The Black Crowes rock Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater

The Black Crowes – 2013 Tour
Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
11/8/2013

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The Black Crowes - 2013 Tour

Heading into the final few weeks of their 2013 tour, The Black Crowes returned to Milwaukee for a show at the Riverside Theater on Nov. 8. Performing without an opening act, they took the stage a little after 8 p.m. for a jam session that stretched over two-hours.

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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience celebrates 15th year

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013
City Park – New Orleans, LA
11/1-3/2013

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Voodoo Experience 2013

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience returned to City Park in New Orleans for the annual three-day music festival on Nov. 1 through 3. Celebrating 15 years of world class music, this years headliners included Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure to close out each of the three days. Fans of electronic music were also represented by headliners Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Bassnectar on the Le Plur Stage.

It marked the last major music festival of the 2013 season. Rain threatened the opening day but quickly vanished to sunshine that persisted for the remainder of Voodoo. Though temperatures dipped after sunset, the cool air gave fans more reason to stay active and “Worship the Music.”

Music began just after 11 a.m. each day, spread over four stages, and lasted well into the evening. The vast City Park allowed fans to experience carnival rides, New Orleans cuisine and offered enough space to relax for those needing a little separation from the crowd. There were also a number of merch tents selling locally produced art.

While the three headliners fell under an alternative rock slant, albeit from differing decades, Voodoo definitely drew a crowd appreciative of the big three this year. It was hard to pick a favorite going in and all three gave stellar performances. Pearl Jam was introduced by former Saints player Steve Gleason, prompting goosebumps and more than a few tears to be shed as he introduced the band from his wheelchair with the assistance of a voice synthesizer. He also chose their setlist–complete with a couple Mother Love Bone songs. Pearl Jam rocked the night away while Vedder also swung from one of their suspended stage lights midway through the show.

Seattle representation started well before Pearl Jam hit the stage. Hip-hop sensation Macklemore & Ryan Lewis likely gained the respect of Pearl Jam fans who packed around the main stage waiting for the grunge icons to hit the stage. Macklemore’s poignant lyrics and Lewis’ catchy jams have catapulted the duo into the hip-hop limelight. Mixing guest vocal appearances into their show added additional depth to their set.

If one man owned the festival it was Trent Reznor. Nine Inch Nails’ dynamic set was wrought with energy, massive light panels and a barrage of industrial sound that fronted their crushing set. Though fans didn’t appreciate their lengthy hiatus, it seems Reznor has returned with pent up angst and vigor. If another artist approached Reznor’s domination of the stage at Voodoo it was Jordan Cook performing as Reignwolf. His midafternoon set on the Carnival stage on Saturday was a blue-metal shredfest.

Hayley Williams looked striking with her orange hair and black latex pants. She easily had the most energy of any artist to perform at 2013 Voodoo. Performing in front of a legion of fans waiting to see NIN, there were definitely Paramore fans in the mix. Williams noted, “We’re honored to be playing on the same stage as Nine Inch Nails, and this is their headline show; but make no mistake, you’re at a Paramore concert right now.”

Other performances on Saturday included the melodic punk duo of Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory delivering on back-to-back sets; a vocal clinic by folk musicians Delta Rae on the main Ritual Stage; and Big Gigantic was the perfect moniker for the electronic duo who raged on the Le Plur Stage before Afrojack dropped heavy beats opposite Nine Inch Nails.

Sunday always closes a couple hours earlier than Friday and Saturday’s lineups. The Cure took the stage at 6:50 p.m. and the goth legends did not disappoint behind Robert Smith. Dense smoke and multicolored lighting cast various textures onto Smith’s pasty white complexion. His tangled and graying mop might be long overdue for a makeover but Smith’s vocals were rich with life and emotion. Their lengthy set was interspersed with classics that climaxed into a session of hits to close the night.

One of the true kings of the electronic dance craze, Bassnectar closed out 2013 Voodoo opposite The Cure with a thunderous exhibition of bass beats and lights. A huge crowd remained until the festival ended despite the coldest night of the festival.

Kid Rock always turns out an entertaining set, but his placement seemed a bit awkward–not for Kid Rock but for the abundance of goth-dressed fans who were forced to wait for The Cure. Kid Rock threw a party for everybody else, jumping about the stage while slinging catchy lyrics to whoever wanted to participate.

