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Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Oct. 30, Cornmeal w/ Good Gets Better @ Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. The Chicago ensemble Cornmeal labels itself “progressive bluegrass,” but that tag may give a misleading impression. While the group isn’t immune to occasional jammy digressions into jazz and rock territory, they stay more closely within...
Friday, July 4, 2008

Thursday, July 3 @ the Cascio Groove Garage

Summerfest has long been the domain of bright, cheery music, not aphotic hardcore and grinding metal, so it was a bit of a spectacle Thursday when the Cascio Groove Garage hosted a line-up of loud area bands, booked by the local punk scene’s busiest impresario, Kelsey Kaufmann of Cougar Den. Milwaukee’s hardcore scene has long hosted some of the city’s most visionary bands, so it was a welcome change to see some of its young warriors finally get their due at Milwaukee’s biggest music festival. Flanked by a supportive, receptive crowd of peers that crowded the front of the stage, most groups fit in at the Big Gig better than might be expected. Novel, for instance, proved they weren’t nearly as menacing as their demonic . . .
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Milwaukee Bands Play the Prominent Texan Festival

SITTING ALONE AT A LONG, WHITE TABLE BY THE ENTRANCE GATE, KELSEY KAUFMANN SMILED at the festivalgoers, handing them concert schedules as they filtered into the park. They were arriving for a bash called Mess With Texas, one of the largest of the storied day parties...
Friday, March 7, 2008

Thursday, March 13th @ Maggie Mae's Gibson Room – 9:40 PM

Cougar Den is three kids from the heart of the Midwest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin playing spazzy hardcore/screamo. We formed with the aspiration of playing basement shows with our favorite local bands. Since November of 2005, we've toured the west coast in a little blue school bus, gotten a few stitches, watched kids jump off of refrigerators at house shows, seen . . .
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007
The thrill of a good punk song is that it's combustible and could ignite at any time. With screamo songs, however, there's never any doubt about when they'll ignite. They arrive pre-lit.