words by Cal Roach
Spring doesn’t have quite the same impact when there’s been no discernible winter, does it? Sure, the groundhog has predicted six “more” weeks of winter, but that doesn’t mean much this year to Wisconsinites. Expect that getting out to experience the Milwaukee nightlife in February has never been easier! Here’s what’s coming up…
Most importantly as always: tune into WMSE! At 2 p.m., Supersuckers will be stopping by the studio, and who knows what might happen? One of the most unabashedly fun-loving rock bands out there will be playing tonight at Club Garibaldi, so this is your chance to catch a sneak preview. You know how it seems like bands are always playing Chicago and Minneapolis and skipping Milwaukee? Supersuckers never do that, so get out there and support! Also playing: The Spittin’ Cobras and The Pills.
Don’t look now, but the Milwaukee music scene just keeps on killin’ this year. There’s another big local record release show going on tonight at Cactus Club. Elusive Parallelograms have been getting some well-deserved glowing press for their new EP Habits, which is no surprise considering all of their albums so far have been packed with top notch tunes. Experience the psych-rock attack live in its natural habitat and don’t be late! Math-y grunge merchants 1956 will be opening the show, along with spacey droners Moss Folk.
Saturday nights are meant for dancin’, so what do you do when there’s an event with “dance” right in the title? You head directly to the Horny Goat Hideaway, which will be hosting the WMSE Winter Dance Party! Just the name pretty much guarantees a good time, but in case you’re wondering what the attraction is, dig: our very own Dori Zori, The Wax Addicts, Marty and more! Plus, we hear they make their own beer at this place.
Also on Saturday night — Chicago’s Smith Westerns will bring piles and piles of reverb to the Turner Hall Ballroom. If you haven’t already, you should probably check out the band’s album from last year (Dye It Blonde), which is loaded with instantly memorable pop singalongs. Expect sunny, buoyant indie rock and high-volume walls of noise. Also playing: Porcelain Raft and Bleached.
Hands up. Who’s heard of Neutral Milk Hotel? Chances are, if you have, you already have tickets to Wednesday’s show at the Pabst Theater, where the long-dormant mastermind behind that band, Jeff Mangum, will be playing a highly-anticipated solo show. Perhaps you’ve seen footage from when he popped up at an Occupy Wall Street gathering last year? You never know when Mangum will go back into hiding, so you’re probably best off hitting this show if you can.