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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club

Lacking the get-up-and-go beat or melodic ambience of acts like Aphex Twin or Telefon Tel Aviv, Milwaukee’s Dartanjal feels perhaps purposely far from conventional music. As practitioners of both audio and visual art, music makers Jon Minor and Jim Schoenecker often attempt to bridge the gaps between the two mediums...
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema, Free

Milwaukee’s buy-local organization, Our Milwaukee, hosts a series of events and promotions this week to remind shoppers about the economic and cultural benefits of frequenting local businesses. Many of their points are mirrored in the 2005 documentary Independent America, which they’ll screen free...
Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tonight @ the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage

Jakob Dylan first made a name for himself with The Wallflowers. Bob’s son and his band mainstream recognition with the 1996 release Bringing Down the Horse. The album also contained some hits for the band, including “6th Avenue Heartache” and the breakthrough “One Headlight.” And Jakob Dylan...
Sunday, July 6, 2008

311

Tonight @ the Miller Lite Oasis

With their friendly reggae/hip-hop/alt-rock hybrid, 311 are an agreeable little band, yet they’ve long suffered from an image problem. When they’re not being derided as a frat-friendly, jam-lite band (a characterization that, while exaggerated, they’d be hard-pressed to refute), they’re being charged (far more ridiculously) as...
Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater

Anybody with a phobia of loud, shrieking little girls should stay as far away as possible tonight from the Marcus Amphitheater, where the Jonas Brothers do a 7 p.m. show. This sibling trio began modestly as wholesome rockers until Disney picked them up and reinvented them as tween lady-killers...
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Cascio Groove Garage, 9 p.m.

Heavy rockers who lighten their hard-rock with washes of Americana and Black Crowes-styled boogie, The Cocksmiths headline the Cascio Groove Garage, Summerfest’s only all-local music stage, tonight at 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tonight @ the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage

As vicious as it may seem to throw a baby-faced band to the tar pits, The Redwalls have likely missed their shot at stardom. Snatched up by Capitol Records early in their career, in 2005 the Illinois group released De Nova, a banal tribute to the ’60s British Invasion that was heavily promoted but indifferently...
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Cracker, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steel Pulse

With its crunchy alt-rock guitars and its “leave me alone and let me get stoned” mentality, Cracker’s best-known hit, “Low,” is pure ’90s, but the rest of the band’s catalogue doesn’t date so easily. Like frontman David Lowery’s other band, Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker continues to record spry rock albums spiked...
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tonight @ the M&I Classic Rock Stage

“I Want You to Want Me” was pretty obviously a love song, but it’s hard not to also read the song as something of a mission statement for Cheap Trick, the endearing (and enduring) rock ’n’ roll band. After over three decades together, they’re still one of the coolest uncool bands ever. The Illinois lads...
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater

Tom Petty’s career has been remarkably consistent, as the man has yet to put out a bad album. From Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976) to Highway Companion (Petty’s 2006 solo album), all of Petty’s albums have featured at least one everlasting song, a song that simply never gets old. Making Petty...

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