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Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

The latest protégé of the hit-making production team The Matrix, pop-rock singer-songwriter Ferras doesn’t have a genuine hit to call his own yet, but that will likely change soon. His track “Hollywood’s Not America” has been selected as the exit song for the next season of “American Idol,” which gives it a strong chance . . .
Thursday, July 31, 2008

CSS

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

Haling from Sao Paolo, and sounding like a self-aware, electro-chic version of Avril Lavigne with a playfully dry sense of humor, CSS seemingly survived the pitfalls of a cutesy beginning in iPod Touch commercials. The band has recently released their second album, the critically perplexing Donkey, which showcases a . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, July 24, Extra Golden w/ Kings Go Forth @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m. Compared to the typical music scenes, Nairobi, Kenya stands out as a curiously unique starting point for the multina tional Extra Golden, which owes as much stylistically to classic American rock aesthetics as traditional Kenyan Benga music.
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tonight @ the M&I Classic Rock Stage

Debbie Harry’s recent show at the Turner Hall Ballroom wasn’t particularly well received—no surprise, since she was touring behind an awful solo album and refused to play any Blondie songs. Tonight, however, she should offer a make good for jilted when she reaches into her considerable bag of New Wave...
Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

Flanked by some of the genre’s finest session players of the time, including Augustus Pablo and Sly & Robbie, in the late ’70s the reggae vocal trio Israel Vibration recorded a handful of charming roots albums dedicated mostly to their Rastafarian faith. The group toyed with dub, but remained traditionalists, avoiding the . . .
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

The brainchild of Ukrainian expat Eugene Htz, the New York-based ensemble Gogol Bordello doesn’t mind being labeled as gypsy punks—in fact, they even named their 2005 album Gypsy Punks. Think of theirs as international drinking music: a hodgepodge of Bulgarian and Slovakian sounds with crashing percussion and . . .
Sunday, June 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

The millionth band to try their hand at streamlined, Strokesian guitar-rock—but also one of the better ones—The Kooks conquered the charts with their happy-go-lucky 2006 debut, Inside In/Inside Out, and have had early success with their recently released follow-up, Konk. Named after the studio of Kinks . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Barbara Walters @ Alverno’s Pitman Theatre, 7 p.m. Who would want to know the lurid details of iconic journalist Barbara Walters’ sex life? Apparently plenty of people. This year the queen of celebrity interviews, so adept at scooping her competition, turned the spotlight on herself with the announcement that...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:30 p.m.

South Dakota’s Spill Canvas carved out their own slice of the seemingly endless (and endlessly lucrative) emo pie last year with their oh-so-earnest major label debut, No Really, I’m Fine, an album that explored emo’s softer side, as well as the psyche of singer-songwriter Nick Thomas. The Spill Canvas do a 7:30 p.m. show . . .
Friday, May 23, 2008

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

The perennially popular indie-rock band Rilo Kiley continues their spring tour tonight with their first appearance at the Pabst Theater tonight at 8 p.m. Since releasing their major-label debut last year, the band’s profile has been on the rise, but outside projects, tensions in the band and the rising stardom of singer . . .

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