With sub-zero temps gracing our outdoor environs, Milwaukeeans might be hesitant to set foot outside the comfort of their homes this weekend, and until the city adopts some kind of pedestrian tunnel system, we’re all pretty stuck wrapping up if we want to be anywhere but home. Luckily, Turner Hall Ballroom and WMSE are giving you two really good reasons to wrap up and set those feet on Turner turf:
Friday, January 21st: 8pm, all-ages
From the git-go, Liz Phair has been turning heads with her droll lyricism and deadpan vocal style, and seventeen years after spitting out her 90’s firecracker Exile in Guyville, Phair is still at it, releasing a new album, Funstyle on Rocket Science Ventures last October, which includes a bonus disc with ten songs from her pre-Phair days, releasing songs on tape under the name ‘Girly Sound‘. Phair, although quite a bit altered from feisty former youth, seems comfortable in her current skin — enough to release her raw beginnings alongside her more recent and polished pop tunes.
“What Makes You Happy”
Sunday, January 23rd: 8pm,, all-ages
School of Seven Bells has floated more into the mainstream of indie ever since their 2008 release Alpinisms gained speed through solid press and the help of their then-new label, renowned electronic gurus, Ghostly International; the group released their first songs in 2007 on Table of the Elements (a label which has released albums by locals Jon Mueller and Collections of Colonies of Bees as well as nationals/internationals like Megafaun and Rhys Chatham). The (until-recentl) trio crafted vaporous walls of sound with synths and guitars to create an ever-changing and emotionally-charged backdrop for Claudia and Alejandra Deheza’s clear vocals. The twin sisters (formerly of On!Air!Library!) met up with guitarist/keyboardist Benjamin Curtis (of Secret Machines) when their bands toured with Interpol, and the band quickly found a following with their former audiences and then some. C. Deheza may have recently left the band, but A. Deheza and Curtis are quite capable of creating the same, powerful sound. Catch them in this free (‘no-buck’) show.
“I L U”
Turner Hall Ballroom is located at 1032 N. 4th Street.