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12.05.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Strength and Honor Rocky of the Irish December 05, 2007 | 10:45 AM Hollywood would have made a mess of this plot. Imagine: after Sean, a promising contender, accidentally kills his best friend in the ring, he vows to his wife that he will never fight again. After his wife dies, he renews his promise at her graveside. But matters take a turn when the bank threatens to foreclose on the house, his ...
Friday, July 18, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

With lead singer Michael Tarbox wavering between Jim Morrison at his most delirious and Johnny Cash at his most matter of fact, the Cambridge, Mass., group Tarbox Ramblers farm the same haunting and underutilized Appalachian folk influence as the likes of 16 Horsepower. Their 2004 disc A Fix Back East parlays . . .
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

HEALTH @ The Borg Ward Collective, 7 p.m., Thursday. Partnered with the Canadian electronic duo Crystal Castles, HEALTH recorded one of last year’s sharpest singles, the disorient ing, Orwellian “Crimewave.” Left to their own devices, though, the Los Angeles group is more of a conventional noise-rock band than that dark dance track suggests, heavy on rusty guitars and cacopho nous drums.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Soft-rocker survivor James Lee Stanley has been putting out solo albums steadily since the early 1970s, when he was a featured RCA artist. Without a commercial hit to guarantee him an audience, he fell out of the spotlight, but continued recording, most memorably working with former Monkee Peter Tork in the 1990s . . .
Thursday, July 10, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Blackberry Smoke @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. While diverse stylistic range is often the hallmark of profound musical study, sometimes there’s something equally admirable about cornering and perfecting a specific niche. That’s the path taken by Atlanta’s Blackberry Smoke, who’ve wholeheartedly devoted themselves to the cause...
Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall

While diverse stylistic range is often the hallmark of profound musical study, sometimes there’s something equally admirable about cornering and perfecting a specific niche. That’s the path taken by Atlanta’s Blackberry Smoke, who’ve wholeheartedly devoted themselves to the cause of Southern rock. While the...
Thursday, June 19, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Twista @ The Rave, 9 p.m. Last time Twista was slated to play a V100.7-sponsored event, filling in at the last minute for a snowbound Soulja Boy at December’s Holiday Jam, Twista himself was a no-show, and promoters gave no explanation for his absence.
Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Behind Martin Sexton’s puffy, pale countenance there’s an incongruously soulful voice, one that evokes Stevie Wonder’s spirited cheer and Marvin Gaye’s passionate conviction. This limitless voice has opened up doors for Sexton that similar new-folk singer-songwriters never have access to, so Sexton has been able . . .
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

The Strawbs, a Dylan-inspired, British folk-rock group that plugged in the giant synthesizers in the early 1970s and found prog-rock success, have gone through many incarnations over their 44 years together. Although recent acoustic releases have returned the band to their folky roots, they also felt like solo records . . .

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