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Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

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Madison's Old American Junk creates folksy Americana/alt country with melodic hooks and introspective lyrical depth. Vocalist Shane Hardwicke sounds like a lost Midwest cousin of Feargal Sharkey from the superlative '70s Irish pop punk band...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

The Great Destroyer (Cuba Libre)

With the group's third CD, Certain Stars begs the question: Just what is "indie" rock? The Milwaukee/Chicago quartet (which takes its name from a Superchunk song) offers a profusion of...
Album Reviews
Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

Music for Fine Dining

Milwaukee ska daddies Something to Do continue to make the music they love long after the '90s mania for the genre has subsided. Perhaps irony and the act of getting over romantic messes work to keep things fresh for them...
Album Reviews
Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

My Heart, My Song (Behind the Cross Music Group)

Milwaukee singer Ocie Jackson's first release caters to soul-gospel sensibilities. Jackson adds her sweet, emotionally effusive soprano to songs of praise and testimony, most of which would sound as at home in smooth jazz and adult R&B contexts...
Album Reviews
Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

Neon Leon

There's a point where rock subgenres such as indie, garage and punk coalesce into something musicians can call their own. New Berlin quartet Outliers takes from all of the above on the band's second album, Neon Leon, and delivers music...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

Aug. 4, 2012

<p><span>Somewhere between entering the showbiz fray as Bette Midler's towel-clad pianist at New York City's decadent Continental Baths and composing numerous commercial jingles before his 1970s-80s hit streak, Barry Manilow mas...
Album Reviews
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Clouds in Blue Jeans

Even when he concocts a musical frenzy, Todd Richards usually sounds serene—hushed, almost. The Bay View resident's vocal dynamic plays against an oddball potpourri of musical influences. Synthetic and organic instrumentation complements...
Album Reviews
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rogue Nation

Celtic rock has usually followed two paths. Bands either infuse the islands' folkloric influence into the expansive art-mindedness of prog (Horslips, Tempest) or use fiddle and bodhran to add righteous ethnic rootsiness to punk (The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys)...