Few rock bands have managed to evoke feelings of teenage angst and sexual
frustration better than The Violent Femmes, arguably the best known band ever
to come out of Milwaukee. Written when singer Gordon Gano was still in his late
teens, the Femmes’ 1983 self-titled debut album produced songs that have grown
more iconic with each decade, including the handclap-friendly “Blister in the
Sun” and the xylophone-laced “Gone Daddy Gone.” Gano surprisingly still has an
agile vocal range, as demonstrated by the band’s Coachella performance in
April, their first since reuniting after a tiff regarding the sale of “Blister
in the Sun” to Wendy’s in 2009. This Summerfest show will be their first in
Milwaukee since their breakup, so they can expect an enthusiastic homecoming.
The local favorites play on the top of an unusually loaded Marcus Amphitheater
bill. The Avett Brothers, the folk-rock group whose pop-friendly bluegrass
revival presaged Mumford and Sons, will co-headline. Opening are the
enthusiastic psych-pop ensemble Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and the
Seattle indie-folk duo Ivan & Alyosha.