Express Milwaukee - 2013 Summerfest Guide http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-343-1-2013-summerfest-guide.html Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Jason Aldean w/ Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett - Saturday, June 29 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21280-jason-aldean-w_-jake-owen-and-thomas-rhett-saturday-june-29-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 If a March performance in Madison is any indication, the kind of fired-up show this trio of country hunks puts on is tailor made for a hot Summerfest evening

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Imagine Dragons - Saturday, June 29 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21281-imagine-dragons-saturday-june-29-a-miller-lite-oasis-10-pm.html

 Over the years, the original Miller High Life Jazz Oasis morphed into the Miller Lite Oasis, making it possible for a breakout rock band like Imagine Dragons to bring its

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Yeasayer - Saturday, June 29 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 5 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21282-yeasayer-saturday-june-29-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-5-pm.html

 Bucking against the mysticism of their indie-rock contemporaries, Yeasayer often talks openly in interviews about the influences infused into the Brooklyn group's songs. Although they borrow from African polyrhythms, gospel

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Pitbull - Sunday, June 30 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21283-pitbull-sunday-june-30-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 There’s a lot of discussion as to what rapper Pitbull is saying when he repeatedly belts out “dah-ley.” In monolingual America, it sounds like a classy Hepburn “darling,” but

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Alice Cooper w/ No Quarter (Led Zeppelin Tribute) - Sunday, June 30 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21284-alice-cooper-w_-no-quarter-%2528led-zeppelin-tribute%2529-sunday-june-30-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-8-pm.html

 In a world filled with rockers of every color and stripe, it’s easy to forget that Alice Cooper was the godfather—make that the grandfather—of shock rock. Marilyn

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Cold War Kids - Sunday, June 30 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21285-cold-war-kids-sunday-june-30-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-10-pm.html

 The tastemakers of the Internet era can make a band overnight, as Long Beach, Calif.-based Cold War Kids learned in 2006, when the online chatter surrounding a

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New Kids on the Block - Tuesday, July 2 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21286-new-kids-on-the-block-tuesday-july-2-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 The oldest band on a three-act nostalgia tour, the New Kids may be pushing the lexical boundaries of their 30-year-old name. But the same things that make it easy to poke

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AWOLNATION - Tuesday, July 2 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21287-awolnation-tuesday-july-2-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-10-pm.html

 Megalithic Symphony, lived up to its audacious title, bounding from cocky, David Bowie-esque pop songs like “People” to opulent, Muse-esque arena-rockers like “Soul Wars.” It was as patently ridiculous of an album

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Styx w/ Connor Christian and Southern Gothic - Tuesday, July 2 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21288-styx-w_-connor-christian-and-southern-gothic-tuesday-july-2-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-8-pm.html

 Chicago prog-rockers Styx weren’t always known by the same name as the mythical river that separates Earth from the Underworld. Twin brothers Chuck and John Panozzo and neighbor Dennis DeYoung originally formed The

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Luke Bryan w/ Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line - Wednesday, July 3 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21289-luke-bryan-w_-thompson-square-and-florida-georgia-line-wednesday-july-3-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 Considering the Marcus Amphitheater’s already star-studded country lineup this year, the addition of stud Luke Bryan and two highly regarded up-and-coming acts should be enough to keep the cowboy-hat crowd grinning al

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LeAnn Rimes - Wednesday, July 3 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21290-leann-rimes-wednesday-july-3-a-miller-lite-oasis-10-pm.html

 It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 20 years since the 1996 release of LeAnn Rimes’ debut album, Blue. That record’s title track established Rimes, at the tender age of 13, as the heir apparent to the legacy of country superstar

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MGMT - Wednesday, July 3 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21291-mgmt-wednesday-july-3-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-10-pm.html

 Credit MGMT for this: They had no reservations about flushing away a potentially huge career. After their 2008 debut Oracular Spectacular proved a hit on the strength of three happy, squiggly, heavily licensed tunes—“Time to

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Rush - Thursday, July 4 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21292-rush-thursday-july-4-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 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

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Barenaked Ladies w/ Vicci Martinez - Thursday, July 4 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21293-barenaked-ladies-w_-vicci-martinez-thursday-july-4-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-8-pm.html

 There’s a good chance, thanks to the runaway success of CBS TV’s “The Big Bang Theory,” that Barenaked Ladies currently leads the country in airplay. The Canadian

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Guster - Thursday, July 4 @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21294-guster-thursday-july-4-a-briggs-stratton-big-backyard-10-pm.html

 During the mid-2000s, perhaps only Dave Matthews Band resonated more in fraternities than the Boston-area four-piece Guster, so it’s only appropriate that the band's origins began in college, as well. After meeting freshman

