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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...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 9, 2009

Much has been made about Alejandro Escovedo's battle with hepatitis C and how the disease almost took his life in 2003. In fact, it seems that the singer-songwriter's bout with illness often threatens to overshadow his work, as fans and music critics alike seem intent on viewing his body of work through the spectrum of sickness. It is quite difficult to argue with such...
Album Reviews
Monday, March 23, 2009

Vicious Circle (Secretly Canadian)

Originally released in 1982, the Zero Boys' Vicious Circle is one of the best punk-rock records you've never heard. The Zero Boys didn't have much going in their favor in the early '80s: They were from Indianapolis (not exactly a hotbed of early punk activity) and sounded little like contemporaries such as Black Flag or Dead Kennedys. Instead, the Zero Boys-behind the blazing guitar work of Terry Hollywood-embraced...
Concert Reviews
Monday, March 23, 2009

March 19, 2009

There is something timeless about a D.I.Y. punk show. As the world seemingly falls apart all around us, I take some comfort in the fact that kids are still wearing studded leather jackets and Minor Threat T-shirts, turning out to support touring hardcore punk bands and wearing their musical influences on their sleeves. In many ways, the time...
Local Music
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

Hardcore’s greats reborn at the Cactus Club

Being something of a perpetual adolescent, I remain a fan of both Halloween and hardcore punk. To me, the holiday and the musical genre are emblematic of unfettered youth, of the appeal of danger and of letting your guard down and fully enjoying the moment. They are also both things that many older people still just do not seem to "get" (and often actively campaign against)-a reality that, 20 years removed from my teenage years, rekindles my love of rebelliousness and disregard for authority. The folks at Sky High Skateboard Shop also seem to note the potential...

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