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Local Music
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Michelle Jerabek lacks neither excitement nor pride when describing Copper Box, the band she shares with her husband and a couple of other dudes. "Like a Texas tornado that swept through New Orleans...
Album Reviews
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Souvenir (Trapdoor)

Milwaukee's Something To Do makes catchy, anthemic, horn-driven rock. Though they have released music for nearly a decade now, they still sound like teens—as snotty as they are smart, even as they pound out a stomping, reggae/marching band ode to Red Stripe Beer and remake a Billy Idol oldie whose original...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The PTSD Songbook

The Mambo Surfers have about as sunny a name as any Milwaukee band, but their song cycle about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) takes a sharp turn from that fun impression. Recorded live at The Coffee House, The PTSD Songbook telegraphs its somber intentions even before the laser hits the CD...
Album Reviews
Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

Rhythm Ethics (Genre Good)

Following his 2008 Toaster Fires disc with Rhythm Ethics, Milwaukee's Mathew Haeffel continues in semi-improvisational, groove-intensive folk rock. Seemingly influenced by the catalog of the Dave Matthews Band, Haeffel adapts that stadium-filling act's eccentricities in melody and arrangement for a smaller...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

Feb. 18, 2011

At least half of the lyrical content at Friday’s fourth annual Milwaukee Blues Festival was decidedly R-rated and for adult ears. As one of the few multi-act package shows with a primary appeal to “grown folks,” for whom younger-skewing R&B generally holds little appeal, though, what went down at the...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

Trying to Find My Way Home (Full Moon Music)

When it comes to the effects of war on soldiers, it’s not difficult to find material, musical renditions included. But Milwaukee folkie Jason Moon's third solo album is an especially poignant reflection on the subject because he lived through it. Through 13 tracks, he muses upon everything from the time before his...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

Home Is My Harbor

Muskego’s Kevin Mulvenna may be a Parrothead, but he's an unusually reflective and tuneful one. As his album's title indicates, he's comfortable—if a tad wistful—in the domesticity that comes with being a husband and father. His country/folk/pop amalgam meshes well with tales of past carousing, current...
Album Reviews
Monday, Feb. 7, 2011

Thongs in the Key Of Life, Vol. IV

You've probably heard it, but you may not have known what to call it. Singing Milwaukee journalist Jim Hoehn calls it “trop rock,” as in tropical. Hoehn's enthusiasm has yielded his fourth compilation of bands from across the United States with affinity for steel drums, tequila and sunny climes. Hoehn curates the...
Album Reviews
Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

Content (Yep Roc)

Music fans can bless and blame Gang of Four for inspiring everything from some of alt rock's most resonant moments to the most unfortunate rap-metal muck. Now is as good a time as any for the genuine article to make a return appearance with their first album of original material in 16 years. The recent wave of...