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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 . . .
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.

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