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Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

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

There are blues punk bands that only salt their music with the blues, and then there are the bands that bathe their albums in the blues. The Black Keys are the latter. For a band that's often compared to The White Stripes, the difference is, well, black and white. The Black Keys, like ZZ Top, are a blues band playing . . .
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008
You aren't anybody if you aren't recording with the Black Keys. Producer Rick Rubin, himself a somebody, recently tapped the band to back Billy Gibbons for a few songs on ZZ Top's next album. Gibbons and Rubin join R&B legend Ike Turner and super-producer Danger Mouse on a growing list of The Black Keys' recent collaborators.
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

Retro-Spective, Vicodin Sessions (Neven)

Those XCleavers were among the most entertaining and substantial bands from Milwaukee's new wave scene, and probably the most enduring. A reissue of choice material from the 1980s reveals their streamlined super-charged sound as part of their era, yet delivered so winningly that the music has dated hardly . . .
Friday, Aug. 29, 2008

Today @ the Summerfest grounds - 3 p.m.

As the band’s name suggests, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club specializes in loud, rambunctious garage rock, making the group outcasts from an indie-rock scene that now prefers downtrodden songwriting or handclap-laden quirk. Blending abrasive guitar-driven straight-ahead rock with . . .
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 . . .

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