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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Sept. 22, 2008

   A pair of guitarists and sometime percussionists who combine heavy sampling and live instruments to create a hybrid form that is solely instrumental, Ratatat's Evan Mast and Mike Stroud make music that is infectiously danceable, and most...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7 p.m.

The four years Phantom Planet spent between their latest album, Raise The Dead, and their previous, self-titled album haven’t been especially kind to the band. In that time, they’ve fallen from potential next-big-thing to yesterday’s news, in large part because the novelty of a band that once featured movie star Jason Schwartzman...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Don’t confuse the Minneapolis all-girl pop-punk outfit Sick of Sarah with The Donnas. Sick of Sarah rarely confines themselves solely to punk conventions, instead opting for periodic slowdowns where lead singer Abisha Uhl’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs-esque jaded flatness really shines past the sugary dead-ends of similarly styled...
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Old-timey music is the new swing revival, with plenty of young bands dressing up in kitschy, 1930s costumes and puffing out creepy jazz and ragtime songs that exaggerate their antique influences. These bands could learn a thing or two, however, from Leon Redbone, the Canadian singer-songwriter who’s been playing ragtime...
Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

At the risk of perpetuating a silly stereotype, we’ll caution that not all musicians from Australia play the didgeridoo, but Australian Xavier Rudd happens to. Then again, this roots rock musician plays all sorts of instruments: slide guitar, harmonica, banjo, bass, the djembe hand drum, etc. Displaying more than a little Paul Simon...
Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

It’s still just a rumor at this point, but it’s one of the most tantalizing of the year: Ratatat, the ever-hyped indie-electronic duo, may sign to The Neptunes’ Star Trak record label, where they’ll presumably be groomed for a career as hip-hop and R&B producers. In a time when Kanye West is mining emotive, Daft Punk synths for inspiration, Ratatat’s trippy, cerebral beats actually would fit right in on commercial radio if paired...
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Of all the ’90s female folk artists who cited Joan Baez as a muse, Dar Williams had the closest ties to Baez herself, touring and dueting with and writing songs for the folk legend. Where many of Williams’ peers sang with a jagged edge, aggressively trumpeting their individuality, politics and sexuality with sing-along anger and profanity, Williams was never so subversive. Her songs were cleaner, poppier and more inclusive; her political...
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Bradley Center - 8 p.m.

Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski might not have had much patience for them, but that the beloved Coen brothers character at odds with many Americans. After all these years, The Eagles 1976 greatest hits compilation is still the single best selling record in the history of the country—a statistic that to this day confounds music fans born after, well, 1976. Buoyed by their never-ending play on classic-rock radio, The Eagles...
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008

Today @ the Mirimar Theatre - Noon to 11:30 p.m.

Milwaukee’s DIY emo/punk record label Snapdragon Records struck gold when they signed rising stars A Farewell Rescue, a Pennsylvania band beginning to make a national name for themselves thanks to their new single “Pretty Cut and Dry,” which has been embraced by MTV2. Fittingly, then A Farewell Rescue will...
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 7 p.m.

It’s hard to picture a better house band for Milwaukee than The Goodnight Loving. The group touches on many of the sounds Milwaukeeans love most, from rollicking, country-tinged guitars to the thumping rockabilly bass and the unlabored aesthetic of '60s garage-pop, which the band shares with Dusty Medical label-mates...

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