Welcome to the week: May 20-25
The week leading up to Memorial Day weekend is a tricky one. With the first tastes of summer landing on Milwaukee’s tongue like so much bacon-flavored cotton candy, there’s no better time to leave your filthy apartment and explore the city we call home. On the other hand, Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get the fuck out of Dodge and get your rural camping/fishing/drinking groove on. Perhaps in recognition of this, artists and promoters alike have conspired to ensure that there’s not a whole lot of big-name shows going on this week—unless you’re the type who’s still into Kevin Smith. (He’s at the Pabst with buddy Jason Mewes on Wednesday.)
But maybe we’re being unfair, because there are some good things going on this week, beginning with tonight’s Father John Misty show at Turner Hall. After that, three local album release shows will have you thinking twice about skipping town early. Twin Brother celebrates the release of its excellent self-titled debut Friday at Club Garibaldi (check out our review here), while a live recording of last year’s Lest We Forget show—which found more than a dozen bands from Milwaukee’s past reuniting for the first time in years—sees its release Friday at the Miramar Theatre. On Saturday, one of our favorite local bands, Crappy Dracula, unleashes its delightfully dopey Tooo Muuuch on an unsuspecting Cactus Club crowd (look for our review tomorrow). If you’re still not hip to CrapDrac, this video, promoting the release of 2011’s Fantastic Dracula, should give you a good idea of what these fellows are all about.
Meanwhile, later this week at A.V. Club Milwaukee, look for an exciting new installment of “Great Job, Milwaukee!” We scoured the Internet high and low for another highly important listicle that local media outlets love to drool over, and we think we found the best yet. No longer will Milwaukee simply be known as the seventh-most exciting city in the country, or one of the best places to wear sweatpants. This is a list to end them all. Get excited! (Or not.)