Express Milwaukee - Music Feature http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-326-1-music-feature.html Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 IshDARR and the New Face of Conscious Rap http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23127-ishdarr-and-the-new-face-of-conscious-rap.html

Intelligence was a point of pride in ’90s hip-hop. From Q-Tip, Nas and Common on down, many of the best rappers of the era spoke important truths, contending that rap could and should be a force for societal betterment. By the mid-’00s, though, conscious rap had grown hopelessly

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Animals in Human Attire Climb a Mountain http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23085-animals-in-human-attire-climb-a-mountain.html

 Jack Tell didn’t just write songs for Animals in Human Attire’s latest album, Ourmegadawn. He drew them. As he tells it, “I’d been playing a lot of Legend of Zelda at the time,” particularly The Wind Waker

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Influenced: Matt Gorski on the Timelessness of J Dilla's "Donuts" http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23057-influenced-matt-gorski-on-the-timelessness-of-j-dillas-donuts.html In Influenced, we talk to Milwaukee musicians about the artists that shaped and inspired them, both as performers and listeners.If you’ve been paying attention at all to Milwaukee music for the las]]> The Sleepwalkers Double Down on 'Lost My Mind in Stereo' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23026-the-sleepwalkers-double-down-on-lost-my-mind-in-stereo.html

 In music few things are as romanticized as the session album, an album recorded in a burst of inspiration at a distinct place during a distinct time. For every session album, though, there are just as many like The Sleepwalker’s new Lost My Mind in Stereo, a mutt of an album recorded in bits

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For Juicy J, The Hustle Continues http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22966-for-juicy-j-the-hustle-continues.html

 After several fallow years, Juicy J enjoyed a banner 2013. The venerable Three 6 Mafia rapper’s third solo album Stay Trippy was a critical and commercial hit, yielding

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Influenced: Dogs in Ecstasy's Molly Rosenblum on the Subversive Brilliance of RuPaul http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22927-influenced-dogs-in-ecstasys-molly-rosenblum-on-the-subversive-brilliance-of-rupaul.html In Influenced, we talk to Milwaukee musicians about the artists that shaped and inspired them, both as performers and listeners. Molly Rosenblum is one third of Dogs in Ecstasy, a ]]> TRUE Skool Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Kids through Hip-Hop http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22794-true-skool-celebrates-10-years-of-helping-kids-through-hip-hop.html It’s something of a cliché to talk about how music changes lives, but the good folks at the Milwaukee hip-hop nonprofit TRUE Skool, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, have watc]]> Influenced: Enabler's Jeff Lohrber on a Lifetime of Loving Metallica http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22770-influenced-enablers-jeff-lohrber-on-a-lifetime-of-loving-metallica.html In Influenced, we talk to Milwaukee musicians about the artists that shaped and inspired them, both as performers and listeners. An international touring schedule and prolific output have earned Mi]]> Call Me Lightning's Long Road to 'Human Hell' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22747-call-me-lightnings-long-road-to-human-hell.html Call Me Lightning’s new album Human Hell arrived this weekend. That news comes as some relief to the band, since as of just last week, its release was uncertain. The independent Minneapolis label]]> Noah Gundersen Emerges From Emotional Tumult on 'Ledges' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22726-noah-gundersen-emerges-from-emotional-tumult-on-ledges.html

The emotional weight of Noah Gundersen’s austere songs echoes the tight-focus beauty of songwriters like Will Oldham, Justin Vernon and David Bazan. And like fellow Seattle resident

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Influenced: Sat. Nite Duets Recall Their Days of Weezer Message Boards http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22694-influenced-sat-nite-duets-recall-their-days-of-weezer-message-boards.html Milwaukee’s Sat. Nite Duets have been active for the last five or so years, but the groups core members—Ben Gucciardi, Steve Strupp and Joe Guszkowski—have been playing together in various forms since early adolescence. For this edition of Influenced, we spoke with Strupp and Gucciardi about the band that essentially started it all for them: Weezer.]]> Five Milwaukee Gospel Quartets, One Pabst Theater Stage http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22674-five-milwaukee-gospel-quartets-one-pabst-theater-stage.html

 For whatever John Sieger took away spiritually growing up in the Catholic Church, he didn’t take away much musically. The Gregorian chants at his church’s Latin masses were austere and foreboding, little like

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The Uptowner Puts a Hip-Hop Spin on the Open Mic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22636-the-uptowner-puts-a-hip-hop-spin-on-the-open-mic.html

 Milwaukee rapper Mic Crawf never signed up to be the host of the Uptowner’s Sunday night open mic. He simply stepped up to fill in when the event’s original host, Scott Summers, didn’t show up one night. That

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Sobriety Becomes Jason Isbell http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22602-sobriety-becomes-jason-isbell.html

 Boozing it up is one of those rites of passage that some creative types are almost expected to go through. For Jason Isbell, it was a duty he was more than willing to

