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2013 Summerfest Guide
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Thursday, July 4 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

 Now that Rush is (finally) in the rock ’n’ roll Hall of Fame, the Canadian trio’s voracious fans can relax. But they probably won’t. Few bands can boast the intense following
Album Reviews
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Abbey Load (Oglio Records)

 By now you’d think the novelty of Beatallica—a band that blurs The Beatles’ power pop with Metallica’s grizzled metal—would have worn off. But three albums in, the Milwaukee-rooted group has made its darkest and most
Album Reviews
Friday, March 8, 2013

People, Hell and Angels (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

 Intended as an authorized companion piece to 2010’s Valleys of Neptune, which unearthed the final studio recordings of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience, People, Hell and Angels explores previously unreleased and often
Album Reviews
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

XX: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set (Epic/Legacy)

 Rage Against the Machine, in a defiant move that lived up to its awesome name, released its brain-rattling, politically charged eponymous debut in 1992—not long after Nirvana draped American rock in flannel and left the idea of a socially conscious punk-rock/heavy-metal/hip-hop hybrid
Album Reviews
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love (MoonJune Records)

 The second album from the progressive rock and jazz group douBt begins with “There Is A War Going On,” a spoken-word rant against the infamous One Percent. It’s a startlingly political—and distinctly American—opening
Album Reviews
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

Nightmare Painting (Aesthetic Death)

 If the world is going to end on Dec. 21, Nightmare Painting—the third full-length album from former Racine bassist William Kopecky and Bulgarian dark master Dimitar Dimitrov—would be the perfect soundtrack. Dwelling in the deep
Album Reviews
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

Detonation (Fields of Roses Records)

 Dave Fields’ bluesy guitar channels Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix. But when he opens his mouth to sing in a clear, youthful voice, the internationally acclaimed New Yorker sounds like pure rock ’n’ roll
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

Senna (MoonJune Records)

 When a band calls itself Mahogany Frog, you expect an element of eclectic playfulness to its music. And these Canadians deliver, with a challenging yet fun genre-bending instrumental tour de force. Drawing inspiration...