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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Secret November

Milwaukee singer-songwriter Tom Vollman moved to a Manhattan walk-up apartment with a piano as one of its few furnishings. When the weather got miserable, out came these dirge-like songs for his band, Tyne Darling. You won't find a great supply of life's joys here, but with idiosyncratic instrumentation for his brand...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Plane Rides & Ocean Tides

Many are the reasons an artist desires to be retro. For some, it may be a desire to identify with some hip aspect of a bygone style. For others, it's a sincere desire to stamp a personal interpretation on a style that may have fallen out of favor. Oconomowoc-reared singer-songwriter Eric Andersen falls into the latter...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dance! Pint Size Polkas Volume Two

Following up his 2008 album of kid-friendly material, Milwaukee accordionist/singer Mike Schneider again brings old-time sounds to the younger set with Pint Size Polkas. The album seeks to bring children to the dance floor—or at least get them moving—with oldies by Frankie Yankovic and others. Elsewhere, Uncle...
Music Feature
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
"I found myself recording sounds in Milwaukee in 2007 with my old friends; it just sounded like Boy Dirt Car," Darren Brown says of the reformation of the band that made for one of Milwaukee's most cacophonous musical exports of the 1980s. "From there we slowly reassembled and released in 2007...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Well Informed Citizens

A flute solo over fuzzed-out rhythm guitar on only the second track? Woo hoo! Boogie and blues in the framework of a thudding, pummeling jam orientation define the eight-song debut by Milwaukee's Well Informed Citizens. On their self-titled album, they faithfully tap into the early-'70s energy that rode the cusp...
Album Reviews
Sunday, May 1, 2011

Figure 1 (Rabbit Fire)

Self-loathing, misanthropy, sexual dysfunction, nihilism and the confused sparks of actual caring and fascination with life—Fish Creek, Wis., trio Abnormal Cattle makes it seem as if grunge awoke from its Pacific Northwest burial mound and arose in Door County. All of this is pretty wonderful because the band...
Album Reviews
Monday, April 25, 2011

Numerology (Fibonacci Music)

When it comes to the heavy instrumental progressive rock of Milwaukee's Fibonacci Sequence, listeners can admire the multitudinous changes in time signature, instrumentation and ethnic influences throughout each number. And one can derive at...
Local Music
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The singer and guitarist was a staple of the Milwaukee soul scene

Milwaukee's Willie "Duchie" Rodgers estimated that "maybe over 1,000" musicians had gone through his band, Black Earth Plus, since its early-'70s inception. Rodgers revealed that tidbit in a spring 2009 interview with producer Chris...
Album Reviews
Sunday, April 17, 2011

Chronicles of Hope (Cool Springs)

The latest album by Wisconsin native Bill Miller goes a long way toward countering the marginalization of the American-Indian pop/folk music in which he's been esteemed for more than a quarter-century. Chronicles of Hope delivers a loose song cycle based...