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Music Feature
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Few pop-music terms inspire more eyes to roll than “supergroup.” Defined as a band whose lineup consists of members from other notable acts, the word itself seems to ooze contrivance and ego in a way that makes it challenging for the music to live up to the hype generated by disparate famous people sharing the same stage. Too often the albums released by these groups...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Demolicion! The Complete Recordings (Phantom)

We tend to think of garage rock as the product of exchange between the U.S. and the U.K., going from early rock to The Yardbirds’ electric blues and back to The Count Five and the Nuggets groups. But while the genre’s roots may lie in the English-speaking world, its influence reverberated far beyond...
Album Reviews
Monday, May 10, 2010

Revenue Retrievin’ (Heavy on the Grind/EMI)

E-40 is nothing if not prolific. With 30 years in the game and a dozen albums and EPs (as well as a slew of singles and group efforts) under his belt, you would think the Bay Area rap icon would show some signs of slowing down. But then he goes and releases Revenue Retrievin’, a massive 38-song statement that spans...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 23, 2010

According to the complicated (and rather silly) mythology surrounding Captured! By Robots, Jay Vance, former bassist for ska groups Skankin’ Pickle and Blue Meanies, was merely looking for someone, or something, to jam with when he built his robot backing band. But as robots so often do...
Concert Reviews
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010

Feb. 16, 2010

You’ve got to admire the aura The Residents have created for themselves. Through tight-lipped secrecy and obfuscating layers of mythology and misinformation surrounding the band’s roots and personnel, The Residents occupy a position ...
Off the Cuff
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
As southeastern Wisconsin’s premier professional children’s choir, Milwaukee Children’s Choir (MCC) offers kids from across the metropolitan area an opportunity to join in the fun of choral singing and learn some valuable life skills as well. Carol Storck, who took over as artistic director...