Welcome to January: What’s happening musically in Milwaukee this month
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One show we’ve been definitely looking forward to is Wu-Tang Clan, which comes to The Rave/Eagles Ballroom on Jan. 7. That’s right, Wu-Tang Clan is back with nearly all of its members and still ain’t nuthin’ to fuck wit. This is being billed as “The Rebirth Tour,” though the group did tour last summer as part of the annual “Rock The Bells” festival. According to Wu-Tang’s website, the only member who won’t be joining the tour is RZA, “who’s busy with his acting career.” There will be plenty of chances to see Cheap Trick perform its classic Dream Police at Potawatomi Casino, which is hosting a long run of shows starting Jan. 20. The annual Pablove Benefit Concert boasts its most impressive lineup yet on Jan. 29 at Turner Hall, with Brian Aubert and Nikki Monninger from Silversun Pickups, Fitz And The Tantrums, Jaill, Maritime, Juniper Tar, Bascom Hill, Goran from The Gufs, Cory Chisel, Rusty Ps, and Prophetic.
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Jazz trio The Bad Plus returns to Milwaukee after a well-received gig this summer at Jazz In The Park with a show Jan. 9 at the Marcus Center For The Performing Arts. Popular Milwaukee-based Americana music blog Muzzle Of Bees celebrates its sixth anniversary Jan. 15 with a show at Club Garibaldi featuring Bon Iver cohort S. Carey and local singer-songwriter Conrad Plymouth. Across the street that same night, energetic Chicago garage-rock band White Mystery will rattle the walls at the Cactus Club. Rising rapper Wiz Khalifa will hopefully preview material from his forthcoming release Jan. 21 at The Rave/Eagles Ballroom.
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We’re big fans of ’90s rock stalwarts Liz Phair and Ben Folds, but we’ll understand if you don’t share our enthusiasm. (For those interested in seeing the light, please be directed to Phair’s Exile In Guyville and Ben Folds Five The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner.)