TV on the Radio, The Decemberists and Earl Sweatshirt

It’s a huge week for live music, with shows from TV on the Radio, The Decemberists, Earl Sweatshirt, ZZ Top, and a loaded list of local acts.

Monday, March 23: Kneebody at The Jazz Estate, 8:30 p.m. ($12)

In the mood for some hard-to-categorize music? Check out the experimental jazz ensemble Kneebody on Monday night at the Jazz Estate. The Californian five-piece fuses jazz with a seemingly endless array of different genres and the results are more accessible than you’d think. (2423 N. Murray Ave.,

Also: Typesetter with Watcher’s Woods, estates and Mountain Language at Cocoon Room, 7 p.m. ($5) – (820 E. Locust St.)

Music Notes Show of the Week

Tuesday, March 24: TV on the Radio with NOSTALGHIA at The Pabst Theater, 8:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

The Brooklyn post punk band TV on the Radio owe its long, productive career to the bright flash on its debut EP, 2003’s Young Liars and the slow burn of albums that followed, including Return to Cookie Mountain, Dear Science, Nine Types of Lights and the latest, 2014’s Seeds. While no release resonates quite like that stellar initial burst, TV on the Radio have been able to outshine NYC contemporaries like Liars and Yeah Yeah Yeahs due to the slick production skills of multi-instrumentalist/programmer David Sitek and the enduring, visceral howl of lead singer Tunde Adebimpe. (144 E. Wells St.,

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

Wednesday, March 25: The Decemberists with Alvvays at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($32.50)

The bookish folk rockers The Decemberists return to the Riverside Theater following a four-year hiatus to recover from its chart-topping Americana album The King Is Dead. They come with new material in tow—the more autobiographical, inward-looking record What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. But don’t expect the Portland-based group to remain hushed and introspective. As the last few stops have proved—with lead singer Colin Meloy downing wine and inviting the crowd to join on stage to sing the closer—The Decemberists are a band ready to party. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: Bayside with Senses Fail, Man Overboard and Seaway at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($18) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

And: Whips with Ladders at Tonic Tavern, 9 p.m. – (2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,

And: Gregg Allman at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($65-$75) – (1721 W. Canal St.,

Thursday, March 26: Wave Chapelle with Blmn Clique, Reggie Bonds, Lavish, Pretty Boy Hefner and Dana Coppafeel & SPEAK Easy at the Miramar Theatre, 9 p.m. ($10-$15)

The Memphis-by-way-of-Milwaukee rapper Wave Chapelle plays a hometown show at the Miramar Theatre on Thursday night. (2844 N. Oakland Ave.,

Also: The Supersuckers at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. ($15) – (2501 S. Superior St.,

And: Ylla (album release) with Jeremy Waun, Tyler Bowen and Migo at Cocoon Room, 7 p.m. – (820 E. Locust St.)

Friday, March 27: MELT featuring ZeroBeat, adoptahighway, The Demix and Night Hunter at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($6)

When Stonefly Brewery closed its doors in October, it seemed like the city’s premiere experimental electronic music showcase MELT would follow suit. Stonefly had become the home for the recurring series, welcoming the avant garde music with open arms, and finding a new suitor would not be easy. But thankfully, the experimental electronic music series MELT returns to Milwaukee for the first time since August this Friday night at Cactus Club with sets from ZeroBeat, The Demix, Night Hunter and adoptahighway, who released the pulsing, murky record A Fault earlier this year.  (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

Also: Willy Porter Band with Ryan Holman at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($20) – (144 E. Wells St.,

And: Canopies with What Tyrants and Mortgage Freeman at Riverwest Public House, ($5) – (815 E. Locust St.,

And: Benjamin Booker with Twin Peaks and Olivia Jean at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

And: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound at Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee, 8 p.m. ($10) – (224 W. Bruce St.,

Saturday, March 28: Earl Sweatshirt with Vince Staples and Remy Banks at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($26.50-$31.50)

When the Los-Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future made its seismic rise in 2010, Tyler the Creator was the bombastic mouthpiece at the center, but Earl Sweatshirt was probably the better rapper. The teenager, however, missed majority of that ascendance because his grandmother sent him to a Samoa boarding school to clean up his act—which was unclear for several months, leading to a “Free Earl” campaign. After his return, Earl released his highly-anticipated debut album, Doris, to wide critical acclaim. Listen to his follow-up, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside below, which was just released today. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: Rio Turbo (album release) with Fatty Acids, Kid Millions and NO/NO at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($7) – (1001 E. Locust St.,

And: Klassik (EP release) with Kiings, BoneLang and Three. Stacks. Eliot. at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($7) – (533 E. Center St,

Sunday, March 29: ZZ Top with The Ben Miller Band at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($49.50)

The grizzled Texas rockers ZZ Top bring 40 years of its goofy blues rock hits to The Riverside Theater this Sunday. This show was moved from October after bassist Dusty Hill fell on the band’s tour bus and broke his hip. (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.