Express Milwaukee - Concert Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-214-1-concert-reviews.html Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 The Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 29, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23901-the-preservation-hall-jazz-band-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-29-2014.html So many seats and tables were set up the Turner Hall Ballroom floor Friday for the performance by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band that it prevented most attendees from doing what might have otherwi]]> Grouplove w/ Portugal. The Man and STRFKR @ The Rave - Aug. 24, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23858-grouplove-w_-portugal-the-man-and-strfkr-a-the-rave-aug-24-2014.html A concert promoted as “The Honda Civic Tour” immediately raises questions about the authenticity and relative coolness of the event. Is this going to be a legitimate musical experience, or just ]]> Stacian w/ Gel Set, Magic Key and Storm Chaser @ Cactus Club - Aug. 13, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23812-stacian-w_-gel-set-magic-key-and-storm-chaser-a-cactus-club-aug-13-2014.html To whatever extent there actually is a rivalry between Milwaukee and Chicago, it rarely appears to intrude on the world of DIY music, where kindred spirits from either city routinely come together ]]> Boris @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 11, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23795-boris-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-11-2014.html When you take your band name from the lyrics of a Melvins song, people are bound to expect a certain kind of sound, but while experimental Japanese trio Boris delivers on the kind of sludgy, stoner]]> Smokey Robinson @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 9, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23784-smokey-robinson-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-9-2014.html As singers slow down in their golden years, so too do their performances. Concerts that used to promise the spectacle of exacting showmanship gradually become instead about the smaller pleasures of]]> Webster X w/ WC Tank, Sayth, Birong and Conundrum @ Mad Planet - Aug. 3, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23743-webster-x-w_-wc-tank-sayth-birong-and-conundrum-a-mad-planet-aug-3-2014.html To the trained eye there are plenty of indications that a show is going to disappoint, no matter how much you’d like to see the headliners, and yet a little self-delusion goes a long way. Take th]]> Jurassic 5 w/ Dilated Peoples, MC Supernatural and Beat Junkies @ The Rave - July 24, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23703-jurassic-5-w_-dilated-peoples-mc-supernatural-and-beat-junkies-a-the-rave-july-24-2014.html Formed at the tail end of hip-hop’s golden age, Los Angeles outfit Jurassic 5 quickly established themselves as torchbearers for old-school fundamentals, finding favor with the back-to-basics alt]]> Jack White @ The Rave - July 21, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23674-jack-white-a-the-rave-july-21-2014.html Jack White's setlist Monday largely covered highlights from his solo albums, but also broke into other material, like his interpretation of an uncompleted Hank Williams tune, “You Know I Know,” and plenty of White Stripes songs.
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Mayhem Festival @ The Rave - July 18, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23668-mayhem-festival-a-the-rave-july-18-2014.html 17 metal acts fill three stages at the Rave Friday night, including Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count, Upon A Burning Body, Islander and Texas Hippie Coalition.
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Jackson Browne @ The Riverside Theater - July 15, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23652-jackson-browne-a-the-riverside-theater-july-15-2014.html One might not know it from most of the songs he sang Tuesday night at the Riverside Theater, but Jackson Browne can be rather funny. It's doubtful that anyone bought a ticket to his performance ]]> Veruca Salt w/ Battleme @ Turner Hall Ballroom - July 10, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23633-veruca-salt-w_-battleme-a-turner-hall-ballroom-july-10-2014.html Chicago band Veruca Salt experienced a swift rise to fame in 1994, helped along in no small part by the then all-powerful MTV bestowing significant airplay on their debut single, “Seether,” but]]> Phantogram @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - July 5, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23601-phantogram-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-july-5-2014.html Sometimes things just aren’t your fault. Phantogram’s show Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Stage at Summerfest suffered from mixing troubles that often turned the duo’s hip-hop infused ele]]> New Order w/ DJ Whitney Fierce @ BMO Harris Pavilion, Summerfest - July 3, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23595-new-order-w_-dj-whitney-fierce-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-summerfest-july-3-2014.html The inclusion of synth-pop legends New Order on this year’s Summerfest lineup generated a lot of well-justified excitement, which should’ve been tempered slightly by the fact that they’d be p]]> The Hold Steady @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - July 3, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23596-the-hold-steady-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-july-3-2014.html The Hold Steady have spent much of their career described as the America’s best bar band, and while this description may give you some associative insight into how they sound, it doesn't do justi]]> Ludacris @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - July 2, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23593-ludacris-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-july-2-2014.html It’s easier, and perhaps more fitting, to describe Ludacris as an entertainer rather than a rapper, given his acting career, his entrepreneurial interests and his frequent collaborations with othe]]> Nas @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest - July 1, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23581-nas-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-summerfest-july-1-2014.html Nas has spent much of the year on a victory lap, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic with an expanded reissue of the album and a lengthy tour performing the record in its entirety]]> Atmosphere @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - June 27, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23564-atmosphere-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-june-27-2014.html The leaders of the Minneapolis rap powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment returned to Summerfest for a show that felt oddly familiar.
