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Monday, June 10, 2013

The Violent Femmes and The Avett Brothers w/ Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Ivan & Alyosha

Wednesday, June 26 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:00 p.m.

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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.

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