The Imperial is one of those bands that make people long for the days when rock music didn’t need an indie or a folk in front of it to get played on the radio. Formed in 2009, the Milwaukee-area five piece counts Muddy Waters, The Black Crowes and Jimi Hendrix among their influences, but their music stretches across genre, uniting under a fusion of clean, bluesy guitar and heavy, cohesive beats.

Watching the band live, it is easy to see how much these guys love simply playing that kind of music— powerful sets of rock that are original and yet familiar. Having already performed across Milwaukee and Chicago, the band quickly becoming known as a talent to be reckoned with.

This is rock music for rock lovers and original music for people tired of hearing cover bands play the same six songs for years on end. Many people try to form bands, but The Imperial got it right. The sound is tight, the musicians play flawless and the audience loves every second of it. What else is there? [+]