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09.29.2014 | 119 days ago | Posted at 05:16 PM

Deluxe DVD release of TV Special

By David Luhrssen
Motown was one of the most vital record labels ever, and in the peak years, the 1960s through early ‘70s, the Detroit enterprise produced some of the best music heard on AM radio—or anywhere else. By the time the label celebrated its 25th anniversary, it had been sold to Polygram and would be passed from square to square like a chit on the Monopoly board. And yet, the TV speci...
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
 Just as quickly as the ’90s ushered in a new soul-music renaissance, the ’00s put that renaissance on hold, as some of neo-soul’s brightest talents retreated from the spotlight. Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo spent much of that decade off the grid, sidelined by either personal issues or creative
Monday, April 2, 2012

Smul's Paradise (Capri Records)

From the opening number—the insistent, jumpy, lock-step strut of the Stevie Wonder hit “Sunny”—it's clear that Gary Smulyan's latest quartet offering is far from just another saxophone album. In fact, the baritone master (yep, that's baritone sax...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, June 25, Rise Against w/ Rancid and The Riverboat Gamblers @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest, 6:30 p.m. As with previous Rise Against albums, the band’s latest record, Appeal To Reason, mixes hard-charging punk tracks with more traditional rock songs...
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Amphitheater

Even during his ’70s prime, Stevie Wonder was never much of a road-warrior, and these days, with his stardom well cemented, the perennially smiling soul singer prefers to do quick television appearances instead of laborious tour dates. This year, however, the happy one mercifully made space in his selective schedule...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Gnarls Barkley @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Summerfest, 11 p.m. Summerfest schedules tend to repeat themselves, with the same bands invited back year after year, regardless of how far they descend down the C-list (case in point, Plain White T’s are returning this year, well after their 15 minutes have...