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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Friday, May 23, Milwaukee Bonecrushers vs. Rock River Raptors @ U.S. Cellular Arena, 7:30 p.m. “HERE TO STAY!” the Milwaukee Bonecrushers’ Web site defiantly declares, but the team has often seemed as unlikely to make it through its inaugural season as Hillary Clinton is to make it to the Democratic convention.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Are you not a fan of Scott Stapp? Neither were his bandmates, apparently. When the “don’t call us Christian”-rock band Creed split up, the rest of the band distanced themselves from Stapp as drastically as possible, forming a new band with a harder edge but an otherwise similar aesthetic. That band, Alter Bridge
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

After last night’s show at the Rave, I can finally understand (some of) the logic in the age-old myth that women are more attracted to pompous and conceited dudes. Like every other member of the near-capacity Sunday night crowd, I fell hard for The Hives, even after constant boasting rants from singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Boston metal favorites Killswitch Engage never met a style of vocals they didn’t like. Graveyard growls? They’re all about them. Axl Rose wails? Sure. Caustic screams? Yup. Lofty melodic crooning? Oh yeah. Their music covers almost as much territory as their vocals, ranging from spry metalcore to chest-beating . . .
Sunday, May 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

After three great albums of fully realized garage-punk, Sweden’s self-aggrandizing superstars The Hives threw listeners for a loop last year with The Black and White Album, a polished, freewheeling pop record that even included a couple of collaborations with The Neptunes. Critics scratched their heads, but the album . . .
Friday, May 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

As I Lay Dying’s band name suggests that this popular California metalcore group is pretty fierce, while the fact that their name is derived from a William Faulkner novel suggests they’re pretty smart, too. The band proves both assumptions correct on their epic latest album, An Ocean Between Us. Tonight the group headlines . . .
Thursday, May 8, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

he Swell Season @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. In an Academy Awards musical moment that ranks with Elliott Smith’s “Miss Misery” performance or Three 6 Mafia’s unlikely win for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” this year’s Best Original Song award went to singer-songwriters Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova...
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 5:30 p.m.

Dave Mustaine may have been kicked out of Metallic decades ago, but he’s doing alright for himself: He went on to form Megadeth, one of the most successful thrash metal bands of all time. With a new album under their belts (United Abominations, their most political album yet—and that’s saying something), the group . . .
Monday, May 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

It’s doubtful that even a casual music fan from the ’90s wouldn’t remember at least one of The Presidents of the United States of America’s charming novelty hits (after all, “Lump” was parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic, a surefire mark of pop indelibility). Most, however, are less aware of the work the “Drew Carey Show . . .
Saturday, May 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Eisley is an odd but promising indie-rock act prone to poppy, Coldplay-ish pianos and comprised of four young siblings and their cousin. That set-up implies novelty act, but the group has won the support of some esteemed indie peers, most notably Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, who recruited members to perform on his . . .

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