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Album Reviews
Thursday, March 28, 2013

On the Coast of Lake Michigan

 The packaging of the sophomore release by Milwaukee acoustic rock trio Blue Sky Hour infers purposeful fun with maps of Wisconsin on the sleeve and lyrics in a miniature newspaper format. JoAnn Riedl (also from The Barrettes)
Album Reviews
Thursday, March 14, 2013

For the Love of a Woman (CD Baby)

 With a single released 30 years ago, Harold became one of the few Milwaukee acts to crack Billboard’s R&B chart. For the Love of a Woman finds him in good form all these years later. His tenor recalls Al Jarreau, singing
Album Reviews
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Solstice (RockIt Records & Recording)

 Mark Lansing’s Hendrix-style guitar pyrotechnics took him from Milwaukee to session work in California, although he maintains a consistent presence on the Wisconsin circuit. Solstice heralds his solo debut. And it's solo all the
Album Reviews
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

Robotik Folk

 Electronic manipulation of acoustic folk music isn't entirely new, considering Death in June's apocalyptic controversies and Beth Orton's trip-hop fusions. Milwaukee/Madison’s John Petty distinguishes his one-man band
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Words On Trial

 The second non-remix EP by Milwaukee's Boy Blue continues in the ’80s-inspired, post-punk, dance-oriented rocking of the band’s first album. It's as if late Joy Division/early New Order rebooted with a jolt of happiness. Retro? Very. The EP also has an air of accomplishment, h
Album Reviews
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Cabinova

 Retreating to the forests of northern Wisconsin to record an album doesn't necessarily make for an exercise in sorrowful Bon Iver folkiness. So prove Milwaukee's organ-heavy musical cross-genre pollinators LovaNova. The move to a woodsier environment to track Cabinova results in a heavier
Album Reviews
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

The Best of KC Williams (KEW Records)

If Milwaukee country singer K.C. Williams didn't make issues of his ethnicity and geography, it's doubtful many other people would, either. But after several years and a few albums, this African-American chose to include songs