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TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

December 18, 2009

Friday, December 18th

Decibully CD release with Invade Rome, Fable & the World Flat @ Bay View Brewhaus (2535 S. Kinnickinnic), 8 p.m.

For Decibully fans, it’s been worth the wait for World Travels Fast to not only have an album in their hands, but also to see the veteran Milwaukee band release it on their own (and brand-new) Listening Party Records. For their official CD send-off, they’ve invited Milwaukee’s Invade Rome and  Fable & the World Flat to share the stage.

photo from MySpace


Saturday, December 19th

Lab Partners (featuring Phantom Channel and LMNtlyst) CD release with Pezzettino and Chalice in the Palace @ Mad Planet (533 E. Center), 10 p.m.

Two local hip hop geniuses have gotten together to cook up a new, experimentalized version of hip hop, funk, avant garde and alternative in the new duo of Lab Partners. Phantom Channel of the Rusty P’s and LMNtlyst, local beat maker, get to set to release their debut CD on Saturday at Mad Planet. Also joining in the release celebration are reggae spinners, Chalice in the Palace and local accordionist/pianist Pezzettino.


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Dutchess & the Duke, Greg Ashley, Jaill, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor @ Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior), 9 p.m.

Seattle’s Dutchess & the Duke’s sophomore release Sunset/Sunrise is still a ringer for a classic Kinks/Stones sound, but retains its own modern grittiness. Greg Ashley of the Gris Gris recorded the album in his California studio and travels this particular leg of their tour alongside the duo of Kimberly Morrison and Jesse Lortz. Also playing are Jaill, one of Milwaukee’s best and brightest long-time pop groups, showing up to the stage with an extra ‘l’ in tow and a new record deal with Sub Pop.

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Sunday, December 20th

Abaddon (final show) with Contagium, Dawn, Brainwreck @ Riverhorse (701 E. Center), 7 p.m.

One of Milwaukee’s best and most intense hardcore/metal bands (Abaddon) calls it quits at a venue familiar and dear to their hearts — Riverhorse. Pay your respects in the the close and caustic space befitting a band that has played countless solid shows there to their fans.


TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

December 3, 2009


photo by Marie Kuzniar

Friday, December 4th

Farms in Trouble + Crappy Dracular, Fahri @ the Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

Although Farms in Trouble’s catalogue is filled with bunches of sub-two minute songs, they’re by no means a hardcore band. This Milwaukee group writes both wonderfully dissonant and melodic pop in the same realm as early Guided by Voices with it’s lo-fi, big-pictured and creative caterwauling that’s never sloppy despite its compositional sprawl.


flier from MySpace


Saturday, December 5th

Northless + Gate, the Parrish, Slob Donovan, Coelacanth @ The Borg Ward (823 W. National), 6 p.m.

If you haven’t experienced the crushingly intense doom metal of Milwaukee’s Northless, then words will to fail to make an impression of the definite need for earplugs. Northless may be loud as hell, but they employ a sense of technical skill  that will make audience members want to lose the earplugs during the more drawn out and and picked-apart moments of their songs. Dynamics are definitely key to the fury; like going from Dianogah to Mastodon in mere seconds, Northless demonstrates depth. Featuring members of ex Milwaukee bands such as Asrava, and Mahogany Throttle, and current members of Half Gorilla and This Specific Dream and it’s obvious that the band has the chops to write solid material.

video of Bangkok Taxi Pimps from YouTube

Skip Tracer + Bangkok Taxi Pimps, Fetch the Pliers @ Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior), 10 p.m.

It’s been a while since Skip Tracer has played their hometown and those who remember them from a bygone Milwaukee punk scene will definitely want to take the chance to catch them. Fan-belt will be there to make up for lost chances. Doh! Also playing are the flippant and energized punk/post-rockers, Bangkok Taxi Pimps. They’re calling this show ‘Reunion Rock’ for good reason — Bangkok Taxi Pimps’ shows are few and far in between these days (last one was in May). Catch ’em while you can.

TGIT: Our Late Night Thursday Weekend Picks

November 20, 2009

Friday, November 20

Green w/Hollows, The Nice Outfit, The Sugar Stems @ Frank’s Power Plant

The Milwaukee kids these days, they like ‘em the psychedelia. Chicago’s Green have been around releasing records since the 1980s, but they have a sound pulled from the 60s and 70s, out of the poppier moments of Pink Floyd or Big Star. When’s the last time they were in Milwaukee? I have no idea. When will they be back? Who knows. Get clued in to Green Friday night at Frank’s Power Plant, along with fellow Chi-townies The Hollows and Milwaukee power-poppers The Nice Outfit and Sugar Stems.

