Foo Fighters will play Milwaukee’s American Family Insurance Amphitheater

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Foo Fighters will play the Summerfest grounds’ newly remodeled American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 30, the venue announced today. Unless a show is announced before then, that would make the group the first act to play the amphitheater since the renovations were completed during the pandemic.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 4 at 10 a.m., with a presale taking place Thursday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with code MIDNIGHT. But Radio Milwaukee has a chance for you to score them earlier. Dori Zori will be giving away tickets every morning during her show through Friday.

Foo Fighters | Photo credit: Danny Clinch

Foo Fighters’ tenth album, “Medicine at Midnight,” was released this February.

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Modest Mouse announce Milwaukee show, share new single

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Modest Mouse are returning to Milwaukee. The band will play the Riverside Theater on Saturday, Aug. 21, they announced as part of an extensive U.S. tour that also includes performances at Lollapalooza and at Austin City Limits.

Tickets for the Riverside Theater date go on sale Wednesday, May 26.

Modest Mouse | courtesy photo

The show announcements come as the band is ramping up the campaign behind their upcoming seventh album, “The Golden Casket,” due June 25 on Epic Records. The band had already released one single from that record, “We Are Between,” and today they shared a second, “Leave a Light On.”

Stream it below.

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The Lumineers share a live release recorded in Milwaukee

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If you caught The Lumineers’ concert at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum last March, there’s a good chance it was the last concert you saw for a while. It was the band’s last concert for a while, too. The group’s March 11 date in Milwaukee was their final show before Covid-19 shut down their tour and live music in general.

It’ll still be a while before the band returns to the road (they’re set to resume touring in 2022), but in the meantime the band has shared today a new EP called “Live from the Last Night of Tour” recorded during that Milwaukee show.

Jeremiah Fraites The Lumineers | Courtesy photo

You can stream it below.

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Pitchfork Music Festival announces 2021 lineup, with St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers and Erykah Badu

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Pitchfork Music Festival will return this fall. The festival announced that it will celebrate its 15th anniversary year Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12 at Chicago’s Union Park.

The lineup is one of its strongest ever. Along with headliners Erykah Badu, St. Vincent and Phoebe Bridgers, the bill features Big Thief, Angel Olsen, Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, Yaeji, Dogleg, Danny Brown, Waxahatchee, Cat Power, Jay Electronica, Oso Oso, Ty Segall & Freedom Band, Jamila Woods, Caroline Polachek, Yves Tumor and the first Fiery Furnaces show in more than a decade.

Check out the complete lineup below.

Friday, September 10

Phoebe Bridgers
Big Thief
Animal Collective
The Fiery Furnaces
Yaeji
black midi
Hop Along
Kelly Lee Owens
Ela Minus
DEHD
The Soft Pink Truth
DJ Nate
Dogleg
Armand Hammer

Saturday, September 11

St. Vincent
Angel Olsen
Kim Gordon
Ty Segall & Freedom Band
Waxahatchee
Jay Electronica
Jamila Woods
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Faye Webster
Amaarae
Maxo Kream
Divino Niño
Bartees Strange
Horsegirl

Sunday, September 12

Erykah Badu
Flying Lotus
Thundercat
Danny Brown
Cat Power
Andy Shauf
Caroline Polachek
Yves Tumor
The Weather Station
Mariah the Scientist
oso oso
KeiyaA
Special Interest
Cassandra Jenkins

Three-day passes are $195 and single-day passes are $90. “If the festival is postponed or rescheduled due to COVID-19, ticket buyers can keep their passes for the new dates or request a refund,” according to organizers.

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Wisconsin State Fair plans to return this August

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After a year off last year amid the pandemic, Wisconsin State Fair announced today that plans to return this summer, confirming a Aug. 5-15 run at State Fair Park. 

“In January, the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board approved a goal to have a fair this August and we are pleased to confirm we are well on our way to meeting that goal,” said Wisconsin State Fair Park’s board chairman John Yingling wrote in a release.

