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07.10.2014 | 53 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Sylvan Esso made their network TV debut last night on "The Tonight Show," where they played one of the standouts from their charming self-titled debut album, "Coffee," joined by the show's bandleader ?uestlove on drums. It was, like almost everything this North Carolina group with Milwaukee ties does, an endearing spectacle, with singer Amelia Meath winging her usual Salt-n-Pepa-style dance moves ...
04.02.2013 | | Posted at 02:15 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Milwaukee Brewers debuted their 2013 entrance music this weekend, and as is often the case, some of the most inspired picks belong to some of the team's least distinguished players. Snoozy backup outfielder Logan Schafer hopes to change his reputation for being the active player that everybody forgets about by walking up to Mack Morrison's nutso robotic funk jam "Return of the Mack." Not to be...
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Milwaukee Opera Theatre explores the undying myth

 At the death of his adored Eurydice, the musician Orpheus breached the Underworld. He sang about love so beautifully that Hades let Eurydice return to life provided Orpheus refrained from looking at her on the way
Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tonight @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

Fans worried that The Roots' job as the house band for Jimmy Fallon's incarnation of “Late Night” would slow hip-hop's most celebrated live act can breathe easy. Even with their TV commitments, The Roots have continued to tour at a steady...
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Foo Fighters, Burnhearts Pabst Street Party and Iron Maiden

Ben Folds has kept busy since he disbanded his piano-rock trio Ben Folds Five shortly after the release of its bold final album, 1999's The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. He's recorded plenty of solo albums...
Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Hold Steady, Roots, PBR Street Festival and Modest Mouse

We’re assuming that anybody reading this blurb doesn’t need to read yet another Bruce Springsteen comparison, so instead here’s a bit of trivia about the Milwaukee ties of Brooklyn’s The Hold Steady. The band’s bassist Galen Polivka is a Whitefish Bay High School alum who for years played in the...
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tonight @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

Fans worried that The Roots’ new job as the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s incarnation of “Late Night” would slow hip-hop’s most celebrated live can breathe easy. Even with their TV commitments, The Roots have continued to tour at a...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Also: The Roots offer a much-needed chaser

By Evan Rytlewski
Not even a generous helping of Lil Wayne can save the racket-laden new Chris Brown single, "I Can Transform Ya." Coming off the whole "furiously beating one of the world's biggest pop starlets" thing, you would think that Brown would opt for a song... I don't know, maybe a little bit less angry. It's nice to see that he still hasn't lost his penchant for cross-promotion, though. The song sounds li...
Friday, July 3, 2009

Tonight @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Summefest, 10 p.m.

It’s an unprecedented milestone in hip-hop: 10 albums. No rap act had ever recorded 10 albums—that is, 10 decent albums—until last year. That the group to first hit the 10-album mark was The Roots should be no surprise to those who had been following the Philadelphia ensemble, which for over a decade has been a testament to the artistic potential of hip-hop and refuted stereotypes...

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