The Sets List: Meat Puppets, Dirty Heads, Jeremy Messersmith and more

Matthew Reddin, Staff writer

Meat Puppets

8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee. $13.

Is there a better way to celebrate the end of summer than by listening to some “face-melting” rock ’n’ roll by the Meat Puppets? Better be safe and pop into Club Garibaldi for this cowpunk pioneer’s first appearance at the venue in two years. The group — best known for an appearance with Nirvana on MTV Unplugged shortly before Kurt Cobain’s death, but a reputable force in their own right — has a history of rocking the venue hard, and their 2015 appearance should be no different.

Dirty Heads

8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Barrymore Theatre, Madison. $27.

Dirty Heads has been an established reggae rock band for several years, but they took a big shift with their 2014 album Sound of Change, introducing more alternative rock and hip-hop influences than ever before. It paid off — their lead single, “My Sweet Summer,” picked up heavy rotation on indie and mainstream stations alike, only growing in popularity as summer turned to fall and listeners grabbed onto whatever reminders of warmth they could. At the Barrymore, they’ll prove they’re more than just a catchy single. Dutch funk rock band Chef’Special opens.

Jeremy Messersmith

TBA Sept. 8 in Oshkosh and Sept. 9 in Milwaukee. $20.

There’s small, intimate concerts, and then there’s Jeremy Messersmith’s Supper Club tour. The indie pop artist from Minneapolis is traveling around the country, playing a series of musical potluck shows at random homes. He has two Wisconsin gigs coming up, in Oshkosh and Milwaukee, and that’s all we can tell you about them. Get tickets, and you get the host’s address and other important details. What happens next? That’s up to you.


9 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Orpheum Theatre, Madison. $25, $30 day-of-show.

On their last two records, LP3 and LP4, electronica duo Ratatat (Mike Stroud and Evan Mast) got experimental, trying out different genres, instruments and motifs. Magnifique, their first album in half a decade, gets back to their roots: guitar driven, synth-supported electronic rock. It’s been wildly enjoyed by fans of the band in live performance, so this Orpheum show comes with high expectations.

Rufus Wainwright

8 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Marcus Center, Milwaukee. $17 to $107.

Considered one of the greatest vocalists and songwriters performing today, Rufus Wainwright vacillates between contemporary and classical notions of pop music with an enviable ease. So it makes sense that he’d want to perform an evening of his best work with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The Marcus Center may not be the Pabst Theater (where he recorded his live album Milwaukee at Last!!!), but Wainwright loves the city whatever the venue.