words by Cal Roach
You ate an awful lot of food yesterday. You need exercise.
- Lucky for you, tonight is MELT #13 at Club Garibaldi, where you can dance off all that gravy and stuffing. The Demix has been running these shows for over a year now, getting more and more deserved publicity for his experimental mixture of beats and catastrophic weirdness. Tonight’s event also features the exotic strings-and-percussion loop fests of Nineteen Thirteen, plus sets by Mobile Sound Unit and Autumn Anyday. This ain’t your grandma’s rave party, but rest assured: your body will be movin’.
- If rock and roll is more your thang, head on over to the Riverwest Public House for a show that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Sat. Nite Duets have only released a couple of free EPs so far, but they are already carving out a reputation as one of the best live bands in Milwaukee. Imagine if Pavement had no clear leader, a little less smarm and a little more humor. Opening the show will be Crappy Dracula, well known for being hilarious but increasingly more impressive for writing really awesome songs. (If you haven’t picked up this band’s Fantastic Dracula album, you’re missing out on one of the best local releases of the year.)
- The .357 String Band has been putting smiles on faces for seven years or so, and it is seriously sad news that the band has announced it’s calling it quits after this weekend. It’s no secret why the band was voted best alt-country band (genre tags be damned!) in this year’s Shepherd Express readers’ poll: no other group has combined punk and bluegrass with such style and energy. Basically, if you’ve never seen .357 live, DO. NOT. MISS THIS, your last chance to see a true Milwaukee legend, at Turner Hall Ballroom tonight. You are guaranteed an unforgettable night of music.
- Don’t stay out too late if you can help it, though, because Saturday might be a long day. Art Vs. Craft starts at 10 a.m. at the MSOE Student Life & Campus Center, and you might want to get there early for the best selection of locally-made merchandise. You’re not likely to find a better opportunity for holiday shopping, as you’ll have 100 vendors to choose from and probably the most unique selection of goodies in the state. Forget Black Friday; support your local artists and craftspeople! The people on your holiday list don’t want the same old predictable stuff. Get them something unexpected and memorable. Find it here.
- It’s been a crazy year for Collections Of Colonies Of Bees; they’ve weathered a major personnel shake-up, released a killer new album, GIVING, but somehow have not played a single show in the U.S. That’s about to change Saturday night at the Cactus Club, where the band will debut its new lineup (featuring Ben Derickson of All Tiny Creatures on drums and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun and Made Of Oak on Rhodes) for the first time in the live setting. Joining CoCoB’s will be Jagjaguwar band Peter Wolf Crier, a tireless Midwestern band that’s building a respectable following in Milwaukee. Be excited. Be very excited!
- Also on Saturday night: Beats Antique at Turner Hall Ballroom. You owe it to yourself to see this outfit at some point. Amidst a swirling mixture of live instrumentation and electronic beats, belly dancer Zoe Jakes will mesmerize you. The sound is a hodgepodge of various African and Middle-eastern musics plus jazz and hip-hop and whatever else David Satori and Tommy Cappel feel like throwing in. Expect appearances by various other costumed dancers and an unpredictable light show for an all-out audio/visual dance party like none other.
- If you’re one of the folks who feels like the east end of North Avenue has gone straight downhill ever since The Globe East closed back in 2003, you might be happy to discover there’s a new establishment on the block. The Hotel Foster is absolutely nothing like the old Globe, but it’s also not a fratboy meat market or sports bar, so it’s classing up the area a bit. Plus, it does feature interesting live music from time to time: Sunday night, for instance, when masked chanteuse Amy LaVere will be playing there. The upscale café atmosphere should be perfect for LaVere’s folky, chamber-ish pop.
- Josh Homme might not be too happy about it, but otherwise the reunited Kyuss (dubbed “Kyuss Lives!”) has been generating a pretty positive buzz. The group fizzled out before it quite got its due, but not before putting a definitive stamp on the rock world known as stoner rock. If you missed out on the original run of the band and want to see how Queens Of The Stone Age and their ilk got their sound, next Thursday at Turner Hall is the place to be. Plus, you can get that full-circle effect as modern stoner bands The Sword and Black Cobra (the latter a bit on the heavier sludge metal tip) open the show.