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Friday, Aug. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

On their upcoming first full-length album, Maps for Children, Milwaukee’s Into Arcadia find themselves a bit bummed out by the modern age. A deep existential questioning that often borders on outright despair runs through the album, from lead singer Otto Ohlsson’s occasional channeling of Robert Smith’s tragic . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Aug. 14, Love in October w/ Luminol @ Points East Pub, 10 p.m. Though Minneapolis’ Love in October prefers to shroud their album covers and Web site in images from the early 20th century, their take on bittersweet, Saturday-afternoon alt-rock is distinctly modern.
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9 p.m.

Compared to the typical music scenes, Nairobi, Kenya stands out as a curiously unique starting point for the multinational Extra Golden, which owes as much stylistically to classic American rock aesthetics as traditional Kenyan Benga music. Initial comparisons to fellow African harmonic acts like Ladysmith Black . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, July 24, Extra Golden w/ Kings Go Forth @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m. Compared to the typical music scenes, Nairobi, Kenya stands out as a curiously unique starting point for the multina tional Extra Golden, which owes as much stylistically to classic American rock aesthetics as traditional Kenyan Benga music.
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 . . .

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