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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tonight @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn - 9:30 p.m.

Formed from the core of Trolley, a once-prolific Milwaukee group that has mostly laid dormant for the past half-decade, the power-pop ensemble The Nice Outfit, who do a 9:30 p.m. show at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn tonight, picks up where that band left off, tightening and focusing its sound. Packing punchy punk-rock . . .
Saturday, July 26, 2008

Today @ Potter Ave in Bay View - Noon to 8 p.m.

In a brilliant marketing move, Pabst Blue Ribbon opted against advertising directly to its growing consumer base of young, bohemian types who view drinking unpretentious, bargain beer as a badge of honor. Instead, it courted them in more clever ways, sponsoring events like this one, a low-key gathering featuring . . .
Friday, July 25, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater - 7:30 p.m.

The Police made major headlines when, after 20 years apart, they announced they were reuniting for a tour. The group has been playing behind ever-so-delicately tweaked versions of their hits for a little more than a year now, and the tour has paid handsomely—it’s expected to become the third highest-grossing tour . . .
Monday, July 21, 2008

Weezer (“Red Album”) (DGC/Interscope)

Get ready to laugh, cry or do both the moment you hear Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo start rapping on the band’s third self-titled album. That he does so over a song filled with piano and choral-chanting bombast (no lie) suggests that Cuomo may have seriously lost his marbles. His hysterically loyal fan base is no doubt . . .
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tonight @ Circa - 9 p.m.

Scott E. Berendt, a Waukesha musician with a Dave Matthews-like affinity for jammy, worldly guitar-pop, does a 9 p.m. performance at the intimate bar Circa tonight as part of the venue’s acoustic night. He does the singer-songwriter thing well, but he’s also an accomplished prolific drummer who even has a . . .
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons’ humble beginnings in Appleton, Wis., only add an element of authenticity to their North Woods blend of progressive country-folk. In conjunction with the release of the Cabin Ghosts EP, Chisel will join fellow dreary modern folksters Joshua James and Amber Rubarth for tonight’s . . .
Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Fresh off a spot on WMSE’s Local/Live series, Quinn Scharber and the… are finally set to introduce their first album, the rather grimly titled Being Nice Won’t Save Milwaukee. Sounding like a happier Elliott Smith next door (although Smith’s infamous Maddog 20/20 gets a mention in “Midwest Blues”), Quinn Scharber and . . .
Friday, July 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Over at the Rave, The Hush Sound, a Chicago emo act heralded by Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, headline an 8 p.m. show. Unlike most radio-friendly emo rock acts, this one often features piano and keyboard as the lead instrument instead of the guitar, giving their songs a more dramatic, quirky edge . . .
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward Collective - 7 p.m.

Partnered with the Canadian electronic duo Crystal Castles, HEALTH recorded one of last year’s sharpest singles, the disorienting, Orwellian “Crimewave.” Left to their own devices, though, the Los Angeles group is more of a conventional noise-rock band than that dark dance track suggests, heavy on rusty guitars and . . .
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Kittie earned considerable press in the late-’90s for the obvious novelty factor: They were four cute women playing nu-metal, a genre dominated by chest-beating men. The quartet has improved over the years, softening its sound on the 2007 release Funeral For Yesterday to rely more on melodic, Veruca Salt-ish vocals . . .

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