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Concert Reviews
Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Oct. 31, 2009

On Halloween, the stage of Café LuLu was decorated like the parlor of a haunted house and vampire classic Nosferatu was projected onto the wall in the background. A Grim Reaper was working on setting up the soundboard. Big Fun ...
Local Music
Monday, Nov. 2, 2009
Feraim Albano, drummer for The Flips, a band of Milwaukee women rock ’n’ rollers, describes her band as a mix of Shangri-Las styled pop, ’60s girl groups and Phil Spector’s wall of sound. Albano recently took a break from her day job at the Hi Fi Café to talk more about the sound of The Flips. She was joined by Wendy Norton, The Flips’ guitarist. Norton, who...
Local Music
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009
Jeannine Rivers fondly recalls some of her earliest performances. "My mother used to do a lot of baby-sitting growing up and I used to perform for the kids in the basement, singing 'Summertime' and songs by Gladys Knight," she remembers. "When I was in third grade, I won first place in the school music competition. I sang 'Let's Stay Together' by Al Green. My teacher was like...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Nik Kovac was sworn in as Milwaukee alderman for the diverse Third District more than a year ago. This area on the East Side ranges from condos on the lake to the UW-Milwaukee campus to the bohemian streets of Riverwest. Kovac spoke about his first year in office over a drink at the...
Local Music
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
"It all just worked out really well," Crystal Rausch, also known as "Critter," says about the formation of The Barrettes' lineup. The four members include Joey Zocher on guitar and the melodica, JoAnn Riedl on guitar and uke, the mononymously named "Joolz" on drums, and Rausch on cello and French horn. They explained the band's origin over drinks...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Michael Coleman began his path in martial arts at the age of 4, instructed by his uncle in karate. Nineteen years ago he opened the Futen Dojo at 1338 E. Brady St., and a second dojo followed at 2234 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Coleman was the subject of the 2008 documentary The Gift of Traditional...
Music Feature
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Kyle Denton tells me he is the manager and spokesman for Rocktopus, Milwaukee's eight-armed, aquatic rock 'n' roll machine. One can safely assume, though, that Denton and the mollusk are one and the same. Take the story of Rocktopus' first show. The band Elephant Walk, which features Denton, had to cancel a show, so Rocktopus quickly put together six songs in about a week and showed up as a replacement act. As a solo act, Rocktopus appeared to be a guy in a Hawaiian shirt with a plush octopus tied to his face...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

Jan. 20, 2009

As a tape loop played recordings of people saying "I love you," Eat the Mystery began walking around hugging audience members. "That's right, Eat the Mystery loves you folks … but we don't love Bush," said Paul Setser, the band's singer and keyboard player. A modest crowd had shown up, eager to celebrate the last day of "W." Part perform...
Local Music
Monday, Jan. 5, 2009
The .357 String Band has come a long way from playing on street corners and basement shows since they formed four years ago. They've recorded two albums, 2006's Ghost Town and last year's Fire & Hail. They've also toured both coasts and gone on three European tours, taking their high-octane acoustic act as far as Serbia. The String Band is where new meets old. It is cowboy hats and nose rings, a hootenanny with a mosh pit. The songs play like...

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