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Local Music
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009
One of the best things about The Lovelies’ reunion performance in February at an Atomic Records tribute concert was “looking and watching people sing along to songs that haven’t been played in almost 10 years,” recalls the band’s longtime drummer, Damian Strigens. A local alt-rock band that mirrored The Breeders...
Local Music
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
“Things are a lot different now,” Paul Kalfahs says of the Milwaukee music scene. “There are a lot more ‘garage’ bands, it seems like.” Kalfahs is guitarist/vocalist of one of those “garage” bands. His trio, flippantly dubbed Sticks N Stones, is only a few months old, but they’re already booked on bills opening for national acts like The Ponys...
Concert Reviews
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009

Sept. 30, 2009

If the ’90s were all about sludgy zone-outs, and the early ’00s about emo confessionals, the late ’00s have been devoted to sweeping and swirling multi-instrumented folk-pop as a means of emotional purging for the kids...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

Sept. 19, 2009

Different energies of past and present indie-pop brushed shoulders at Mad Planet last Saturday. Indiana’s slowcore Early Day Miners eased into the evening with their heartfelt early-decade reminiscences, which contrasted with lively locals Decibully, who closed out the evening with their intimately instrumented and energetic pop.
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July 24, 2009

­Friday night's planned album-release show for Kings Go Forth at Turner Hall Ballroom had that extra oomph of celebration when the band officially revealed news of its signing to a three-record deal with the world music label Luaka Bop. Though the...
Local Music
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The Sugar Stems aren't out to fool anyone with their name: Their music is undeniably sweet and carefree. If the Candy Land images on their MySpace page weren't clue enough, hearing the band live sends out intermittent buzzes of pop endorphins-the first, pleasant stages of a heady sugar buzz. Vocalist/guitarist Betsy Borst and harmonizing guitarist Drew Fredrichsen create a charismatic live performance that recalls the energy of pop...
Local Music
Monday, June 22, 2009
"It was like hooking up with an ex-girlfriend; it was like, 'Why did we break up?'" Nicholas Stuart reflects on that one, chance occurrence after a major breakup. This particular occurrence? An impromptu practice. The major breakup? His roots-rock band, The Wildbirds. After calling it quits following a tough time on the road, a musical rendezvous with former band mate Hugh Masterson was clearly the right...

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