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Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009

Tonight @ Linneman's - 9:30 p.m.

It’s not cheap keeping a local venue up to code, especially during the winter, when heating bills can be nearly crippling. That’s why a quartet of local rock bands—as well at the outsider theatre group Insurgent Theatre, no stranger to performing on bills with rock bands—are hosting The Borg Ward Hypernation Fest tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Linneman’s to raise money for the...
Monday, Sept. 29, 2008

Lost in the Times

  Milwaukee singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Parduhn recently released his fourth album, Lost in the Times. Recorded at Milwaukee's Fly Studios and produced by local bass player Guy Fiorentini, the CD includes Parduhn's band mates from Bones of Contention, organist/pianist Scott Finch and vocalist Annie Perry, with whom Parduhn has recorded two albums; drummer Bill Backes, who recorded an album with Parduhn...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008

Tonight @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn - 9 p.m.

Graciously dubbing the place of his birth “Hellwaukee,” local hair metal expat Amir Stoune looks to make another homecoming for fans who may have missed his Aug. 15 performance as part of his “Lost In Hell” tour. A longtime devotee of no-nonsense guitar riffs a la Motley Crue, Amir, as he prefers to be called, recently . . .
Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tonight @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn - 9:30 p.m.

Formed from the core of Trolley, a once-prolific Milwaukee group that has mostly laid dormant for the past half-decade, the power-pop ensemble The Nice Outfit, who do a 9:30 p.m. show at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn tonight, picks up where that band left off, tightening and focusing its sound. Packing punchy punk-rock . . .
Monday, June 9, 2008

Tonight @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn - 10 p.m.

A folk-rocker and accomplished visual artist, Mike Fredrickson performs tonight at Linnemna’s Riverwest Inn tonight. Fredrickson previously played with the rock group Spanic Boys, a featured musical guest on a 1990 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” and its offshoot band, The Mosleys. His 10 p.m. set tonight follows the . . .
Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tonight @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn - 7 p.m.

It’s time again to give peace a chance. The annual “Peace Through Music: The Music of John Lennon” benefit, held tonight at 7 p.m. at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, raises funds for the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, a group that works to prevent gun violence, and features an ultra-packed bill including some of the city’s . . .
Monday, May 19, 2008

Tonight @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn - 7:30 p.m.

For decades, Milwaukee multi-instrumentalist Sigmund Snopek has been one of the hardest working musicians in the local music scene, tackling everything from jazz to experimental prog-rock during his weekly gigs. He’s even an accomplished composer (his compositions tend toward the edgy, post-modern side). Tonight . . .
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Trolley Recalls ’60s Brit Rock

Pete Townshend coined the term “power pop” in the 1960s to describe The Who, but the phrase was forgotten for more than a decade. In the late ’70s, rock critics began applying the pithy phrase to Big Star, The Plimsouls, The Last—bands recovering the endangered verities of mid-’60s rock in three-minute testimonials to melody and harmony, two guitars, bass and drums. Power pop never produced another Beatles but has survived as a handy marketing label for a genre of melodic rock. When one such band, Material Issue, recorded a song called “International Pop Overthrow” in the early ’90s, they intended it as an anthem for the music they loved . . .
Saturday, April 19, 2008

Tonight @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn - 9:30 p.m.

Milwaukee’s long-running power-pop institution The Lackloves celebrate the release of their first album in nearly half a decade, Cathedral Square Park, tonight with a 9:30 p.m. show at Linneman’s.