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08.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In the increasingly rare moments that my grandfather remembers what I do for a living long enough to make conversation about it-I write about music, among other things, I tell him when he asks-he'll pose a follow-up question: "What's your favorite band?" I never have an answer for this question, but my grandfather always does. "I know mine," he says, proudly. "The Glenn Miller Orchestra....
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 7 p.m.

Recognizing that nostalgic music listeners are always “In the Mood” for some swing music, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is still touring steadily today behind old big-band staples like “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Moonlight Serenade,” despite the fact that Miller himself died during World War II. Tonight at 7 . . .
Friday, Aug. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Sprightly Scottish singer KT Tunstall’s sunny, girl-power hit “Suddenly I See” has been use to promote everything from movies, TV shows, video games and, uh, Hillary Clinton, making Tunstall something of a star by osmosis. Fairly or not, Tunstall has picked up the reputation as a vapid, feel-good adult-alternative . . .
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Bon Iver records up north

It's a stirring story, one that wraps Justin Vernon's album into a neat package. It starts when Vernon's first band breaks up, and it ends in the Northwoods. Jobless and sick, with nowhere to live and a desire to be alone, Vernon stayed (rent-free) in his father's hunting cabin through the winter. He chopped wood, brooded for a while, and then created a spectacular solo debut. Vernon's For Emma, Forever Ago doesn't merely capture a desperate Wisconsin winter, it captures a man resigned to its snowy, woodland loneliness. That's the true-to-life legend of Bon Iver-the dreariness of life expressed through an album full of dreary optimism, written by a man whose stage name is a play on the French words for "good winter." At least, that's the true-to-life legend that people keep telling . . .
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Thanks to an early push from the music blogs, Eau Claire native Justin Vernon has found unexpected success with his singer-songwriter project, Bon Iver, whose debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago has been heralded as one of the year’s best. Bon Iver returns to Milwaukee tonight for an 8 p.m. concert at the . . .
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 7:30 p.m.

One of pop music’s bigger stars in the 1980s, when his sensitive arena rock hit a nerve through singles like “Straight From The Heart” and “This Time,” Canadian Bryan Adams hasn’t seen anywhere near the same success in the ’90s—at least not in America—but he did further his profile by promoting his latest album . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

There are few musicians in today’s indie scene as enigmatic as M. Ward. His latest album, 2006’s critically acclaimed Post-War, came across like a series of bulletins from a long-gone era, with Ward’s voice often sounding like it was channeling the highs and lows of American history. The result was a record that had something of an otherworldly feel to it. Post-War was clearly rooted in the past, but there was something about Ward’s delivery that made the record feel incredibly relevant . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

   At 53, Earle has seen and experienced most everything, from drug addiction to jail time. It’s reflected in his fiery brand of rock, country, folk, bluegrass and now techno, courtesy of a DJ who joined him for part of his intense, t...
Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

For years an outsider in traditional country music and Nashville songwriting circles, Steve Earle has seen his fanbase boom over the past decade, as an inclusive alt-country movement, nostalgia for outlaw country and demand for populist troubadours created a more obvious market for the renowned singer-songwriter. . .
Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

A young Leonard Cohen for the degree-holding, NPR-listening, Portland-romanticizing set, singer-songwriter M. Ward has spent much of this year promoting his recent album with actress Zooey Deschanel as the duo She & Him. Ward will kick off a short tour with that project later this month, but . . .

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