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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Alkaline Trio, O.A.R., Crystal Method, Coheed and Cambria

Punk fans are notoriously fickle about bands selling out, but Alkaline Trio’s ascension from small-time macabre punk band to Killers-sized modern-rock band was so gradual and so natural that many fans might not even have noticed that their favorite group is now appearing on “The Hills.” The...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Large, urban schools are more likely to be cited

Does the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law unfairly grade urban schools while giving smaller schools a pass? The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district has been a “district identified for improvement” for two years running, based on MPS students’ scores on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater

In between talking about himself and dating celebrities with “Wonderland” bodies, tabloid fixture John Mayer sings blue-eyed soft-rock and plays the guitar. Expect lots of banter—much of it self-aggrandizing, some of it defensively so—when Mayer headlines a 7:30 p.m. Marcus Amphitheater show tonight...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tonight @ the M&I Classic Rock Stage

Reasonably popular but never monumentally so when they were still a functioning band, Creedence Clearwater Revival showed surprising longevity and won over new generations of listeners in the years following their 1972 breakup, creating enough demand for bassist Stu Cook and...
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage

Dweezil Zappa has been playing guitar for much of his life, but of his many, scattered musical projects, he’s found the most success with Zappa Plays Zappa, a rotating tribute band he fronts paying homage to his legendary father, Frank Zappa. Their shows tend to focus on the more rock-oriented...
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Keller Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band, O.A.R.

A singer-songwriter turned one-man band/human jukebox to appease for the jam scene, Keller Williams headlines the Miller Lite oasis at 10 p.m. Expect lots of funky guitar riffs and maybe even a cover of a Pink Floyd song or two...
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tonight @ the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage

Industrial rockers Filter may have had only one song, but man, what a song. A shamelessly exploitative hit about suicide, “Hey Man Nice Shot” suggested gory, crime-scene details where Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” demurred. Tasteless? Sure, especially with Kurt Cobain’s gunshot-heard-round-the-world...
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater

She’ll probably always be best known as a neo-soul songstress, but with last year’s tuba-mutilating, larger-than-life synthesized hit “No One,” Alicia Keyes proved that she can do big-beat pop ballads every bit as deftly as the Rihannas and Leona Lewises of the world...
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Today at Cascio Groove Garage

First there were the Beatles and then came the Buggs, Milwaukee's tongue-in-cheek, punk-rock tribute to the four lads from Liverpool. The Buggs' unique approach has won enthusiastic crowds at Summerfest, Bucks games and other big venues, but has placed them a little between...

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