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Album Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Andy Kaufman and His Grandmother (Drag City)

The constants in Andy Kaufman’s humor involved pushing the limits of discomfort and embarrassment, and the turnaround of expectations. Andy Kaufman and His Grandmother, an album collected from Kaufman’s own micro-cassettes of shtick and (staged?) conversations, archives both the
Album Reviews
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Red-Winged Blackbird Man (Rodzinka Records)

 Mike Mangione & The Union’s Red-Winged Blackbird Man couldn’t come at a much more fortuitous time for the Milwaukee folk rock sextet. The middle ground they find between aggro and mellow tendencies on their fourth album comes in the wake of the pop radio triumphs of acoustically
Album Reviews
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