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The Sets List: Andrew McMahon & New Politics, Umphrey’s McGhee, more

Matthew Reddin, Staff writer

Andrew McMahon & New Politics 

6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Rave, Milwaukee. $27, $32 VIP. therave.com.

Andrew McMahon (of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin fame) and New Politics don’t objectively sound that much alike. But this music veteran gone solo and group of Danish newcomers share one important trait: They’re infusing their respective pop and rock genres with a healthy dose of electronic instrumentation. That’ll make them a perfect duo for the dance-friendly Rave. Australian band The Griswolds and soulful singer-songwriter Lolo will amp up the crowd as opening acts.

Umphrey’s McGhee

8 p.m. Oct. 29, 30, 31 at the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee. $28, $30 day-of-show. pabsttheater.org.

No trick, just treat: “improg” (that’s “progressive improvisation”) rock band Umphrey’s McGee is returning to Milwaukee for its third Halloween residency since 2012. The Oct. 31 show is sold out, as are three-day passes, but there’s still time to jump on the Thursday or Friday night shows, both of which should feature the same jam energy — if not more, since the band won’t have just played a bunch of shows in a row. Think about it.

Vic & Gab Farewell Show

8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Pabst Theater, Milwaukee. $10. pabsttheater.org.

OK, this isn’t as bad as it looks. Yes, sisters Victoriah and Hannah Gabriela Banuelos will no longer be pop rock duo Vic & Gab once we turn the calendar page to November. But they won’t be walking away from music — just retiring their original name as they change direction musically. So consider this “Save the Last Dance for Me” show one last hurrah for the Vic & Gab you love, before the duo becomes the “something else” you love.

Flannel Fest 2015

5 p.m. Nov. 7 at High Noon Saloon, Madison. $20, $25 day-of-sale. high-noon.com.

It’s getting chilly out there, so warm up at Flannel Fest, Madison’s annual celebration of Americana acts in their own backyard and from around the country. This time around, artists include acclaimed Madisonians like The Whiskey Farm, Beth Kille and The Mascot Theory, as well as Austin-based headliners Micky and the Motorcars. Bonus: By warming up here, you keep people warm somewhere else — the event is a benefit for the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund, a nonprofit that helps thousands of people in need keep their heat and power on in the summer and winter.

The Avett Brothers 

7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Weill Center, Sheboygan. $57 to $77. weillcenter.com.

The Avett Brothers have been through Wisconsin a bunch in 2015. But if you’ve missed your chance to catch these indie folk rock stars so far this year, they’ll give you one more shot at Sheboygan’s Weill Center. And you should take it. The band’s been touring in support of their exceptional 2013 album Magpie and the Dandelion for quite some time and should be releasing another record, their 12th, in early 2016. So if you stop in to celebrate what’s come before, you might get a glimpse of what’s coming next. 


7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Alliant Energy Center, Madison. $35, $40 day-of-sale. alliantenergycenter.com.

Sure, you could plan to spend your pre-Halloween Friday freezing on the streets, getting an extra day of tricking and treating and all that jazz. Or you could show your “true colors” and party with Zedd, the electronica artist whose debut last year made him a star practically overnight. He’s celebrating the release of his sophomore album True Colors and has a multisensory, visual experience planned to go with it. You can always hit State Street the next night.

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