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08.28.2014 | | Posted at 03:13 PM

Milwaukee Public TV Remembers their 1964 Concert

By David Luhrssen
Fifty years ago this month, The Beatles played the Milwaukee Auditorium on their first U.S. tour. Milwaukee Public Television commemorates the event with a documentary, “The Beatles Invade Milwaukee,” premiering this week on Channels 10 and 36.   The concert’s Milwaukee promoter, Nick Topping, passed away in 2007 and is represented in the documentary by the m...
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Tangle of Hormones

 While mentoring Martine (Olivia Thirlby), a New York video artist visiting Los Angeles, Peter (John Krasinski), an
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012


Fourth time's a charm for Milwaukee's Revolush. Stagefright mines the rarefied terrain where classic rock meets power pop without sounding overly concerned about paying homage to The Beatles. The group sounds closer
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
 “If you come to a fork in the road, pick it up—you may need it later,” explains musician Glenn Boren, whose long and winding road brought him to the founding of Trophy Guitar Straps. Today, Trophy’s recreated vintage straps...
09.21.2012 | | Posted at 10:11 AM

DVD Documents the Beatles’ Producer

By David Luhrssen
 Without George Martin, the Beatles might never have been heard beyond seaport clubs in northern Europe and without his hand in the studio, many of their classic recordings might have been a bit less classic. Some of the funny stories in the BBC documentary “Produced by George Martin” are already familiar to Beatles fans. The self-deprecating producer recalls being unimpressed by the ...
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

America's Physic

With its recreation of a raucous fundamentalist prayer meeting, “Devil Take the Hindmost” opens America's Physic on a Flannery O'Connor note. What follows can often be categorized as Americana, but not everything by Milwaukee's New Harmony Indiana is...
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Whether it's called Mardi Gras or Carnival, the idea of a final blowout before the austere season of Lent has traveled widely across the world. In Armenia, the big party is called Poon Paregentan (literally, “Good Living”), and this weekend the Milwaukee celebration features the Wisconsin band MidEast Beat...
Monday, Aug. 2, 2010

New Books on the Beatles, Pink Floyd

The fans keep writing rock books in a never ending, detail-focused scrutiny of personal lives and performances, recording sessions and releases. Two of the latest from Omnibus Press concern the band that defined the ‘60s and the group that set the boundaries for the ‘70s—unwittingly helping precipitate a...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tonight at the Schwartz Bookshop in Shorewood

It’s a damn busy night for Milwaukee: Not only do we get an appearance from a Beatle (it’s Ringo, but still) but also one from the infamous author Salman Rushdie, who reads from his newest book, The Enchantress Of Florence, a meticulously researched tome set in the Mughal Empire, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Schwartz...
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tonight @ the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage

As vicious as it may seem to throw a baby-faced band to the tar pits, The Redwalls have likely missed their shot at stardom. Snatched up by Capitol Records early in their career, in 2005 the Illinois group released De Nova, a banal tribute to the ’60s British Invasion that was heavily promoted but indifferently...