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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9:00 PM

Early in their career, Six Organs of Admittance’s psychedelic songs were unstructured and largely instrumental. On recent releases, however, bandleader Ben Chasny has honed his songwriting and played up his vocals, adding a beating heart to his hypnotic, droning ragas. The group’s latest, 2007’s . . .
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Eagles Ballroom - 8:00 PM

Although he has seen much of his relevance dwindle since his heyday in the late ’90s, Marilyn Manson remains a visible figure, albeit more for his romances with teenage actresses and the occasional burlesque performer than his recent musical forays. Despite a clever lead single, “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” and a . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:30 PM

Though he delivered his fair share of memorable songs as a member of both Split Enz and Crowded House, Tim Finn has saved plenty of gorgeous melodies for his own solo projects. His seventh and most recent solo work, 2006's Imaginary Kingdom, alternates between plaintive examinations . . .
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Bradley Center - 7:00 PM

In the decade since Matchbox Twenty’s debut album yielded a string of big hits—“Real World,” 3 A.M.,” and “Push”—the group has dropped all pretenses of being an edgy, alternative-rock band and embraced their poppier, adult-alternative side. Their recent albums harbor no delusions about being MTV hip . . .
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, alternative rockers Woolton Parrish were one of the city’s most reliable club draws, thanks to their versatile sound, which was clean enough for rock traditionalists but heavy enough to appease hard-rock audiences as well. After a major record deal fell through . . .
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

The oft-observed irony of the Dark Star Orchestra is that the group pays homage to the Grateful Dead, a group renowned for their improvisational spirit, by robbing their music of any improvisation, recreating the Dead’s classic shows song for song, sometimes even solo for solo.
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008

Editors hit the road with big dreams, good manners.

Ed Lay, drummer for Editors, is living the high life, and he knows it. He’s not about to jinx it with an off-color remark, a run-in with the tabloids or a fistfight with Interpol. He’s terribly earnest, in fact, as the band warms up for its 2008 U.S. tour in posh . . .