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get_down
On Music
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Milwaukee doesn't let go of its New Year's Eve traditions easily—just ask the Harlem Globetrotters or Jim Gaffigan—so this news shouldn't surprise anybody: The Get Down will return for another Dec. 31 at the Turner Hall Ballroom. The NYE installment of the local funk/soul spin has been a hot ticket in recent years, regularly selling out. This year tickets will be available in two packages: an ...
A&E Feature
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Though many artists will always prefer the climate-controlled convenience of the studio, a growing number of painters are taking their canvases outdoors. Credit the rising popularity of plein air painting in part to the old-fashioned allure of nature—there’s just something romantic about the notion of setting up an easel
ariana_grande
On Music
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
In case anybody was beginning to doubt Nickelodeon's star-making power, former network regular Ariana Grande has broken out of the tween bubble over the last couple of years to emerge as a genuine pop star. Of course it helps that, unlike many Nickelodeon and Disney acts, she has a truly strong voice, a powerful wail and deceptively vast range that's earned her Mariah Carey comparisons, letting he...
space_tiger
On Music
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
The thing about prog music—and many prog musicians are acutely aware of this—is that it's often pretty ridiculous. From the grandiose operatic undertones to the run-on song structures, the fantastical lyrics and the heaps of studio effects, the whole form is a celebration of excess, and during the genre's mid-'70s peak many of genre's top acts produced their best albums simply by trying to out...
field_report-home_video-ford
On Music
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
The pickup truck is the most loaded image in country music history. Country singers adopted it decades ago as a symbol of American pride and rural gumption, but over time it instead became a symbol of the genre’s insularity, one of the most overused, ham-fisted plays to country music’s base. It's significant, then, that the video for Field Report’s “Home (Leave The Lights On),” an uplift...
butch-vig-yellow-phone
On Music
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

The 'Nevermind' producer explained the mindset behind his biggest recordings

“I learned to make records by the seat of my pants, and I still do it that way,” producer Butch Vig said during his keynote remarks for Milwaukee’s Yellow Phone Music Conference this morning. Eschewing a prepared address in favor of a casual conversation moderated by Elektra Records president Jeff Castelaz, Vig spoke for more than an hour and a half about his youthful introduction to the art...