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Album Reviews
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
If 2011’s intimate 4 A.M. suggested that Sam Llanas wanted to move beyond the BoDeans, The Whole Night Thru acknowledges he’s not quite ready to surrender the sound that made him famous. The singer-guitarist’s third solo album opens with “Deja Vú,” a dark mid-tempo rocker more vivid and
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Most so-called hair bands—save heavy hitters like Bon Jovi and Mötely Crüe—have faded even more than that denim jacket you used to wear. Then there’s Lillian Axe. Although the Louisiana band enjoyed limited success via MTV hits like “Show A Little Love” and “Dream of a Lifetime,” Lillian Axe
2014 Summerfest Guide
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Saturday, June 28 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 5 p.m.

 What? The Yardbirds are still around after more than 50 years? Well, not exactly. The British blues band that spawned a holy trinity of guitar gods with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page initially had a five-year run, from 1963 to 1968, with such hits as “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul”
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 1 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m.

 Like Skillet, Flyleaf and P.O.D., Switchfoot initially gained success in the Christian rock marketplace, releasing three albums between 1997 and 2000 before hitting the mainstream with 2004’s The Beautiful Letdown and its Top 10 single, “Dare You to Move.” Since then, the band has released five
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Thursday, July 3 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m.

 In February 2011, Rise Against lead singer Tim McIlrath performed acoustic versions of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Ohio” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain” at the labor union protests in Madison. Those songs are a far cry from Rise Against’s serrated punk rock
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Sunday, July 6 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 9:30 p.m.

 For years, classic rock artists were a Summerfest staple, as dependable as the iconic Sky Glider. Then the winds of change blew in with a slew of indie artists and jam bands. That suggested Summerfest was catching up with the times, which is fine, but the announcement of Melissa Etheridge’s
Album Reviews
Thursday, May 29, 2014
 The multinational instrumental quartet Sonar includes a mathematics professor, a software developer and a multimedia artist. In other words, not only can these guys play; they also have brains. On their second album, Static Motion, they rely on symmetry, aesthetics and precision to create as much
Concert Reviews
Thursday, May 1, 2014

April 30, 2014

With four of the seven founding members remaining, including all three horn players, Chicago still sounds like Chicago, and they made a glorious cacophony Wednesday night during the first of two shows at The Riverside Theater.