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Dining Out
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Short Orders

Don't let the inconspicuous white kitchen truck fool you. Parked outside the CVS Pharmacy at 76th and Mill Road, Pop's BBQ has some of the city's most delicious grilled meat. Open on weekends until Christmas "if Santa Claus is good to me," Pop serves beef, pork, fowl and sausages with hospitable...
Album Reviews
Monday, Aug. 29, 2011

Dennis Coffey (Strut)

As a guitarist, producer and arranger, Dennis Coffey can claim responsibility for a significant chunk of '60s and '70s soul and rock. With his Detroit Guitar Band, the instrumental hits "Scorpio" and "Taurus" made trippy R&B into spooky dance music. His first album in 22 years returns...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011

We Are One

Multicultural, multigenerational and nonsectarian enough to have received an invitation to sing at a United Nations event, Milwaukee Public Schools' Alumni Gospel Choir keeps its approach basic for We Are One...
Music Feature
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Charlie Wilson, Roy Ayers, Clarence Carter play the African World Festival

What the one-day African World Festival lacks in length, it makes up for in music, much of it local. The celebration of African American culture comes to the lakefront on Saturday, Aug. 6. Charlie Wilson could be the biggest draw among the act's four...
Album Reviews
Monday, July 25, 2011

We're All In It Together (Crustacean)

Anyone desirous of a CD containing a sheet of strategically naked paper dolls of the band members will want the second album by the Milwaukee instrumental quartet Lova Nova. After that novelty wears off, there remain eight jams heavy on tight, fierce interplay between Paul "Evil...
Album Reviews
Monday, July 18, 2011

Repetition Lever

Former Take My Face frontman Dan Type's latest band takes his prog inclinations in divergent directions. Free-floating, electro-acoustic arrangements imbued with reverb and existential anguish connect the dots between Thom Yorke, shoegazer post-punk, the artier end of emo and post-rock. The hooks may often be buried under the sound, but exploration can yield rewards. Americana...
Album Reviews
Monday, July 11, 2011

Into the Boulevard

Some of Jonathan Richman's heartbreaking naiveté and a pinch of Emo Philips' whimsical spaz are backed by poppy folk and power pop on Milwaukeean Brian Hoffer's impressive debut album. The hummable melodies aptly match lyrics that...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Whiskey Don't Lie (Stolen Gold)

On Whiskey Don't Lie, Milwaukee's Big Leaf Linden mingles rock, country, folk and bluegrass to fairly original and often haunting effect. Vocalist Kirk Linden continues to sound like a sibling of Tom Petty and Roger McGuinn. Whiskey Don't Lie broadens the band's horizons with the faintest touch of electronics and...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fighting, We Were

Fox Lake/Waupun band Book Club follows up an EP with the kind of full-length project that should garner plenty of attention outside of Dodge County. Singer/guitarist Sam Sterk follows Billy Corgan's mold, with a hoarse yet tuneful way with the songs. Sterk and his band mates have learned the right lessons...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Madison band Clovis Mann's third album continues its hybrid style of bluesy, jazzy, sometimes-reggae, jam-band rocking heavy on organ and guitar. They make a rich and varied hippie ruckus for trio with occasional guests, including choral accompaniment on a soul gospel rave-up that sounds...