TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

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Friday, December 5th
The Jetty Boys + The Mechanics of Romance, the Reckless Hearts @ The Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth Avenue)10 p.m.
The Jetty Boys put a bit of the rock in rockabilly, greasing the wheels of their songs with guitarist/vocalist Drew Fredrichsen’s fluid guitar skills and crooning vocals. Jetty Boys aren’t all spit and polish though — their music brings enough raw edginess to give them cred with the punks in the crowd, too. 

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Saturday, December 6th
Told: A Night of Storytelling at the Borg Ward @ The Borg Ward (823 W. National Avenue), 6 p.m.
Music is the oldest form of storytelling, but an important element of the most stripped down musical narration (the spoken word) is the ultimate engaging activity. Stories draw an audience in immediately through their interactively engaging qualities. Peter J Woods, along with Experimental Milwaukee, invites writers, artists and musicians to share their own stories with the most engaging and animated of their devices.

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The Trusty Knife (CD Release) + The Chain, Batten Revue, Hyena Hyena @ The Mad Planet (533 E. Center Street), 10 p.m.
Sound like a brawl waiting to happen, what with all the knives, chains and hyenas? Not quite. Band name line-ups are not always a good tell-all on the show ahead. Read the complete story on this very awesome show happening at the Mad Planet *here*.

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Slap Hands Promotions Party: Kid You’ll Move Mountains, Atlatl, Raise High The Roofbeam, Cartesian Parisian @ Y-Not III (1854 E. Kenilworth Place), 8 p.m.
Slap Hands Promotions and Booking have been putting some stellar shows together for Milwaukee since their recent inception. Jennifer O’Connor and Juniper Tar, Sleepcomesdown and Stars Like Fleas are just a couple examples of local and national acts they’ve unwittingly paired together. Celebrate their musical goodwill by enjoying a slew of local bands. Full story to follow, tomorrow…

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Sunday, December 7th
Alex Chilton + Grant Hart @ The Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. (1032 N. 4th Street)
“Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round / they sing ‘I’m in love. What’s that song? / I’m in love with that song” (The Replacements: “Alex Chilton”).

Alex Chilton, forever frozen in song thanks to The ‘Mats and forever revered for his teenage success as the lead singer of the Box Tops, his later stint with Big Star, and production work (The Cramps), appears at the Turner Hall Ballroom on Sunday, playing his oddball songs, catchy in their absolute disregard for anything formulaic, but still managing to remain true to what Chilton knows best – pop.


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