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Readers Blog: OnMilwaukee.com Intern Team: Alice Waraxa

Cage the Elephant, Florence and the Machine and THE BLACK KEYS

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I went to Summerfest with the fiancé on Wednesday to see the Black Keys play the Amphitheater. 

Cage the Elephant surprised me with a harder more punk sound than what they had recorded for their CD. I was excited since I was a bit of a punk fanatic in high school and I think any song about anarchy should sound a little punk.

Florence and the Machine were pretty good as well. The acoustics really made her style of singing and lyrics a little lost in the Amphitheater. I thought she put on a good show twirling and running about in a red sheer cape dress. 

The Black Keys were awesome. I love the blues, especially old man blues like my father. Many of their new songs are more bluesy that their previous album. The Black Keys are a two-piece band with a huge blues sound and even later brought out a few friends to make the already complete sound all the more heavy. My favorite song was "My Next Girl." They even brought out a HUGE disco ball.

Overall I was very pleased with the bands that played Wednesday night at the Amphitheater; I was just not impressed with the sound quality. It is hard to control the sound in such a large place made of concrete. Mind you I am a self-proclaimed music snob, so I always have a sound quality comment because for me this is a large portion of my enjoyment of the musical arts.

CHECK IT: THE BLACK KEYS are two-thumbs-up blues from Ohio and if anyone is interested in a bluesy local band try the Ragadors. They have a similar sound.

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