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Influenced: Volunteer and MKE Punk's Martin Defatte Talks Fugazi http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22591-influenced-volunteer-and-mke-punks-martin-defatte-talks-fugazi.html In Influenced, we talk to Milwaukee musicians about the artists that shaped and inspired them, both as performers and listeners. In this introductory piece, we spoke with Martin Defatte—former mem]]> Dr. Dog Discover Better Rock Through Carpentry http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22565-dr-dog-discover-better-rock-through-carpentry.html

 Were they a wine, Dr. Dog might be described as a rich, bountiful red. The rootsy undertones merge with ’60s psych and garage-pop while little baroque bloomlets dance across the palette, playing on subtle complexities in rhythm and melody that manifest in something as easily quaffed as

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Screaming Females Keep it Casual http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22538-screaming-females-keep-it-casual.html

 In another era, Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster might have been a glam-rock icon. Between her sneered vibrato and her ceaseless guitar riffs, she would have been

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Walk Off The Earth Strike it Big on YouTube http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22489-walk-off-the-earth-strike-it-big-on-youtube.html

 When the members of Walk Off The Earth finished filming the video of their cover of the Gotye hit “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the immediate feeling was anything but the excitement and anticipation

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Paul Cebar Looks to Tomorrow http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22442-paul-cebar-looks-to-tomorrow.html

 Nearly 40 years after his first paying gig in the city, there may be no more conversationally colorful character and Milwaukee institution than Paul Cebar. Inherent in Cebar’s verbal floridity, however, is the missionary zeal of a musician whose breadth of taste manifests in his own singular

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Loup Leaves Behind an Intriguingly Imperfect Posthumous Debut http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22416-loup-leaves-behind-an-intriguingly-imperfect-posthumous-debut.html

 This article is about a band that does not exist. Last month Loup released their posthumous, self-titled debut album on Bandcamp through Milwaukee’s Breadking Collective. According to frontman Brandon Miller, the functionally disbanded group wanted to document their existence

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Phox's Blissfully Codependent Folk-Pop - Monica Martin talks about the band's big year http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22395-phoxs-blissfully-codependent-folk-pop-monica-martin-talks-about-the-bands-big-year.html
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Milwaukee's 2014 New Year's Eve Guide http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22389-milwaukees-2014-new-years-eve-guide.html

As usual, Milwaukee welcomes the new year with an array of concerts, galas and gatherings, offering a night out for any budget.

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Country Rockers Chasin’ Mason Avoid Nashville’s Grip
 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22351-country-rockers-chasin%25E2%2580%2599-mason-avoid-nashville%25E2%2580%2599s-grip%25E2%2580%25A8.html “I hate country music, but you guys rock.”

 That, says Donn Trampe, is “our greatest and most recurrent compliment from first timers

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The Essential Milwaukee Albums of 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22321-the-essential-milwaukee-albums-of-2013.html

 Recent years have been busy ones for the Milwaukee music scene, as local artists have landed major tours, signed to prominent

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Utech Records Festival Spotlights Milwaukee’s Experimental Music Clearinghouse http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22273-utech-records-festival-spotlights-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-experimental-music-clearinghouse.html

 Whatever you think about experimental music—what it is, where it is, whether or not the guy in the Motorhead T-shirt is listening to more of it than you are—you’re probably wrong. Nestled

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Italian Horror Maestros Goblin Land in America, Belatedly http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22231-italian-horror-maestros-goblin-land-in-america-belatedly.html

 An instrumental Italian progressive-rock band with a cumbersome history and a cult following, Goblin built its vast reputation largely by composing scores for iconic horror films in the 1970s. Yet longtime keyboardist Maurizio Guarini prefers sci-fi movies

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Metric Stays In the Moment http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22194-metric-stays-in-the-moment.html

 “It ought to be like a setlist,” Metric’s lead singer Emily Haines says of creating an album, and if you’re familiar with Metric’s catalogue, it’s easy to see how they’ve lived out that idea. Formed in 1998, the Canadian-American band has five full-length studio albums to their name, each showcasing their ability to

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Pretty Lights Looks Beyond the Light Show http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22147-pretty-lights-looks-beyond-the-light-show.html

 Right now, electronic music is more than a trend. It’s a tidal wave. Stars like Tiesto, Skrillex and David Guetta are filling arenas, and according to multiple media reports

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Waka Flocka Flame Can’t Rap and Is Proud of It http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22078-waka-flocka-flame-can%25E2%2580%2599t-rap-and-is-proud-of-it.html

“I just got attacked by a grandmother!” Waka Flocka Flame whispers into his phone after breaking free from her, almost laughing in disbelief. “For real: I just got attacked by an old lady!"

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Toro y Moi Trades Chillwave For Pop and House http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22056-toro-y-moi-trades-chillwave-for-pop-and-house.html

 Artist and producer Chaz Bundick, better known by his bilingual stage name Toro y Moi, is usually cited as a key figure in the chillwave

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