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Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 22, 2010

The Way Back Home

Madison's Whitney Mann makes her music on the folkier side of country. The sparse production and unremitting melancholy may mark Mann as an alt-country chanteuse, but her interweaving of soft melodic lines reveals influences like Bonnie Raitt and Neil Diamond. The real thrill of this six-song debut, however...
A&E Feature
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010
Midriff-baring Middle Eastern dance isn't uncommon to Milwaukee, but a unique approach takes the stage at the Marcus Center's Vogel Hall (929 N. Water St.) this Thursday, Nov. 11, when Bellydance Superstars (BDSS) makes its Milwaukee debut. Erstwhile music impresario Miles Copland is as likely a proponent as any for the sensuous, gyrating style...
Dining Out
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

Tandoori cooking, yogurt lassi drinks among authentic offerings

Looks can be deceiving—and the interior of Dera Grill puts on quite the ruse. Rows of high-backed black metal chairs near long tables covered in white give the impression of a generic Chinese buffet. Dera does, indeed, offer several Chinese dishes, as well as some Middle Eastern offerings. Neither...
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 1, 2010

Relentless

The many influences of Milwaukee’s Icarus/Drifting mingle in a sound serious enough to be considered prog and loose enough to find favor among some jam band enthusiasts. At times, the group’s expansive mix of violin and rock instrumentation comes on like a folkier iteration of the Moody Blues, with a few more hooks...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Tourist History (Glassnote)

Northern Irish teen jangle rockers Two Door Cinema Club want to make you get on the dance floor by reminding you of other bands that already have made you move. Jittery, mellifluous West African guitar lines and polyrhythm appear to have come from Vampire Weekend. Less fidgety dance-punk sensibilities could...
Album Reviews
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

Before Tomorrow

The Milwaukee alt-rock quintet Before Tomorrow has learned from two musical cousins that are on better speaking terms than some might want to admit: grunge and metal. The group's five-song debut is at its best when the tunes start off softer with a touch of pop before forging into the unrelenting assault that all the...
Film
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Yearly celebration turns to monthly offerings

Lovers of noncommercial cinema dealing with LGBT themes can rejoice. This week's 23rd annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival marks a new start, as the yearly fete...
Album Reviews
Monday, Oct. 4, 2010

The Heroes Lie (Atomic Arts)

Alumni of Milwaukee bands such as String Theory, Silvergun and Marashino come together to create commercially polished hard rock as The Heroes Lie. Minor-key melodies and riffs serve aggressively melancholy, sometimes depressive sentiments. The results play in the psychic space where anthems intersect...
Album Reviews
Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Know, Alone

The jacket notes on Milwaukee avant-folkie Jay Flash’s third album mingle dissatisfaction with glimmers of hope. His lyrics reflect the same. However, Flash may want to keep in mind that, per the examples of Billy Bragg, songs where the political is subsumed into the personal generally have greater staying power than...
Album Reviews
Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Raspberry Jesus (Hyperdrive Motivator)

After a WMSE-born EP with The Eric Mire Band last year, Milwaukee rapper Melissa Czarnik properly follows up her 2008 studio debut, Strawberry Cadillac, with an even more assured effort that keeps up the fruit-related titular theme. Mire's production on Raspberry Jesus combines synthetic hip-hop...