Our fat-free, dolphin-safe Milwaukee events calendar is chock-full of things to do, but only a handful of events are worthy of the lofty honor of “Record Recommended” (patent pending). Here are our recommendations for April 15-21, 2019.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

The Yawpers + In The Whale @ The Cooperage
It’s been about six months since The Yawpers last played in Milwaukee, but we aren’t complaining. Only a couple seasons removed from the last Cooperage show and roughly a year after playing at Club Garibaldi as well, the Denver-based roots/rock hybrid will return to town to head up an impressive bill at The Cooperage.

Caley Conway (record release) + Gauss, SistaStrings @ Anodyne Walker’s Point Roastery
We’ve been looking forward to the release of Caley Conway’s newest EP, Surrounded Middle, all year. If you’re not familiar with Caley Conway, get familiar with Caley Conway. And go to this show, which will undoubtedly be amazing.

Steve Gunn + Gun Outfit, Soda Road @ Cactus Club

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Steve Martin + Martin Short @ Riverside Theater
Steve Martin and Martin Short need no introductions. So, um, go see their latest two-man show, “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t.”

MAM After Dark: Local Talent @ Milwaukee Art Museum
Immortal Girlfriend, Clear Pioneer, Amanda Huff, and Crystal Knives will perform at this stacked, local-rific MAM After Dark.

Deerhoof + Fox Face, L’Resorts @ The Cooperage
Speaking of incredible lineups…THIS ONE.

Tim Heidecker + Gregg Turkington: On Cinema Live @ Turner Hall Ballroom

Hughes Family Band + Cairns, Redshift Headlights @ Company Brewing

Luxi + UaZit, Bum Alum @ Bremen Cafe

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

Lady Lamb + Alex Schaaf @ The Back Room @ Colectivo
In 2015, five-foot powerhouse Lady Lamb delighted close to 200 Milwaukeeans in a mid-summer outing at Turner Hall, which she (Aly Spaltro) called “one of [her] three favorite places to play” in the world. At show’s end, the singer-songwriter assured the decidedly won-over audience “I’ll be back again. I’ll always come back.” True to her word, Lady Lamb returned to Milwaukee in early 2017 to play an intimate solo show at Hear Here studios. She’ll return to town to play a public outing at Colectivo’s Back Room roughly two weeks after releasing her latest album, Even In The Tremor.

Alice In Chains + City And Colour (solo) @ The Rave

Blessed + Tunic @ X-Ray Arcade (all ages)

Nineteen Thirteen @ Anodyne Walker’s Point Roastery

Luke Cerny (record release) + Craig Baumann & The Story, Ethan Keller @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

Lavender Country + Paisley Fields, Nat Harvie, Nickel&Rose @ Cactus Club
If there’s a better way to spend your Easter than with the legendary Lavender Country—the “world’s first gay country band”—we’d like to hear it.

SASAMI + Savila @ The Back Room @ Colectivo

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