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09.09.2013 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Summerfest spared no expense on its new BMO Harris Pavilion, a $13.5 million, lakefront amphitheater that, in addition to hosting festival performances, was also touted as a state-of-the-art stand-alone venue. With its covered stage, the pavilion promised to extend Milwaukee's outdoor concert season deeper into the fall, and Summerfest displayed its eagerness to put the venue to use with a full li...
07.16.2013 | | Posted at 11:00 AM

The drummer has been replaced by Dresden Dolls' Bryan Viglione

By Evan Rytlewski
So much for a drama-free reunion. Just several weeks after playing a homecoming show at Summerfest, the recently regrouped Violent Femmes announced that they have replaced original drummer Victor DeLorenzo with Bryan Viglione of the Dresden Dolls. (The band's website has even been updated with a photo of Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie with Viglione, making the new lineup official.) DeLorenzo's depa...
07.11.2013 | | Posted at 11:00 AM

Revenues were up, too

By Evan Rytlewski
As you might have guessed from the opening-weekend gate situation and the near-ideal weather the event enjoyed, attendance was up this year at Summerfest. The festival drew 840,356 patrons this year, it revealed this morning in a press release, an increase of 4.3% over last year's attendance. It's unclear whether that tally includes the crowds who entered the festival for free after storming the g...
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
 As watershed cultural moments for music go, the mid-’00s Fox drama “The O.C.” probably won’t be remembered up there with The Beatles playing “Ed Sullivan” or the
Friday, July 5, 2013

July 4, 2013

With “16,000 songs to play,” as vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee proclaimed, newly enshrined Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Rush brought to Summerfest’s biggest stage Thursday night a bol
07.05.2013 | | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly crosstalk between station promotions director Ryan Schleicher, A.V. Club Milwaukee editor Matt Wild and I, we discuss Saturday's potentially dangerous situation at Summerfest, when huge crowds rushed through the gates without paying, according to multiple social media accounts. Matt suggests a few ways to prevent that from happening again, while I lament ...
Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 3, 2013

Stylistic reinvention is a sure way to keep listeners off their collective feet, but with 2010’s Congratulations many suspected that synth-poppers MGMT went too deep into psychedelia and strayed

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