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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Intertwined melodies in the spirit of Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons are spread across husband-and-wife duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion’s Exploration, their most recent set of originals, which they recorded with members of Son Volt and The Jayhawks.
Friday, April 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10:00 PM

With his wild mane and his focused stare, Minnesota’s Mark Mallman looks a little bit like an indie-rock Meatloaf, although his sound is more grounded in Big Star-styled power-pop and T. Rex-styled glam-rock. Just for the hell of it, we’ll compare him to early Elton John, too, since his slick piano playing is the foundation . . .
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

The Farrelly brothers infamously used Jonathan Richman’s music in their ’90s comedies, but for those emotional moments in their latter films when Richman’s music wouldn’t suffice, they turned to another Massachusetts musician, folk-pop singer Ellis Paul.
Sunday, March 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 8:00 PM

Like fellow Oklahoman outfit The Flaming Lips, Evangelicals create an acid-fried, psychedelic pastiche, drawing from cheap movie sound effects, countless rhythmic layers and a bevy of studio clatter and effects. Unlike recent Lips recordings, however, Evangelicals’ songs sometimes veer toward the more . . .
Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10:00 PM

Local rock upstarts Atlatl celebrate the release of their debut EP tonight with a 10 p.m. performance at the Cactus Club with openers Fire On Your Sleeve and Eat The Mystery. Atlatl’s four-song debut runs the gamut from riff-heavy stoner-rock to spastic, Modest Mouse-style romps.
Friday, March 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9:30 PM

With a funky, just-released new album out, The Shape of Things To Come, the popular Milwaukee hip-hop trio the Rusty Ps headline a 9:30 p.m. show at the Cactus Club tonight. Get there on time to catch the fantastic opening act Statehood, a D.C. punk band formed from the rhythm section of the dearly missed . . .
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Last time Stephen Malkmus stopped in Milwaukee, he gave a completely unexpected, one-off set of 18 Pavement songs played in chronological order, while his new band, The Jicks, struggled to keep up with him.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9:00 PM

In the late ’70s, the rabblerousing all-girl trio The Slits slathered menacing punk-rock in thick, dubby reggae beats and released an album, Cut, that ranks among the finest punk albums of its era. After decades of silence, dreadlocked founder Ari Up and returning Slit Tessa Pollitt unexpectedly resurrected the band in . . .
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Feb. 29, 2008

The Newark, N.J.-based alternative hip-hop group Dalek has made a career out of defying expectations of what rap music should—or should not—sound like. On record, the band has managed to meld such disparate influences as Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine and Jesu to create a sound that remarkably coheres into something all its own. There is a sense that group members truly love all forms of underground music, and it comes across on their albums. With the horrors of the unholy late- 1990s “rap-rock” phenomenon quickly dissolving from our collective cultural memory, Dalek allows us to fully see the artistic benefits of indiscriminate genre-hopping. Yet the act of reproducing recorded rap tracks in a live setting is a skill that has eluded even some of the most gifted performers, and judging from its recent Cactus Club performance, even Dalek finds it difficult.
Friday, Feb. 29, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club

Unlike so many other abstract hip-hop artists who create only flimsy, vaguely dreamlike soundscapes, Dalek runs the gamut from shoegazey atmospherics to harsh blasts of industrial noise every bit as ferocious as you’d expect from two bulky, barbarous New Jerseyians. Even though the group’s temper has . . .

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