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05.20.2011 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Summerfest began announcing its side-stage line-ups this week, which means the perennial complaints from disappointed music fans can't be far behind. Let me try to stave off a few of them, though, with this reminder: If you're complaining about the Summerfest line-up, you're probably not in Summerfest's target demographic, anyway. Though at various points in its existence Summerfest has fancied...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Milwaukee's Global Festival

World music formerly conjured up impressions of folklore, field recordings and fading traditions lovingly preserved on wax. Lately, it’s emerged from the archives and the museums to take its place in contemporary pop culture. Even so, world music still strikes many ears as an awkward catchall term. Aside from the music of the spheres, what on Earth isn’t world music? But for an industry, a media and a populace lost without neatly labeled categories, world music has become the file folder for almost any performer outside of the Anglo-American musical tradition.

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