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Friday, Feb. 29, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7:00 PM

On hiatus from Blink-182, guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge immersed himself with work on Angels and Airwaves’ 2006 debut We Don’t Need To Whisper. The album was an effects-heavy exercise in prog-experimentalism, dismissed by most critics as an indulgent outlet for DeLonge. With Blink-182 now on . . .
Monday, Feb. 25, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9:00 PM

Division Day’s brand of melodic, introspective indie/power-pop can be a bit disorienting—just imagine the Dismemberment Plan covering a meditative Coldplay piano track. At their best, however, on tracks like the hypnotic ballad “Colorguard” from their debut full-length Beartrap . . .
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

The divide between ’90s alt-rock and alt-country was never a particularly contentious one, but it was never better captured than on Todd Snider’s 1994 send-up, “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues.” Since 1994, Snider has pumped out respectable offerings on both independent and major labels, most of them . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

Tonight @ Burnhearts - 9:00 PM

Milwaukee’s Juniper Tar specializes in clean, catchy no-frills Americana. Tonight the rootsy group unveils their newest CD, To The Trees, at an intimate party at Bay View’s arty corner tap, Burnhearts. The 9 p.m. event will feature a listening session and an acoustic performance from the band.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008

Tonight @ Vnuk's - 9:00 PM

On their MySpace page, Atlanta metal-rockers Zoroaster describe themselves as sounding like “DINOSAURS TAKING A SHIT,” an unbecoming but not entirely inaccurate simile for their droning, monstrous sound. Like Zoroaster, who headline a 9 p.m. show at Vnuk’s, openers Sourvein, of North . . .
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Eagles Ballroom - 8:00 PM

Hellyeah, a nu-metal supergroup featuring members of Mudvayne, Nothingface, Pantera and Damageplan, bring their thrashy, cocksure sound to the Eagles Ballroom tonight for an 8 p.m. show with opening acts Machine Head and Nonpoint.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008

Tonight @ The Rave - 8:00 PM

The Whigs, who play the Rave tonight at 8 p.m. have garnered some lofty comparisons to influential and wide-ranging bands like The Replacements, My Morning Jacket, and Superchunk, but they seem comfortable with the high expectations. Frontman Parker Gispert’s frantic and evocative voice presides . . .
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

Troubadour Matt White, a New Yorker and UW-Madison graduate, was snatched up by Geffen Records on the strength of his sensitive songs and pretty-boy looks, then paired with some of the music industry’s most accomplished producers for his debut full-length album, Best Days, released last fall . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Red Planet Boulevard (Think Tank Media/ProgRock Records)

After releasing nearly a dozen solo albums (and making numerous guest appearances on other artists’ records), it’s fair to say that California-based singer Lana Lane has established her own distinct voice. Unfortunately, more listeners overseas have probably heard that voice than here in the United States . . .

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