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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)...
Concert Reviews
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 16, 2012

The friend who accompanied me to Diana Krall's show Monday night had been enjoying her music for a while, but he had never known her to be a pianist as well as a singer. As Krall pumped&nbsp;and clacked away in the black stiletto heels she s...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Autumn Blues

As you begin to listen to Burgendy Ties' second release, you could be forgiven for believing them to be among Milwaukee's mellowest pop acts. The spirit of early '70s Laurel Canyon inhabits many tracks. The cheery philosophizing and wistful...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rockabilly Music

West Allis' Phil Henzig holds an appreciation for the bespectacled rock 'n' roll innovator Buddy Holly and the genre in which Holly was at the cutting edge at the time of his death. While Rockabilly Music pays homage to the past, its most intriguing...