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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Tonight @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage

One of the most enticing curiosities on the Milwaukee music scene, The Scarring Party play old timey, tuba- and accordion-driven jazz; classic American music as re-imagined through the lens of Tom Waits records and haunted carnival rides. Although they’re filtered through a quirky, vintage...
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Galactic, Polyphonic Spree, Michael Franti

New Orleans’ Galactic is one of the few bands in the jam scene to attempt hip-hop without embarrassing themselves. Unlike all the bands that condescend with snot-nosed, novelty covers of rap hits or time with monotone raps, Galactic challenges themselves with more thoughtful, complex hip-hop rhythms...
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tonight @ the M&I Classic Rock Stage

Debbie Harry’s recent show at the Turner Hall Ballroom wasn’t particularly well received—no surprise, since she was touring behind an awful solo album and refused to play any Blondie songs. Tonight, however, she should offer a make good for jilted when she reaches into her considerable bag of New Wave...
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Dashboard Confessional, Trace Adkins

The airwaves are saturated with dozens of banal singer-songwriters and emo bands, so its curious that Dashboard Confessional and frontman Chris Carrabba, one of the more harmless of the lot, has sparked such an venomous army of detractors. Sure, Carrabba’s earnest heart-on-sleevery isn’t for everyone...
Friday, June 27, 2008

Flobots, Rusted Root, Sevendust, Think Floyd

In a bid for post-rap-rock relevance, Linkin Park downplayed the role of rapper Mike Shinoda on their most recent album. A year later, however, Denver upstarts Flobots stormed modern-rock radio playlists by doing just the opposite, delivering “Handlebars,” a single built around monotone, Shinoda-esque raps....
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gnarls Barkley, They Might Be Giants, Cowboy Mouth, Drowning Poo

Gnarls Barkley @ the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard. Summerfest schedules tend to repeat themselves, with the same bands invited back year after year, regardless of how far they descend down the C-list (case in point, Plain White T’s are returning this year, well after their 15 minutes have expired). That makes fresh meat at...

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