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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 ...
Concert Reviews
Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

Jan. 20, 2011

Rick Nielsen diplomatically refused to take sides when the crowd shouted Packers vs. Bears comments Thursday night at Cheap Trick’s performance at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Northern Lights Theater. His tactfulness likely stems from the fact that Milwaukee was a second home to the band from Rockford, Ill., even before its 1977 debut for Epic Records...
Local Music
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
Playing a makeshift stage on Kinnickinnic Avenue during the Bay View Bash several years ago, an expanded lineup of Testa Rosa had listeners wondering how a band could sound so good live. With the recent release of their second album, II, it is apparent that Testa Rosa has not suffered the dreaded sophomore slump. Sonically...
Off the Cuff
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
Big-box retailers have been stomping out mom-and-pop stores everywhere, but Milwaukee's Rockhaus is bucking the trend by finding a niche selling and servicing musical instruments. Not that Rockhaus' owner truly was looking to create...
Books
Monday, Jan. 17, 2011

An inside look at the legendary musician

Like his idols among the great Delta bluesmen, Keith Richards is intent on playing music until he dies. In fact, he may have cheated the Grim Reaper a few times already. Fittingly, Richards titled his autobiography Life (Little, Brown). Rock ’n’ roll was in its infancy in the early ’60s, and there were no templates...
Concert Reviews
Monday, June 21, 2010

June 18, 2010

Given Milwaukee’s hot and humid weather, Florida native JJ Grey must have felt right at home kicking off his tour in a crowded Shank Hall Friday. As easy as Grey’s music is to take in, it is difficult to pin down. It’s not retro but it’s not modern, either. Much like their Stax/Muscle Shoals forefathers, Mofro lays down a thick groove blending Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes...
Books
Monday, June 14, 2010

Jan Reid remembers Doug Sahm

Doug Sahm evolved seamlessly from slicked-back hipster to long-haired cosmic cowboy during a career that began in the early 1950s as a steel guitar prodigy on the knee (literally) of Hank Williams and did not end until his death more than five decades later. The guy was a force of nature...