This Week in Milwaukee
Cesar Millan, Robyn and Motörhead
FRIDAY, FEB. 11
Cesar Millan â€śThe Dog Whispererâ€ť @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m.
that dog owners should be pack leaders who guide their pets with â€śa
calm, assertive energy,â€ť Cesar Millan has emerged as perhaps the worldâ€™s
most prominent dog trainer, spawning a media empire that includes his
National Geographic Channel program â€śThe Dog Whispererâ€ť and four
best-selling books. For this appearance, Millan will speak about dog
psychology, share stories and answer audience questions.
The Danglers @ Circle-A CafĂ©, 8 p.m.
Trick isnâ€™t the only band doing a multiple-night residency in Milwaukee
this month. The local acid-rock trio The Danglers celebrates 13 years
of fusing metal, punk, jazz and classical music with a three-night
residency at the Circle-A CafĂ© this weekend. Each nightâ€™s set list will
be decided by a different member of the bandâ€”electric violinist Jason
Loveall, bassist David Gelting and drummer John Sparrowâ€”and each
performance will feature a guest musician and will be recorded for
possible later release. (Through Sunday, Feb. 13.)
MSO: Arlo Guthrie: An American Scrapbook @ The Marcus Center, 8 p.m.
may surprise many fans that Arlo Guthrie, son of folk legend Woody and
the writer of the â€™60s counterculture epic â€śAliceâ€™s Restaurant,â€ť is now a
proud libertarian who vocally endorsed Ron Paul in 2008. Guthrieâ€™s
evolved in many directions since his 1967 hit, moving beyond the
comical, talking-blues structure of that song to explore more serious
shades of folk, pop and occasionally rock music. Guthrie paired with the
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for 2007â€™s In Times Like
These, a surprisingly sober live album that explored the more melancholy
corners of Guthrieâ€™s songbook. For three shows this weekend through
Sunday, heâ€™ll be joined by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
The Wailers w/ Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Duane Stephenson @ The Rave, 8 p.m.
Wailers complemented Bob Marleyâ€™s reggae sound the same way that the
J.B.s laid down the funk for James Brown, augmenting his voice with just
the right groove and helping reggaeâ€™s most famous singer sell more than
250 million albums. Currently led by original bass player Aston â€śFamily
Manâ€ť Barrett, the latest version of The Wailers continues to carry on
Marleyâ€™s spirit by playing his music onstage every night with a few
remaining original members. The group continued releasing original music
after Marleyâ€™s death, but now tours behind their one-time leaderâ€™s
best-known material, with current singer Elan Atias hitting the same
passionate notes as Marley did decades ago.
SATURDAY, FEB. 12
Designer Drugs @ The Rave, 8 p.m.
electronic assault of the senses, Designer Drugsâ€™ addictively modern
and rave-savvy music personifi es the duoâ€™s illicit moniker. Comprised
of DJs Michael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Paul Nelson, Designer Drugs
forges a vindictive mix of dark synth-pop bangers that exemplify the
sophisticated side of the house music scene while retaining all the fury
of a raging underground night club. Gothic overtones and Euro-style
remixes dominate their arrangements, which can be found on their covers
of tracks like The Veronicasâ€™ â€śUntouchedâ€ť or Annieâ€™s â€śAnthonio,â€ť which
transform gentle pop selections into hard-hitting bass blowouts.
Robyn w/ Diamond Rings and Natalia Kills @ The Rave, 7:30 p.m.
charting around the world in the late â€™90s with her single â€śShow Me
Love,â€ť Swedish singer Robyn emerged as one of dance-popâ€™s most respected
artists, garnering critical praise that sometimes eclipsed her actual
sales. The 2005 album Robyn brought with it another international hit,
â€śWith Every Heartbeat,â€ť and the 2010 album Body Talk, released in three
parts, was another critical hit. The album yielded one of her fi nest
singles yet, the sad disco lament â€śDancing on My Own,â€ť which became her
fi rst No. 1 hit in her home country.
SUNDAY, FEB. 13
Unwed Sailor @ Mad Planet, 8 p.m.
Seattle instrumental-rock band Unwed Sailor is captained by Johnathon
Ford, a veteran musician with the ability to convey tricky emotional
sentiments through instrumental nuance. Recording and touring with a
rotating cast of collaborators (including members of Early Day Miners,
Fleet Foxes and Pedro the Lion), Ford has released nine albums since the
bandâ€™s conception in 1998, each with its own distinct themes and
instrumental motifs. Though Unwed Sailorâ€™s music can vary greatly from
album to album, soothing backdrops, ambient moods and strung-out
melodies run throughout most of their releases.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16
Motörhead w/ Clutch and Valient Thorr @ The Rave, 8 p.m.
common knock against Motörhead is that the band hasnâ€™t changed in 30
years. But is that such a bad thing? Much as nobody wanted to hear The
Ramones make an alternative-rock album, nobody wants to hear Motörhead
make a contemporary alt-metal album, so on the groupâ€™s latest records,
including this yearâ€™s The Wörld Is Yours, Lemmy Kilmister and the gang
stick to their tried-and-true, timeless speed metal. Are they suffering
from diminishing returns? Of course. The Wörld Is Yours doesnâ€™t contain
anything nearly as unforgettable as the bandâ€™s signature song, â€śAce of
Spades,â€ť but itâ€™s encouraging to see that even as he enters his mid-60s,
Kilmister can still plug away with all the dedication of a man half his
Ingram Hill w/ Tom Fuller Band @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.
pop-rockers Ingram Hill are seeking to recreate the success they found
following the release of 2004â€™s Juneâ€™s Picture Show, the album that
yielded them their first Billboard chart appearance with the singles
â€śWill I Ever Make It Homeâ€ť and â€śAlmost Perfect.â€ť Subsequent albums have
contained a similar adult-contemporary feel, including the trioâ€™s
latest, Look Your Best, which traffics in the easier sounds of â€™90s
Bobby Long @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m.
he was a pale, sparkly vampire, Robert Pattinson was an aspiring
musician, sharing open mics with his drinking mate Bobby Long. Pattinson
of course went on to star in Twilight, while Long continued to pursue
his original dream, touring aggressively and self-releasing albums until
he landed a home on Dave Matthewsâ€™ ATO Records, where he released his
2010 EP Stranger Songs and his 2011 full-length A Winter Tale, a
collection of folk stories told through Longâ€™s crude vocals and
emotional guitar playing. Longâ€™s British brogue saturates his
American-style folk songs, but that juxtaposition only adds to his
appeal, lending his music the outside-looking-in perspective of a
wistful immigrant or a candid observer. Long plays a free show tonight.