Music roundup for Sept. 12, 2013

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Kareesa Wilson, Special to the Gazette
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Rides at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, The Pabst Theater,
144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Tickets: $49.50-$75. Call 414-286-3663.

New super group The Rides features the all-star lineup of Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg. The equivalent of garage bands for successful recording artists, super groups allow stars to unwind and play different kinds of music with other artists. The Rides are no different.

Stills is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash and Buffalo Springfield. The 68-year-old musician and singer is also a successful solo artist and is considered one of rock's best guitarists.

Shepherd, 36, is a Louisiana blues musician. His expertise as a songwriter and guitarist adds youth to the group.

The 71-year-old Goldberg brings authentic blues to the table. He honed his skills with Muddy Waters and other musical icons who played in his native Chicago.

The three men offer a staggering wealth of musicianship and entertainment. The Rides recently released their debut album, “Can't Get Enough.” A follow-up album is already planned for next year.

Panic! at the Disco at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, The Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $24-$94. Call 414-342-7283.

Don't panic: These guys know what they're doing. Rock and punk collide in this fun and irreverent group.

Straight out of Las Vegas, Panic is a young band for hipsters. The group's pulsing anthems and electric vocals propelled its 2005 debut album, “A Fever You Can't Sweat Out,” to double-platinum sales. The record featured the hit song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Unfortunately, a follow-up album—“Pretty. Odd.”—was just that and a commercial failure.

Panic's 2011 record, “Vices and Virtues,” got the group back on track, and a highly anticipated fourth album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die,” is due the first week of October.

Eight years of recording and touring has given these guys—Spencer Smith, Brendon Urie and Dallon Weekers—a more polished sound. The band started by teenagers is maturing well. Could be that the best is yet to come.

The Wood Brothers at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. Tickets: $18-$20. Call 608-255-0901.

The Wood Brothers make fantastic blues music.

Brothers Chris and Oliver Wood fell in love with the blues began as children. As young adults, the two went their separate ways. Oliver started R&B group King Johnson, while Chris studied jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music, moved to New York and started the contemporary jazz group Medeski Martin & Wood.

Their musical paths crossed again as adults, and the rest is history. They usually perform with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix.

The brothers' 2006 debut, “Ways Not to Lose,” was released by Blue Note Records. NPR recognized the album as one of the best “overlooked” recordings of that year. The brothers' fifth album is due out next month.

John Eddie at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison. Tickets: $15. Call 608-268-1122.

John Eddie is a folk singer and gifted songwriter.

The 54-year-old Virginian started playing New Jersey clubs in the 1970s and eventually signed with Columbia Records. His 1986 debut album included the hit song “Jungle Boy.”

Eddie continued to record in the 1990s but failed to make a significant wave. Still, his songwriting capabilities eventually put him on the map. Rock/hip-hop artist Kid Rock has recorded several Eddie songs, including “Lowlife” and “Happy New Year.” Earlier this year country music star Brantley Gilbert had a hit with Eddie's song “More Than Miles.”

Another Eddie song, “The Man I Am,” was included in the soundtrack for the movie “At Any Price.”

Eddie currently writes and records for independent labels and continues to tour extensively.

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