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This Week in Live Music: April 17-23

The New Pornographers highlights a strong week of shows in Milwaukee, which also includes a Direct Hit! double header at Cactus Club

Monday, April 17

Argopelter at Boone & Crockett, 9 p.m. (FREE)


Tuesday, April 18

This Saxophone Kills Fascists with Scrimshaw at High Dive, 10 p.m. (FREE)


Wednesday, April 19

Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($25-$125)

Redd Kross with Tenement at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($13 advance; $15 door)


Thursday, April 20

The New Pornographers with Waxahatchee at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($32.50)

Nickel&Rose (EP release) with Caley Conway at Club Timbuktu, 8 p.m. ($5)


Friday, April 21

Great Lake Swimmers with Brooke Annibale at The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee, 8 p.m. ($12)

Low Down Sound (record release) with Cavewives and The Young Revelators at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($8)


Saturday, April 22

Two Direct Hit! shows: Direct Hit! with The Living Statues and Midwives at Cactus Club, 4 p.m. (all ages, $10-$12); and Direct Hit! with Avenues and The Pukes at Cactus Club, 4 p.m. (21 and over, $10-$12)

Descendents with Radkey and The Pukes at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($34-$45)


Sunday, April 23

WAMI Awards featuring performances by The Prince Experience, The Pukes, This Time Tomorrow All-Star Band, Scott E. Berendt and The Us Project, Bella Cain, A Tribute to Al Jarreau and Clyde Stubblefield, Green Screen Kid and NO/NO at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. ($25)

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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.