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milwaukee home stage sxsw
On Music
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Milwaukee acts critique MilwaukeeHome's inaugural Austin experiment

In the lead up to this year’s South by South Music festival in Austin, MilwaukeeHome’s plans to premiere a daylong stage spotlighting more than two dozen Milwaukee acts were invariably described with one of two words: “ambitious” or “overambitious,” depending on how any given commentator viewed the stage’s chances of success. And indeed last Wednesday there were signs that the Milwau...
dogs in ecstasy
On Music
Monday, March 17, 2014
Milwaukee rockers Dogs in Ecstasy sound like the type of musicians who are always heading to libraries and coffee shops because they don't have their own Internet connection at home, so it's somewhat ironic that the group's latest single, "I Google Myself"/"I'm a Man," is a treatise on online culture. Regardless of whether the word Google is taken literally or as a double entendre, each of these s...
Comedy
Monday, March 17, 2014

Cheech Marin talks about the comedy duo's past, present and future

After a 15-year run of hit comedy albums and movies, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong parted on hard terms in the mid-’80s. The duo’s 2008 reunion hasn’t completely erased those old tensions, but
hank the dog
Around Milwaukee
Friday, March 14, 2014
Good news for people who like inevitable things: Hank the Dog, the magic Brewers canine with the gift to make you forget about the team's first base problems, will be coming to Milwaukee. There had been some (but not much) doubt about whether the team would take the beloved stray with them when they return from Arizona, but those doubts were put to rest after an unnamed Brewers executive officiall...
pussy riot wisconsin
Around Milwaukee
Friday, March 14, 2014
Nearly every day since Gov. Scott Walker announced plans to strip collective bargaining rights from public workers in 2011, protesters have taken to the Capitol building to sing. Last summer the Capitol police cracked down, arresting hundreds of these "solidarity singers," including firemen, teachers, students and teenagers, some of which owe thousands of dollars in citations.

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wami
On Music
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry announced the nominees for its 2014 WAMI Awards this week, and as usual Milwaukee artists are well represented. The complete list of nominees is included below; the winners will be announced at a Sunday, April 27 award show at the Fox Cities PAC in Appleton that will feature the induction of three honorees to the WAMI Hall of Fame: big band leader Woody Herman, ja...
black sheep rarities.jpg
On Music
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Milwaukee's Dope Folks Records specializes in vinyl pressings of rare and unreleased golden age hip-hop. Most of its releases, then, have come from relatively unknown names like Disco Beave, Reggie Capers and Bolaji, rappers who embodied their eras without finding stardom, but the label's 50th release comes from a decidedly known quantity: the perennially underrated Queens duo Black Sheep.
the royal milwaukee band
On Music
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Milwaukee’s rock scene is by and large a dirty, disheveled little thing, and we like it that way: Our clubs aren’t literally smoky anymore, but the smoke is still implied, and even our relatively polished musicians usually look like they just finished a long shift and/or are battling a lingering hangover. The Royals, then, are outliers. The clean-cut five piece band plays pop music in the true...