Tonight @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest, 10 p.m.
Yet the most apparent constant throughout the band's six studio albums remains the lyrical prowess of Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath. Now over 30, McIlrath still is able to conjure up the youthful essence of punk rock in a direct and deeply personal way. “Don't you remember when you were young,” McIlrath sings on “Architects,” the leadoff track of Endgame, “and you wanted to set the world on fire? Somewhere deep down, I know you do.” McIlrath delivers these lines with so much sincerity that it becomes nearly impossible to doubt his commitment to the life-altering potential of punk rock. The sound may change, but the spirit remains the same. (Michael Carriere)