June 17 – July 1
7:30 p.m. on June 18 at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; $49.50 to $59.50; pabsttheater.org
Chicago-based Wilco has released ten studio albums and a live double album over the course of more than 20 years. The Grammy-winning band is touring behind 2016’s Schmilco, which was released on the group’s own label dBpm Records. Wilco’s musical style has evolved from a ’90s country-rock sound to its current “eclectic indie rock collective that touches on many eras and genres.” Folk duo Kacy & Clayton open the show.
9 p.m. on June 18 at The Cactus Club in Milwaukee; $10; cactusclubmilwaukee.com
Los Angeles psych favorites Meatbodies formed in 2012, and has a sound that is “hard-hitting and full of potent guitar work, but also brimming with bent but pop-friendly melodies and hooks.” The band is touring behind its second album Alice — a concept record revolving around subjects such as war, sex, politics, and religion — released by Red Records in early 2017.
8 p.m. on June 21 at the Capital Theatre at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison; $39 to $75; overture.org
Joe Jackson had hits in the late ’70s/early ’80s, including “Is She Really Going Out with Him?” and “Steppin’ Out.” The English musician has been nominated for five Grammy Awards. Jackson’s most recent release, 2015’s Fast Forward, features four sets of four songs recorded in four different cities — New York, New Orleans, Berlin and Amsterdam — each with a different set of supporting musicians.
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA
7 p.m. on June 23 on King St. in front of the Majestic Theater in Madison; FREE; majesticmadison.com
Formed in Chicago, Dark Star Orchestra is a Grateful Dead cover band. Its performances mirror specific shows from among the nearly 2,500 gigs the Dead did over 30 years. The Orchestra performs the complete, original set list — song by song and in order. Members of the Grateful Dead — including Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux, Vince Welnick and Tom Constanten — have all appeared on stage and performed with Dark Star Orchestra.
9 p.m. on June 27 at The Cactus Club in Milwaukee; $8; cactusclubmilwaukee.com
The Well is inspired by early ’70s psych and proto-metal, and has been compared to groups like Black Sabbath, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. The Austin-based power trio merges “massive riffs with sophisticated melodies” on its most recent release, 2016’s Pagan Science. The band has maintained a steady touring schedule and shared the stage with acts such as Fu Manchu, High on Fire, Pentagram and Dead Meadow.
8 p.m. on June 29 at the High Noon Saloon in Madison; $18; high-noon.com
Deerhoof is an independent music group formed in 1994 in San Francisco. The band — which self-produces its records and self-manages its career — has been described as “true champions of the underground” with an “intoxicating mix of noise, sugary melodies, and experimental spirit.” Deerhoof's live shows are known for minimal gear, maximum volume, and surrealist banter. Proud Parents and Solid Freex open the show.
8 p.m. on June 25 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee; $25; shankhall.com
Progressive metal band Fates Warning has been at it since the early ’80s through numerous line-up changes. It’s released twelve studio albums and two live albums, seeing some commercial success with No Exit, Perfect Symmetry and Parallels in particular. The band continues to tour and release new material, including its latest, Theories of Flight, in 2016.
WHISKEY OF THE DAMNED
8:30 p.m. on June 23 on Milwaukee Boat Line’s Concert Cruise in Milwaukee; $22.99; mkeboat.com/concerts
Whiskey of the Damned is a five-piece, Celtic-influenced rock group put together by Ireland native Eoin McCarthy. The Milwaukee band has been described as a mix of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphy’s, and Flogging Molly, and is known for its high-energy, raucous live shows. The two-hour cruise price includes your first drink.