Express Milwaukee - Local Music http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-217-1-local-music.html Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 The Midwestern Charm Survive ‘Growing Pains’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23832-the-midwestern-charm-survive-%25E2%2580%2598growing-pains%25E2%2580%2599.html There’s a degree of audacity inherent in fronting a band. To write songs, present them to the world and perform them in front of crowds requires real confidence. The Midwestern Charm’s Connor La Mue doesn’t have that. By his own account, he’s insecure and self-effacing, the last person]]> Body Futures Park at the Intersection of Noise and Pop http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23763-body-futures-park-at-the-intersection-of-noise-and-pop.html

 Chalk it up as another on the long list of ways that the Internet has made modern life easier and more convenient, but it was only 15 years ago that bands posted flyers when they were seeking a bassist or drummer. These days, of course, a simple Facebook post is much more efficient.

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Blues Brunch Offers Saturday Morning Soul with a Side of Pancakes http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23727-blues-brunch-offers-saturday-morning-soul-with-a-side-of-pancakes.html

 WNOV-AM’s Saturday morning Blues Café program may be the only dose of modern Southern soul, naturally combined with its antecedent of R&B-leaning blues, to be

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Drugs Dragons Deliver a ‘Disgusting Mess of Negativity and Debauchery’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23681-drugs-dragons-deliver-a-%25E2%2580%2598disgusting-mess-of-negativity-and-debauchery%25E2%2580%2599.html

II & I/II, the new record from Drugs Dragons, will probably not find its way onto anyone’s short list for “feel-good record of the year.” With song titles like

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Heavy Hand Get Crass on ‘Northwoods Knives’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23644-heavy-hand-get-crass-on-%25E2%2580%2598northwoods-knives%25E2%2580%2599.html

While all the players in Heavy Hand do time in other acts, it would be selling the band short to dismiss the Milwaukee

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Milwaukee’s New Red Moons Rise Again http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23609-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-new-red-moons-rise-again.html

 The music industry is fickle. If a band wants to stay on the radar, it needs to continuously play shows, release new music and, if it’s lucky, receive some press. By those measures, the Milwaukee rock trio The New Red Moons had been falling behind. Until recently, the group hadn’t played a

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FuturePorn Keeps The Jazz Estate’s Tuesday Night Tradition Alive http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23572-futureporn-keeps-the-jazz-estate%25E2%2580%2599s-tuesday-night-tradition-alive.html

 Milwaukee’s jazz scene received a shock in January when the owner of The Jazz Estate (2423 N. Murray Ave.) announced that he was selling the venerable establishment. The East Side club has been home to internationally recognized jazz musicians, as well as a staggering array of

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Expire Examine the Dark Side of Sex on ‘Pretty Low’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23538-expire-examine-the-dark-side-of-sex-on-%25E2%2580%2598pretty-low%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Pretty Low, the new album from Milwaukee-based hardcore act Expire, wastes little time in setting the mood that dominates the record’s 11 tracks. Over a metal-infused

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Death Blues Returns with a Cryptic, Blown-Out Manifesto http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23498-death-blues-returns-with-a-cryptic-blown-out-manifesto.html

 High concepts are a dime a dozen in modern music, but it’s rare that you come across anything where those often-lofty ideas actually inform and guide the sound you’re hearing in a way that’s not purely superficial. It’s easy to throw around jargon, but it’s far harder to break down your

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Heidi Spencer’s Cinematic Turn http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23434-heidi-spencer%25E2%2580%2599s-cinematic-turn.html

 Heidi Spencer has been crafting beautifully sung, homegrown melodies for the past decade, but underneath the whitewashed exterior something mysterious lurks. Since 2003’s Matches and Valentines, her down-tempo, downtrodden folk songs never quite reveal the entire portrait, rather

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Calliope Finds a More Focused Groove on ‘Orbis’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23393-calliope-finds-a-more-focused-groove-on-%25E2%2580%2598orbis%25E2%2580%2599.html

 While it’s only been a year since they released their debut album, Milwaukee’s Calliope are not sitting idly on that momentum. Instead, they’re releasing a new EP called Orbis, a collection of rock songs that seemingly tosses off the training wheels. With its circus of sounds and influences

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The Delphines Drop a Punchy Full-Length Debut http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23354-the-delphines-drop-a-punchy-full-length-debut.html

 While they’ve generated a remarkable amount of attention and acclaim over the last two years, both locally and beyond, there’s always been something conspicuously missing from The Delphines

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For Brett Newski, Less is More http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23312-for-brett-newski-less-is-more.html

 Brett Newski imposed strict limitations on himself while working on his latest album, American Folk Armageddon, which he recorded at Shane Hochstetler’s Howl Street

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Doghouse Flowers Revisits Country Rock - Milwaukee band releases debut album, ‘Chasing the Sun’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23276-doghouse-flowers-revisits-country-rock-milwaukee-band-releases-debut-album-%25E2%2580%2598chasing-the-sun%25E2%2580%2599.html

Jon Ziegler is a musician with deep roots. He’s played early-’60s surf instrumentals with The Exotics and fronted

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Juiceboxxx Brushes Off His Viral TV Performance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23241-juiceboxxx-brushes-off-his-viral-tv-performance.html

 Iconoclastic, Milwaukee-bred MC Juiceboxxx caused a stir online a couple months back when video of him suffering through a disastrous performance on TMJ 4 News

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New Jazz Estate Managers Bring Change but Keep the Jazz http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23197-new-jazz-estate-managers-bring-change-but-keep-the-jazz.html

 For more than 30 years, the Jazz Estate on Milwaukee’s East Side has been a gathering place for jazz musicians and enthusiasts. Its dimly lit, intimate space and the rhythms and melodies

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Milwaukee Psych Fest Returns for a Crowded Four-Day Weekend http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23170-milwaukee-psych-fest-returns-for-a-crowded-four-day-weekend.html

 Though only officially launched last year

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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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