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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

March 20, 2008

Even in his 40s, Stephen Malkmus is still as skinny as a teenager and as malleable as a Gumby doll. The former Pavement frontman possesses no discernable backbone: When he leans forward during a particularly impassioned solo, his head hangs nearly eye level with his guitar. Much of the weight that often results from settling down with a wife and a pair of kids never came to Malkmus; neither did the complacency that besets many musicians by middle age. Instead, Malkmus’ solo albums have pushed, often aggressively, against the Pavement template, and never more than on his latest disc, Real Emotional Trash . . .
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Lucky (Barsuk)

In 1996, Nada Surf got lucky with “Popular,” although the song was practically designed to relegate the band to one-hit-wonder status. By the end of the ‘90s, they seemed bound for oblivion, but it turned out that they were just regrouping. 2003’s Let Go was a quietly stunning . . .
Friday, March 7, 2008

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:00 PM

Milwaukee’s hard-working (and fast working) alt-rock duo Fever Marlene have followed up their debut album with a New York-recorded follow-up, White China. Tonight at 7 p.m. the pair will return the Turner Hall Ballroom for another CD release party and they’ve brought along a high-profile opening band. The . . .
Sunday, March 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 5:00 PM

While the Warped Tour continues to expand, harboring bands across genres, the Taste of Chaos Tour, a newer creation from Warped Tour impresario Kevin Lyman, has kept its focus tight, inviting only bands on the harder end of the alternative rock and emo-core spectrum. Although this year’s tour, which . . .
Sunday, March 2, 2008

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 8:00 pm

Maybe the Black Lips will use their 8 p.m. Turner Hall Ballroom appearance to put on a nice, orderly and workmanlike show—but it’s unlikely. The rowdy garage-rock group has developed a nasty reputation for their antics-filled live shows, which have included bodily excretions, nudity, man-on-man action and the . . .
Sunday, March 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Bradley Center - 8:00 PM

Although his tabloid-documented battle with alcoholism tarnished his image somewhat, never let it be said that Billy Joel isn’t a man of his word. He promised that 1993’s River of Dreams would be his last pop album and, sure enough, 15 years later, he has no plans to record a follow-up. In 2001 he released his first classical . . .
Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 10:00 PM

Citizen King may have gotten more attention because of their commercial prospects, but perhaps no other Milwaukee band captured the freewheeling spirit of ’90s music better than Little Blue Crunchy Things, the loose funk/rap/jazz/alternative ensemble that used to pack Shank Hall on a regular basis (inevitably inciting . . .
Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8:00 PM

Thanks to the band’s continued play on regional modern-rock radio for their hits "Smile" and "Crash (Into Me),” some might not have even noticed that The Gufs were on a seven-year hiatus until their most recent disc, 2006’s A Different Sea, a study in trying to perfect the pop-rock anthem. Since their stint on Atlantic . . .
Friday, Feb. 29, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club

Unlike so many other abstract hip-hop artists who create only flimsy, vaguely dreamlike soundscapes, Dalek runs the gamut from shoegazey atmospherics to harsh blasts of industrial noise every bit as ferocious as you’d expect from two bulky, barbarous New Jerseyians. Even though the group’s temper has . . .

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