This week, the weekend has come early, and so has your latest shot of Linky McLinkster. Even though the temps might be subpar, what’s going on this weekend in your city is anything but.
‘One man band’ is a phrase that conjures up images of someone strapped into about six different instruments and jovially making the best of it. Case in point. New wave=Trevor Powers, the man behind the dreamy electro pop music of Youth Lagoon, has only made waves on the music scene for less than a year, but those waves have had far reaches. His single, “July” and album, Year of Hibernation (Fat Possum) got loads and loads of praise heaped onto the 22 (now 23) year-old composer. Powers brings his ‘bedroom pop’ to Turner Hall Ballroom’s stage to play a show alongside returning favorite Porcelain Raft and West Bend, Wisconsin’s simplistically beautiful duo, sometimes trio, Blessed Feathers.
Morphing is a natural process, but it’s always cool to have the firsthand experience of seeing a musician do a pretty graceful leap from point A to point B. Former Milwaukeean, ZETI (once known as Pezzettino) will be at the Sugar Maple tonight to deliver to her former hometown not just a new musical outpour, but a performance, a new book, a new EP and an iPhone application, all meant to, in turn, deliver funds to Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Foundation, of which she’s a pretty big fan of and an advocate. Tune into WMSE today on Dori Zori’s Girlina Show at 1 p.m. to hear all about it.
Thursday night continues to blaze its way into the weekend, as the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music welcomes We Six as their performers for the evening at 7:30 p.m. at Helen Bader Recital Hall. We Six experiments with hard bop and soul to create a synchronistic live musical experience that is creative and engaging. Live jazz in Milwaukee is alive and well and it’s always a treat to see it in the beautiful building that is the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Take a date or go solo.
Has your Thursday not completely wiped out, yet? Put those energies into catching the excellent live pop performance of Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers, who will make you want to dance, no matter how tired. Cactus Club, 10pm.
“Illiteracy, or limited literacy, is something that affects people of all races and religious backgrounds, and it can be absolutely crushing to those with dreams of obtaining a better life and absolutely IS crushing to children and immigrants. Being able to read is a fundamental element of education and advancement, and reading is a personal joy of mine,” says JC Poppe, local advocate and hip hop promoter/writer, who is at the helm of his next ‘Hip Hop Hates’ fundraiser, which focuses on illiteracy this time around. The event takes place this Friday at the Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth) and features Pizzle, Ray Nitti, Blizz McFly, C-Piepz and DJ Optimist. 10 p.m. 21+
The weekend isn’t over quite yet — add stellar shows from Lucero and William Elliott Whitmore and Lamb’s Legs, and you’ve got a near conundrum on where to put those spendin’ dollars. Whiskey-drinking, hard-living roots rock? Or a delightfully noiser-than-thou local band who chooses to write songs entitled “Legomaniac’s Kiss”? Yeah, we know. Amazing!
Don’t forget to save room on your holiday weekend plate for the legend that is Ken Vandermark. Perhaps you caught Dr. Sushi’s interview earlier in the week on the Free Jazz BBQ? If you did (or even if you didn’t) and you’re a fan of experimental jazz that bends the mind and the ear, make sure to pay a visit to the Sugar Maple at 4 p.m. this Sunday to listen to him play, live. The Chicago composer and saxophone and clarinet player is innovative and skilled. If you like your music with the muscle of the mind at the forefront, Vandermark won’t disappoint.