Express Milwaukee - Music Feature http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-326-1-music-feature.html Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Interpreting Patti Smith http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24164-interpreting-patti-smith.html Of all the great songwriters of the last half century, Patti Smith is one of the most unknowable. That’s not because Smith is particularly private or her work is evasive or]]> Bastille Rides ‘Pompeii’ to the Top http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24165-bastille-rides-%25E2%2580%2598pompeii%25E2%2580%2599-to-the-top.html
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OK Go’s Multi-Media Assault
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The Wood Brothers Mix It Up http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24108-the-wood-brothers-mix-it-up.html
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The Legacy of 7 Angels 7 Plagues http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24070-the-legacy-of-7-angels-7-plagues.html
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Iron and Wine’s Ever-Growing Vision http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24003-iron-and-wine%25E2%2580%2599s-ever-growing-vision.html
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An Expanded Spoon http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23954-an-expanded-spoon.html After going more than four years without releasing a studio album, Spoon returned as something of a new band, at least where their lineup is concerned. The band ha ]]> Influenced: Eric Blowtorch on Learning to Respect the Beastie Boys http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23941-influenced-eric-blowtorch-on-learning-to-respect-the-beastie-boys.html In Influenced, we talk to Milwaukee musicians about the artists that shaped and inspired them, both as performers and listeners.Eric “Blowtorch” Beaumont has been a fixture in the Milwaukee music]]> The Midwest Beat Keep it Casual http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23921-the-midwest-beat-keep-it-casual.html The Midwest Beat singer/guitarist Matt Joyce has always had a fondness for ragged, rough-around-the-edges records. “One of my all-time favorites is Neil Young’s]]> Old Earth’s Homemade, Collaborative Folk http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23861-old-earth%25E2%2580%2599s-homemade-collaborative-folk.html For Old Earth’s Todd Umhoefer, songwriting is a long, continuous process. By Umhoefer’s estimate, he spends some 45 or 50 hours]]> Jeff Bridges on His Lifelong Passion for Music http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23833-jeff-bridges-on-his-lifelong-passion-for-music.html Jeff Bridges will always be best known as an actor, iconic for his roles in films including The Fischer King, Tron, True Grit and the Coen Brothers’1998 cult comedy The Big Lebowski]]> Influenced: Body Futures on Genesis and Faith No More http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23829-influenced-body-futures-on-genesis-and-faith-no-more.html With a lineup of current and former members of White Wrench Conservatory, The Five Mod Four and IfIHadAHifi, Body Futures are eclectic, to say the least. For this edition of Influenced, we sat down and talked with vocalist, autoharp and keyboard player Dixie Jacobs and drummer D.J. Hostettler about not one, but two of their biggest musical influences: Genesis and the equally eclectic Faith No More. ]]> The Sounds of Irish Fest http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23811-the-sounds-of-irish-fest.html One of America’s first major celebrations of Celtic culture, Irish Fest was ahead of its time when it premiered in 1981. In the decades since, similar festivals have popped up around the country, spurred by the surging popularity of Irish dance and Celtic music, but Milwaukee’s]]> Strand of Oaks Finds Honesty in Volume http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23803-strand-of-oaks-finds-honesty-in-volume.html When Timothy Showalter decided to title his latest Strand of Oaks album HEAL, he didn’t type it in all caps as a gimmick. That title is a mission statement, a command to strip away all artificiality]]> Future Islands Find Their Audience http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23764-future-islands-find-their-audience.html

On March 3, Future Islands performed the song “Seasons (Waiting On You)” on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” It was standard operating procedure in music biz

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Winter Bear’s Deceptively Sweet Garage Pop http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23728-winter-bear%25E2%2580%2599s-deceptively-sweet-garage-pop.html

 As Erin Dorbin tells it, she chose Milwaukee. Dorbin had been bouncing from city to city for most of her adult life, either for school or for work, but Milwaukee was the first city she moved to not out of commitment or obligation

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Warped Tour Celebrates 20 Years by Carrying On http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23682-warped-tour-celebrates-20-years-by-carrying-on.html

 This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the Warped Tour, but you won’t see the tour making any kind of a big deal about it

