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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Dashboard Confessional, Trace Adkins

The airwaves are saturated with dozens of banal singer-songwriters and emo bands, so its curious that Dashboard Confessional and frontman Chris Carrabba, one of the more harmless of the lot, has sparked such an venomous army of detractors. Sure, Carrabba’s earnest heart-on-sleevery isn’t for everyone...
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Zippo Rock Stage, 8 p.m.

They’re best known as an alt-country band, but Old 97’s, who do an 8 p.m. show at the Zippo Rock Stage tonight, cover more territory than that restrictive label suggests. Their newest album, this May’s Blame It On Gravity, is their flashiest yet, a pointed set of bombastic rock and sly pop that keeps its eyes locked...
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Today at Cascio Groove Garage

Another day of Summerfest, another great set of local bands playing the Cascio Groove Garage, sponsored by Shepherd Express and ExpressMilwaukee.com. Among today’s highlights is a 4:15 p.m. set from Milwaukee’s awesome Brief Candles. They play sweeping, sugarcoated shoegaze with lovely, Cocteau Twins...
Friday, June 27, 2008

CANCELLED

Since winning the third season of “American Idol,” R&B superstar Fantasia Barrino seems to have escaped the curse that haunts many of the show’s most promising performers (anyone seen Ruben Studdard or Taylor Hicks lately?)...
Friday, June 27, 2008

Flobots, Rusted Root, Sevendust, Think Floyd

In a bid for post-rap-rock relevance, Linkin Park downplayed the role of rapper Mike Shinoda on their most recent album. A year later, however, Denver upstarts Flobots stormed modern-rock radio playlists by doing just the opposite, delivering “Handlebars,” a single built around monotone, Shinoda-esque raps....
Friday, June 27, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater

In the early ‘80s, Hiatt’s songwriting prowess earned him the title “the American Elvis Costello.” Unlike Costello, however, Hiatt had trouble writing hits—at least for himself. Three Dog Night and Bonnie Raitt performed his songs to great success, but Hiatt never became the star critics predicted...
Friday, June 27, 2008

Tonight @ The Rave, all ages welcome

After being voted “Milwaukee’s Best Rock Band” in 2006, and touring most of this year, hometown hard-rockers Marashino are back in the studio recording a follow up to last year’s The Picture of Us All. The grinding guitar formula hasn’t changed much over the years, which for some, should come as a pleasant...
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.

A good electronica show seems harder and harder to find these days, especially in Milwaukee’s cover-heavy local bar scene. Competing for audiences against old house and techno standbys is a new kind of cerebral, “dance-in-place” music tailor made for iPod playlists than discos...
Friday, June 27, 2008

Tonight @ the Cascio Groove Garage, 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee’s Monostatic has spent the last two years residing largely under the radar of the city’s scene, although this could be because frontman Billy O'Neill also heads Chicago's art-rock favorites Oh My God. What seemingly started out as a side project for O'Neill has begun to take shape in an eclectic and delightful way.

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