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FM 102/1's Big Snow Show 9 (Night One): Eagles Ballroom - Dec 2

FM 102/1's Big Snow Show 9 (Night Two): Eagles Ballroom - Dec 16

FM 102/1 Big Snow Show Hangover with BANKS : The Rave - Dec 18

Wilco : Riverside Theater - Dec 3

Blue October : The Rave - Dec 11

Chevelle : The Rave - Dec 20

Jim Gaffigan : Pabst Theater - Dec 29-31

Local H : Shank Hall - Dec 30

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Weezer - Da Vinci
Updated: Nov 24, 2014 -- 10:30am

It was four years since Weezer released a new album. Between Hurley and Everything Will Be Alright In The End, the band appeared on a couple soundtracks but nothing close to a full length album. If “Back To The Shack” was a promise of a return to form for Weezer, then Da Vinci makes good on that promise. What made albums like Blue Album and Pinkerton so good were the simple chord progressions combined with lyrics of love, loss and angst.

It takes a nerdy, intellectual mind, the likes of Rivers Cuomo, to pull off the references he makes in songs. There aren’t many bands out there that can reference Da Vinci, Stephen Hawking and Rosetta Stone. It is really great to see Weezer return to form, and return to writing simplistic heartfelt rock songs. “Da Vinci” is a great example of this off of Everything Will Be Alright In The End.

-- Mark Mileager

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BSS6: The Leap Heard Round The World
Updated: Nov 22, 2014 -- 10:23am

When you mention Big Snow Show 6, there is one story that comes to mind. It is easily the most talked about story in all eight Big Snow Shows. It involves friends of the station, Cage The Elephant. Over the years they have played the FM102/1 stage at Summerfest several years in a row, so naturally it was time to get them to headline Big Snow Show. Sleeper Agent and The Joy Formidable were on the bill also, so it was a night of high energy and there was no doubt Cage The Elephant was going to finish off strong, we just didn’t know how strong.

Just to get some context, they were touring in support of their second album Thank You Happy Birthday. So the songs “Aberdeen”, “Shake Me Down”, and “Around My Head” were very well received. The entire set was high energy and a great mix of the two albums out at the time, their self-titled debut and Thank You Happy Birthday. The main set finishes up and Cage The Elephant leaves the stage for their encore. They break in to Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked. During this song the intensity hits its peak. Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked wraps up, and the final song of the night is a Pavement cover called “False Skorpion”. At the end of the song, singer Matt Shultz jumps in to the crowd and begins to crowd surf. He motions to the side of the stage and the crowd passes him that way. When he is right under the balcony he stands up, and grabs for the railing on the balcony. He hoists himself up, and in about ten seconds is perched facing the crowd. At this point there is no question what Shultz is about to do. Only a few seconds go pass and Shultz takes the leap, and lands on the crowd. The Rave goes crazy. I have been to sold out shows before but this was the loudest I’ve ever heard the room. The electricity in the room was unbelievable.

Cage The Elephant are masters of destroying a stage. I’ve seen Shultz go in to the crowd before but nothing like this. After this of course we needed to have them back! Hopefully you got your tickets for night 1 before they sold out. Who knows what Shultz and crew are going to do as the headliners of The Eagles Ballroom, but one thing is for sure. It is going to be awesome. As I mentioned before, tickets are gone, but FM102/1 has a few pairs left. Keep listening to check out where you can find them.

-- Mark Mileager

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