Credentials–both general admission and VIP–are already available for the 2014 Voodoo Experience. A three-day pass can be had for only $99 while VIP passes range between $300 and $1000. Though next year’s artists won’t be announced until next year, it’s hard to beat those prices relative to any of the other major U.S. music festivals. Live Nation acquired controlling interest in Voodoo last week as part of a larger focus on major music festivals but management should remain consistent.

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Cyndi Lauper still ‘Unusual’ after 30 years

Cyndi Lauper – 2013 She’s So Unusual Tour
Capitol Theater – Madison, WI
10/29/2013

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Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual Tour

Cyndi Lauper is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her breakout debut album, “She’s So Unusual.” The tour rolled into Madison, Wis., on October 29, selling out the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center for the Arts on Tuesday night. Female rock artist Hunter Valentine opened the show and drew a strong response from the capacity crowd.

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Josh Groban returns to Chicago with In The Round tour

Josh Groban – 2013 In The Round Tour
United Center – Chicago, IL
10/20/2013

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Josh Groban - 2013 In The Round tour

Josh Groban is currently touring in support of his 2013 album, “All That Echoes,” on his In The Round tour. On Sunday, October 20, he returned to the United Center in Chicago with Judith Hill as direct support.

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The Winery Dogs prove rock is not dead

The Winery Dogs – 2013 Tour
Northern Lights Theater – Milwaukee, WI
10/17/2013

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The Winery Dogs - 2013 Tour - Potawatomi

The Winery Dogs packed the Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, Wis., on Oct. 17. Featuring Billy Sheehan on bass, Mike Portnoy on drums and Richie Kotzen on guitar and lead vocals, the trio mesmerized the crowd with a 90-minute set of straight-up rock and roll.

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Billy Currington packs the Orpheum Theater

Billy Currington – 2013 “We Are Tonight” Tour
Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI
10/11/2013

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Billy Currington - 2013 We Are Tonight Tour

Country artist Billy Currington brought his 2013 tour to the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis., on Friday, Oct. 11. The veteran star is touring on his first new music in three year, having released “We Are Tonight” a few weeks ago. The albums lead single, “Hey Girl” topped country radio and Currington drew a crowd that filled the theater.

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HardDrive Live tour brings Bullet For My Valentine to Orpheum

Bullet For My Valentine – 2013 HardDrive Live Tour
Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI
8/10/2013

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Bullet For My Valentine - 2013 HardDrive Live Tour

WJJO and HardDrive Radio brought the 2013 HardDrive Live tour to the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis., on Oct. 10. Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine headlined a mixed lineup that also included Black Veil Brides, Stars in Stereo and Throw the Fight.

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Madison’s Q106 ‘Storytellers Jam’ benefits American Family Children’s Hospital

Joe Nichols / David Nail – Q106 Storytellers Jam #14
Marriott West – Madison, WI
10/8/2013

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David Nail - Q106 Storytellers Jam #14

Q106 hosted the 14th edition of their Storytellers Jam on Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Marriott West in Madison, Wis. Country artists Joe Nichols, David Nail, Brett Eldredge and recent The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery shared a stage and performed songs throughout the evening while proceeds benefited the American Family Children’s Hospital.

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Avenged Sevenfold return with Hail to the King tour in Chicago

Avenged Sevenfold – 2013 Hail to the King Tour
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
10/3/2013

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Avenged Sevenfold - 2013 Hail to the King tour

Hitting the road in support of their most recent release #1 release, “Hail to the King,” Avenged Sevenfold unveiled their 2013 tour at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., on Oct. 3. Wrought with pyrotechnics, explosions and other effects, their show did not disappoint the roughly ten thousand fans in attendance. The tour features a solid lineup with Deftones providing direct support. Fight or Flight opened tonight’s show, though Ghost B.C. will take their place for the remainder of the U.S. tour.

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Muse and Cage the Elephant lift D.C. on 9/11

Muse / Cage the Elephant- 2013 Tour
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
9/11/2013

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Muse - 2013 Tour - Washington D.C.

