Express Milwaukee - Local Music http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-217-1-local-music.html Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Die Kreuzen’s 'Cows and Beer' EP Gets a Proper Reissue http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23126-die-kreuzen%25E2%2580%2599s-cows-and-beer-ep-gets-a-proper-reissue.html

 All too often, reissues of classic releases

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After Transition, a New Beginning for Zach Pietrini and the Broken Bones http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23086-after-transition-a-new-beginning-for-zach-pietrini-and-the-broken-bones.html


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A Walk in the Park with John Sieger and Greg Koch - The guitar hero meets the ace of song http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23025-a-walk-in-the-park-with-john-sieger-and-greg-koch-the-guitar-hero-meets-the-ace-of-song.html

 The partnership between Milwaukee’s towering guitar wizard, Greg Koch, and its dean of songwriting, John Sieger, seems almost predestined. But the summit was long pondered and slow in coming. “I’d known of his magical

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Blonder Captures the Unpretentious Spirit of ’90s Indie Rock http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22965-blonder-captures-the-unpretentious-spirit-of-%25E2%2580%259990s-indie-rock.html

 Assembled from the remnants of bands with name

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The Beltempest’s Album Rock - Milwaukee band is heavy (but not metal) http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22862-the-beltempest%25E2%2580%2599s-album-rock-milwaukee-band-is-heavy-%2528but-not-metal%2529.html

  Rock bands can be like families with all the squabbling and bonding that entails. Nowhere is this truer than in the group now called

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Soup Moat Follow Their Own Misunderstood Muse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22795-soup-moat-follow-their-own-misunderstood-muse.html Though they’ve developed a small but loyal following over the last four years, Soup Moat, as local bands go, have never really gotten their due. Maybe that’s because they’re so often relegate]]> Mike Benign Ponders Middle Age with 'Here's How it Works' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22752-mike-benign-ponders-middle-age-with-heres-how-it-works.html

 For rock songwriters, middle age is the topic less taken. Great novelists have long made the subject their own, but rock still perceives itself as a young person’s game—even if many of the bestselling touring acts haven’t seen the sunny side of 40 in years

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Bio-Digitally Minded: Ivy Spokes' Two-Part Album http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22725-bio-digitally-minded-ivy-spokes-two-part-album.html

 For most bands working today it’s common practice to release EPs every so often. Albums can take days to months to complete, and it takes more time to release the finished product, while EPs are a good way to get music out faster. The Milwaukee pop-rock band Ivy Spokes, however

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Rapper Milo Finds Kindred Spirits in the Hellfyre Club http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22673-rapper-milo-finds-kindred-spirits-in-the-hellfyre-club.html

 Tuesday will mark the inaugural Milwaukee stop for Los Angeles headquartered hip-hop collective Hellfyre Club. For one member of the budding rap collective, though, the Mad Planet showcase will serve as something of a homecoming show

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Siempre Flamenco brings Spain to Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22635-siempre-flamenco-brings-spain-to-milwaukee.html The dancers clap their hands before getting ready to stab their sharp heels hard against the wooden floor, knocking in rhythm to the percussive playing of acoustic guitars. Arms and hands swing expressively, necks turn and heels keep up the beat before the singer begins, eyes closed]]> Jae Ace Balances Bombast and Profundity http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22603-jae-ace-balances-bombast-and-profundity.html

 Toughness and sensitivity have never been mutually exclusive in hip-hop. Since the genre’s earliest days, its most imposing figures have shown glimmers of their soft

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Milwaukee’s Speakerdust Collective Explores New Sonic Frontiers http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22564-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-speakerdust-collective-explores-new-sonic-frontiers.html

It takes a whole crew to man a ship. With that in mind, Milwaukee’s Speakerdust approaches their improvisations as a group effort. Released on the winter solstice, Golden Sessions Vol. 1 captures the essence of the collective

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Strange Matter’s Belated EP http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22539-strange-matter%25E2%2580%2599s-belated-ep.html

 You don’t have to look far beyond the annual barrage of obligatory year-end best-of lists to realize that we often use music as a way of marking time, not only in our own

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The Benjamins Reunite for Pablove, Release New EP http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22490-the-benjamins-reunite-for-pablove-release-new-ep.html

 Somewhere beside “bass player upset at lead singer for hogging the spotlight” and “guitarist’s girlfriend lobbying for more solos,” failure to get a record deal sits prominently on the lists of reasons bands call it quits. But it’s not often that a band landing a spot on a label plays a role in its

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Worrier's Recycled Cassette Single http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22443-worriers-recycled-cassette-single.html

 In one of the more memorable mid-run gags from “The Simpsons,” Chief Wiggum plants a wire on his informant Bart, planning to record the conversation using a Hootie and the Blowfish cassette. “It’s cheaper than blank tape,” he deadpans. Dance-punk outfit Worrier employed that

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Milwaukee Musicians Honor Big Star http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22398-milwaukee-musicians-honor-big-star.html