Wisconsin state fair food
Courtesy Wisconsin State Fair

“We are happy to confirm there are WonderFair days ahead and are excited to safely gather to celebrate everything we are so proud of in Wisconsin,” Wisconsin State Fair Park CEO Kathleen O’Leary added in the release.

The festival already has five Main Stage concerts confirmed, all rollovers from last year’s canceled dates: Skillet (Aug.5), Chris Young (Aug. 6), Brothers Osborne (Aug. 11), Boyz II Men (Aug. 13) and the Beach Boys (Aug. 14). Tickets for this shows are now on sale at wistatefair.com.

More concerts will be announced soon, according to the event.

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Lucy Dacus announces new song ‘Hot & Heavy,’ new album ‘Home Video’ and a tour

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This morning we aired the world premiere of Lucy Dacus’ new song “Hot & Heavy,” which is officially out now. As part of the premiere, Lucy recorded some thoughts on her new song.

“‘Hot & Heavy’ is a song that I thought I was writing about an old friend, but by the time I finished I realized that it was just about me & about growing into someone I didn’t expect to be & how, when I was a teen i thought I would be a certain person & now I’m much different from that idea of who I might be & how that sort of feels like a betrayal & it’s also kind of embarrassing to think about how an old version of me might not approve of who I am now. I’m also a big journal-er so I have a pretty big memory bank of things that happened and I connect those memories to places pretty heavily. So the song is a lot about going back to places from my childhood and feeling like less of a real version of myself in the present day. Like the past version of me holds more weight than who I am today, which is a very disorienting feeling.”

The song will be on her new album “Home Video,” which will be out on June 25 via Matador. “Home Video” was built on Dacus’ interrogation of her coming-of-age years in Richmond, Va. Many of the songs start the way a memoir might, and all of them have the compassion, humor and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. These songs capture that specific moment in time growing up where emotions and relationships start becoming more complex. They capture the joys, the excitement, the confusion, and even the heartbreak of going through the process of discovering who you are and where people fit in your life and where you fit in theirs. Most importantly and mysteriously, this album displays Dacus’s ability to use the personal as portal into the universal.

Hone Video cover artwork

Lucy Dacus has also announced a tour.

Home Video Tour:
(on sale Fri. April 16 @ 10am local time)
Fri. Sept. 10 – Richmond, VA @ The National
(Julien Baker Headline/Lucy Support, + special guests)
Sat. Sept. 11 – Richmond, VA @ The National
(Lucy Headline/Julien Baker Support, + special guests)
Mon. Sept. 13 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom %
Tue. Sept. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West %
Wed. Sept. 15 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl %
Fri. Sept. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Trees %
Sat. Sept. 18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall- Downstairs %
Sun. Sept. 19 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn %
Mon. Sept. 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger %
Wed. Sept. 22 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole %
Fri. Sept. 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel %
Sat. Sept. 25 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC %
Mon. Sept. 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore %
Thu. Sept. 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre $
Fri. Oct. 1 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom $
Sat. Oct. 2 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre $
Tue. Oct. 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge $
Fri. Oct. 8 – Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre $
Sat. Oct. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue $
Mon. Oct. 11 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre $
Tue. Oct. 12 – Columbus , OH @ Newport Music Hall $
Thu. Oct. 14 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House $
Fri. Oct. 15 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral $
Sat. Oct. 16 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues $
Mon. Oct. 18 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground $
Wed. Oct. 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
Fri. Oct. 22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club $
Mon. Oct. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

% = w/ Bachelor
$ = w/ Bartees Strange
^ = w/ Shamir

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DMX rose from a difficult upbringing to multi-platinum success

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Earl Simmons, better known as the rapper DMX, has died. According to a statement from his family, he died today at White Plains Hospital after being on life support for the past few days.

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time,” said the statement. He was 50 years old.

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DMX had a signature rasp to his voice. He delivered his lines with a desperate aggression that propelled his debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot to multi-platinum level sales. He followed that up with a string of chart-topping albums that included songs like “Party Up (Up In Here).” His rise in music also gave way to acting, in movies such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, and Cradle 2 the Grave.

