Seminal Chicago emo ensemble Alkaline Trio has enjoyed a prosperous 17-year run that’s
seen the band release eight studio albums—not counting B-sides compilations,
splits and acoustic releases—and inspiring countless heart and skull tribute
tattoos along the way. Many of the emblazoned jumped ship a decade ago when the
band began to veer away from its distinct anthems of beer-soaked heartache
poured into the timeless Goddamnit and Maybe I’ll Catch Fire. Any such exodus wasn’t evident at The
Rave Saturday, though, as a sellout crowd was on hand to sing along as the
veteran band traversed its lengthy and ever-changing catalog in 75 minutes of
When you really think about it, most of your favorite bands can probably be traced back to the members’ middle- or high-school days. There, in some finished basement or cul-de-sac garage, the pimpled rockers of tomorrow struggled through basic chords, belted off-key lyrics about...
Though the liner notes of The Life and Times’ second
full-length tell the story of a band without money that self-recorded “the
larger-than-life record [they’d] been hearing in [their] heads” in a makeshift
studio that previ...
A band’s first months are a period usually reserved for false starts, the scrapping of potential names and learning how to play together as one. Evidently, Surgeons in Heat—a 6-month-old Milwaukee transplant that’s already played more than 25 shows, recorded and tirelessly promoted itself—wasn’t aware of that.
When singer and guitarist Johnathon Mayer left Appleton and relocated to Bay View in September, he and longtime friend and drummer Ryan Rougeux enlisted the help of Milwaukee bassist...
Open mic nights have long been stigmatized as forums for inexperienced musicians to play off-key cover songs to disinterested audiences at second-rate venues, but local businesses are working to change the image of open mics, and musicians are benefiting from their participation in this unsung format.
Over the past three and a half years, bartender Tim “Timber” Buege...
Since Headlights released its sophomore
album Some Racing, Some Stopping in
early 2008, there has been little to no stopping for the Champaign, Ill.-based
indie band. In the year-plus that followed Some
Racing’s release, the ba...