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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 . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

The Drive-By Truckers’ Brighter Than Creation’s Dark is the band’s most assured and intense collection yet, a largely acoustic record that further distances the group from the Southern-rock and “cow-punk” labels they picked up early in their career.
Friday, Jan. 25, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10:00 PM

One of Milwaukee’s finest punk bands, Father Phoenix has kept a low profile for much of their two-year existence, playing mainly small basement shows and house parties, but now that they’ve got an album under their belts, they’ve begun to branch out to larger club gigs in recent months . . .
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9:30 PM

Two seasoned local indie-rock bands share a 9:30 p.m. bill at the Cactus Club tonight: Decibully, a collective with a sprawling, folk-rock sound, and Jail, a pop/rock group whose sound recalls the benevolent post-punk of Josef K and The Clean.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008

Tonight @ Cactus Club - 10:00 PM

The Danger were born of Kenosha's rigid punk scene, but soon relocated to Milwaukee to explore more varied, melodic sounds, with a particular emphasis on poppy, British invasion rock 'n' roll and flashy, T. Rex-inspired glam rock. They've been playing behind their polished album A Northern City Shift since 2006, but promise that a new disc is on the . . .
Monday, Dec. 31, 2007

Tonight @ The Cactus Club - 10 PM

As a general rule, Bay View doesn't go out of its way for New Year's Eve. For the most part, the neighborhood's many corner taps and hipster hideouts treat the night like any other, perhaps throwing in a champagne toast as an afterthought. The Cactus Club in particular is a refuge for those just seeking alcohol and live music, not party hats and noisemakers.

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