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Album Reviews
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

The Prosecutors (Splunge Communications)

 Before moving to Atlanta, Kevn Kinney fronted the Prosecutors with bassist Doug Lavalliere and the help of various drummers, including local legend James “Tess” Tessier. This CD collects the band’s lone three-song 45, a demo and a loose, after-hours take on “Are You Lonesome Tonight.” The real crackerjack
Off the Cuff
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
 “If you come to a fork in the road, pick it up—you may need it later,” explains musician Glenn Boren, whose long and winding road brought him to the founding of Trophy Guitar Straps. Today, Trophy’s recreated vintage straps...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

Tucson (Fire Records)

Anyone who has even casually followed Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb's career has been rewarded handsomely. Orbiting around the foundation of desert-rock have been projects veering from collaborations with a gospel group in Canada and a flamenco...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Legendary Demos (Hear Music)

Carole King is one of the few songwriters to make the leap from behind-the-scenes writer to successful recording artist. From the pre-Beatles era, penning hits for Bobby Vee and the Everly Brothers to her summit as a solo artist with the album...
Local Music
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Dave Raeck began his migration to Milwaukee from the wilds of Germantown when clubs like Zak's and The Palms ruled the scene. Too young to get into the venues, he spoke of his dad accompanying the rock'n'roll starved teen to shows...
Local Music
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011
“When I started, I could barely play,” Voot Warnings recalls, “so I based my act more on theatrics and shock value. I would come out with a toy rifle, aim it at the audience and tell them, a la Western movies, that when I say, 'Dance,' they best dance...
Books
Monday, Aug. 8, 2011

Milwaukee authors explore cultural impact of the King

The late rock critic Lester Bangs once predicted, “We will never again agree on anything the way we agreed on Elvis.” The harmonic convergence that was Elvis Presley's career continues to be turned over and explored, reflecting culture as we were and as we are. Rock 'n' roll was supposed...
Album Reviews
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Souvenirs

Like clockwork, Mike Fredrickson releases CDs chock full of catchy songs brimming with hook-laden melodies and pithy lyrics. You get the impression that, to him, writing songs is like breathing. Souvenirs adds another chapter in the discography Fredrickson...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 19, 2011

Perhaps Semi-Twang was guilty of being ahead of its time. In 1988 the Milwaukee band released its debut album, Salty Tears, on Warner Bros. at the height of MTV, big hair and synthesizers.In hindsight John Sieger's Nashville-by-way-of-Memphis songs ...