Express Milwaukee - Concert Reviews http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-214-1-concert-reviews.html Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Captured! By Robots w/ Go Go Slow and Liar's Trial @ Cactus Club - Oct. 24, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24244-captured_-by-robots-w_-go-go-slow-and-liars-trial-a-cactus-club-oct-24-2014.html Ever since enslaving him, Jay Vance's robots have trotted him around the country to serve as a humiliating example of robo-superiority. However, what’s really worrisome is that he’s starting to enjoy it. ]]> Field Report @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 22, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24242-field-report-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-22-2014.html “Very happy Field Report Day to you,” Chris Porterfield said with a smirk early into his welcome-home set Wednesday night at the Pabst Theater. Previously that day, Field Report’s gruff-voiced]]> Pearl Jam at BMO Harris Bradley Center - Oct. 20, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24205-pearl-jam-at-bmo-harris-bradley-center-oct-20-2014.html Pearl Jam can put on one hell of a show]]> King Tuff w/ Cassie Ramone and Whips @ Cactus Club - Oct. 17, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24203-king-tuff-w_-cassie-ramone-and-whips-a-cactus-club-oct-17-2014.html
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Iggy Azalea @ The Eagles Ballroom - Oct. 19, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24204-iggy-azalea-a-the-eagles-ballroom-oct-19-2014.html
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Delhi 2 Dublin @ Shank Hall - Oct. 15, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24197-delhi-2-dublin-a-shank-hall-oct-15-2014.html
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Big Freedia w/ Rio Turbo @ Turner Hall Ballroom - October 12, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24160-big-freedia-w_-rio-turbo-a-turner-hall-ballroom-october-12-2014.html
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Shovels & Rope w/ John Fullbright @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 4, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24120-shovels-rope-w_-john-fullbright-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-4-2014.html From the looks of them, Carry Ann Hearst and Michael Trent's duo of Shovels & Rope fill a kind of preordained niche. Do you like The White Stripes' punk blues and The Civil Wars' Southern go]]> Erasure @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 5, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24122-erasure-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-5-2014.html Even if songwriter Vince Clarke had never formed Erasure, he’d still have left an indelible impression on the budding sound of synth-pop, having been a founding member of Depeche Mode, penning ge]]> The Dandy Warhols w/ Bonfire Beach @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 27, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24081-the-dandy-warhols-w_-bonfire-beach-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-27-2014.html ]]> Lorde @ BMO Harris Pavilion - Sept. 26, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24082-lorde-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-sept-26-2014.html ]]> The War on Drugs with Califone @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 21, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24040-the-war-on-drugs-with-califone-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-21-2014.html ]]> Bob Mould @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 17, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24029-bob-mould-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-17-2014.html ]]> The Buzzcocks @ The Rave - Sept. 12, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23995-the-buzzcocks-a-the-rave-sept-12-2014.html If you’re a seasoned concertgoer, it’s usually pretty easy to predict how a certain show is going to play out, even as the particulars of the setlist and presentation offer their small surprise]]> Sylvan Esso w/ Dosh @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 5, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23940-sylvan-esso-w_-dosh-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-5-2014.html For the sake of one’s own sanity, it’s probably unwise to try to understand, with any real precision, why one act should find rapid success over another of a similar caliber. You could perhaps ]]> Journey @ The BMO Harris Pavilion - Sept. 3, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23936-journey-a-the-bmo-harris-pavilion-sept-3-2014.html One need not be a fan of the band who practically defined arena rock for a while in order to be at least occasionally entertained by a Journey concert nowadays. The music? Yeah, there's going to b]]> The Secret Sisters w/ Doghouse Flowers @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 2, 2014 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23934-the-secret-sisters-w_-doghouse-flowers-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-2-2014.html Early in their first headlining date in Milwaukee, The Secret Sisters hit their Tuesday night Turner Hall Ballroom audience with an example of that rarest of country music song forms nowadays: a mu]]> 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]]>