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Tim McGraw w/ Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft - Friday, July 5 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21295-tim-mcgraw-w_-brantley-gilbert-and-love-and-theft-friday-july-5-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 Not that McGraw really needed the help. Few artists of any genre can match the string of chart-topping albums that McGraw produced during the 1990s. Records such as Not

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Lewis Black - Friday, July 5 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 9:45 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21296-lewis-black-friday-july-5-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-945-pm.html

 “The Daily Show” is a very different program today than it was in 1996, when it was a fairly apolitical comedy show hosted by a smug, well-coifed Craig Kilborn, but one feature has remained a constant throughout its long run: Lewis

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Nelly - Friday, July 5 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21297-nelly-friday-july-5-a-miller-lite-oasis-10-pm.html

 What better anthem for Summerfest than Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” from the rapper’s 2002 breakthrough album Nellyville? Throughout his 20-year career, Nelly has perfected the art of the party anthem, crafting odes to the joys

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John Mayer w/ Phillip Phillips - Saturday, July 6 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21298-john-mayer-w_-phillip-phillips-saturday-july-6-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 Guitarist John Mayer would like everyone to know that he is back and that Milwaukee’s Summerfest appearance will launch a 51-date tour that ends in October with two already sold-out shows in Amsterdam. The Berklee College of

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Buddy Guy - Saturday, July 6 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21299-buddy-guy-saturday-july-6-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-10-pm.html

 After a lifetime in music, 2013 appears to be another career year for Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy. In April, Guy was awarded an honorary doctorate from Louisiana State University (where he had worked as a janitor before moving to

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Neon Trees - Saturday, July 6 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21300-neon-trees-saturday-july-6-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-10-pm.html

 Neon Trees’ international breakthrough came a few years after the furor over the neo-new wave revival that saw The Killers and The Bravery vying for the honors of who wore their mascara prettier and who made the catchier dance

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The Eagles - Sunday, July 7 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21301-the-eagles-sunday-july-7-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 Country-rockers the Eagles may have performed the soundtrack of the 1970s, releasing the 20th century’s highest-selling album, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), but the “Hotel California” creators have been a long time gone

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Bad Religion - Sunday, July 7 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21302-bad-religion-sunday-july-7-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-10-pm.html

 Consistency isn’t a virtue that’s often romanticized in rock ’n’ roll, and it’s even less so in punk, but Bad Religion have built their career around it. In the three-plus decades they’ve been together, they’ve released 16 albums of

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Jimmy Eat World w/ Super Happy Fun Club - Sunday, July 7 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21303-jimmy-eat-world-w_-super-happy-fun-club-sunday-july-7-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-8-pm.html

 Any comprehensive history of modern indie-rock must at least reference Jimmy Eat World. Formed in Mesa, Ariz., in 1993, the band quickly encountered an underground music scene still inspired by the “harder, faster, louder” mantra

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The 2013 Summerfest Guide http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21304-the-2013-summerfest-guide.html Brace yourselves: Every year the world’s largest music festival books an entire year’s worth of music in 11 marathon days. This year’s Summerfest lineup]]> Diplo - Wednesday, June 26 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21246-diplo-wednesday-june-26-a-miller-lite-oasis-10-pm.html There wasn’t a more arresting, effortless pop song last year than Usher’s “Climax.” Tension bubbles throughout the first couple minutes and once the synthesizer and falsetto voice seem to reach their collective peak, instead of]]> Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Wednesday, June 26 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21248-yeah-yeah-yeahs-wednesday-june-26-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-10-pm.html

 Based on their raucous early output, nobody would have pegged Yeah Yeah Yeahs as a future legacy band, but here they are over a decade later, one of the last remaining

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The Violent Femmes and The Avett Brothers w/ Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Ivan & Alyosha - Wednesday, June 26 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:00 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21247-the-violent-femmes-and-the-avett-brothers-w_-edward-sharpe-and-the-magnetic-zeroes-and-ivan-alyosha-wednesday-june-26-a-marcus-amphitheater-700-pm.html

 Few rock bands have managed to evoke feelings of teenage angst and sexua

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Fun. w/ Walk the Moon and Family of the Year - Thursday, June 27 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21249-fun-w_-walk-the-moon-and-family-of-the-year-thursday-june-27-a-marcus-amphitheater-7-pm.html

 It makes sense that a band called Fun. would craft a party anthem as successful as “We Are Young.” The song spread like wildfire throughout 2012, eventually earning the prestigious Song of the Year award at the 2013 Grammy

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Billy Idol w/ Cherry Pie - Thursday, June 27 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21250-billy-idol-w_-cherry-pie-thursday-june-27-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-8-pm.html

 Many musicians are inspired by their school days, but not all are motivated in positive ways. Punk rocker Billy Idol was still known as William Broad when a schoolmaster in

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