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Friday, July 4, 2008

Golfdinger & Less Than Jake @ the Harley Davidson Roadhouse

The Harley-Davidson Roadhouse sports a ska-punk double-feature tonight beginning at 8 p.m., when Golfdinger takes the stage. Then, at 10 p.m., a similar but more successful ska group, Less Than Jake, does a set filled with their signature punchy horns and metallic riffs.
Friday, July 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater

With the band still clocking major play on both hard-rock and modern-rock radio, the timing was perfect for a Stone Temple Pilots reunion—except for one small thing: Singer Scott Weiland still hasn’t concurred the personal problems that induced the band to break up five years ago. Reviews of this tour's...
Friday, July 4, 2008

Phil Lesh, The Roots, Slightly Stoopid

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh revisits the Dead repertoire with a rotating cast of musicians that he bills as Phil Lesh and Friends tonight at 10 p.m. at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard; The Roots are the only major rap act to play Summerfest’s whitewashed line-up this year, but at least they’re an uncompromising one...
Friday, July 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Cascio Groove Garage

Atlatl, a young Milwaukee group that teeters back and forth between harmonic jam-rock and ramshackle indie-rock, does a 6:15 p.m. show at the Summerfest’s only all-local stage, the Cascio Groove Garage, sponsored by the Shepherd Express. The group has clocked considerably airplay on Radio Milwaukee 88.9...
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Plus Summerfest, Army try to put smiley face on war

Last week, in a split decision, the conservative activist wing of the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of a long-standing handgun ban in Washington, D.C. While it affirmed the right of individuals to possess guns, it also left intact some restrictions, including a local licensing law. The decision could have implications for...
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Today @ the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse

The Harley-Davidson Roadhouse dedicates itself to roots-rock icons today, starting at 3 p.m., when cow-punk favorites the Drive-By Truckers take the stage. Roots-rock survivor Alejandro Escovedo takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., followed by songstress Lucinda Williams at 10 p.m. Although she records at a...
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Plain White T's, The Wailers

Through some accidental blip in the space-time continuum, Plain White T’s have been booked again at Summerfest again this year, well after radio stations all over the country finally killed their overplayed single “Hey There Delilah.” The Chicago group, which started as a pop-punk outfit but has since tried...
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tonight @ the M&I Classic Rock Stage

Melding the simple boogie of American heartland rock with the epic excesses of prog-rock, Kansas scored a pair of monster hits in the ’70s, “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” and a handful of lesser singles that continue to clock significant airplay on classic rock stations, ensuring the band’s viability...
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater

Tim McGraw brought a cool, sensual sound to country music when he hit the charts in the mid-’90s, literally topped off by his large sized cowboy hats that hid his eyes while crooning hits like “Don’t Take the Girl” and “Down on the Farm.” His chiseled good looks make him easy on the eyes of his growing legion of...

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