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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9 p.m.

Joining a growing Midwestern tradition of infusing otherwise tried-and-true genres with an indie-electro sensibility, Minneapolis' Ruby Isle, who play the Cactus Club tonight at 9 p.m., utilize particularly novel source material: classic rock, the unspoken scourge of indie-rock circles. Lending additional . . .
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008

Sunshine Lies (Shout! Factory)

By now, you would think Matthew Sweet's sell-by date would be long passed, that his brand of '90s power pop would have gone sour. Yet here he is, 22 years after his first solo album with one of the strongest discs of his career. Self-described as "power-pop-folk-rock-psychedelic-melodic-singer-songwriter-type . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
Mark Waldoch had saved up the necessary money, prepared himself emotionally to leave behind Milwaukee, his home of 15 years, and was ready to start a new life in New York. What he hadn't planned on, though, was developing a kidney stone the size of a golf ball shortly after his arrival. "I was in and out of the hospital for two months, put under anesthesia and all that," Waldoch shudders. "It was rough. I mean, talk about insane, they put a laser up my wang to blow up the kidney stone. I had to wear a catheter." With no health insurance to fall back on, Waldoch quickly exhausted his savings. In considerable debt, he returned to Milwaukee . . .
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008

Today @ Alpine Valley - 2 p.m.

In its early years, Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution Tour sported a nearly 50-50 mix of rock and rap acts. It’s symbolic, then, that the lone rapper on this year’s Projekt Revolution tour, Busta Rhymes, was dropped, leaving behind a line-up of just alternative and hard-rock acts like Chris Cornell, Ashes Divide . . .
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Wisconsin State Fair - 8 p.m.

Best known for channeling their romantic angst in a pair of late-’90s alt-rock hits, “Inside Out” and “Here’s to the Night,” Eve 6 reunited last year with two of their three original members, and has toured regularly ever since. Tonight they headline the Wisconsin State Fair’s Cousins Subs Amphitheater at 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 8 p.m.

Especially for younger listeners who weren’t around to hear “School’s Out” upon its original release, it’s difficult to think of Alice Cooper without remembering his cameo appearance as the benevolent American history teacher in Wayne’s World. That scene, in which Cooper eloquently explains the Algonquin origins of “mill . . .
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 7:30 p.m.

One of pop music’s bigger stars in the 1980s, when his sensitive arena rock hit a nerve through singles like “Straight From The Heart” and “This Time,” Canadian Bryan Adams hasn’t seen anywhere near the same success in the ’90s—at least not in America—but he did further his profile by promoting his latest album . . .
Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Arriving hot on the heels the ’90s hard-edged grunge movement, the music of Michigan’s Tiles nod to the days when Alice In Chains and Living Colour put a disguised, proggy spin on modern rock. Though retaining the era’s signature simple, no-nonsense fuzz riffs, Tiles makes a point of branching into far too . . .
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pop’s Man-Eating, Girl-Kissing New Star Fine-Tunes Her Ima

Katy Perry’s single “I Kissed a Girl” has just topped the Billboard pop chart, and the 23-year-old’s schedule for the day is booked solid. Later today she’ll be shooting an insert for Blender magazine, doing an interview with Rolling Stone, signing autographs for an hour and a half, then performing as part of the Warped Tour. Right now, though, she’s doing phone interviews through an earpiece as she sits in pajamas and hair curlers, getting her nails done in a St. Louis strip mall. “I didn’t even care where we went,” she says, amused by the unglamorous salon. “I was like, ‘I’ve just got to get these cuticles cut!’ ”
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

   From the moment the first chords of “Message in a Bottle” sounded for what appeared to be a capacity Marcus Amphitheater crowd, it was clear last Friday’s hot, muggy night belonged to Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Su...

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