This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we cover a lot of ground as we talk all things reunions. In the wake of news that Decibully is regrouping for a Milwaukee Day concert, Matt and Ryan suggest some other local bands that they'd like to see get back together. But are bands ever as good the second time around? I explain why I'm burned out on reunio...
Milwaukee's Seven Day of Samsara never formally broke up, but you could be forgiven for assuming they had. It's been about a half decade since the mathy, violently heavy turn-of-the-century hardcore band played their last show, and even longer since they released new music. For at least one night, though, the group is getting back together: They'll play a show Sunday, April 13 at the Riverwest Pub...
“bass player upset at lead singer for hogging the spotlight” and “guitarist’s
girlfriend lobbying for more solos,” failure to get a record deal sits
prominently on the lists of reasons bands call it quits. But it’s not often
that a band landing a spot on a label plays a role in its
With Vic & Gab and Field Report's Chris Porterfield
By Shepherd Express Staff
Since losing his son Pablo to a Wilms’ tumor, Milwaukee native Jeff Castelaz’s Pablove Foundation has strived to increase awareness about childhood cancer and raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where Pablo underwent treatment. A one-time staple of the Milwaukee music scene who managed the city’s most successful acts from the ’90s, including The Gufs, Citizen King and The Pr...
For a half-dozen years, Dallas Green did double
duty in two very different musical projects. He was the guitarist, keyboardist
and a main songwriter in Alexisonfire, a post-hardcore band playing
The drummer has been replaced by Dresden Dolls' Bryan Viglione
By Evan Rytlewski
So much for a drama-free reunion. Just several weeks after playing a homecoming show at Summerfest, the recently regrouped Violent Femmes announced that they have replaced original drummer Victor DeLorenzo with Bryan Viglione of the Dresden Dolls. (The band's website has even been updated with a photo of Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie with Viglione, making the new lineup official.) DeLorenzo's depa...
No one was more surprised than Violent Femmes’ drummer
Victor DeLorenzo when the play button was pressed and the band’s six-year pause
ended. “Gordon [Gano] called me last October, on John Lennon’s birthday
Relations are no longer "Frosty" between Ritchie and Gano
By Evan Rytlewski
It ended with an argument over Wendy's. Milwaukee's Violent Femmes had been playing together for nearly 30 years, but that shared history wasn't enough to keep them together in the wake one of the fast-food giant's ad campaigns, which used the Femmes' iconic "Blister in the Sun" with the permission of guitarist Gordon Gano but not bassist Brian Ritchie. Incensed by that commercial, Ritchie sued Ga...