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Album Reviews
Monday, Oct. 24, 2011

Blues After Dark

Milwaukee bluesman Gerome Durham continues his long-running association with writer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Rawls, finding room for both grown-up slice-of-life narratives and party-ready, tasty guitar licks. Durham's voice provides...
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


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...