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2014 Summerfest Guide
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sunday, June 29 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

 The South has been the dominate creative force in rap music for so long now that it’s easy to forget that when Outkast first emerged in the ’90s the region had been dismissed—and even shunned—by the greater hip-hop community. On albums like 1998’s rich, funk-drenched Aquemini and 2000’s
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On Music
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Like many of us, Liam Murphy was feeling pretty beat down this winter. Murphy had just relocated to Milwaukee from Binghamton, N.Y., with his wife last fall to study anthropology at UWM, and the weather did everything in its power to make them regret that decision. And so when he wasn’t working, he passed the cold winter days by writing songs for his bedroom recording project
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Friday, June 27 @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, 10 p.m.

 Last year Tegan and Sara released a pop album. That shouldn’t be a shocker: The Canadian sister-sister duo has been releasing pop albums—great ones—for more than a decade now. But 2013’s Heartthrob was a pop album in the truest, most commercial sense, an album that was slicker than
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Nas

Tuesday, July 1 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m.

 In hip-hop, no achievement is more celebrated than the classic debut, and no album better epitomizes the classic debut than Nas’ masterpiece Illmatic. It was one of the first records The Source ever honored with a perfect five mic review, back when five mics from The Source truly meant
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 1 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

Though he’s not a natural-born public figure like Pharrell or Timbaland, songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder is quietly one of the most successful pop architects of this young millennium. He’s crafted massive singles for Beyoncé (“Halo”), Kelly Clarkson (“Already Gone”) and Leona Lewis
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Wednesday, July 2 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m.

 “Thanks, Summerfest. This is what we really need right now,” conservative talker Mark Belling snarked in a 2007 column chastising the festival for booking—gasp—Ludacris, a rapper Belling insisted posed a public safety threat. “Advice to the rest of us: July 1 might not be the night you want to
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Saturday, July 5 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

 If Fall Out Boy could have predicted the response they received from their 2013 comeback, perhaps they would have reunited earlier. After retiring the group at the end of the ’00s to pursue solo projects that garnered mostly cold reactions from even their biggest fans, Fall Out Boy returned last
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Sunday, July 6 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

 This year marks the tenth anniversary of Usher’s fourth album, Confessions, the kind of certified blockbuster that the music industry hardly ever produces anymore. A collaboration with many of the best songwriters and producers of its era, it spurred hit single after hit single, earned Usher a