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Album Reviews
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013


 Retreating to the forests of northern Wisconsin to record an album doesn't necessarily make for an exercise in sorrowful Bon Iver folkiness. So prove Milwaukee's organ-heavy musical cross-genre pollinators LovaNova. The move to a woodsier environment to track Cabinova results in a heavier
Album Reviews
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

The Best of KC Williams (KEW Records)

If Milwaukee country singer K.C. Williams didn't make issues of his ethnicity and geography, it's doubtful many other people would, either. But after several years and a few albums, this African-American chose to include songs 
Album Reviews
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013


 If The Plainsmen have the kind of name you'd expect to hear announced on “Simply Folk,” it's not the only place the Milwaukee septet ought to have a presence. Theirs is the kind of acoustic/electric Americana rock amalgam that
Album Reviews
Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Local News from Around the Globe

 Milwaukee folkie Howard Lewis, aka Embedded Reporter, was probably inspired by Phil Ochs (but with a subtler touch), as well as musical funnyman Stan Freberg. Local News has many charms, among them a vocal tone
Dining Out
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Terri Lynn’s Express offers Southern cuisine in supper-club setting

The "OPEN" sign wasn't lit up yet. A woman in the crowd gathering in the little strip-mall parking lot was bold enough to broach the lobby, seeing if she could walk in before the 1 p.m. opening time listed in the window
Dining Out
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

Abbondanza at Bellafini’s Trattoria

About an hour north of Milwaukee a couple set up shop on an unassuming side street off the city's main drag to share the husband's legacy of hearty Italian recipes. Their restaurant, Bellafini’s Trattoria, was a highlight
Album Reviews
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012

Halley (Unreal Records)

 Milwaukee’s Saltshakers celebrate their tenth anniversary in ’90s retro-style with a three-track CD EP. The band has compared itself to Oasis, but may remind listeners of The Undertones, the under-appreciated Irish punks diverse
Album Reviews
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Fire & Hail

 The term "punk bluegrass," coined for the Bad Livers and The Meat Purveyors, applies to Milwaukee's now-defunct .357 String Band. Their ferocious recasting of bluegrass lives not only in banjoist/singer Joe Huber's current
Album Reviews
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Taverns N' Taps

 If no one else has attempted what folkie Terry Murphy does on his third album, it's a wonder that the idea wasn't on anybody else's mind: a song cycle about Wisconsin watering holes. Murphy's dozen tunes about goings-on
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

Better Than Genuine (Cainable)

Though Milwaukee's Everyday Kings start their second album, Better Than Genuine, with a bit of Red Hot Chili Peppers-styled metallic punk funk, it takes manifold directions by the time its concluding tenth song comes to an end. Some Kings of Leon's...