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10.16.2014 | 38 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Sometimes it feels like Canopies are messing with us. In 2011 the Milwaukee group emerged with a shockingly addictive EP of synth-heavy psychedelic pop, then they all but disappeared for the better part of two years. They reappeared this February with an audacious new track, "Miss You Now," that seemed to promise a comeback, only to fall off the grid once again for another half year. But now it se...
11.03.2014 | 21 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It’s possible to describe Mortgage Freeman’s sophomore album Streetcrusher in a single word: busy. Using one word to describe an album this bountiful, however, almost feels like an insult, since brevity has nothing to do with this record’s prog-addled vision. So instead let’s describe Streetcrusher as an audaciously manic, supersized, seam-bursting loaded baked potato of a record, an hour-...
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

2014 Best of Milwaukee Winners

Brookfield singer-songwriter Nora Collins hit the ground running. Though she’s only a few years removed from high school, the country/folk/pop singer plays shows at a
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Of all the great songwriters of the last half century, Patti Smith is one of the most unknowable. That’s not because Smith is particularly private or her work is evasive or
09.24.2014 | 60 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
It was only earlier this month that the '70s-devoted Milwaukee rock band Herman Astro played a release show for its latest album, Mean Gene. It turns out that show will be one of their last: This morning the group announced that it will break up following one final "grand finale, variety show" scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Miramar Theatre. You can read the band's touching farewell Faceboo...
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
The Midwest Beat singer/guitarist Matt Joyce has always had a fondness for ragged, rough-around-the-edges records. “One of my all-time favorites is Neil Young’s

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