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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...
Album Reviews
Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

Launchpad 2010

Despite cutbacks in funding on such "luxuries" as school music programs, kids still want to rock—or play any other type of music they like. The Wisconsin School Music Association's Launchpad contest for high-school bands continues to give teens a wider forum in which to be heard...
Album Reviews
Monday, Jan. 17, 2011

Middle Aged Garage Band (Moo-Town)

Abetted by fellow veteran Milwaukee folkie Jym Mooney, among others, acoustic music elder stateswomen The Moxie Chicks have been gigging at feedback-free venues for a few years. Recorded live at The Coffee House, Middle Aged Garage Band finds them mostly remaking old favorites with pleasantly...
Dining Out
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Casual fine dining in a Wisconsin farmhouse

As the Binkery demonstrates, appearances can be deceiving. The West Bend establishment appears to be another well-preserved, early-20th-century Wisconsin farmhouse turned into a cozy eatery—nothing out of the ordinary about that nowadays. But an eclectic menu of casual fine dining sets...
Album Reviews
Monday, Dec. 27, 2010
I'm Not a Pilot follows up its 2009 debut EP with the full album Need Money for Rocket Fuel, a showcase for Milwaukee's premier guitar-less rock band. Pianist/singer Mark Glatzel borrows from the less nasal aspects of emo, and occasional choral vocals provide a pleasing background. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra cellist Peter Thomas adds unforced gravitas to the proceedings. The combination of keyboards
Album Reviews
Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

Shake Your Boogie (Nevermore)

The blues band with arguably the best name in Milwaukee isn’t out to reinvent or innovate anything on their latest album. That's perfectly fine, however, as Shake Your Boogie accomplishes its goal of bringing the party with hearty soulfulness. Their sound is drawn from their collection of Chess/Checker, Delmark and...
Album Reviews
Monday, Dec. 13, 2010

The EP

The sonic adventure of mid-period Radiohead, the heart of Incubus' best and the fancies of pretense that endear fans to 30 Seconds to Mars come together in a highly marketable sound on the Milwaukee group's six-song CD. They mingle compassion and concern for others with ennui and the kind of navel-gazing that...
Album Reviews
Monday, Dec. 6, 2010

Legendary Celtic Harp Music

It's something of a shame that local Celtic harpist Mary Ann Miller didn't make Legendary a DVD as well as a CD. To see her nimble fingers gliding and plucking across the strings could make the 16 tracks presented here even more mesmerizing. Still, her take on these mostly public domain pieces enthralls with...
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

Good God! Born Again Funk (Numero Group)

The previous volume in this series of funky soul gospel compilations included Milwaukee's Masonic Wonders among its anthologized acts. The second volume carries a Wisconsin connection as well. Two of Good God! Born Again Funk's more traditional contributors, The Jordan Travelers and The Chicago...