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Milwaukee road trip with King Tuff, Cassie Ramone, Whips

King Tuff
Kyle Thomas aka King Tuff

Madison usually satisfies my craving for emerging independent touring acts, but every now and then a band bypasses us for no apparent reason. Tonight, I’m headed to the Cactus Club in Milwaukee to check out King Tuff and former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone.

The Cactus Club reminds me of a slightly larger version of the Frequency in Madison, complete with a back room where the bands play. An added bonus is Club Garibaldi, a local music hangout and venue just down the street within walking distance.

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Pixies rule with Royal Blood!

Pixies

Maybe there is life after a reunion tour. I was leery of this Pixies show, having never seen them live back when grunge and flannel shirts were all the rage. Could they still be relevant without the nostalgia baggage? The band had recently released a new album for the first time in ten years erasing the stigma of the never ending reunion tour that hints of cashing in. Isn’t Kiss still on their final reunion tour that began in 1996?

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Sonny Knight and the Lakers create new sound from Twin Cities funk and soul past

Sonny Knight and The Lakers

Sonny Knight got more than he bargained for when he teamed up with some former members of the Minneapolis '60s soul institution the Valdons.

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Heaters forge psych-rock path from Michigan

Heaters

Heaters put the fun back in garage-rock, Michigan style, with reverb-infused guitars and surf elements. Like some kind of mutated take on Dancing with the Stars, the video for Mean Green sports some heavy gyrations. 

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Club Crawl

NE-HI (Chicago)
w/ Varsity, 
Proud Parents
The Frequency
Wed, Jan. 28

Oh, My Love
EP Release Party
w/ Dolores, Sam Arias
The Frequency
Fri, Jan. 30

Prof
w/ St. Paul Slim,
Charles Grant,
Chris LaBella,
High Noon Saloon
Sat, Jan. 31 

Yonatan Gat (NYC)
(former Monotonix guitarist)
 w/ Lover's Spit, Fire Retarded, The Amigos
The Frequency
Tue, Feb. 3

AESOP ROCK
and Rob Sonic
w/ DJ Abilities
& Homeboy Sandman
Barrymore Theatre
Tue, Feb. 3

Wild Child
w/ Cheers Elephant
The Frequency
Wed, Feb.4
 
Sturgill Simpson
w/ Anderson East
Majestic Theatre
Wed, Feb. 4
 
Local H
w/ The Traveling Suitcase
Bron Sage
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Feb. 13
 
Nikki Lane
w/ Jonny Fritz,
Hugh Bob
High Noon Saloon
Sun, Feb. 15

Hey Rosetta
w/ Communist Daughter
The Frequency
Wed, Feb. 18
 
Portland Cello Project
Honoring Elliott Smith
High Noon Saloon
Thu, Feb. 19

Doomtree
w/ Open Mike Eagle,
Greg Grease
Majestic Theatre
Sat, Feb. 21

The Districts
w/ Pine Barons
Dolores
High Noon Saloon
Sat, Feb. 21

SUUNS
w/ Disappears &
DJ Tolerance
The Frequency
Sun, Feb. 22
 
Robyn Hitchcock
w/ Emma Swift
High Noon Saloon
Mon, Feb. 23

The Growlers
w/ TBA
High Noon Saloon
Tues, Feb. 24

Lotus
w/ Turbo Suit
Orpheum Theater
Fri, Feb. 27

CURSIVE
w/ Dylan Ryan Sand,
See Through Dresses
High Noon Saloon
Thurs, March 19

The King Khan & BBQ Show
w/ TBA
High Noon Saloon
Sun, March 15

CYMBALS EAT GUITARS
w/ TBA
The Frequency
Mon, March 30

FOXYGEN
w/ TBA
The Sett - Union South
Fri, April 10 

Diarrhea Planet
w/ Lee Bains & the Glory Fires
High Noon Saloon
Wed, April 22 

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