TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!


flier from MySpace

flier from MySpace

Friday, October 16th

Poster Children + IfIHadAHiFi, White, Wrench, Conservatory @ the Cactus Club, (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

Nothing says ‘raucous’ more for  a rock band than bashing the shit out of their instruments with animosity while simultaneously making the resulting noises sound appetizing. IfIHadAHiFi does their said instrument-bashing with finesse. Opening are White, Wrench, Conservatory, Milwaukee’s synthy and prog-y pop/rock trio, embarking upon their second-to-last performance after being a solid staple of Milwaukee’s rock scene since 2005.

photo of Julian Lynch from MySpace

photo of Julian Lynch from MySpace

Saturday, October 17th

Julian Lynch + Pataphor @ The Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln), 8 p.m.

Julian Lynch plays loopy and trip-y guitar and electronic ramblings that are a slightly organic version of Black Moth Super Rainbow and a bit like what Dungen would be like if they the singer became a mute. Weird, lo-fi indie chemistry. Milwaukee’s Pataphor scratches and scrapes their loops up, muddying the line between a noisy and a synth-laden atmospheric landscape.


flier from MySpace

flier from MySpace

Red Pens + Brief Candles, Dim Suns @ the Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

Minneapolis’ Red Pens does the duo deal full-on. Drummer Laura Bennett and guitarist Howard Hamilton hit droned-out, glazed-sugar rock dead-on but washed-out, making full use of their effects pedals by building towers of overtones. Milwaukee’s Brief Candles follow suit, set to preview new material off of their latest 7″, Sink or Swim and beyond. Dim Suns, comprised of MKE’s rocker-past in Compound Red and Sometime Sweet Susan mates, dish out their rock sounds straightforward and prettily.

flier from MySpace

flier from MySpace

Monday, October 19th

The Points [D.C.], Gut Reactions, The Magic Words, Causeheads @ The Vault, 7 p.m.

Points shows are legendarily brutal and awesome. Gut Reactions are easily one of the most entertaining hardcore bands in the city. The Magic Words — a brand-new garage-pop band featuring Molly Rosenblum [ex-Doom Buggy] and Aaron Skufca [Crappy Dracula] — play pop influenced by The Nerves, The Feelies and Television Personalities. Why would you even be on the fence about this one?


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