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Friday, July 6, 2012


Tonight @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

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Fusing the dirty synth sounds of Nine Inch Nails with the thundering rock of Against Me!—with a thick accent of funk thrown in for good measure—the restless electronic rock group AWOLNATION thrives on big ideas. The group's alt-radio hit “Sail” pays homage to the Styx anthem “Come Sail Away,” nearly rivaling that song's scope, while their 2011 debut album, Megalithic Symphony, is as big as its title suggests, racing from buoyant pop songs like “People” to the opulent, Muse-esque arena rock of “Soul Wars.”