The Sets List | Big Data, Belle and Sebastian, Bleachers, more

Matthew Reddin, Staff writer

Big Data 

7:30 p.m. April 1 at the Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. $15.

Admittedly, Big Data is not big yet. Which is weird, because the electronic music project had one of last summer’s most underrated jams (the disco-influenced, sinister “Dangerous”) and the producer behind it, Alan Wilkis, is turning big monumental things, like NSA surveillance and our growing reliance on technology, into stuff you can dance to. But with its new album 2.0 finally out, Big Data should be moving beyond the Internet underground soon.

Belle and Sebastian

8 p.m. April 4 at Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison. $39.

Almost 20 years into their musical career, Belle and Sebastian still have more than a few tricks up their sleeve. The indie pop band has never quite regained the luster of their earliest albums, the super-underground Tigermilk and their name-making smash “If You’re Feeling Sinister.” Yet their latest effort, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, shows that the band still has more to offer, turning in a work that ventures onto the dance floor more brazenly than any album before. Come for the Europop take on Sylvia Plath, stay for the indie music veterans still making waves. Honeyblood opens.

Cactus Club Comedy & Music Show

9:30 p.m. April 3 at the Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth Ave., Milwaukee. $7.

Don’t force yourself to choose between a comedian and a rock band. Get both at the Cactus Club’s latest combination show, featuring a stacked slate of stand-up artists and two sets by the evening’s featured artists. This time around, the artist-in-residence is indie rock act Twin Brother, hot off its Turner Hall debut last month, performing with seven local comics. 


8 p.m. March 31 at the
Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. $26.

His fun. bandmate Nate Ruess has the radio’s ear right now, but Jack Antonoff has the retro ‘80s sound on lockdown with his side project Bleachers. Accidentally crafting the tracks for his debut Strange Desire in his spare time on the road, Antonoff taps into the nostalgia of his childhood, evoking a modern day John Hughes-soundtrack sound that still resonates 25 years later. The best part is all that ‘80s angst is happening in the here and now, so until fun. gets back together it’s all yours for the taking. Joywave and Night Terrors of 1927 open. 

Clean Bandit 

9 p.m. April 4 at the Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. $20, $22 day of show.

It’s too bad “Mozart’s House” wasn’t the single that actually put Clean Bandit on the map, because it’s the track that perhaps best hints at the British act’s fusion of classical and electronic music. Instead, we got “Rather Be,” a more-than-worthy, infectious alternative. Clean Bandit won’t perform with any of the guest artists featured heavily on their album, but reports from elsewhere across the country suggest that doesn’t make their live shows any less exuberant.