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03.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee's most comprehensive music blog now has its own theme song, thanks for The Candliers, who got their Guided By Voices on and recorded a 40-second tune for Fan-Belt�though in true Candliers fashion, it sounds more like the soundtrack for the 1960s underground press than a Twitter-age blog....
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

Tonight @ Stonefly - 10 p.m.

The Candliers are as fitting a band to spend New Year's Eve with as any. Candied with trumpet, banjo and Wurlitzer, the group's starry-eyed love letters to the people, places and sounds of America's past couldn't squeeze in any more pomp if the band replaced all their instruments with pots, pans and noisemakers. The Riverwest seven-piece performs tonight on a 10 p.m. Stonefly Brewery bill with Dead Man's Carnival, a subversive circus troupe...
Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tonight @ Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

“You can’t play a sad song on the banjo,” Steve Martin once keenly observed, and his maxim holds true in the music of Riverwest’s perky, ramshackle seven-piece The Candliers. They write bittersweet odes to times long past, then cheerfully play the hell out of them. Two solid bands round out the band’s 10 p.m. headlining . . .
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Friday, May 23, Milwaukee Bonecrushers vs. Rock River Raptors @ U.S. Cellular Arena, 7:30 p.m. “HERE TO STAY!” the Milwaukee Bonecrushers’ Web site defiantly declares, but the team has often seemed as unlikely to make it through its inaugural season as Hillary Clinton is to make it to the Democratic convention.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Feb. 22, 2008

Friday, February 22, was a good night for Milwaukee music – both music in Milwaukee and Milwaukee music. There is a welcoming trend of support for local bands happening right now and everyone is benefiting from it, especially out of town headliners. When the houselights went out (early) at Turner Hall for a 7 p.m., four-band bill, there was already an impressive couple hundred people, roughly half of the total draw by the end of the (also early) night, which reached well into the mid 400s. Self-described as “Milwaunkee Tonk,” The Candliers took the stage shortly after 7 p.m. and played a quick set of jovial tributes to a time before synthesizers, drum machines and even overdriven guitars. Successfully recreating this sound on album is somewhat of a tedious task, but it can be accomplished.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:00 PM

When Orange County’s Limbeck hit the scene in 2000, they leaned heavily on nondescript emo and soft-punk, but subsequent albums have seen the band transform into a more twangy, melodically driven alt-country act. Opening for Limbeck’s 7 p.m. show at the Turner Hall Ballroom tonight is John Ralston, a Floridian who specializes in Dashboard .. . .
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007

The Cactus Club - 10 PM

Two of Milwaukee's most novel new indie-rock bands share a 10 p.m. bill at the Cactus Club tonight. The Candliers take inspiration from old folk, country and ragtime-era swing‹basically any music that you can play with a banjo. After performing their cheer songs for audiences at just about every notable club in the city, they finally put out their first release this fall, a 7-inch split with The Trusty Knife. Openers John The Savage, a Bay View band that wondrously emerged in time for this summer's Bay View Bash, kicks up a lot of drunken racket with accordions, a trumpet and, occasionally, a megaphone.

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