On a day where two million bikers were to converge upon Washington D.C. in memory of 9/11, thousands of music fans crammed into the Verizon Center to watch a mesmerizing performance by Muse on Wednesday night. Cage the Elephant opened the show with a strong, high-energy set.

Touring on their fourth consecutive #1 smash, “The 2nd Law,” Muse are known to deliver an over-the-top live show. Featuring an expansive stage with a five-tiered pyramid of video panels that dynamically align into various positions during the show, the English trio gave a jaw-dropping audio-visual extravaganza that was equally impressive from any angle. Matthew Bellamy played the Star Spangled Banner on guitar after the second song in tribute to 9/11 that induced goosebumps.

We were limited to the first three songs for a photo review with no ticket, so flip through the gallery to see why this is a must-see event.

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Remaining Muse / Cage the Elephant 2013 tour dates:

9/17 – Denver, Colorado – Pepsi Center
9/19 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Energy Solutions Arena

Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls rock Salisbury

Matchbox Twenty / Goo Goo Dolls – 2013 Co-headline Tour
Wicomico Civic Center – Salisbury, MD
8/20/2013

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Rob Thomas - Matchbox Twenty 2013 Tour

Performing together on a co-headline tour, Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls rolled into Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Md., on August 20. With only a few dates left on the tour, fans were rewarded with a pair of high caliber sets. Opener Kate Earl got the evening started.

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Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch bulldoze Mayhem’s main stage

Rob Zombie & Five Finger Death Pupnch – 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
7/27/2013

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Rob Zombie - 2013 Mayhem Festival

A cold spell arrived with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre outside Chicago on July 27. Not that they needed it, but the cool temps gave fans just another reason to rock a little harder. Rob Zombie brought a carnival atmosphere and Five Finger Death Punch hit the crowd with an onslaught of lights and in-your-face metal. They were joined on the main stage by the richly melodic Mastodon and Swedish death-metal outfit Amon Amarth.

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Children of Bodom and Machine Head top secondary stages at 2013 Mayhem Festival

Machine Head & Children of Bodom – 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
7/27/2013

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Children of Bodom - 2013 Mayhem

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival pulled into First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Ill., on July 27 with a solid lineup of hardcore metal. The secondary stages–Musician’s Institute, Jagermeister and Sumerian Records–hosted over a dozen acts to get the action started just after 1:00 p.m. By the time Machine Head and Children of Bodom walked off their respective stages, fans still had another four hours of headbanging to look forward to on the Main Stage.

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Steve Martin charms Milwaukee with Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell & the Steep Canyon Rangers – 2013 Tour
Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
7/24/2013

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Steve Martin - 2013 Tour

Steve Martin pulled into a sold-out Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wis., for a bluegrass performance on July 24. The renowned comedian was joined by Edie Brickell for most of the show, while the Steep Canyon Rangers provided additional musical accompaniment and tight vocal harmonies.

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Van Halen close out 2013 Rock USA in Oshkosh

Van Halen – 2013 Rock USA Music Festival
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
7/20/2013

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Van Halen - 2013 Rock USA

The third annual Rock USA music festival in Oshkosh, Wis., finished strong with an entertaining performance by Van Halen on July 20. It was the first U.S. show for the legendary L.A. band, with only one additional North American concert on their schedule for this year.

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Godsmack deliver knock-out performance at Rock USA in Oshkosh

Godsmack – 2013 Rock USA Music Festival
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
7/19/2013

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Godsmack - 2013 Rock USA

Rock USA met the heatwave head-on with their heaviest single-day lineup since the inception of the Oshkosh, Wis., music festival in 2011. Godsmack, Chevelle and Sevendust performed on Friday, July 19, treating fans to a solid mix of metal.

Set changes at 2013 Rock USA have outlived every show performed this year and tonight was no exception. More than an hour-and-a-half passed before Godsmack set foot on the stage well after 11 p.m. Opening with “War and Peace” from 2010′s “The Oracle,” Godsmack jolted life into the anxious crowd.

