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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Fresh off a spot on WMSE’s Local/Live series, Quinn Scharber and the… are finally set to introduce their first album, the rather grimly titled Being Nice Won’t Save Milwaukee. Sounding like a happier Elliott Smith next door (although Smith’s infamous Maddog 20/20 gets a mention in “Midwest Blues”), Quinn Scharber and . . .
Friday, July 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Over at the Rave, The Hush Sound, a Chicago emo act heralded by Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, headline an 8 p.m. show. Unlike most radio-friendly emo rock acts, this one often features piano and keyboard as the lead instrument instead of the guitar, giving their songs a more dramatic, quirky edge . . .
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward Collective - 7 p.m.

Partnered with the Canadian electronic duo Crystal Castles, HEALTH recorded one of last year’s sharpest singles, the disorienting, Orwellian “Crimewave.” Left to their own devices, though, the Los Angeles group is more of a conventional noise-rock band than that dark dance track suggests, heavy on rusty guitars and . . .
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Kittie earned considerable press in the late-’90s for the obvious novelty factor: They were four cute women playing nu-metal, a genre dominated by chest-beating men. The quartet has improved over the years, softening its sound on the 2007 release Funeral For Yesterday to rely more on melodic, Veruca Salt-ish vocals . . .
Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater - 6:30 p.m.

After all these years, 3 Doors Down are still writing soundtrack-ready, doom-and-gloom scorchers about matters of life-and-death urgency. It’s a profitable formula, and all their albums since their 2000 hit single “Kryptonite” have charted reliably. It’s been a while since Staind, who open for 3 Doors Down at their 6:30 . . .
Friday, July 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater

Let the David Cook comparisons commence! Long the face of grunge-rock existential despair, one-time Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale has turned to warmer, lovelorn ballads on his “American Idol”-ish new solo album, Wanderlust. Tonight the Gwen Stefani-impregnating rocker does an 8 p.m. show at the Pabst...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Demon-free and happy, Gavin Rossdale goes solo

Gavin Rossdale was never a particularly convincing tortured soul to begin with, but with each passing year of domestic bliss with his superstar wife, Gwen Stefani, each picture of the photogenic couple and their beaming son, and each celebrity tennis tournament, it became even harder to buy the sun-tanned family man as the embodiment of existential despair. The former Bush frontman gave his old tormented persona one last spin in 2005, teaming with members of Helmet to record a lone album of thrashing, seething alternative rock with a short-lived new band, Institute . . .
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

City That Care Forgot (429)

Ever since his debut, 1968's Gris-Gris, there's never been a question about the exact source of Dr. John's sound. Now, though, three years after Hurricane Katrina, his amicable growl seems more poised than ever to be a musical/social/political voice for New Orleans. While City That Care Forgot isn't a likely catalyst for sweeping change, or even a musical high-water . . .
Monday, July 7, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

In less than half a year, Milwaukee’s Atlatl has transformed itself from virtual unknowns to one of the city’s most likeable bands. Of course, they’ve had some help. Radio Milwaukee 88.9 has all but adopted the band, giving their day-dreamy single “Hey Man” the kind of airplay the station usually reserves for Atmosphere and Curtis Mayfield. The song deserves the exposure: Sweet and effortlessly hooky, it evokes one of Modest Mouse’s long drives with nothing to think about.

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