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Friday, April 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7:30 p.m.

The hard-touring, screamy post-hardcore septet Chiodos stops in Milwaukee tonight for a 7:30 p.m. show at the Rave with established openers MxPx, whose after all these years still prefer a comparatively softer, more agreeable pop-punk sound to the more aggressive screamo that’s in vogue these days. After a short . . .
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Blending a mix of narrative lyrics, lush instrumentation and synth-pop flourishes, the Toronto-based indie-pop collective Stars has distinguished itself from fellow bands treading this well-worn terrain. Led by vocalists Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, both sometimes members of Broken Social Scene...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7:00 PM

Howard Zinn-reading, capitalism-hating (but democracy-advocating) punks Anti-Flag are one of the most political acts in the history of the genre, and therefore one of the most divisive. Some punks love their vehemence, others tire of it. Their just-released newest album, The Bright Lights of America—their . . .
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8:00 PM

Robo-voiced rapper/crooner T-Pain guested on so many singles last year that he gave Timbaland a run for his money. If you didn’t hear T-Pain on his 2007 hit “Buy U a Drank,” then you almost certainly heard him on R. Kelly’s “I’m a Flirt,” Chris Brown’s “Kiss Kiss” or Kanye West’s “Good Life.” T-Pain started 2008 equally . . .
Friday, April 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8:00 PM

After their 1997 mega-hit “MMMBop” ran its course, Hanson set upon the arduous task of establishing themselves as a real band, a major challenge for a group whose charm was specifically that they never seemed like a real band, but rather just three singing brothers chirping disposable pop. Since their . . .
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Plus: Danny White’s smoke-out

Since 2003, Danny White and his crew have been slumming it. With a few lessons in debauchery from creative cohorts Eddie Leader and Rucky (Dan Rucker), the U.K.-based trio Slum Science has been crafting a catalog of funky house tracks that reek of smoke, booze and ingenuity. Could the underground heads demand much more? Labels such as Deep Future, Icon, Jackin Tracks and Black Cherry certainly got buzzed on the smooth sound of their work. The trio’s string of successful drops led the production team to branch out on their own . . .
Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7:30 PM

One of Norway’s more prominent black metal bands, the child-frightening, goat-sacrificing group Dimmu Borgir brings their evilness to the Rave for a 7:30 p.m. show tonight. The band’s latest album, In Sorte Diaboli, is among their most symphonic yet. It’s also a concept album, following a wayward priest whose spiritual crisis leads him to become the . . .
Friday, April 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7:00 PM

Singer Drew Simollardes and guitarist Greg Sullivan, formerly of the Masschusettes band Reveille, a favorite on the Ozzfest circuit, bring their new hardcore metal band, Genuflect, to the Rave tonight for a 7 p.m. performance.
Thursday, April 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8:00 PM

Emergenza, the successful (but controversial) national Battle of the Bands contest hosts its Milwaukee semifinals event tonight at 8 p.m. at the Rave. The Desired Bonus, Chopo Bazaar, Astronaut Murder Plot, Corruptible, The Collective and Kill Her Dan are among the remaining competitors. Officially, we at ExpressMilwaukee.com . . .
Friday, March 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7:00 PM

These are tough times for many alternative-metal bands—blame those emo kids— but the three bands sharing a 7 p.m. bill at the Rave are doing more than all right for themselves. Thanks to the strength of their 2006 album Phobia and last year’s mega-hit “Breath,” which struck the right balance between heaviness and . . .

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