 Tribute shows are a dime a dozen on just about any concert calendar, but they usually don’t offer much in the way of variety, mostly sticking to big, marketable musical brands

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No Guitars in Nineteen Thirteen - Making rock with cello and percussion http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22350-no-guitars-in-nineteen-thirteen-making-rock-with-cello-and-percussion.html

 1913 was the year of calm before the storm—the year before European civilization shattered on the battlefields of World War I. In that year an artisan in a far corner of Europe—Romania—crafted a handsome cello. The instrument survived both World Wars, and the rise and fall of Fascism

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Soulman Harvey Scales Lends Milwaukee Charities a Hand
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 When it comes to the legacy he wants to leave

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The Whiskeybelles Celebrate the Season with Covers and Liquor http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22230-the-whiskeybelles-celebrate-the-season-with-covers-and-lir.html

 Holiday music seems to get played earlier each year. These days, yuletide standards seem to hit department store speakers and regular terrestrial radio rotation the morning after Halloween. Christmas came extra early this year for The Whiskeybelles—April, to be exact

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Daycones’ Dreamy, Drifting Psychedelia http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22193-daycones%25E2%2580%2599-dreamy-drifting-psychedelia.html

 Over the last few years, Bandcamp and Soundcloud have made it possible to reconsider the form and context of an album. With local and national artists often releasing digital versions of their music before a

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Milwaukee’s CircleSwitch Plays Benefit For Cancer Clinic - Heartland Hard Rock http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22146-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-circleswitch-plays-benefit-for-cancer-clinic-heartland-hard-rock.html

 When guitarist Danny Rodic founded CircleSwitch in 2007, he was as determined to find the right people to work with as he was to put his own spin on the hard rock that had shaped his musicianship. “We auditioned over one hundred vocalists before finding Kenny [James],” he says

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Faux Fir Go Global on ‘Fashionable Life’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22079-faux-fir-go-global-on-%25E2%2580%2598fashionable-life%25E2%2580%2599.html

 By the time Fashionable Life, the follow-up to Faux Fir’s 2010 self-titled EP, first hits Milwaukee’s ears this weekend, it will have already traveled across the country to Oregon and back before traversing in abbreviated portions to remote expanses of eastern Africa during its three-plus-year journey to vinyl. The

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Milwaukee Rockers Whips Get Off to a Fast Start http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22055-milwaukee-rockers-whips-get-off-to-a-fast-start.html

 Year One is a blistering five-song rocker of an EP that effectively serves as a brash introduction to young Bay View-based

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Man vs. Machine: Stagediver Makes Electronic Music the Slow Way http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22018-man-vs-machine-stagediver-makes-electronic-music-the-slow-way.html

 Tyler St Clair is doing damage control. His computer has just crapped out on him, and the timing couldn’t be more inconvenient

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City Of Ghosts Get Atmospheric on 'Calm in the Current' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21980-city-of-ghosts-get-atmospheric-on-calm-in-the-current.html

 Since releasing its debut EP Daylight in July 2012, Milwaukee rock band City Of Ghosts hasn’t made much noise. Amid a near moratorium on playing out—save for an acoustic set at Milwaukee’s Warped Tour and a set for Bay

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Like Like The The The Death Tap the Underground, In All Its Forms http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21933-like-like-the-the-the-death-tap-the-underground-in-all-its-forms.html Listening to Cave Jenny, the latest album by Milwaukee’s Like Like The The The Death—LLTTTD
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Lamb’s Legs Capture Their Live Intensity on Their Latest EP http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21880-lamb%25E2%2580%2599s-legs-capture-their-live-intensity-on-their-latest-ep.html

 “There’s a sort of masochistic element, I think, in trying to be in a band,” says Lamb’s Legs guitarist Jeb Ebben, referring to a comment he made at the band’s Sept. 20 Summer of Lamb’s Legs EP release show. At that show he advised the crowd, “Don’t ever start playing an instrument

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Ugly Brothers’ Expansive Folk Grows Ever Prettier http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21852-ugly-brothers%25E2%2580%2599-expansive-folk-grows-ever-prettier.html

 With acts like Space Raft, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Holy Shit!, Mortgage Freeman and countless others of the ilk spread thick throughout the music scene, Milwaukee has no shortage of bands with random, lighthearted names with no real relevance to the way they sound

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Ragelife Spin Conscious Hip-Hop from the Party Lifestyle http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21802-ragelife-spin-conscious-hip-hop-from-the-party-lifestyle.html

 Like clockwork, the University of Wisconsin is ranked one of the country’s top party schools year after year, much to the chagrin of administrators and to the pride of students. Party culture is so deeply embedded into

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Sensual Nostalgia Runs Rampant on Heartthrob’s Debut EP http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21769-sensual-nostalgia-runs-rampant-on-heartthrob%25E2%2580%2599s-debut-ep.html


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