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Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

Music for Fine Dining

Milwaukee ska daddies Something to Do continue to make the music they love long after the '90s mania for the genre has subsided. Perhaps irony and the act of getting over romantic messes work to keep things fresh for them...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Milwaukee songwriter releases two solo albums

Spend enough time on the streets of Milwaukee's East Side and you'll surely encounter Eric...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tonight @ Humboldt Park, 6 p.m.

Bay View's free Chill on the Hill concert series in Humboldt Park continues tonight with a performance from the Milwaukee reggae band The Urbanites, whose eclectic, summery sound touches on ska, dub...
06.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Rancid was modern-rock radio�s gateway in the mid-�90s from punk revival to ska, and it sometimes feels like they�re punished for that. While their contemporaries Green Day re-emerged as the improbable voice of the next generation, Rancid saw their agreeable old hits slowly purged from alternative radio, even though those singles have aged well��Roots Radicals,� �Salvation,� �Time Bomb� and �Ruby ...
02.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I say this as someone who treasures those first three English Beat records: Dave Wakeling, please stop touring. You are making me sad. The English Beat tops even The Specials for the Most Crappy Offshoots and Cash-Ins award�though sometimes the two acts work together�and particularly in recent years Wakeling has outdone himself, touring with the gutted corpse of the English Beat (which, not to ...
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009

Tonight @ the Rave - 7:30 p.m.

After 2005’s self-indulgent We’re Not Happy ’Til You’re Not Happy, a bitter rumination on their unceremonious fall from stardom after ska fell out of popular favor, Reel Big Fish returned to the silly, irreverent party music fans expect of them for 2007’s Monkeys For Nothin’ and the Chimps for Free. The group keeps the good times rolling with their upcoming Fame, Fortune and Fornication, a collection of cartoony, punked-out covers...
Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

Where Ya Gone? (Maxtone)

Milwaukee veterans The Invaders may be considered part of ska's third wave, but the group's sixth album is at its best when the band recalls the genre's '60s formative era in witty little story songs. The group achieves its own twist with the inclusion of harmonica and violin amid the requisite brass, keyboards and hyperactive rhythm section...
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7 p.m.

No band better mastered the marriage of ska and punk in the ’90s than Michigan’s Mustard Plug. In their perky horns, dynamic pop-punk chords and fist-pumping choruses they found a winning formula they stuck to even after their brand of punchy third-wave ska fell hopelessly out of vogue, though to keep with the . . .
08.01.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Turner Hall Ballroom has largely lived up to its promise to bring more live music to town�specifically more all-ages live music�so its with no ill will that I (once again) lightly ridicule the organization�s management for the surprising amount of ska it books. Their latest ska spectacular is the just-announced Mustard Plug show, which, of course, will be Mustard Plug�s second show at ...
Friday, July 4, 2008

Golfdinger & Less Than Jake @ the Harley Davidson Roadhouse

The Harley-Davidson Roadhouse sports a ska-punk double-feature tonight beginning at 8 p.m., when Golfdinger takes the stage. Then, at 10 p.m., a similar but more successful ska group, Less Than Jake, does a set filled with their signature punchy horns and metallic riffs.