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Album Reviews
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Orinoco (Earsore)

It's been the better part of 30 years since Paul Hardcastle united electro hip-hop, R&B, smooth jazz and synth pop fans with "Rain Forest." Milwaukee producers/instrumentalists Steve Misovy and Ronald Byrdsongs find inspiration from roughly the same...
Album Reviews
Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

Hot Sun and Short Shorts

JoAnn Riedl takes a break from The Barrettes, Milwaukee's all-female punk band, for an alt folk-rock direction with the trio Blue Sky Hour. If that suggests the early Violent Femmes, s
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

Luvahl

On the debut by Milwaukee's Luvahl, the tragic glamour of '70s Bowie converges with sprightly bluegrass and mournful Gypsy folk. They'd be perfectly at home on a bill with Devotchka or...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Sept. 18, 2011

Seats weren't necessary for many at the Erasure concert at the nearly packed Pabst Theater Sunday, since dancing was so prevalent. Nostalgia, the differential of melodic pep to lyrics reflecting as many ways to express bittersweet romance as there ar...
Album Reviews
Monday, Sept. 12, 2011

Come Together Move Apart

On his latest CD, Come Together Move Apart, Milwaukee jazz guitarist Nat Janoff leads a studio ensemble to breezy yet cerebral effect. Janoff traded his metal/rock background in favor of more opportunities to improvise, and he gets his share...
Off the Cuff
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011

Old School and On the Air

Phil Anderson must be the hardest-working man in Milwaukee radio. He's certainly high in seniority. Six days a week, Anderson lays down a tasty mix...
Album Reviews
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011

Chris Mariani

Elkhorn's Chris Mariani is a formidable conduit for the swinging sounds of Frank, Dean, Tony and the boys. Ranging from the accompaniment of piano and trumpet to full-on big band, he leads with assurance and a lack of irony. It's been 15 years since the...
Dining Out
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Short Orders

Don't let the inconspicuous white kitchen truck fool you. Parked outside the CVS Pharmacy at 76th and Mill Road, Pop's BBQ has some of the city's most delicious grilled meat. Open on weekends until Christmas "if Santa Claus is good to me," Pop serves beef, pork, fowl and sausages with hospitable...
Album Reviews
Monday, Aug. 29, 2011

Dennis Coffey (Strut)

As a guitarist, producer and arranger, Dennis Coffey can claim responsibility for a significant chunk of '60s and '70s soul and rock. With his Detroit Guitar Band, the instrumental hits "Scorpio" and "Taurus" made trippy R&B into spooky dance music. His first album in 22 years returns...