Friday, February 13th
Lonely Hearts Valentine’s Show with The Invaders and The Socialites @ Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior), 10 p.m.
When Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, it almost works in the favor of the sweetheart-less. The weekend means more shows and more opportunities to divert one’s attentions. Milwaukee’s Invaders are taking part in the celebratory rather than the sulking mood of the holiday by performing their instant-party starter ska and rock steady antics at Club Garibaldi’s. Also joining the Invaders for the “Lonely Hearts Valentine’s Show” are Madison’s Socialites.
Saturday, February 14th
Farms in Trouble + Trash Crack (split cassette release), Possible Fathers, Charles De Gaulle @ the Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.
With more bells and whistles, loops and layered bits packed into the smallest of songs, Farms in Trouble provides a dizzying audio array that is enjoyably chaotic. Pop song pros Zack Pieper (Trusty Knife) and Riles Walsh (Trusty Knife, the Candliers) along with several other Milwaukee musician notables, will perform a rare live set of songs from their recent Gas Station Soundtrack and EP releases. Also in the works for the evening is a split cassette release with show-mates, Trash Crack. Also playing: Possible Fathers and Charles De Gaulle.
Diamonds + OCD Automatic, Double Drop @ Stonefly (735 E. Center), 10 p.m.
Nobody knows how to get a Valentine’s Day dance-party started quite like Diamonds. We’re talking about the DJ — not the glittering jewels, but very well may be, for the man behind the turntables churns out some of the most sparkling concoctions to hit Milwaukee’s dance floors. This time around he brings his spit and polished skills to Stonefly. With OCD Automatic and Double Drop.
Atomic Valentine: Benefit and Tribute to Atomic Records: Liquid Pink + Boy Dirt Car, The Lovelies, The Etiquette, Sometime Sweet Susan, The Blowtorch, Cherry Cake, The Mighty Deerlick, Mark Waldoch and His Good Grief @ The Miramar Theater (2844 N. Oakland Avenue), 6:30 p.m.
Atomic Records has been fueling the Milwaukee music community for over twenty-four years, and will be missed tremendously. Honor the local legend before the doors officially close on an era by attending a benefit and tribute show featuring some of Milwaukee’s long-gone and great acts (as well as a couple current ones) — a fitting salute to the irreplaceable space on the corner of Locust and Oakland.
Read more on the Atomic Valentine show on Fan-belt, tomorrow…
Tags: Boy Dirt Car, Charles De Gaulle, Cherry Cake, Diamonds, Double Drop, Farms in Trouble, Liquid Pink, Mark Waldoch and his Good Grief, OCD Automatic, Possible Fathers, Sometime Sweet Susan, The Blowtorch, The Etiquette, The Invaders, The Lovelies, The Mighty Deerlick, The Socialites, Trash Crack