Saturday, November 21st

The Heiz w/Plexi-3, Mickey, Sleazybeats @ Linneman’s

Speaking of rare out-of-town appearances, how more rare can you get than a band from Japan? The Heiz are advertised as “Beat-punks” on the flyer for Saturday’s show at Linneman’s. They’re sharing the stage with power-pop faves The Plexi-3, who are apparently filming a live music video at this show! Hey, who wouldn’t want to immortalize themselves in a video document of one of the city’s premiere new wavers? Hope they send us a copy of the video when it’s done.

TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

November 12, 2009

photo by Scott Winklebleck

Thursday, November 12th

Quinn Scharber and the… + Surgeons in Heat @ Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior), 10 p.m.

Word on the street is, is that Quinn Scharber’s got some new tricks up his sleeve, music-wise. The Midwestern-tinged pop quartet is still a quartet and still plays Midwestern-tinged pop, but now includes new-to-the-fold drummer Jon Phillip and guitarist/backup vocalist Johnathon Mayer. Mayer proves his worth as a newcomer by doing double-duty, also performing in opening act Surgeons in Heat.


flier from MySpace

Friday/Saturday, November 13th & 14th

Stumblurfest @ Frank’s Power Plant & Club Garibaldi’s

Friday @ Frank’s Power Plant: Gut Reactions + Sleepovers, The People’s Temple, Sang Des Loups, Legendary Wings, The Get Drunk DJs

Saturday @ Club Garibaldi’s: Mistreaters, Hex Dispensers, Cococoma, Digital Leather, Drugs Dragons, The Get Drunk DJs

Whether you decide to venture out for the 2nd annual Stumblurfest on both nights, or just one, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be pleasantly suffering from the “two nights of brain, ear and liver damage” as its hosts promise. Local and national highlights include the intense hardcore of Gut Reactions, the return of the Mistreaters and Nebraska’s own Digital Leather, with a brand new, spazzed-out album in tow.


flier from MySpace

Saturday, November 14th

The Conformists + Microwaves, IfIHadAHiFi, Dear Astronaut @ The Borg Ward (823 W. National), 8 p.m.

The Borg Ward brings different levels of crashing static, noise and general sonic bludgeonry to a new level on Saturday as it joins forces with some pretty heavy hitters. Bring the ear plugs, and don’t forget to congratulate IfIHadAHiFi. Didja hear they’re opening up for the Jesus Lizard at Turner Hall Ballroom on the 24th? Oh, yeah. They are.

TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

October 22, 2009


flier from MySpace

flier from MySpace

Friday, October 23rd (and Saturday, October 24th)

It’s About to Be Cold As Fuck Fest! @ The Borg Ward (823 W. National)

Friday @ 7pm: Dear Astronuat, Manic Zamboni, Mildew, Beast in the Field, Sonic J, Inyan Kara, New Labor, Cowards, Slob Donovan

Saturday @ 6pm: Guzzlemug, Busybodies, Gold, E=MC Hammer, Face of Ruin, Strawberry Horsecake, Go Blind, The Spur and the Longlost, Toad Throat, Blessed Sacrifist, Masonry

It’s just what it sounds like — a music festival to get Milwaukee pumped up and warmed up before the inevitable winter shitstorm drops.


photo by Marie Kuzniar

photo by Marie Kuzniar

Friday, October 23rd

Farms in Trouble and The Curious Mystery @ Frank’s Power Plant (2800 S. Kinnickinnic), 10 p.m.

Farms in Trouble‘s pastiche sound concocted of loops, samples, random instrumentation and a slight mad professor creative mentality makes their infrequent shows an extremely worthwhile and interesting spectacle. With Seattle’s The Curious Mystery.


photo by Adam Bubolz

photo by Adam Bubolz

 Saturday, October 24th

Jail, The Mojomatics (ITL), France Has the Bomb (MN), Death Dream @ the Bay View Brewhaus (2535 S. Kinnickinnic), 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s Jail has been out on a month-long tour — their last tour stop of Milwaukee should give them a little energy boost, as well as their insanely energetic show mates, Italy’s Mojomatics and Minneapolis’ France Has the Bomb. Making their premiere performance will be locals Death Dream, featuring members of the Mistreaters, IfIHadAHiFi, Freight, White Problems and Mother Orchis.