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On Music
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Though local bills featuring both indie-rock bands and hip-hop acts aren't quite the novelty they were 10 or 15 years ago, they're still one of those phenomenons that makes the city's music scene beam with pride. Talk to enough musicians about why they like playing in Milwaukee, and inevitably at least a few of them will point to cross-genre bills as an example of how friendly, varied and open-min...
On Music
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
One of Milwaukee’s most visionary songwriters moved to California last month: Todd Umhoefer,  the lone constant behind the experimental folk project Old Earth. Considering the role that collaboration has played in Old Earth's recording process, the new location (along with the new cast of musicians he works with out there) is likely to have a big impact on his music going forward. Today U...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

‘Freedom High’ considers the sacrifices of civil rights workers

Hollywood clings to proven conventions, lazy as they can be, and there are few it has milked harder in recent years than the White Savior: the noble Caucasian who heroically stands up for a
On Music
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
There’s an expression popular in certain hip-hop circles that speaks volumes: “spitter shit.” It’s a term that can be applied to any lyrics-first hip-hop, especially ’90s inspired hip-hop, and for many rap purists it describes a perfect ideal. For this small but vocal minority of rap fans, nothing matters as much as the rhymes—not the production, not the songwriting, not the choruses (...
On Music
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Few local bands have loomed larger of the Milwaukee music scene in recent years than Pele—which is impressive, given that the groundbreaking post-rock group hasn't played together in 10 years. Despite dissolving in 2004, Pele served as the big bang of sorts for Milwaukee's thriving post-rock scene, and in the years since the group signed off, its members have continued putting out important work...