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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 . . .
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.

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