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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...
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


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 ...
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...
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...

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