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Influenced: Erin Wolf Revisits Her Favorite Mixtapes http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23665-influenced-erin-wolf-revisits-her-favorite-mixtapes.html You might know Erin Wolf as the music director and DJ for 91.7 WMSE, or perhaps you know her as a member of Altos and Hello Death. Or maybe you’ve attended a show booked by her and Brandon Malacar]]> Adam Duritz Acknowledges the Limitations of Songwriting http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23645-adam-duritz-acknowledges-the-limitations-of-songwriting.html

  Adam Duritz knows Aaron Rodgers.  Sure, the Counting Crows frontman wrote the alternative soundtrack to your mid-’90s break-ups. Sure, his Sideshow Bob

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Ramma Lamma Enjoy the Sleazy Fringes of Rock ’N’ Roll http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23603-ramma-lamma-enjoy-the-sleazy-fringes-of-rock-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-roll.html Critically speaking at least, fun music often gets shortchanged. It’s great to meticulously dissect albums with weighty themes or ambitious compositions, but sometimes you wish writers would spill some more ink over releases that don’t pretend to be anything but a damn good time]]> The Hold Steady Tour Behind Their ‘Heaviest, Biggest’ Record http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23573-the-hold-steady-tour-behind-their-%25E2%2580%2598heaviest-biggest%25E2%2580%2599-record.html

  The Hold Steady had to take a break. After putting out six albums in as many years, capped by 2010’s Heaven is

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Influenced: Mike Mildew on the Continued Relevance of Sonic Youth http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23565-influenced-mike-mildew-on-the-continued-relevance-of-sonic-youth.html Mike Schauwitzer sat down with us while working at Acme Records to discuss the band that opened him up to the world of noise music, Sonic Youth.]]> Wild Cub Opt for Delayed Gratification
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Don’t get Keegan DeWitt wrong. He genuinely loves “Thunder Clatter,” the song that’s brought his band Wild Cub so much attention. Everyone loves it. It’s an ecstatic, tropic cacophony about finding the right person exactly when you need to. DeWitt is grateful for the song, thrilled you are

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Warpaint’s Four-Piece Vision http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23497-warpaint%25E2%2580%2599s-four-piece-vision.html

 Ask musicians about the difference between their first and second albums, and they’ll often say the same thing. Debut albums are frequently a long time coming, collecting songs that artists wrote and refined over long stretches. Sophomore albums, on the other hand, stem from clean

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Appleton’s No Tomorrow Festival Gathers Metal and Hardcore Greats http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23458-appleton%25E2%2580%2599s-no-tomorrow-festival-gathers-metal-and-hardcore-greats.html Appleton, Wis. is kicking off the summertime music festival season with the sonic equivalent of a punch to the face. No Tomorrow Festival, taking place June 14 and 15 (with a pre-show occurring Fri]]> Maxwell Takes His Time http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23435-maxwell-takes-his-time.html

 Just as quickly as the ’90s ushered in a new soul-music renaissance, the ’00s put that renaissance on hold, as some of neo-soul’s brightest talents retreated from the spotlight. Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo spent much of that decade off the grid, sidelined by either personal issues or creative

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Influenced: Klassik Finds Jazz in The Neptunes http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23418-influenced-klassik-finds-jazz-in-the-neptunes.html In Influenced, we talk to Milwaukee musicians about the artists that shaped and inspired them, both as performers and listeners.Milwaukee rapper/producer Klassik has enjoyed solid recognition over th]]> Dia Frampton Starts Over with Archis http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23394-dia-frampton-starts-over-with-archis.html

 Dia Frampton knows she is asking a lot of her fans as she opens for Lindsey Stirling on a spring tour.

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Micky Dolenz Reflects on a Life With (and Apart From) The Monkees http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23348-micky-dolenz-reflects-on-a-life-with-%2528and-apart-from%2529-the-monkees.html

 By the mid-’80s, The Monkees were far from Micky Dolenz’s mind. Though the singer had dabbled in a few Monkees tie-in projects in the years following the made-for-TV band’s split, he eventually put the group behind him as he cobbled together a busy second career in television

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Influenced: Absolutely's George Anachev on Unwound's Perfect Imperfections http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23345-influenced-absolutelys-george-anachev-on-unwounds-perfect-imperfections.html In a lot of ways, Milwaukee's Absolutely stand out from of their peers. They don’t use synthesizers or offer folk balladry or Miramar-ready mosh breakdowns. Yet for the last five years, the trio has continued to be a solid live act, playing all ages DIY venues and clubs city and nationwide.]]>