favorite singers couldn’t sing,” David Berman once croaked on a Silver Jews
record. It’s unclear whether the guys in the Milwaukee trio Soul Low are Silver
Jews people—if they are, the influence isn’t
The drummer has been replaced by Dresden Dolls' Bryan Viglione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...
Reliving memories of punk rock in the days when it was new has been key
in igniting such recent events as the Lest We Forget concert, headlined by Die
Kreuzen, and The Prosecutors’ reunion show. Steve Nodine
The group has gotten a favorable reception at a wide range of venues, ranging from a punk-rock club in Chicago (where they were billed as “heavy cello rock from Milwaukee”) to the Jazz Estate, where they perform frequently...
Milwaukee filmmaker and musician Mark G.E. went to Kansas City for graduate school in the mid-�80s and launched a mostly-music TV show in the early years of cable, �Joy Farm.� bounced between Milwaukee and Kansas City during the �80s. The program focused on what was then called new music�before hardening of the creative arteries set in and the category narrowed into a marketing ploy called �alte...
The Violent Femmes may or may not be done for good, but singer Gordon Gano has continued making music. This September, he'll release his second solo album, Under the Sun, on Yep Roc records. The record pairs him with "The Ryans," a pair of New York brothers who have scored some unloved films, including Fever Pitch and The Heartbreak Kid, while playing in a band called The Bogmen.