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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...
Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Taking on lead vocals in addition to his lead guitar duties, Kim Simmonds is the only original member of what was once known as the Savoy Brown Blues Band, now billed at Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds. Since the group made its name touring in the late-’60s and ’70s as part of the British blues revival . . .
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Marty Willson-Piper takes a hands-on approach to his career these days. He keeps watch over the business dealings of his longtime band, The Church, and micromanages every aspect of his solo career and many side projects. He spends as much time behind the merch table as he can, and for the current tour behind his new album, Nightjar, he’s selling homemade EPs he burned to CD-R himself. He even designed the artwork. Of course, he honed his business acumen the hard way. “Ohhh,” he moans when considering what his life would be like had he been as involved behind the scenes during The Church’s early years. “I’d be dining at the Ritz right now!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

An 8 p.m. bill at Shank Hall tonight offers a little bit of something for everyone. Headliners Blue Mountain, of Mississippi, play ragged blues in the spirit of the Delta masters who would later record for Fat Possum Records, like Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. Their sound is dirty, simple and driven by a hard . . .

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