative at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 10 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

Also: Quiet Hollers with The Calamity Janes And The Fratney Street Band and Rocket Paloma at Frank’s Power Plant, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)

And: Jason Anick and Rhythm Future Quartet with Swing Chevron at Anodyne Walker’s Point, 8 p.m. – (2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., AnodyneCoffee.com)

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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.