Friday, Aug. 14, 2009

Cracker

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair, 8 p.m.

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With its crunchy alt-rock guitars and angsty stoner mentality, Cracker’s biggest hit, “Low,” is pure ’90s, but the rest of the band’s catalogue doesn’t date so easily. Like frontman David Lowery’s other band, Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker continues to record spry rock albums spiked with rootsy digressions and tangential fits of punk-rock silliness—music that sounded great before the ’90s alt-rock boom and music that still sounds great today, even if there’s no longer an obvious place for it on the radio. The band’s newest release, Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey, is as informal and oddball as any they’ve recorded.