• Anthrax/Testament: The Rave, 11/19

    Posted 11/25/2011 by cal

    It’s not hard to understand why thrash keeps getting “revived”: the best of it, i.e. Testament and Anthrax, doesn’t get old. The problem is that most revival acts are actually a cut below tribute bands--dumbed-down imitations of the real thing but without the killer songs. While the template remains vibrant as ever, it has been done to perfection with little room for evolution. Or, if there is room, nobody’s figured out yet how to make it happen (The Black Album doesn’t count). So the best you’re going to get in a live thrash show happened at the Rave last Saturday, unfortunately.

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  • Stoned Tepid Pile of Shit

    Posted 04/15/2010 by cal

    What did I expect, right? Once again, I was suckered into forking over greenbacks to the worst venue in the United States. Go figure: the night before the ill-fated Eagles Ballroom show, Weiland stumbles right off the stage in Iowa and breaks his heel. That's one way for a junkie to get his hands on some drugs. Just conjecture, but whether he was hopped up on painkillers or not, the dude was hammered. I can't be certain he was entirely to blame for the multitude of mistakes, but despite some really great moments, the whole experience left a sour taste in my mouth, and it wasn't just the eight-dollar MGDs.

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  • The Oddity Faire: A Completely Insufficient Review

    Posted 03/28/2009 by cal

    As Les Claypool’s traveling mini-fest tumbled through the Rave on March 20th, I faithfully stumbled in again, even though I keep wishing he’d pick a different venue. For a few different reasons, this event did not get all the attention it deserved from me, but I feel it is my duty to at least give the best recap I am able to.

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  • Xavier Rudd: The Rave, 9-22-08

    Posted 10/19/2008 by cal

    Xavier Rudd has managed in a very short time to develop a loyal following in Milwaukee. Dating back to his triumphant debut last July at the Rave, college youths, music junkies, 88.9 listeners, and others have warmed up to the sweet rhythms and cool, peaceful vibes this Australian multi-instrumentalist continues to cook up. Supported by Nashville-based folk songwriter Griffin House, the tour breezed into Milwaukee on a Monday night in September.

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  • Black Angels Quickie @ The Rave 10/24/2007

    Posted 10/28/2007 by youphoric

    A quick set with the impressive Black Angels and special thanks to Rush-Mor Records in Milwaukee...

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  • Porcupine Tree: The Rave, 6-2-07

    Posted 08/04/2007 by cal

    Since its inception in the very late sixties, prog-rock has gotten a bad name from music critics, who call it self-indulgent, adolescent escapism with alarming consistency. Now that Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson has gotten used to the prog tag, he apparently felt free to create that ultimate art-rock cliché: the concept album.

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  • Mute Math: The Rave Bar, 4-3-07

    Posted 04/22/2007 by cal

    Since the release of its excellent debut album last year, New Orleans' Mute Math has been touring relentlessly across the country, the best method of self-promotion without risking a payola scandal.

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