Summer is certainly making a prompt entrance this week. The calendar includes: the Dangerous Curves Ahead burlesque show; a reading by Isabel Sharpe; and, live music by the Deftones, Winn Dixie, Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo, The Shondes, Birthday Suits, Justin Moore, and Chiodos.
BIRTHDAY: Bob Dylan, 1941.
Inferno, 9 pm
Stars of New York's burlesque revival make a Madison stop on their nationwide tour. Anita Cookie, Clams Casino, Gigi Lafemme and Minnie Tonka bump and grind their way into your heart.
NOTEWORTHY: Cassius Clay knocks out Sonny Liston at 1:56 of the first round to retain the heavyweight boxing title, 1965.
Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
The heavy-hitting rock band has never been content to embrace just one sound or genre. Starting with a sound steeped in heavy metal and punk more than 20 years ago, they cleverly infused their sound with the dark shadows of dreampop, trip-hop and New Wave, challenging their fans to broaden their tastes.
BIRTHDAY: Actress Pam Grier, 1949.
Borders Books West, 7 pm
Wisconsin author Sharpe, prolific with Harlequin titles like Surprise Me... and While She Was Sleeping, arrives to read from Knit in Comfort, a less racy book about North Carolina friends who knit.
Malt House, 7:30 pm
This brand-new crew of Appalachia-loving fiddlers, ukulele players and banjo-pickers cut their teeth at the Busking for Books event last month, but they're making their official debut this week with singing, guitar-playing guest Maggie Moore.
Brink Lounge, 8 pm
The local blues musicians play a valedictory set fresh off their triumph at this month's Madison Area Music Awards, where they notched five honors.
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Mixing shards of in-your-face political punk with Jewish music and riot grrrl 'tude, this quartet from NYC is ready to blow your mind with both their music and their message. With Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons and the Drain.
Frequency, 9:30 pm
The loud, wild, garage-meets-hardcore insanity Minneapolis duo Birthday Suits brings to the stage has found a home on a new disc called The Minnesota: Mouth to Mouth. Check out a review on page 14, then ditch your date with The Office to catch a live performance of the album's songs. With the Blind Shake.
NOTEWORTHY: Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs treaty with NATO, 1997.
Barrymore Theatre, 7 pm
Critics haven't all been gaga for Moore's slick-and-twangy brand of contemporary country, but fans can't seem to get enough of it. The singer and guitarist's self-titled debut rocketed up the Billboard country chart last summer, then broke into the mainstream, reaching an impressive No. 10. With Ash Bowers, the McClymonts and Jane Dear Girls.
Stage Door at Orpheum Theatre, 7:30 pm
The post-hardcore favorite lost their original vocalist and haven't released a new album in three years, but they're working on a new album and have some killer material to share from 2007's Bone Palace Ballet, which made huge waves at last year's Warped Tour thanks to a big rerelease campaign by Warner Bros. Records. With Serianna, Mountains Before Me, Look I'm Burning and Guardians.