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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 . . .
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 . . .

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