DMX was born Earl Simmons in Mount Vernon, NY in 1970. He told the podcast People’s Party with Talib Kweli that as a child he suffered from asthma that would keep him awake at night. In his 2003 autobiography, E.A.R.L: The Autobiography of DMX, he wrote that he was abused and neglected by his young mother. He ended up living in a children’s home. When he was 14, he told Kweli a mentor of his tricked him into smoking crack. He struggled with drug addiction for the rest of his life.

In It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, DMX reflected on his past: the robberies he committed and violence he enacted. It also introduced the world to his love of dogs, repeatedly using dog imagery and sometimes literally barking ad-libs. Later in his autobiography he would write about being a teenager and care of stray dogs, tending to them as a way of coping with his troubled home life.

Shortly after his debut, he began acting in movies. In 1998 he and Nas co-starred in the crime movie Belly, where DMX played a young criminal on the rise. But as DMX’s fame grew, so did his addictions. When he appeared on the reality TV show Iyanla Fix My Life, he said that whatever problems he had with drugs before, “it was nothing like it was when I got money.” He was also arrested multiple times for drug possession, animal cruelty, and tax fraud.

DMX was a devout Christian, and would end his live sets with a prayer. In a 2019 interview with GQ, he talked about being so overwhelmed after shows, he’d need a private moment of his own to pray. “I just take a minute for myself and just, I thank Him, I praise Him. And I’m like, ‘Thank you, thank you.’ I’m like, ‘Who am I to deserve this?’ We all bleed the same blood.”

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Roger Waters will play Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum in 2022

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Like all tours last year, Roger Waters’ “This is Not a Drill” tour was scrapped due to the pandemic, along with a planned date at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum last August. But now the 77-year-old Pink Floyd veteran has announced makeup dates, along with a scheduled return to Milwaukee.

As part of his 36-date tour, Waters will play Fiserv Forum on July 28, 2022.

Roger Waters | Courtesy of the artist

“Challenging and thought-provoking, the tour continues Waters’ message of Love and will be, for the first time, In The Round,” according to a press release.

In an updated statement, Rogers adds that “This Is Not A Drill is a ground breaking new rock and roll/cinematic extravaganza, performed in the round, it is a stunning indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive, and a call to action to LOVE, PROTECT and SHARE our precious and precarious planet home. The show includes a dozen great songs from PINK FLOYD’S GOLDEN ERA alongside several new ones, words and music, same writer, same heart, same soul, same man. Could be his last hurrah. Wow! My first farewell tour! Don’t miss it.”

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Khalid becomes second headliner to cancel on Summerfest 2021

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Summerfest is still moving ahead with plans for a September return — and by all reports its organizers are optimistic it will happen — but it remains to be seen what the festival’s lineup will look like.

Today pop and R&B singer Khalid became the second headliner to cancel on the event. He’d originally been scheduled to perform at Summerfest’s American Family Insurance Amphitheater in 2020, then to play a rescheduled date on June 24, 2021. But now organizers say he’s unavailable for Summerfest’s new September dates.  “We hope to see him next year,” Summerfest wrote in a statement.

Refunds for ticketholders are available at the point of purchase. 

Khalid
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In January, pop singer Halsey canceled her summer tour, which had been set to include a Summerfest stop. It remains to be seen which, and how many, of the headliners Summerfest had booked for its American Family Insurance Amphitheater will be able to play the new September dates.

Summerfest is planning on its 2021 festival taking place over three consecutive weekends (Thursdays-Saturdays) Sept. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18, 2021. The festival says more information about the lineup will be announced “in the weeks to come.”

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Bully will play the Back Room at Colectivo in August

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As vaccines offer an end in sight to the Covid-19 pandemic, bands and musicians have gradually begun announcing tours again. Bully is the latest to join them. Today the indie-rocker announced a tour that includes a stop at Milwaukee’s Back Room at Colectivo on Monday, Aug. 30.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 9, at noon, with a pre-sale the day before.

Bully | Courtesy photo

Last year Bully released her excellent latest album “SUGAREGG.”

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