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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008
The idea of punk rock as an antidote to bloated, spectacle-ridden rock 'n' roll has become a standard trope in many versions of popular music history. This stripped-down, simplistic style of play, conventional wisdom tells us, came along to cure the perceived excesses of classic rock and rid the world of the fashion-first consciousness of pop.
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

Nas

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Given Nas’ inability to explain on his previous album exactly why hip-hop was dead, the media understandably greeted Nas’ latest album, originally titled Nigger, with great skepticism. Against the odds, though, the rapper created a piece of art that proves that its controversial original title wasn’t just a . . .
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward - 7 p.m.

Billing themselves as “emissaries from your local, tightly knit community of anarchists and squatters,” Santa Cruz, Calif.’s Blackbird Raum embodies a distinctly youthful sub-sub-genre of dark protest folk. Borrowing accordion and banjo from the more morbid corners of traditional European and American . . .
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Jackalope Lounj - 9 p.m.

Two unflappably laidback local singer-songwriters, Marc Ballini (the winner of the 2006 Shepherd Express Best-Of Milwaukee award for Acoustic Performer) and Ethan Keller (the frontman for his eponymous jam-rock band the Ethan Keller Group) continue their informal weekly gig at the Wicked Hop’s Jackalope Lounj . . .
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

Purveying the catchiest kind of contemporary Latin jazz, De La Buena has developed a sort of local cult following of both fans of traditional Latin rhythm as well as newcomers alike as of late. If you missed one of their many boisterous outdoor festival appearances this summer, tonight’s 10 p.m. show at the Stonefly is . . .
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008

Today @ Locust Street - 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Though conceived, like so many other concerts and festivals around the city this week, to tap the army of visiting Harley riders, Locust Street’s Sunday Survivor Fest is perhaps the weekend biker event with the most appeal to non-bikers, since its entertainment line-up is most like that of a typical Milwaukee street festival . . .
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Today @ the Roadhouse At The Lakefront - 9 p.m.

Not that Bruce Springsteen was ever unpopular, commercially or critically, but since his 2002 poignant comeback album, The Rising, The Boss has grown even more revered. While his longtime followers at Rolling Stone were stamping five-star reviews on The Rising and his latest album . . .
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

On their 2005 debut album, So Much Drama, Red Knife Lottery shouted out songs about murder and betrayal, sounding like a far younger, far thrashier version of The Pretenders. This year they returned with Hip Bruisers, a seven-inch that further tempered the band’s violent punk with jazzy tones and the increasingly . . .
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Like many modern Irish bands, Minneapolis’ Boiled In Lead views the traditional sounds of the old country as merely a starting point, often burying their Celtic motifs behind a grinding lead guitar. Although hometown critics have dubbed them Irish folk-punk, their 2008 album, Sliver, actually owed more to progressive . . .

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