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Twisted Sister, Anthrax and Queensryche turn back the clock at 2013 Rock USA

Twisted Sister – 2013 Rock USA Music Festival
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
7/18/2013

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Twisted Sister - 2013 Rock USA

The Rock USA music festival in Oshkosh, Wis., added a fourth day in 2013, and some feared a dilution of talent. There was an feeling of apprehension heading into the second day, on July 18, which featured a rehash of mostly 80s rock stars. Fortunately, despite very short sets, musical talent overtook nostalgia for a solid night of live rock and roll.

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Avenged Sevenfold return to the stage at 2013 Rock USA

Avenged Sevenfold – 2013 Rock USA Music Festival
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
7/17/2013

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Avenged Sevenfold - 2013 Rock USA

Rock USA has returned for 2013, bringing Avenged Sevenfold into Ford Festival Park on July 17 to commence four days of music that spans classic rock to heavy metal. Buckcherry and Saliva, along with a heat index that broke the century mark, made for a sweat-soaked evening.

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Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty celebrate life in Moline

Goo Goo Dolls & Matchbox Twenty – 2013 Tour
i Wireless Center – Moline, IL
7/10/2013

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Goo Goo Dolls - 2013 Tour 1

Roughly a week into their co-headline tour, Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls converged upon Moline, Ill. to perform at show at i Wireless Center on July 10. The pairing brought together two artists that consistently produce commercially successful songs, offering nearly three hours of hit music.

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Gigantour draws Lilliputian crowd in Chicago

Megadeth / Black Label Society / Device / Hellyeah / Newsted / Death Division – 2013 Gigantour
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
7/9/2013

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Megadeth - 2013 Gigantour

Gigantour has been a heavy metal mainstay since 2005. The brainchild of Dave Mustaine, Megadeth’s frontman, has always featured solid lineups, the current incarnation included. Why then, did only 1200 fans show up for the Chicago date when the tour pulled into Allstate Arena on June 9? Megadeth, Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted and Death Division seemed all but certain to draw a crowd similar to last year’s show at the Aragon Ballroom.

High school teens are the main demographic for the tour, not exclusively but definitely the primary source of ticket sales. Moving the show outside of downtown Chicago to the only venue that is not equipped with easy metro or rail access was a huge mistake, especially for a weeknight show. By the time Death Division hit the stage at 4:20 p.m., there were about 150 fans that had trickled into the arena. When hometown figurehead David Draiman played with Device at 7 p.m. that number had risen to maybe 700 people.

Those that did show up were not able to generate much energy during the earlier sets, something metal bands thrive on for their live performances. Hellyeah did get a couple mosh pits rolling, vocalist Chad Gray did his best to work the crowd. Regardless of the crowd size, each band sounded great and put forth an enthusiastic set. Openers Death Division are worth checking out and played with ferocity, if you’ve got tickets to an upcoming show, definitely get there early.

Newsted’s new outfit came to rock and did just that. The former Metallica bassist has recruited Staind’s Mike Mushok on guitar alongside Jessie Farnsworth and drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. Together they thrashed through new music with that classic hard metal sound that harks back to his days with Flotsam and Jetsam. Newsted is still a beast on the bass, though he did switch to guitar for one song, “Skyscraper,” while Mendez took over bass duty. They also tossed in Metallica’s “Whiplash” for good measure.

Device had a couple of surprises during their set. The three-piece had gelled as a live unit, definitely a more cohesive sound since their set during Carolina Rebellion earlier in the year. Dope’s Virus and Evanescence’s Will Hunt tour with Draiman on guitar and drums, respectively. It was only a matter of time before they hit their stride live.  Draiman’s voice was strong and he commanded the stage like an emperor. The band was joined by John DeServio of BLS on bass during “A Part of Me,” then later guitarist Geno Lenardo performed for the second half of the set. Filter’s Lenardo was responsible for the spark behind Device’s creation, and the studio guitarist for the album.

Draiman did a great job representing Chicago. Obvious that some fans weren’t into the spirit, he admonished a couple girls along the rail for not participating in the show. First he reminded them, “The United Center has a show down the road tonight, maybe you should be at the Justin Bieber concert.” Next, he brought up a young fan onto the stage who was obviously having a good time. Draimain said, “This is how you rock, she is singing all the songs and is even wearing the goods.” He asked her if she goes to concerts regularly and her response was, “This is my first concert,” then flashed horns to the crowd.

