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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...
Monday, June 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Briggs & Stratton Backyard

“We can go to the tropics, sip pina coladas,” Sean Kingston suggests on his hit “Take You There,” “or we can go to the slums, where killas get hung.” To no one’s surprise, Kingston opts for the feel-good former option. His is a modern, MTV spring-break update on Jimmy Buffett’s tried-and-true escapist retreat...
Monday, June 30, 2008

Paramore, Gin Blossoms, Candlebox, Matisyahu

Separating themselves from legions of other Warped Tour/Alternative Press-approved pop-punkers, Paramore is fronted by spunky starlet Hayley Williams, a 19-year-old who is, refreshingly, like a real 19-year-old. The group’s charmingly overproduced 2007 album, Riot! is an emo-rific depiction...
Monday, June 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater

Their regular-dude image may suggest otherwise, but Rascal Flatts really isn’t a country band anymore. Save for that rural drawl in their vocals, and the odd steel-guitar accent here and there, the group’s recent albums reside almost exclusively in the terrain of adult-contemporary pop...

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