Welcome to October: What’s happening in Milwaukee this month
The month’s biggest concerts
There’s no Milwaukee show bigger in October (or all of 2010) than Farm Aid, which is the first show to take place at Miller Park in five years. Muse and Passion Pit will try to establish themselves as legit arena-rock acts Oct. 6 at the Bradley Center, while British pop-bluegrass act Mumford & Sons quickly moves on up to being a theater headliner Oct. 30 at the Riverside. That’s assuming, of course, that southern rockers Widespread Panic leave the Riverside in one piece after their sure-to-be-rowdy two-night stand Oct. 9 and 10.
Two of our most anticipated shows of the month are taking place over at the Rave/Eagles Ballroom: Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax on Oct. 16, and LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip Oct. 22. If you can’t get in to see LCD, stop by Turner Hall for the Dr. Dog/Here We Go Magic double bill.
Our favorite theater shows
October is a really good month for metal gigs, including the High On Fire/Torche double bill Oct. 6 at Turner Hall. After that you’ll want to mellow out with punk-rock tunesmith Nick Lowe Oct. 7 at the Pabst Theater, and feisty Americana act The Felice Brothers Oct. 14 at Turner Hall. Then close out the month with two more ass-kickers at Turner: the psych-rock outfit The Black Angels Oct. 27, and gypsy punks Gogol Bordello Oct. 30.
Our favorite club shows
Milwaukee clubs offer a little something for everybody this month, including the piano pop of Jukebox The Ghost Oct. 12 at the Cactus Club, the indie-metal sludge of Jucifer Oct. 7 at Cactus, Early Man Oct. 16 at Mad Planet, and the post-punk squalling of The Intelligence Oct. 22 at Cactus. But the most anticipated club show of the month is easily the Sleigh Bells show Oct. 26 at Mad Planet, which was nearly sold-out almost immediately after being announced in early September. We’re curious to see if the blown-out dance-pop of Sleigh Bells’ debut Treats translates in a live setting.
Aging punk fans, there’s even something for you this month
Yeah, yeah, we know all of the bands we just mentioned aren’t nearly as good as the stuff you were listening to back when you were sticking it to Reagan. Thankfully, there’s a lot for you to enjoy as well, including Agnostic Front Oct. 6 at Mad Planet, Bad Religion Oct. 9 at the Rave, Agent Orange Oct. 13 at Miramar Theatre, and Bob Mould Oct. 20 at Shank Hall.