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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The average life span of a band in Milwaukee is remarkably short. It seems as if the most promising groups the city has produced during the last few years have broken up right as they appeared poised for bigger and better things. Yet one can take some consolation in the fact that the players from these fractured groups often come together to form new bands...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

Re-imagining and rebuilding Milwaukee

Traveling from Downtown to Community Warehouse’s near South Side facility is like exploring some sort of strange historical timeline: Everywhere you look, there is evidence of earlier examples of redevelopment approaches in Milwaukee. Driving through the center of the city one sees the proof of 1960s-era urban renewal in such structures as Juneau Village. Crossing the Sixth Street Viaduct, the Potawatami Bingo Casino...
Music Feature
Friday, Feb. 5, 2010
While hardcore may not be the most female-friendly genre, there is a long history of punk bands using the stage as a sort of bully pulpit to get their fans to think about such issues as domestic abuse, rape, and sexism. As a young suburban hardcore kid...
Today in Milwaukee
Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tonight @ M&I Classic Rock Stage, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

Those that stuck around for the final credits of 2008’s Pineapple Express were rewarded with a wonderful treat – a new Huey Lewis and the News song aptly titled “Pineapple Express.” Apparently, the creative team behind the film—including lead actor Seth Rogen, producer Judd Apatow and director David Gordon Green—were all huge fans of the News, and asked Lewis to lend some of his soundtrack-making mojo to the production. The resulting track...
Today in Milwaukee
Friday, July 3, 2009

Tonight @ M&I Classic Rock Stage, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been well over 30 years since Lita Ford led the seminal all-group group The Runaways. What is perhaps even more remarkable is that, after 15 years without a gig, Ford finally returned to the stage in July 2008, playing before a raucous group at Rocklahoma, in Pryor, OK. The experience seemed to re-energize Ford, as the self-proclaimed “Queen of Heavy Metal” has recently announced an extensive summer tour and...
Today in Milwaukee
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tonight @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their seminal album British Steel, the British-based heavy metal act Judas Priest has announced that they will play the record in its entirety during all shows throughout their upcoming summer tour (the album came out in 1980, so it’s only been 29 years, but I’m not going to argue with the Priest). This is good news for metal heads in Milwaukee, as British Steel still stands as one of the best albums that the genre has ever produced. There is little filler among the record’s
Local Music
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In 2003, Milwaukee-based Decapitado released their Blacked CD, a collection of ridiculously heavy (yet also surprisingly catchy) songs that instantly marked them as a band to keep a close eye on. But year after year passed, and next to nothing was heard from the band. Now, more than five years later, the group has emerged with a flurry of shows and an ambitious recording schedule. Perhaps wanting to make...
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The incomplete victory

The story of the civil rights struggle in the United States is almost always told with a Southern accent-with good reason. The region, with its history of slavery and repressive Jim Crow policies, provided the nation with the perfect backdrop for a large-scale morality play on race and rights in America. Yet Thomas J. Sugrue's Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North (Random House) cogently reminds us that racial inequality did not cease to exist at the Mason-Dixon Line, and his...

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