TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

Photo of Fahri courtesy of Myspace

Yikes!’ is the only fitting word to use when describing this weekend in Milwaukee — holiday-centric shows and non-holiday-centric shows alike, the next few days should be packed with enough costume/music combination opportunities that the era of costumey glam rock will pale in comparison. For this reason, the weekly Fan-belt calendar is going to be in skim-mode in order to make room for the ‘more’ that is Milwaukee’s show lineup this weekend. Pay attention to the Halloween-dedicated post by Jamie Baird today for a few of her hand-picked holiday-specific shows, and check out this week’s TGIT to round out the rest. So, rockers, lace up those Chuck’s and shotgun a Coca-Cola, because you’re going to need to ride on that extra caffeine buzz to catch up to all that your city has to offer…

Thursday, October 30th

Cougar Den (CD Release), Call Me Lightning, Akimbo, Crocodiles, Novel, 7 p.m. @ The Borg Ward (623 W. National Ave)

Cougar Den sounds exactly what their name might bely. Hardcore mayhem, but calculated chaos, at that. New release keepondrifter will be available at the show. Also, word is, is that Call Me Lightning will be unleashing some new material of their own

Friday, October 31st

Industrial Halloween: Von Iva and the DEMIX, 9 p.m. @ Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior)

Experience the dark side of Halloween with San Francisco’s New Wave inspired Von Iva and Milwaukee’s ‘electronic mash-core’ of the DEMIX. Dance with the shadows over these mix-masters’ sleek and sullen beats. Creepy never sounded as chillingly smooth…

12 oz. Prophet, Sleep Tight Co., Quinn Scharber and the…, 9 p.m. @ Darling Hall (601 S. 6th Street)

These three Milwaukee bands are attending this Halloween party at Darling Hall as themselves, but undoubtedly, their audience will be hitting the costumes harder. Runny face-paint? Rash-y rubber masks? Eye-poking wings and lip-piercing fangs? No problem! This is one dance-party that will make all this disappear as ‘pop’ goes Halloween.

Saturday, November 1st

Masonry, Test-Site, Fahri, 10 p.m. @ Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.)

Had enough Halloween head-banging? Venture over to the Cactus Club to absorb the tuneful rock of Fahri. Cure your Halloween music hangover with effervescent melodies with a tough-as-nails undercurrents. With Masonry and Test-Site.

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, Wild Sweet Orange, The Celebrated Workingman, 8 p.m. @ Turner Hall Ballroom (1032 N. 4th St.)

A band named after the nine-fingered character in The Royal Tenenbaums could only be classified as quirky, and Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s indeed lay the claim to quirky pop. They grace the Turner Hall Ballroom stage along with Alabama’s Wild Sweet Orange and Milwaukee’s pop princes, The Celebrated Workingman.

The Goodnight Loving, Vancougar, Stolen Minks, Sugar Stems, 9 p.m. @ Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior)

The garage hits Club Garibaldi’s stage for a show not to be missed — Milwaukee’s Goodnight Loving and Canada’s Vancougar are both showcasing fresh, new releases. It’s totally the girls of Vancougar versus the boys of GNL on this one, but it’s not entirely sure what the prize is — most exuberant band wins everyone’s Halloween candy? It’s a possibility…



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