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Off the Cuff
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Rebecca Berkshire, executive chef of Balzac and Hi Hat, is better known to roller derby fans as Becky the Butcher. The heavily tattooed powerhouse has been skating with the league since day one as a member of the Shevil Knevils, one...
Local Music
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
In 1999 drummer Dave Somerscales and guitarist Jeff Callesen were informed that a band had canceled a show at Quarters. They stopped into the Riverwest bar and made the case to management to give their hastily assembled two-piece act, Floor Model, a shot on the stage. Quarters' management agreed and the band's 13-year-long (and counting) history began. Somerscales and Callesen have remained consistent members of the band since that first gig. After using three different bass players over the years....
Local Music
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Extra Crispy Brass Band has a sound that is distinctly Dixie, finding inspiration from the “second line” traditional style of New Orleans jazz. “The first line was the funeral procession and the second line refers to the up-tempo brass band and dancers...
Local Music
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The founding fathers of Dads—Matt Chic, Tab Man and Jim Zajackowski—are active members of a specific scene composed of local punk bands. These bands play a circuit of basement shows and bars and are more devoted to parties, pizza...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
The crowd waiting for last Wednesday's show to start at the Miramar presented an odd juxtaposition. A circle of kids, dressed in leather and fishnets and spiky things, some leading each other by dog chains, was playfully batting a dozen or so pu...
Local Music
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011
Before they formed Resist Her Transistor, Mandy Montanye and Stephanie Schreiber decided to step away from the band they had formed with two other women, The Riveters, to pursue a new interest: roller derby. Montanye had signed on with the Brew City Bruisers league on the...
Local Music
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The group has gotten a favorable reception at a wide range of venues, ranging from a punk-rock club in Chicago (where they were billed as “heavy cello rock from Milwaukee”) to the Jazz Estate, where they perform frequently...
Local Music
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Kurt Spielmann and Mike Tietjen are former members of The Maze, and it was at a practice for that band in 2009 that a seed formed for what would eventually be their new band, Flojo. The two were trying to bang out a rendition of Neil Young's...