As a rock club, Mad Planet is one of the city’s finest, a perfectly sized venue for midlevel touring bands and popular local acts. When bands aren’t playing, though, the venue doubles as a full-out dance club.
As a rock club, Mad Planet is one of the city’s finest, a perfectly sized venue for midlevel touring bands and popular local acts. When bands aren’t playing, though, the venue doubles as a full-out dance club. Every Friday, its ’80s-themed Retro Dance Party attracts a clientele as diverse as you’d expect from the Riverwest . . .
O’Death’s band name says it all. The New York quintet plays rustic, old-timey American music along the lines of the traditional funeral song they’re named for, but with a darker, punky edge. Old-time revival is quickly becoming the swing revival of the 2000s, but with their sinister fiddle and snappy songs, O’Death is better than . . .
Three indie-rock bands split a 9 p.m. bill at Mad Planet tonight: the trip-hop-inflected Fable and the World Flat, the boisterous, megaphone-assisted John the Savage, and Sleep Tight Co., an expanded, new incarnation of the indie-pop act formerly known as Spransy & Kolb.
Like so many electronic- and dance-music collectives, the Chicago group Mahjongg is difficult to label. Their new, second album, Kontpab, blends a host of electronic and synthesized textures and sounds, but it also prominently features a strong whiff of Afro-beat rhythms, proving that blog-favorites Vampire . . .
Early in their career, Six Organs of Admittance’s psychedelic songs were unstructured and largely instrumental. On recent releases, however, bandleader Ben Chasny has honed his songwriting and played up his vocals, adding a beating heart to his hypnotic, droning ragas. The group’s latest, 2007’s . . .
Daniel Johnston @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m.
Equal parts visionary and maniac, Daniel Johnston has seen his fame skyrocket since the 2005 release of The Devil and Daniel Johnston, a documentary detailing his struggles with mental illness.
Perhaps no Milwaukee band better conjures the sloppy indie-rock sounds of the Pacific Northwest than Jackraasch, a two-piece duo with wide-eyed songs a la Built to Spill, the livewire spirit of early Modest Mouse, and the stripped-down, guitar/drum dynamic of 764-Hero.
As usual, Riverwest offers some of the cheapest New Year's Eve options. For this year's NYE, Mad Planet supplements its popular Retro Dance Party (a euphoric mix of dance and pop songs from the '80s and early '90s usually reserved for Friday nights) with snacks, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. The party starts at 9 p.m., and admission is just $10.