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Album Reviews
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Party Crew (S.B.S.)

Following in the line of Brewtown’s ’80s hardcore godfathers Sacred Order as well as other acts such as The Angry Samoans and D.O.A., Milwaukee’s Number 9 Hard are all about inebriation and generally benign hooliganism. It can
Eat & Drink
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

More to the morning meal than fried eggs and toast

 A city of Milwaukee’s size and ethnic diversity offers many choices from around the world for lunch and dinner. But for the first meal of the day the pickings get considerably slimmer—unless Canadian bacon is counted
Album Reviews
Sunday, June 23, 2013

Soul Medication (CD Baby)

 On the best of her Soul Medication debut, Milwaukee diva Jameela weds her warm, emotionally resonant alto to a technologically updated re-imagining of early-’80s R&B. English acts of that era with significant United States black radio crossover, such as Junior Giscombe and Loose
Album Reviews
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Rise (Atlantic)

Skillet's career move from plaintive guitar-based pop to synthetic industrial rock has allowed them a slow, steady entry into the mainstream as well as the platinum-level sales other acts relegated to the contemporary Christian
2013 Summerfest Guide
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Saturday, July 6 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m.

 Neon Trees’ international breakthrough came a few years after the furor over the neo-new wave revival that saw The Killers and The Bravery vying for the honors of who wore their mascara prettier and who made the catchier dance
Album Reviews
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ritual (Buckingham Records)

 With a smooth, even-handed vocal delivery, Milwaukee’s CircleSwitch offers angst, antipathy, misogyny and misanthropy in a post-grunge, post-thrash, post-glam hard rock setting. Given the right kind of break, Ritual could
Album Reviews
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Like Home (Stolen Gold)

 Big Leaf Linden distinguishes itself on this album with an amalgam of hard, country and folk rock appealing to the retro-minded jam band followers and fans of the current bucolic indie vogue. It's all delivered with guitars traversing the breadth from The James Gang to My Morning Jacket and
Dining Out
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Great eating, great folks at Brown’s Café

 One might reasonably expect friendly service from a restaurant going by the name of Brown's Hospitality Café. And hospitality is but one of the positive attributes of this Northwest Side African American soul food eatery
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Change The Channel (Unreal Records)

On the Milwaukee power pop band’s second in a series of three-track CD singles, they find engaging ways to kvetch about lack of romance with the objects of their affections. The title tune takes to task a paramour partial to ridiculous