Both Black Label Society and Megadeth performed to the largest crowd. Many fans were there for Zakk Wylde’s band, sporting BLS vests and loving every minute of Wylde’s fretwork. Their hour-long set was long enough for the guitar aficionado to erupt into some lengthy solos. Megadeth hit the stage at 9:00 p.m. for  a 90-minute set that culled some songs from their latest album, “Super Collider,” but also went deep into their earlier material with “Peace Sells,” “Holy Wars…” and “Symphony of Destruction.”

The tour returns to the area next week with a show at The Rave in Milwaukee, tickets are still available.

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Remaining Gigantour tour dates:

July 13: Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheatre
July 14: Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre
July 16: Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
July 18: Bloomington, IL – US Cellular Coliseum
July 19: Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
July 22: Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
July 23: Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
July 25: Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral
July 26: Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
July 27: Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
July 29: Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
July 30: Everett, WA – Comcast Arena
Aug 01: West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
Aug 02: Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
Aug 04: Fargo, ND – Scheels Arena
Aug 09: Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug 11: Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

 

John Mayer opens Born & Raised tour at 2013 Summerfest

John Mayer – 2013 Born & Raised Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/6/2013

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John Mayer - 2013 Summerfest

John Mayer‘s tour opening show was the second such performance during the 2013 Summerfest season at Marcus Amphitheater, Fun. debuted their “Most Nights” tour on June 27 [full review]. Mayer’s “Born & Raised” tour is his first in a few years, taking him through North America into early October before a handful of already sold-out shows in Western Europe.

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Nelly and Tim McGraw perform at 2013 Summerfest

Tim McGraw – 2013 Two Lanes of Freedom Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/5/2013

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Tim McGraw - 2013 Summerfest

Country superstar Tim McGraw and rapper Nelly both performed in Milwaukee at Summerfest on July 5. Unfortunately, their paths did not cross as both stars headlined different stages at roughly the same start times. That put an end to rumor of a potential on-stage collaboration of Nelly’s “Over and Over.”

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Canadian bands invade Summerfest on Independence Day

Rush – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/4/2013

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Rush - 2013 Summerfest

Rush performed sans opener, playing two sets with an intermission break that went deep into their monstrous catalog. They were recently recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, an induction that was long overdue. True pioneers of progressive rock, they’ve maintained their core sound for decades and a rabid fan-base that has always followed in tow. The trio were definitely on their game Thursday night, performing well over two hours.

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Luke Bryan and friends ‘Crash’ Summerfest

Luke Bryan – 2013 “Dirt Road Diaries” Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/3/2013

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Luke Bryan - 2013 Summerfest

Luke Bryan rode his Dirt Road Diaries Tour into the Marcus Amphitheater to another sell-out. The show featured a trio of Academy of Country Music Award winners with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line opening the show. Plenty of denim and cowboy hats moved through the Summerfest grounds during the afternoon, eventually converging upon the Amphitheater around 7 p.m. Fans were treated to a spectacular light show and fantastic audio mix that spilled into the mist-filled air.

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Alice Cooper draws crowd, Pitbull gets ‘Nightmare’ at Summerfest

Alice Cooper – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/30/2013

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Alice Cooper - 2013 Summerfest

Pitbull’s performance at the Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest in Milwaukee garnered a light crowd for a weekend show on Sunday, June 30. It was a stark contrast to Saturday’s raucous atmosphere due to huge crowds for both Imagine Dragons and Jason Aldean headline performances. Alice Cooper did pack the BMO Harris Pavilion though, and the legendary shock rocker gave an entertaining set packed with classic hits.

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Tom Petty and LL Cool J bring heat to damp Summerfest

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/28/2013

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Tom Petty - 2013 Summerfest

Day three of 2013 Summerfest brought more great music despite an afternoon of rain showers on Friday, June 28. Fortunately, the precipitation ceased as temps began to dip and the various stage headliners warmed the crowd leading into the weekend. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers filled the Marcus Amphitheater while LL Cool J brought old-school hip-hop jams to the BMO Harris Pavilion. Other headliners included Switchfoot, Matt & Kim, Cake, Phil Vassar and Atmosphere.

