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251. Summer shows I'm psyched to see
I'm not sure if summer is really concert season anymore, but each year, it certainly seems like my favorite shows fall when it's hot, hot, hot. This summer, I'm looking forward to a several.
252. They Might Be Giants impress in a big way
Over the past 30 plus years, They Might Be Giants has consistently entertained with their catchy melodies and quirky lyrics. On Friday night at Turner Hall Ballroom, their strong command of their catalog was greatly appreciated by an adoring audience.
253. She & Him coming to The Riverside
She & Him - or Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward - are coming to The Riverside on June 28.
254. Bloc Party gets out of control
At the end of a 2007 performance, Bloc Party vowed that it would return to Milwaukee. On Wednesday night at The Pabst, the British band delivered on that promise but also came off a little too rehearsed at times.
255. Inspired by Aimee Mann, Ben Smith salutes The Bronze Fonz
More melodious love for the Bronze Fonz has arrived from afar. Yesterday, West Chester, Pa.-based singer and songwriter Ben Smith wrote to share one of his tunes with us. It's one that pays homage to the Bronze Fonz, says Smith.
256. Italian prog rockers appear tomorrow night in Milwaukee
If one were to imagine a location for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a legendary Italian progressive rock band in an extremely intimate setting, I doubt that Superior Street in Bay View would make the list. But Friday night brings the Italian Progressive Rock band Il Castello di Atlante to that very venue.
257. New Eric & Magill song debuts
Milwaukee's Eric & Magill, who released an EP called "Two Travelers" in February, will follow it up with a second full-length record this summer. Ryan Weber and Eric Osterman release "Night Singers" on July 23. You can hear the song, "Baggage and Clothes" now.
258. Enemy Star goes supernova
Local hard rock outfit Enemy Star has called it quits, according to guitarist and founder Paris Ortiz, who wrote in today to say the band will play two final gigs this weekend, including one at Club Anything with a special surprise guest.
259. Ten minutes with Il Divo singer Sebastien Izambard
Of all the artists to sing in the proverbial house that Bocelli built, Il Divo has probably made the biggest splash. Tonight, they bring their latest tour, "The Best of Il Divo," to the Riverside Theater. chatted with French singer Sebastien Izambard about the tour, his favorite music and how he keeps his kids grounded despite his worldwide fame.
260. Does the waltz die with George Jones?
Rest in peace, George. You've got wings now, but you always sang like an angel, anyway.
261. Hogan again proves herself as a Wisconsin gem
Kelly Hogan is one of the busiest working musicians around and on Sunday night, she reminded the Pabst Pub audience of why she is so in-demand with a marvelous performance that showcased all of her talents.
262. Les lives on with new Les Paul Artist Advisory Board
This week, the Waukesha County Museum announced the creation of the Les Paul Experience Artist Advisory Board.
263. Blake Shelton performing in Milwaukee
Blake Shelton is coming to Milwaukee. The 2012 CMA Entertainer of the Year and member of NBS's hit show "The Voice" will be performing at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Sept. 13, 2013 with special guests Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer.
264. 15 big ones from 1976
As Record Store Day and its accompanying vinyl avalanche nears, and as talk has turned to McCartney concerts and a reissue of "Wings Over America," I've found myself transported to the dawn of my vinyl obsession.
265. McCartney plays Miller Park on July 16
Today, Live Nation and the Milwaukee Brewers announced the date of the upcoming Paul McCartney concert at Miller Park.
266. Another look at the Avant Garde Coffee House show
Despite the fact that we had Dan Ball - a member of the legendary Velvet Whip - write about the new Avant Garde Coffee House show at UWM's Inova Gallery in the Kenilworth Building, 2155 N. Prospect Ave., I stopped in last week to get a tour from organizer John Stropes.
267. Cory Chisel, Field Report, Alex Wilson and more win big at WAMIs
The 33rd annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards were held last night at Turner Hall Ballroom, honoring this year's top musicians and industry notables in the state. See the winners here.
268. My guess for the date of the McCartney gig at Miller Park
As more Paul McCartney dates are announced it becomes (theoretically) easier to predict when his Miller Park concert - expected to be made public in a Monday morning announcement - will take place.
269. Paul McCartney to play Miller Park
Paul McCartney will return to Milwaukee after nearly a decade to play Miller Park sometime this summer.
270. Expect brutal honesty from Blue October's frontman
Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld is on tour promoting his book of lyrics and writings called "Crazy Making." The book explains what's behind many of Blue October's songs. He also has a Q&A session during the show allowing fans to ask him anything they want.
271. Record Store Day means deals, giveaways at Exclusive Co.
Lovers of vinyl will have the chance to celebrate the sixth annual Record Store Day on April 20 at The Exclusive Company.
272. May 2 Foster Fest fetes two years of Hotel Foster
Milwaukee will get the chance to celebrate Hotel Foster's second birthday with Foster Fest 2013, a four-day musical festival beginning on May 2.
273. Five questions for Chasing Mars
Good things are happening for Chicago-based electro rock/synth pop band Chasing Mars. Their sound is reaching a whole new audience with the release of their self-produced album, and they're embarking on their first big tour with a stop in Milwaukee on Sunday, March 24.
274. WAMI announces Hall of Fame inductees
The 2013 inductees into the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Hall of Fame have been announced.
275. Homophobic Shocked still scheduled to play Madison
After singer Michelle Shocked went on an anti-gay ramble during a show in San Francisco of all places on Sunday, every venue canceled her tour dates - including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The Harmony Bar & Grill in Madison is the only venue that has not canceled on Shock.