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Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

On their 2005 debut album, So Much Drama, Red Knife Lottery shouted out songs about murder and betrayal, sounding like a far younger, far thrashier version of The Pretenders. This year they returned with Hip Bruisers, a seven-inch that further tempered the band’s violent punk with jazzy tones and the increasingly . . .
Friday, Aug. 29, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Once coldly dismissed as yet another Promise Ring side project, local indie-rockers Maritime have picked up a well-deserved following over the years, as their records became better, their live shows stronger and their pop sensibilities tighter. Last year they released their finest record yet, the tuneful, peppy Heresy and the . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Lewis Black @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 11 p.m. Though he’s likely blown any chance he had at film stardom after a string of appear ances in awful movies like Robin Williams’ Man of the Year and the 2006 kid film Unaccompanied Minors, angry comedian Lewis Black has had better luck cashing in his "Daily Show"...
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

For nearly 10 years, Milwaukee's Heathrow has been walking a fine line between '90s Britpop and a softer, Midwestern type of sound. Their debut, 2003's critically noted Listening Class, was a throwback to the "Lips Like Sugar" days of sharp, melancholic gui tar pop. This June the group released their second full-length album . . .
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9 p.m.

Plenty of listeners argue that the essence of jazz is chaos, or rather a channeled, directed chaos. While this may not be true for all jazz, it’s certainly the case for the Milwaukee trio ha HA Potato, who opt for dual drums and a saxophone instead of a traditional setup. The resulting sound is unruly as you’d expect, yet . . .
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s resident ambient artists Lights Out Asia have carved out a niche for themselves in the pleasantly addicting, music-to-get-lost-in genre. They’ve honed their grand, multi-layered dreamscapes on their third album, Eyes Like Brontide, the release of which they’ll celebrate tonight. The record crosses ambient . . .
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.

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