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10.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Even those with little tolerance for commercial pop have got to appreciate a comeback story of this magnitude: It was less than one year ago that Britney Spears was fresh out of rehab and still enducing a barrage of brutal tabloid coverage for her myriad displays of questionable judgment. Her career had been dead for years, and each comeback attempt proved more embarrassing than the last. People h...
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 9 p.m.

Even those who normally have zero tolerance for cover bands have a soft spot for U2 Zoo, a local group that does a might impressive job recreating the experience of a U2 concert (it helps that their singer actually sounds like Bono). Tonight, the U2 cover group does a free 9 p.m. show at Shank Hall.
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Rap stardom, club culture and alternative rock

   Our conversation is painful, marked by enough long pauses to fill an entire season of "The Office." Pharrell Williams, the singer and public face of N.E.R.D., is normally the chatty one, but right now he's so disinterested in my questions that he's making his less talkative bandmate Shay answer them from a third phone line. Though he struggles to be polite, Shay prefaces many of his short answers with a barely disguised sigh.  "Hey, P, you still there?"
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Kanye West cemented his star-making reputation when he produced Common’s 2005 hit Be, a soulful, down-to-Earth album that resuscitated Common’s career after 2002’s ambitious but muddled Electric Circus. Common teamed up with West again for much of 2007’s Finding Forever, a respectable sequel that never fully captured the simple charm of Be, but for Common’s upcoming album, Universal Mind Control, the conscious...
Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

U2

Boy/October/War Deluxe Editions (Island/Interscope)

Leave it to our reliable friends in U2 to respond to the music industry's structural implosion with a triple-shot of pricey extravagance-and the promise of more to come. Who could have foreseen that the guitar wailing of "I Will Follow" from the band's 1980 debut, Boy, was actually the first breath of a larger-than-life juggernaut. To be fair, even when listening with the benefit of knowing...
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
  The past few years have seen Milwaukee turn out a number of powerful rock 'n' roll bands. While there is room for variety within the city, there is usually a consistency in the volume at which these acts play (loud) and the gender of those doing the playing (male). It's a band-centered, male-dominated world out in the noisy clubs of this city.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7 p.m.

For those who didn’t get their fill of fashionable emo-punk at the Warped Tour, Cute Is What We Aim For play a 7 p.m. concert at the Rave. Critics have dismissed their hyper-hooky, slickly produced sound as banal, but their fans—which skew about as young as you’d expect from a band that’s barely out of high . . .
Friday, July 11, 2008

Tonight @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn

Can you get anymore Milwaukee than a punked-out rendition of Charles Fox’s “Making Our Dreams Come True?” As such, the curiously named Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine could be seen as an impromptu mascot for the city, drawing on a diverse range of styles and influences, which fluctuate between bass-led ’90s-style...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Ale House

Grace and Julian, a collaboration between two New York University students, vocalist Grace Weber and pianist Julian Pollack, divide their time between up-tempo jazz pop and sultry adult-contemporary jazz ballads on their self-titled 2007 album. After a slew of shows around the area this summer—including a...
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater

She’ll probably always be best known as a neo-soul songstress, but with last year’s tuba-mutilating, larger-than-life synthesized hit “No One,” Alicia Keyes proved that she can do big-beat pop ballads every bit as deftly as the Rihannas and Leona Lewises of the world...

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