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Friday, Aug. 29, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Though The Flower Kings have at times been labeled prog-rock’s great white hope, and are now arguably one of the world’s leading prog-rock bands, they’ve at times had trouble finding their footing. The Sum of No Evil, the band's latest and most focused album in years (even with a running time of 75 minutes), tries to . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Silver (Omnium)

Boiled in Lead may be a rock band steeped in Irish tradition, but it would be hard to mistake them for The Pogues, Black 47 or most other bands that proudly wear the green. The Minneapolis group forged its own links between pub music, rock 'n' roll and Anglo-Celtic folk, coming closer to Fairport Convention at a rowdy. . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
Almost seven years ago to the date, on Sept. 14, 2001, The Flower Kings, now arguably one of the world's leading progressive-rock bands, played what just might rank among Shank Hall's most memorable and cathartic shows. "I remember that gig, and I remember those days vividly," says guitarist, vocalist and head Flower King Roine Stolt, when reminded that the Swedish band was on a rare U.S. tour as the tragedy of 9/11 unfolded. The Flower Kings opened their penultimate show of that tour with "Last Minute On Earth," the lead track from . . .
Friday, Aug. 22, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Just in time for their 20th anniversary, and a mere seven years after they began recording it, the Germantown college-rock band Dairyland Youth has finally released their reunion record. New recording technology aside, the band’s new Re:Volting sounds little changed from the band’s early cassette . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
When he lived in Milwaukee, guitarist Jason Seed was often thought of as a jazz musician, probably because he was often seen at the Estate club on the city's East Side. But one listen to his music and any one label begins to sound tiny, incapable of encompassing the sonic space Seed inhabits. "So, basically, genre be damned," says Seed, who now mostly splits his time between Chicago and Austin but returns to Milwaukee periodically to gig and record. He calls his music "rockdixiefunkinjazzgypsyclassicadelitango" and that only begins to describe . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

After distinguished stints backing blues greats John Mayall and Albert Collins, guitarist Coco Montoya finally took a stab at his own solo career in 1995, and he’s been recording steadily ever since. Though he cut his teeth with sharp, electric riffs, on recent records he’s fall into a softer, more soulful sound a la Robert . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Don’t confuse the Minneapolis all-girl pop-punk outfit Sick of Sarah with The Donnas. Sick of Sarah rarely confines themselves solely to punk conventions, instead opting for periodic slowdowns where lead singer Abisha Uhl’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs-esque jaded flatness really shines past the sugary dead-ends of similarly . . .
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Some time around Thanksgiving, The Supersuckers will celebrate their 20th anniversary as punk's answer to hedonistic, cowboy-hat wearing, meat-and-potatoes American rock 'n' roll. Twenty years is long enough for the band, born in Tucson, Ariz., to have moved to Seattle before the grunge movement took full steam . . .
Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, July 31, CSS w/ The Go! Team and Matt & Kim @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. Hailing from Sao Paulo and sounding like a self-aware, electro-chic version of Avril Lavigne with a playfully dry sense of humor, CSS seemingly survived the pitfalls of a cutesy beginning in iPod Touch commercials...
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008
Mike Mangione wanted out of his comfort zone. That's why he left Milwaukee-his home for almost four years now-and spent two weeks in early 2007 living in a hotel in Lexington, Ky. At nearby Shangri-la Productions, he recorded Tenebrae, a stirring, brutally personal and critically acclaimed record that takes emotional cues from such albums as Peter Gabriel's Us and Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind.

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