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Fun debuts ‘Most Nights’ tour at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

fun. – 2013 Most Nights Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/27/2013

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Fun. - 2013 Summerfest

Fun. opened their 2013 ‘Most Nights’ tour at Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 27, headlining the Marcus Amphitheater. The show marked a transition from smaller clubs to major amphitheaters, many already sold out, for the outfit that took home “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Following their stellar performance at 2012 Summerfest, fans packed into the Marcus primed for the show.

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Milwaukee’s Summerfest sparks up 2013 festival season

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/26/2013

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 2013 Summerfest

Summerfest, Milwaukee’s annual festival of music, food and entertainment, erupted under sunny skies on Wednesday, June 26. A refreshing, cool breeze blowing across Lake Michigan gave relief to thousands of fans who made their yearly pilgrimage to The Big Gig. Opening day highlights included the triumphant return of Milwaukee’s Violent Femmes, The Avett Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gavin DeGraw and a monstrous fireworks display.

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Eric Church saves opening night of Country USA

Eric Church – 2013 Country USA
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
6/25/2013

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Eric Church - 2013 Country USA

Country USA in Oshkosh, Wis. opened on June 25 at Ford Festival Park after torrential showers made parking conditions hazardous. The resulting gridlock after local authorities closed off on-site parking put a damper on the festivities. The annual country jam featured headliner Eric Church, while Gloriana, Ayla Brown, Geoff Landon and Cal Stage also performed on Tuesday.

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Jewel closes out ‘Greatest Hits’ tour in Dubuque

Jewel – 2013 “Greatest Hits” Tour
Diamond Jo – Dubuque, IA
6/20/2013

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Jewel - Greatest Hits 2013 tour

Award winning singer-songwriter Jewel closed out her 2013 tour of intimate venues at Diamond Jo in Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday, June 20. Supporting her first ‘Greatest Hits’ album, she performed an acoustic set in front of a packed house with Tori Kelly opening the show.

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Rachael Yamagata’s dark charm moves Madison

Rachael Yamagata – 2013 “Heavyweight” Tour
High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
6/10/2013

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Rachael Yamagata - 2013 Heavyweight tour

Fans of Rachael Yamagata were awarded with an intimate set at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wis. on Monday, June 10. The chill vibe at one of the city’s smallest venues meshed perfectly with the candlelit setting on the stage. She is currently touring on her latest EP release, “Heavyweight,” following 2011′s “Chesapeake.”

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2013 Orion Music + More closes with a bang on Sunday

Orion Music + More Festival – Sunday
Belle Isle – Detroit, MI
7/2/2013

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2013 Orion Sunday - Metallica

The two-day Orion Music + More festival on Belle Isle in Detroit, Mich. closed with Metallica’s headline set on June 9. Having performed a surprise show the day before, fans were treated to a double dose from the seminal metal act. On a day that also featured Deftones, Gogol Bordello, Dillinger Escape Plan and Rocket from the Crypt amongst a wealth of other talent, the options widely varied.

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Orion Music + More a success in Detroit

Orion Music + More Festival
Belle Isle – Detroit, MI
7/8/2013

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Red Hot Chili Peppers - 2013 Orion Day 1

Following the success of the inaugural Orion Music + More festival last year in Atlantic City, the two-day event returned for 2013 at Belle Isle in Detroit, Mich. Hosted by Metallica, it goes beyond your dad’s music festival, hence the “+ More.” It featured four live music stages, an electronic music dance tent, a Metallica Museum and a wealth of side-show activities that relate to interests residing with each member of the band. This year’s festivities erupted on Saturday, June 8 under sunny skies.

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Black Sabbath overcome odds, deliver on ’13′

CD Review: Black Sabbath ’13′ 

Release Date: 11 June 2013

Black Sabbath '13' Album Art

Black Sabbath have been attempting to create new music with its original lineup for more than a decade. However, distractions and solo efforts always seemed to get in the way. When the creative machine started to churn again in late-2011, a number of obstacles appeared to derail their efforts as if it were destiny. Guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma, drummer Bill Ward refused to participate due to “contract disputes,” and Ozzy Osbourne had a relapse from sobriety that almost ended his marriage. Though Ward never accepted their terms–Ozzy and Iommi later offered their side of the story–the creative spark could not be quelled and “13″ was born. It officially hits the streets on June 11.

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