Daily Agenda: Sept. 26-27
Kings Of Leon, Built To Spill, and PBR Fest highlight the weekend
Are there way more Kings Of Leon fans in Milwaukee than The A.V. Club assumes there are? Because it seems strange to us that the hunky southern rock band is booked Saturday for a show at the Bradley Center, by far the city’s biggest room for live music. The band last played Milwaukee in November 2008 at The Rave/Eagles Ballroom, which holds about a fourth of what the Bradley Center can pack in. Perhaps KOL are opening for a re-formed, unannounced Led Zeppelin? Or is that “Sex On Fire” song much more popular than we realized? (There isn’t a Chicago date on the fall tour, so the band could be counting on invaders from the south.) Whatever the case, you probably won’t have to worry about finding a ticket.
Kings Of Leon are a perfect example of what we thought was a passé cliché: A band that actually gets more popular as its music becomes increasingly mediocre. Built To Spill has never approached arena headliner status, but at least it has never written a song about pyromaniac sex fiends. The band comes Sunday to Turner Hall ahead of its new album There Is No Enemy, due out Oct. 6. We posted the band’s new song “Hindsight” a few weeks ago and we thought … it was pretty good. Since BTS is one of a small handful of bands we actually want to jam out past the 8-minute mark, the compact poppiness of “Hindsight” is a slight letdown. Would it kill you guys to insert a noodling guitar solo or two, guys?
Perhaps no Milwaukee band has made a more unexpected or unsettling record in recent years than The Scarring Party’s 2006 debut, A Concise Introduction. Focusing on zombies and vigilante justice in a barren land on the verge of apocalypse, it’s a collection of weird, old American folk songs played with guitars, tuba, and a typewriter, among other instruments. The Scarring Party mines similar territory on 2008’s Come Away From The Light, only this time the execution is more polished and the songs aren’t quite as off-putting. Somehow, The Scarring Party's strange formula has made it one of Milwaukee's more popular indie bands. Here it heads up a lineup of local acts for the second annual Pabst Blue Ribbon Street Festival.