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Best Coast @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - June 26, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23559-best-coast-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-june-26-2014.html Summer hasn’t been what it should be in Milwaukee. Sweltering days and sunshine have been replaced by a seemingly endless bank of eerie fog that has taken over the lakefront. California’s Best C]]> Arctic Monkeys @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - June 25, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23551-arctic-monkeys-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-june-25-2014.html When it comes to Summerfest, people place a curious significance on opening day, as if it’s some sort barometer by which you can read precisely how the next week and a half are going to play out.]]> Radioactivity w/ Bad Sports, Tenement and Chinese Telephones @ Cactus Club - June 21, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23526-radioactivity-w_-bad-sports-tenement-and-chinese-telephones-a-cactus-club-june-21-2014.html Punk, as a genre descriptor, has seen better days. Becoming a catch-all term for anyone who can play fast chords and style themselves outside the mainstream, punk has been divided into subgenres and]]> Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds w/ Warpaint @ Milwaukee Theatre - June 20, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23527-nick-cave-and-the-bad-seeds-w_-warpaint-a-milwaukee-theatre-june-20-2014.html It can be a bit of a sore subject, but there’s no denying that Milwaukee is often frustratingly absent from the touring itineraries of many big-ticket acts. There are plenty of reasonable explana]]> Jeff Tweedy @ The Pabst Theater - June 16, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23488-jeff-tweedy-a-the-pabst-theater-june-16-2014.html As the Wilco frontman discovered Monday night at the Pabst Theater, there’s such a thing as an audience being a bit too passionate.]]> Elvis Costello @ The Riverside Theater - June 10, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23451-elvis-costello-a-the-riverside-theater-june-10-2014.html For someone who’s usually thought of as a solo artist, Elvis Costello rarely goes it alone. He’s been through at least two official backing bands, the Attractions for much of the 1980s and the I]]> Tony Bennett @ The Riverside Theater - June 6, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23417-tony-bennett-a-the-riverside-theater-june-6-2014.html It was a brief slip when Tony Bennett mentioned at The Riverside Theater Friday how he’d been singing professionally for 50 years. He quickly corrected himself and said it’s been 60 years. It w]]> Vampire Weekend w/ Cults @ BMO Harris Pavilion - June 4, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23410-vampire-weekend-w_-cults-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-june-4-2014.html The biggest complaint when the BMO Harris Pavilion began holding stand-alone concerts two summers ago was that the bands booked at the 10,000-capacity lakefront amphitheater didn’t draw enough to ]]> Conor Oberst w/ Dawes @ The Pabst Theater - May 31, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23385-conor-oberst-w_-dawes-a-the-pabst-theater-may-31-2014.html Conor Oberst didn’t leave the sold-out crowd at the Pabst Theater hanging too long Saturday night. Just three songs into his set he played the first of what would turn out to be a very generous he]]> Future w/ Rico Love @ The Rave
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 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23346-future-w_-rico-love-a-the-rave%25E2%2580%25A8-may-23-2014%25E2%2580%25A8%25E2%2580%25A8.html It almost didn’t matter how Future was rapping, or what he was rapping about, at The Rave Friday. A tall, commanding presence with a shock of dyed cornrows bunched like a blonde volcano exploding]]> Slayer w/ Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus @ Eagles Ballroom - May 16, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23307-slayer-w_-suicidal-tendencies-and-exodus-a-eagles-ballroom-may-16-2014.html As a genre, the image of metal has changed with any number of fads, alternately represented to the general public by the head-spinning array of styles and sub-genres that it’s spun off over the d]]> Phylums w/ The Hussy, No Bueno and Towers @ Cactus Club - May 17, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23305-phylums-w_-the-hussy-no-bueno-and-towers-a-cactus-club-may-17-2014.html It was an evening in two acts at the Cactus Club on Saturday night. With four bands on the bill, there was a clear divide in crowd attention, though not in musical quality. As the premiere show for]]> Against Me! w/ Tony Molina and Big Eyes @ The Rave - May 14, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23301-against-me_-w_-tony-molina-and-big-eyes-a-the-rave-may-14-2014.html For a band whose very name indicates opposition and struggle, Against Me!’s live performance is characterized by exuberance and fulfillment, an expression of a band that’s landed exactly where t]]>