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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...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Anywhere I Lay My Head (Rhino)

In between getting engaged to Van Wilder and filming a make-out session with Penélope Cruz for the new Woody Allen picture, Scarlett Johansson (Scar-Jo if you’re nasty) decided, “Hey, might as well record a bunch of Tom Waits songs.” So she called on the production skills of TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and the two . . .
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Page France’s delicate folk-pop often sounded like it had been pulled directly from a Wes Anderson film, and as such, it was an instant hit in the blogosophere, where appetites for pristine indie-pop are large. Before they could find greater success, the pensive band broke-up—or went on an extended leave, depending . . .
Friday, May 23, 2008

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

The perennially popular indie-rock band Rilo Kiley continues their spring tour tonight with their first appearance at the Pabst Theater tonight at 8 p.m. Since releasing their major-label debut last year, the band’s profile has been on the rise, but outside projects, tensions in the band and the rising stardom of singer . . .
Thursday, May 22, 2008

An interview with Panic at the Disco’s Ryan Ross

Call them Panic at the Disco 2.0. In the short time between their blockbuster debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, the band almost entirely reinvented themselves. They dropped the pointless exclamation mark from their name; they gutted their overblown, circus-themed live show, and, most importantly, they exorcized their music of almost all its emo excesses. On their recently released sophomore . . .
Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tonight @ Yield - 8 p.m.

Two of Milwaukee’s biggest active alternative-rock bands show their support for the social justice organization Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee (CSGM) tonight by playing a benefit event for the non-profit group at Yield. Fever Marlene and On a Sun headline the 8 p.m. all-night event, which will also feature . . .
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Songwriters have long understood the poignancy that results from exposing their less-becoming side, but Tegan and Sara take self-disclosure to masochistic extremes. On their latest album of hyper-dramatic, uncomfortably autobiographical power-pop, The Con, the singing identical twins unabashedly cast themselves in the vilest light possible. “Sara and I both have this very self-deprecating, almost abusive way of looking at ourselves,” Tegan Quin explains. “We both feel like we can be very destructive and very pessimistic and very tortured and very weak, but in a weird way those are some of our best qualities.”

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