Welcome to the week: October 21-25
Halloween dance parties, sludgy stoner-rock, Japanese noise-rock, and more.
With Halloween fast approaching—slowly at first, but then with a sudden burst of speed and a really loud noise—Milwaukee’s many bars and clubs are pulling out all the stops for their spooky, sexy, and spooky-sexy costumed shindigs. (Look for our guide to cheap Milwaukee-themed Halloween costumes this Wednesday.) The party we’re looking forward to the most? Made In Milwaukee and Radio Milwaukee’s Creatures And Creators Halloween Party, Friday night at Turner Hall. There’ll be a ton of top-shelf music (The Fatty Acids, MC Oneself, D’Amato, Boy Blue, DJ Bone White), a fashion show featuring hot-shit local designers (Project Runway contestant Timothy Westbrook, Silversärk, Bolted Vintage, Moda Muñeca, BrownCow Vintage), dance, live art, and more. Oh, and it all culminates with a Michael Jackson vs. Prince dance party. We love us some Prince, but seeing that this is a Halloween show, it probably wouldn’t hurt to practice your “Thriller” dance moves.
As for the rest of the week, there’s a worthwhile show nearly every damn night. On Tuesday, sludgy stoner-metal outfit Kylesa brings its drop-tuned goodness to the Cactus Club, while the not-so sludgy Ben Sollee brings his cello-heavy folk to Shank Hall. Check out Sollee performing a cover of Rollins Band’s “Low Self Opinion” for last week’s A.V. Undercover. (Maybe if you ask nicely, he’ll play it at Shank.)
Thursday is another schizophrenic night for live music in Milwaukee, with legendary Japanese freak-noise group Melt-Banana descending on the Cactus Club, and Hello Death crooner Marielle Allschwang performing solo at the Riverwest Public House. We’d suggest checking out both shows, but the human brain can only handle so much musical whiplash in one night. Proceed with caution, intrepid Milwaukee music fans.
As always, for the rest of this week’s events (Yonder Mountain String Band! Ha Ha Tonka! More!), be sure to peruse our online calendar. Welcome to the week.