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The Sets List, Feb. 12, 2015

Kacey Musgraves

7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Orpheum Theatre, Madison. $30, $27 in advance. madisonorpheum.com; 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee. $33. pabsttheater.org.

Jason Aldean. Blake Shelton. Tim McGraw. Taylor Swift. Those aren’t just the names of four of country music’s greatest working artists, they’re also the names of the artists Kacey Musgraves stepped over on the way to picking up a Grammy for 2013’s Best Country Album — for her major-label debut, Same Trailer, Different Park. In a genre full of good ol’ boys who pander to red state values, Musgraves is a breath of fresh air, turning a critical eye on small-minded small-town values in songs like “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Follow Your Arrow.” The best part: They’re great songs too, making this progressive powerhouse the full package.

Zap Mama and Antibalas

8 p.m. Feb. 15 at Wisconsin Union Theatre’s Shannon Hall, Madison. $25–$40, $10 for UW-Madison students.
uniontheater.wisc.edu.

How often do you get the chance to see two rhythm-loving, African music-influenced acts for the price of one? Zap Mama, aka Belgian artist Marie Daulne, sings polyphonic Afropop and has integrated elements of jazz, soul and urban music over her 20-year career. Antibalas, part of the same music scene as TV on the Radio and The Dap-Kings, is pure Afrobeat, a bridge from Fela Kuti’s work to the present day. They’ve never collaborated before, and they might never again, so don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime show.

The Digitour

6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Pabst Theater, Milwaukee. $25. pabsttheater.org.

It’s a brave new digital world we’re living in, and now it comes with its own tour. Digitour, founded in 2011, bills itself as the first social-media tour, enlisting top stars from YouTube, Vine, Twitter and Instagram like Pentatonix, Fifth Harmony and Tyler Oakley to perform in front of often-sold-out crowds. Names like Sam Pottorff, WeeklyChris and Twaimz may not mean anything to you yet, but if the Internet’s proven anything in its relatively short life, it’s that you never know where the next viral hit is coming from.

The Nile Project

8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Wisconsin Union Theatre’s Shannon Hall, Madison. Free. uniontheater.wisc.edu.

Eleven countries border Africa’s Nile River, and the multiculturally minded Nile Project unites them all. Founded by ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and singer Meklit Hadero, the Nile Project is a world music lover’s dream, a huge collective of musicians all coming together to share their abilities with each other. The artists just had their third “gathering” thus far, in Egypt, which means they’ll show up in Madison with a revitalized sound and brand-new work to show off.

Barry Manilow

7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee. $17–$127. bmoharrisbradleycenter.com.

Barry Manilow’s had a long, lucky career, working regularly as both a singer-songwriter and adaptor of others’ works since the ’70s. But he’s also entering his 70s, and has decided to scale things back accordingly. Cue the “One Last Time!” tour, one last run around the nation with all his greatest hits, including “Mandy,” “Copacabana” and more. Manilow will be joined on the tour by Dave Koz, a man as talented on the saxophone as Manilow is on the vocal chords.

Dead Horses

7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee. Free. psoa.uwm.edu.

UWM’s MKE Unplugged music series is back, and kicking off 2015 with an Oshkosh band on its way up. Acoustic folk band Dead Horses specializes in coming-of-age narratives, and the four-piece has done a little coming-of-age of their own in recent months. Their sophomore album, Space and Time, made waves upon its release in October, and the band’s been touring to high acclaim ever since. Catch them now before Dead Horses really comes to life. Upstart Milwaukee indie band Ugly Brothers opens.

The Sets List: Death Blues, Fleetwood Mac, Riff Raff and more

Jon Mueller’s Death Blues 

8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre, Milwaukee. $25. alvernopresents.alverno.edu.

Percussionist Jon Mueller (Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Volcano Choir) rallies the troops yet again for his latest installment of Death Blues, a musical project he formed with San Fran composer William Ryan Fritch in 2012. The post-rock act is tough to describe — their mission statement is to “address the inevitability of death as impetus to become more present in each moment,” after all — so if you’re on the fence, google Death Blues’ latest release Ensemble and meditate on it for a bit. Just don’t wait too long; rumor has it this might be Death Blues’ own inevitable last performance.

Fleetwood Mac 

8 p.m. Feb. 12 at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee. $60 to $196.
bmoharrisbradleycenter.com.

The reason Fleetwood Mac is the towering classic rock juggernaut it is today is because the band can’t get along worth a damn. So it’s not an understatement to say this is very possibly the last time the whole band will tour together. But here they are, showing up at the Bradley Center: Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and (for the first time since 1998) Christine McVie. At this point, the only thing keeping you from the show should be the high ticket prices — and honestly, for a band like this, they might be a bargain.

Riff Raff

8 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Rave, Milwaukee. $22. therave.com.

Guys, be cool. Riff Raff is not just that guy who thought he was going to make a splash doing a Britney/Justin all-denim tribute with Katy Perry at this year’s VMAs, but ended up getting edged out by her awesome, impromptu best-friendship with Sam Smith. He’s also one of the strangest rappers in the business, an uber-tattooed, zigzag-bearded Vanilla Ice-devotee with tracks like “Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz.” Even if you don’t walk away from the Eagles Ballroom a Riff Raff fan, it’s certainly going to be an experience of some kind.

Wild Child 

9 p.m. Feb. 3 at Mad Planet, Milwaukee. $12, $10 in advance. mad-planet.com.

9 p.m. Feb. 4 at The Frequency, Madison. $15, $13 in advance. madisonfrequency.com.

You can count on Austin to churn out indie rock stars with some regularity, and Wild Child could be the latest. The six-piece has been touring like mad since releasing their self-recorded debut Pillow Talk in 2011 and signing a deal for sophomore record The Runaround in 2013, and they’ll be passing through Wisconsin this February. So give these traveling gypsies a try — especially since they’ve picked two of the region’s dance-friendliest venues to stop in at.

Yonder Mountain String Band 

8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Barrymore Theatre, Madison. $30. barrymorelive.com.

YMSB is one of the biggest names in bluegrass, largely because they are not afraid to be something other than a bluegrass band. Touring for almost 15 years, the band has cultivated a passionate fanbase as well as critical acclaim, all while experimenting with the addition of rock ’n’ roll and folk influences to their sound. Indie folk artists Horse Feathers open.

Carnaval 2015 

8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Majestic Theatre, Madison. $15. majesticmadison.com.

Carnaval comes early in Madison this year, with the Majestic’s celebration of the Brazilian pre-Lenten party. Percussionists from across the city — including the Handphibians and Ótimo Madison Brazilian Dance — will show off three different styles of Brazilian rhythm and dance. Not that you’ll know that in the moment, with all the Carnaval-ing, but it’s nice info to make your friends jealous the morning after.