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Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

Four/Five Live-Volume 1

The live solo album by Sam Llanas, front man for The BoDeans, is about as low key an affair as can be. From almost distractingly plain packaging to the lack of mention of the venues where the album was recorded, it’s as if Llanas doesn’t want to draw undue attention. With the possible exception 
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

Book Of Hours

 The fifth album in three years by Milwaukee’s self-proclaimed psychedelic doom metal trio, Sleestak, is fairly low key, but not without its share of hellacious audacity. Singing—and yes, it’s singing, not Cookie Monster barking—guitarist
Album Reviews
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Timeless!

 Milwaukee’s Opus Jazz Band blessedly belies the notion that “fusion” need be a synonym for “smooth.” The half-dozen tracks on Timeless! may hit the ear in an easy manner, but they’re not to be confused with the aural
2013 Wisconsin State Fair Guide
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Saturday, Aug. 3 @ 8 p.m.

  Gary Allan’s 17 years as a fixture of the Nashville hit machine are unique in that—unlike many other country radio regulars—he has very few experiences by which he should be professionally ashamed or embarrassed. The Allan who
2013 Wisconsin State Fair Guide
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sunday, Aug. 11 @ 6:30 p.m.

In a dire commercial country music landscape where ’80s arena-rock and hairspray seemingly bears more influence as the genre’s folk and rural roots, Miranda Lambert provides some hope of artistic redemption. Oh, she rocks when
Album Reviews
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Escaper

 On the new CD by Milwaukee’s Into Arcadia, subdued grooves—that nevertheless veer toward the martial—mesh with chordal gauze and sheen as singer-guitarist Otto Ohlsson soul baringly wails in existential despair. They may
Album Reviews
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Providence EP (An@moly Records)

 How much do you want to bet from the red, yellow and green motif emblazoning the front of The Providence EP’s cover that Milwaukee’s Jake Paul Band have some kind of reggae fixation going on? Consider yourself a winner if