How appropriate that one of the sunniest afternoons in recent memory would herald the sun-tinged, power-chord laden music of none other than Paul Collins, back in Milwaukee once gain to help Milwaukeeans shake off any winter blahs and boo-hisses with a booty-shaking set at Riverwest venue stalwart, Linneman’s? Let’s dig into this nature-inspired aesthetic and let it lead us into another weekend of snowy shenanigans.
Maybe you got to listen into WMSE at 2 p.m. for Collins’ interview with Andy Turner’s Zero Hour earlier today…the reason for the occasion? Collins’ stop at Linneman’s tonight. Also playing, are the undeniably catchy Sugar Stems and Sleepovers. Wait! No time to stop dancing, yet. The Get Drunk DJs will make sure of that as they spin tons of classics that make one long for a spilled-beer-floor on which to do some sweet slides. 9 p.m.
If you prefer to blast your winter blahs out of existence, look no further than Frank’s Power Plant tonight for a metal triple attack with Architects of the Aftermath, New Labor and Bible Of the Devil. 9:30 p.m. And ask the rockers what’s up at Cactus Club with some solid new punk from Heavy Hand and post-punk deliciousness from competitive math/music league, Absolutely. Add in Ween-like weirdos, Scrimshaw, and the bill should be the closest to a true punk rock show feel and the furthest from traditional rock show boundaries. Black tees and Converse need not apply.
Join WMSE at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday for a little something different other than the usual accordions and tubas. Ex Fabula further dives into its storytelling series, Terminal Milwaukee, which chronicles five distinctive Milwaukee neighborhoods over seven separate events, this particular one hosted by none other than WMSE Station Manager, Tom Crawford as he details the Milwaukee neighborhoods he was raised, lived and worked in.
One of Milwaukee’s most prolific and savvy rappers, KingHellBastard showcases The War Room at 9 p.m. at Mad Planet on Saturday night (preview it by clicking, here), put together in part with Dana Coppafell, Joell Ortiz, Evan Christian, A-Biz, Elle Razberry, Pezzetino, The WhiteRussian, Reason, White Shadow and LMNtlyst. KHB shares the night and the stage with Speak Easy, DJ Jank One, Dope Sandwich and Villa Rosa. The man should get props for amount of collaborators, alone.
Want some more hip hop, but rather hang on the south side? Check out Logic & Raze at the Cactus Club for a 10 p.m. show. The duo have a new song you can check out beforehand, but if you show up, expect to hear that, and music from The Hollowz, Up North and DJ Optimist.
The Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts must be the place to be on Sunday, for the show featuring Camille Saint-Saens’ String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor and featuring guest pianist Joseph Kalichstein is absolutely sold out. Are you one of the lucky ticket holders? This solely serves as your reminder and also as a heads’ up to the rest to pay attention to the season’s lineup, early! Next performance is scheduled for March 25th.
Tune into the Mad Kids show on Tuesday, January 31st at 10 p.m. to listen to an interview with The Cranberry Show, “the dopest show on earth”. DJ Bizzon will talk to the local hip hop duo (Young Focus and Arcane) about their upcoming album release at The Rave that Thursday, February 2nd. Dope.