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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Alan Palomo’s cell phone doesn’t seem to work. His voice fades in and out and disappears in cell phone static and T-Mobile reverb. There are beeps and clicks and oddly digitized sounds. Based on sheer technological prowess, this shouldn’t happen. Palomo plays electro-pop. His electronics should work. This is a man who has just purchased a Theremin, nature’s most complicated musical instrument, with money...
Music Feature
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Matt Pond PA is no longer from PA, though after 12 years as a band, not much else has changed. And even that hasn’t changed much. Pond relocated his band from Philadelphia to Brooklyn seven years ago, so they’ve technically been Matt Pond NY for more than half their existence. But if you have a good thing going, why change it?
Music Feature
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009
No one is entirely sure of the number of albums released by Jay Reatard and his bands. His record company says it's more than 90. Wikipedia places it somewhere around 60. Reatard isn't certain of the exact number, but says that Wikipedia's discography has some...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
It’s easy to play a song imperfectly. Bands do that all the time, for lack of skill, for irony, or for utter lack of caring. Andrew Bird wants very much for the music in his live shows to be imperfect. He says that his live shows are perilous, on the brink of collapse. But “brink of collapse” better describes all those other, imperfect musicians...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
They were the coke-snorting, trust-fund abusing, bastard grandkids of The Beatles—true libertines, influenced by The Libertines, with substance-driven frantic energy, skirt-chasing confidence and the too-cool-for-the-room sneer of disaffected youth. When NME named the Arctic Monkeys’ debut “the fifth greatest British album of all time,” the average age of the band members was 20...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
It's been nearly a decade, but the Psychedelic Furs still have that new reunion smell. After a nine-year hiatus that ate up much of the 1990s, the band reunited in 2000, but only in a touring capacity, and their perennially announced but never-quite-recorded new album remains up in the air. The only thing that ties the British post-punk legends to the present is as a reference...
Today in Milwaukee
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 6 p.m.

More or less a Jonas Sister, Demi Lovato co-wrote her album with the The Jonas Brothers, appeared in their movies Camp Rock and Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience and signed a contract on the same Disney letter-head. Then why does she sound so much better? She certainly plays the same family-friendly, bubblegum power pop, targeted to the same tween market. But, perhaps as a result of her slightly punkier packaging...
Today in Milwaukee
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tonight @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

The Shiny Toy Guns are a band of revisionists. In the past five years they have released four albums: three versions of their debut, We Are Pilots (released, re-recorded, re-released, re-recorded, and re-released again) and one version of last year’s Season of Poison. It’s a testament to the braveness of the hard-rocking electro-clash outfit that they would play their new material so many drafts away from being finished.
Today in Milwaukee
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tonight @ M&I Classic Rock Stage, Summerfest, 9:30 p.m.

Joan Jett loves rock 'n' roll-a fact made abundantly clear by her 1982 hit single "I Love Rock 'n Roll." And don't get her started about her bad reputation! A virtuoso of the three-chord rock song, Jett set the prototype for the riot grrl movement of the 1990s (and the teenyboppers covering Joan Jett movement of the 2000s; see: Spears, Brittney...

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