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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 . . .
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

MadiSalsa @ Jazz in the Park, 6:30 p.m. Although their appearance will do little to satisfy the jazz purists who grumble about the lack of pure, traditional jazz at Jazz in the Park, Madison’s logically named 10-piece ensemble MadiSalsa will certainly please the masses who just want to rumba...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sunday, June 8, 2008

As leader of The Silos, Walter Salas-Humara has been recording since the mid-’80s, working on more than a dozen albums with collaborators as diverse as Alejandro Escovedo and, in an upcoming project, novelist Jonathan Lethem. At Sunday’s Shank Hall show, Salas-Humara led a band made up of Milwaukee and Madison musicians.
Sunday, June 8, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

A forward-thinking group that in the late ’80s infused assured college-rock with accents of Americana, The Silos are one of the modern alt-country movement’s unspoken pioneers. Since the beginning, the band’s records have consistently been strong—hooky and spiteful in all the right places—but the group has . . .
Wednesday, June 4, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

If last weekend’s RiverSplash! didn’t make it official enough, there can be no doubt that Milwaukee’s summer festival season has finally arrived now that Jazz in the Park has returned. Every Thursday through September in Cathedral Square Park, a different jazz artist will headline this free gig while patrons—
Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

An experimental trio fronted by Tin Hat Trio violinist Carla Kihlstedt, 2 Foot Yard aggressively demonstrate just how versatile the violin/cello/percussion set-up can be. When this California-based trio reigns itself in, it weaves together pretty classical pop compositions, but more often they seem interested in covering any . . .
Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Here’s a statistic that might surprise non-Genesis diehards: In a sign of just how enduring the band is, no fewer than three Genesis tribute groups have swung through Milwaukee in the past six months. This week’s, Face Value, which does an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall, is something of an outsider in Genesis cult circles . . .
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

With his longtime band The Church, Marty Willson-Piper recorded a stack of classic albums and one bona fide hit, 1988’s “Under the Milky Way,” an evocative ’80s classic later used to striking effect in the film Donnie Darko. Ever prolific, Willson-Piper is constantly juggling side projects and a solo career. Tonight he plays . . .
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Promoters are increasingly honing in on two can’t-miss genres that reliably fill up music venues: Irish-rock and jam-music. Toronto’s Enter the Haggis draw a little bit from column A, and a little bit from column B, laying down music grounded in the Celtic tradition while fusing in bits and pieces of rock, bluegrass, folk, prog . . .
Thursday, May 8, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

he Swell Season @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. In an Academy Awards musical moment that ranks with Elliott Smith’s “Miss Misery” performance or Three 6 Mafia’s unlikely win for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” this year’s Best Original Song award went to singer-songwriters Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova...

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