The Sets List: Lizzo, 2Cellos, Dropkick Murphys, Beatallica, Cloud Cult ,

Matthew Reddin, Staff writer


9 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Majestic Theatre, Madison. $15.

8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee. $15.

If you think mainstream hip-hop lyrics are boring and stale, Lizzo should serve as a breath of fresh air. The Detroit-born sensation cites a variety of gospel, rap and R&B artists as formative influences, but her inventive wordplay and easy switching between rapping and singing make her an influence in her own right. She’s been a part of multiple groups throughout her life, but for this headline tour, Lizzo flies solo. DJ Sophia Eris and Cavanaugh open.

Cloud Cult 

8 p.m. Feb. 19 at Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee. $18.

8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Barrymore Theater, Madison. $22.

The lyrics of Cloud Cult’s songs have always suggested that this experimental chamber rock band has been seeking the answers to philosophical questions through their music, but they’re getting more explicit about it with The Seeker, their upcoming new album. Their style remains the same as ever, especially the independent act’s commitment to eco-friendly performance, distribution and touring. Plus, if you show up, you have a chance of winning a painting created live during the show!


9 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 at Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee. $10.

If you haven’t yet crossed paths with Beatallica, the so-weird-it’s-brilliant cover band that mashes up tunes by the Beatles and Metallica, take this as your opportunity to do so. The foursome are playing two successive gigs in their hometown, playing their latest album Abbey Load in full, as well as tracks from other albums like Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band and All You Need is Blood. Experimental prog rockers Lova Nova open.

Dropkick Murphys

8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Orpheum Theater, Madison. $33 to $50.

Twenty years ago, the Dropkick Murphys were just a couple of friends hoping to play music for fun in a barbershop basement. Now these Irish punk rockers are a household name, thanks to eight albums and a string of hits including “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” They’ll appear in Madison as part of their 20th anniversary tour, likely bringing along with them a new string of insults about failed presidential candidate Scott Walker, who the longtime union-supporters “literally hate.” 


7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee. $35, $45, $55.

Croatian duo 2Cellos has returned to the United States and their dynamic style has never been as ready to rock. Hot off the release of their high-octane cover of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and its accompanying album Celloverse, these two instrumentalists have put together their most electric setlist yet.