July 15 to July 29

 

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS

8 p.m. July 16 at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; $55.50 to $75.50; pabsttheater.org

Elvis Costello has followed his own path in a career that has spanned more than 30 years. The artist brings his Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers tour to Milwaukee, featuring songs from 1983’s Imperial Bedroom as a starting point. Costello says, “you never know who or what you are going to encounter down the corridor to those ‘Other Chambers.’” Costello’s backing band The Imposters are with him on the tour, augmented by accompanying vocalists Kitten Kuroi and YahZarah.

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Roger Waters

ROGER WATERS

8 p.m. July 29 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee; $52 to $196.50; pabsttheater.org

One of the founders of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters brings his Us + Them tour to Milwaukee. The tour features songs from Pink Floyd albums such as Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall, Animals and Wish You Were Here, as well as Waters’ solo work. Waters’ live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring state-of-the-art audio-visual production. The Us + Them tour is Waters’ first time back to the United States since his sold-out The Wall Live tour in 2012.

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Buzz Osborne of the Melvins

MELVINS

8 p.m. July 24 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee; $20; pabsttheater.org

Called “the world’s best bar band,” the Melvins have been around for more than 30 years, with vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover as continuous members. The band is difficult to categorize because of its experimental approach, but AllMusic wrote that the Melvins’ “ability to combine punk with a strong Black Sabbath influence had a major impact on everything from grunge to alternative metal to doom metal and stoner rock.” Spotlights opens the show.

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Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

BRUCE HORNSBY & THE NOISEMAKERS

8 p.m. July 25 at The Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee; $55 to $65; paysbig.com

Three-time Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby has drawn inspiration from a variety of American musical traditions throughout his career, including pop, jazz, bluegrass, and ’60s soul. The singer and pianist’s earliest success came with his band Bruce Hornsby and the Range’s first album The Way It Is in 1986. That led to the group playing on Saturday Night Live and opening for artists such as the Grateful Dead, Steve Winwood, and the Eurythmics. Hornsby’s albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide, with the most recent of those albums being 2016’s Rehab Reunion.

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Violent Femmes

VIOLENT FEMMES

7:30 p.m. July 21 at the BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee; $23 to $67; pabsttheater.org

Milwaukee’s own Violent Femmes is currently touring in support of its most recent album We Can Do Anything, the band’s first album in 15 years. The group reunited at Coachella in 2013. Violent Femmes is best-known for its hit “Blister in the Sun,” which the band recently played on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert — with Colbert on vocals. Co-headliners Echo & The Bunnymen will also perform. (For more on Violent Femmes, see the interview)

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