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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...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011

We Are One

Multicultural, multigenerational and nonsectarian enough to have received an invitation to sing at a United Nations event, Milwaukee Public Schools' Alumni Gospel Choir keeps its approach basic for We Are One...
Music Feature
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Charlie Wilson, Roy Ayers, Clarence Carter play the African World Festival

What the one-day African World Festival lacks in length, it makes up for in music, much of it local. The celebration of African American culture comes to the lakefront on Saturday, Aug. 6. Charlie Wilson could be the biggest draw among the act's four...
Album Reviews
Monday, July 25, 2011

We're All In It Together (Crustacean)

Anyone desirous of a CD containing a sheet of strategically naked paper dolls of the band members will want the second album by the Milwaukee instrumental quartet Lova Nova. After that novelty wears off, there remain eight jams heavy on tight, fierce interplay between Paul "Evil...
Album Reviews
Monday, July 18, 2011

Repetition Lever

Former Take My Face frontman Dan Type's latest band takes his prog inclinations in divergent directions. Free-floating, electro-acoustic arrangements imbued with reverb and existential anguish connect the dots between Thom Yorke, shoegazer post-punk, the artier end of emo and post-rock. The hooks may often be buried under the sound, but exploration can yield rewards. Americana...