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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tonight @ Marcus Amphitheater

Like that other small-town romanticizing heartland-rocker, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp balances pop prowess with bighearted, populist ambitions. Even his grand-old, flag-waving Chevrolet-selling love letter to the working class, “Our Country,” was anchored by a progressive...
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Today @ Cascio Groove Garage Stage

Milwaukee’s own Year of the Gun, which headlines the all-local Cascio Groove Garage stage tonight at 9 p.m., embraces all that is rock. With a penchant for songs glamorizing booze, sex and other good old, all-American pastimes, the band is driven by guitar above all else...
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Galactic, Polyphonic Spree, Michael Franti

New Orleans’ Galactic is one of the few bands in the jam scene to attempt hip-hop without embarrassing themselves. Unlike all the bands that condescend with snot-nosed, novelty covers of rap hits or time with monotone raps, Galactic challenges themselves with more thoughtful, complex hip-hop rhythms...
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 Marcus Amphitheater

How is Rush, a band comprised of three Canadians each pushing 60 who have been making music together since 1974, still headlining large venues like the Marcus Amphitheater? The answer can be found in the progressive-rock band’s rabid fan base (among the most loyal in all of music), which continues after all...
Monday, June 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Points East Pub - 10 p.m.

Black Diamond Heavies share more than a few similarities with The Blacks Keys. Like The Black Keys, they kick up a big, noisy amalgam of rock and Southern blues, and like The Black Keys, they do so with just a two-man line-up. It’s fitting, then, that the group’s latest album was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black . . .
Sunday, June 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Although The Birthday Massacre too often falls back on the chainsaw guitars and exaggerated loud/soft dynamic of goth bands like Evanescence, this Toronto band has a self-awareness and a sense of goth history that the Evanescences of the world don’t. They temper their brutal, industrial riffage with smart nods to . . .

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