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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9 p.m.

Son Ambulance is the brainchild of one-time Bright Eyes sideman Joe Knapp, who employs similar melancholic, electro-beat backdrops in his own somber tunes, but has begun to distinguish himself from his more-famous Omaha, Neb., collaborator. Soft-strummed songs like “Horizons,” off the group’s latest album . . .
Friday, July 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club

Following in the footsteps of Motion City Soundtrack’s high-energy power pop, the St. Louis’ trio The Blind Eyes has been carving out a place for themselves both in and outside of their native Missouri. They recently took home the honor of “Best New Artist” of 2008 from the city’s RFT Magazine, and their bright, peppy...
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club

Lacking the get-up-and-go beat or melodic ambience of acts like Aphex Twin or Telefon Tel Aviv, Milwaukee’s Dartanjal feels perhaps purposely far from conventional music. As practitioners of both audio and visual art, music makers Jon Minor and Jim Schoenecker often attempt to bridge the gaps between the two mediums...
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.

A good electronica show seems harder and harder to find these days, especially in Milwaukee’s cover-heavy local bar scene. Competing for audiences against old house and techno standbys is a new kind of cerebral, “dance-in-place” music tailor made for iPod playlists than discos...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Page France’s delicate folk-pop often sounded like it had been pulled directly from a Wes Anderson film, and as such, it was an instant hit in the blogosophere, where appetites for pristine indie-pop are large. Before they could find greater success, the pensive band broke-up—or went on an extended leave, depending . . .
Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9:30 p.m.

Dax Riggs’ previous band, Deadboy & the Elephantmen, might have garnered more attention had it not been recorded during the reign of The White Stripes, a much higher-profile band that played similar, bluesy heavy rock and invited countless imitators that, while disposable, nonetheless stole attention from more . . .
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9 p.m.

Nothing about Milwaukee’s Big Fun sounds organic at first listen, from the band’s choppy, whirling beats to the omnipresent, blippy synths. Repeated listens, however, reveal that there’s a big, human heart powering this robot, and it comes across especially in the sweet, lovelorn vocals, which recall a friendlier . . .
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

MadiSalsa @ Jazz in the Park, 6:30 p.m. Although their appearance will do little to satisfy the jazz purists who grumble about the lack of pure, traditional jazz at Jazz in the Park, Madison’s logically named 10-piece ensemble MadiSalsa will certainly please the masses who just want to rumba...
Friday, May 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s 1956 pounds out the heavy, chugging alternative-rock riffs like the ones that proliferated throughout the early ’90s, but underneath the grind, the band reveals an unexpected softer side. “Persistent,” one of the standout tracks from the group’s measured 2007 album, Saboteur, is steeped in the . . .
Friday, May 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Anticon Records is still best known as a hip-hop label, but there’s nary a trace of hip-hop in the label’s longtime recording artist Dosh, an ambient multi-instrumentalist from Minneapolis. Dosh’s just-released album Wolves and Wishes features guest contributions from artists as disparate as Andrew Bird, Fog and Bonnie . . .

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