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 October 7-13, 2019.


Dany Laj & The Looks + Psychotic Reaction, Future Plans @ High Dive
Aren’t Monday night rock shows at High Dive the best? Yes, yes they are. Spend this Monday night with Canada’s Dany Laj & The Looks, along with Oklahoma’s Psychotic Reaction and Milwaukee’s own Future Plans.


Milwaukee Record LiveSCREAM Theater: Attack Of The Giant Leeches
For five nights in October, we’re bringing you Milwaukee Record LiveSCREAM Theater! And tonight’s the second installment! Want to join host Matt Wild and special guests Jack Packard and Maggie Iken for a live-on-the-internet viewing party of the 1959 stinker Attack Of The Giant Leeches? Just tune in to the Milwaukee Record YouTube channel at 8 p.m. and comment/joke along with us! It’s all part of the 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs October 17-31. Fun!

GWAR + Sacred Reich, Toxic Holocaust, Against The Grain @ The Rave


Aluminum Knot Eye + Spowder, Mites @ High Dive
Aren’t Wednesday night rock shows at High Dive the best? Yes, yes they are. Spend this Wednesday night with New Jersey’s Spowder, along with locals Mites and Aluminum Knot Eye. The latter recently put out a 7-inch called Neutered And Declawed.

William Tyler + Chris Rosenau @ Acme Records & Music Emporium


Nick Kroll @ Pabst Theater
Though you probably know him from The League, the criminally underrated Kroll Show, as one half of the Broadway hit The Oh, Hello Show, or as the voice of countless characters on Big Mouth, Nick Kroll is a comedian at heart. The multi-talented humorist will make (what appears to be) his Milwaukee debut when he takes the Pabst Theater stage as part of his Middle-Aged Boy Tour.


Abby Jeanne @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center For The Arts
Last week, Abby Jeanne treated listeners to “Get You High,” the lead single from a forthcoming 7-inch and cassette. The ever-busy and unstoppable Milwaukee singer will release the single (backed with a cover of Siouxsie And The Banshees’ “Spellbound”) in accordance with an October 12 event wherein Bay View’s inimitable Hi-Fi Cafe will temporarily masquerade as Atomic Records. Oh, and she’ll play the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center For The Arts tonight.

Flannel Fest Pre-Party: The Wildbirds (reunion) + The Championship (reunion) @ The Cooperage
The night before Boone & Crockett’s big Flannel Fest blowout, The Cooperage will play host to a dynamic duo of bygone bands. The Wildbirds—who, by our calculations, haven’t played out since 2012—will headline this extra special show. They’ll be joined by The Championship, who quietly called it quits a few years ago when bandleader Joe Crockett started up Rx Drugs.

Deep Red w/ Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin @ Oriental Theatre
Remember last year when Italian progressive rock band Goblin and founding keyboardist Claudio Simonetti played a live score to Dario Argento’s 1977 classic giallo film Suspiria? Wouldn’t it be great if they did the same thing for 1975’s Deep Red? Well, here you go!

The Safes + Trolley @ Circle-A Cafe

Mt. Joy + Wilderado @ Turner Hall Ballroom

Deep Femme + Ravi/Lola, Our Fathers, Glad Rags, Loud Library @ Bremen Cafe

Breaking Bad Movie Premiere Party @ Walker’s Point Music Hall


Flannel Fest @ Boone & Crockett
Though this is not the first Flannel Fest (the first and, to this point, only other installment happened seven years ago at The Hotel Foster), it’s certainly going to be the biggest. The Boone & Crockett lot will host an eclectic and incredibly impressive lineup of locally lauded and nationally regarded acts that includes Minneapolis’ own Polica and Har Mar Superstar, Milwaukee favorites Klassik and REYNA, a rare Mark Waldoch full-band performance, and a small band version of Dead Soldiers, among others. While you watch bands, you can enjoy fare from the likes of Hacienda Beer Co., Foxfire, Taco Moto, Bad English, Maya Ophelia’s, and Snack Boys. Get out and stock up on some flannel now!

Beet Street Harvest Festival @ Cactus Club
Following three years of family-friendly and fall-focused fun, Cactus Club has decided to bring the Beet Street Harvest Festival back for another installment. The Bay View bar (with some support from Goodkind and Palomino) will host a day of food, drinks, live music, baking competitions, youth-centered activities, and festival fun for all ages. Between noon and 6 p.m., a chunk of Wentworth Avenue between Goodkind and Cactus Club will be blocked off for the fourth annual event. On top of the food, drinks, and pie-related competitions, the event will also feature a local music video showcase and music by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, True Skool, Retoro, Congo Gospel Music, and DJ Dave Arnevik.

Jon Mueller + Hello Death, Credentials @ Company Brewing

Heart + Joan Jett And The Blackhearts @ Fiserv Forum

Ellie Jackson + Greta Ruth, Aaron Kerr’s Dissonant Creatures, Amanda Huff @ Between Two Galleries

Joanna Newsom @ The Irish Cultural & Heritage Center (Also October 13)

Wes Hollywood + Cabin Essence @ Circle-A Cafe

Matt Wilson And His Orchestra @ Shank Hall

The Get Down @ Mad Planet


Florida Brothers (record release) + Heavy Hand, Jab Jugular, Foreign Foods @ Cactus Club
Back in 2017, we introduced you to a new Milwaukee project called Florida Brothers Band. In that article, we said the unusual, interesting, and utterly enjoyable group “crafts poppy punk earworms that will make you smash your neighbor with a steel chair.” Since that outset, the singlet-wearing band that features a vocalist who channels Reginald “The Crusher” Lisowski while bellowing lyrics about wrestling has only gotten better and more compelling. Florida Brothers Band will celebrate the release of their debut full-length, You Will Hate Us, at tonight’s show.