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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Today @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

A burgeoning singer-songwriter in a jam-rock circuit oversaturated with burgeoning singer-songwriters, Massachusetts’ Ryan Montbleau is as freewheeling as more established jammin’ bros like Keller Williams and G. Love, but sets himself apart with flashes of ragtime and zydeco music. In the spirit of the Dave . . .
Saturday, April 12, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

Singing with the easy-going alternative band Toad The Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips wrote his share of moderate ’90s hits, including “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean,” but since that band’s break-up—and during its occasional reunions—he’s continued down a more rootsy, folkier path, collaborating with modern bluegrass . . .
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

On his latest release, A Long Way From Tupelo, blue-eyed soul singer Paul Thorn continues to explore the gospel music he was raised on (his father was a Pentecostal preacher) while bringing in traces of pensive roots-rock and sweaty R&B. He plays an 8 p.m. show tonight at Shank Hall with opener Tamara Bedricky . . .
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Friday, April 11 The Hold Steady w/ The Dynamiters @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. Considering the number of pejoratives leveled at The Hold Steady, it’s hard to believe that the group’s last release, 2006’s Boys ...
Monday, April 7, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

A respected female artist in a genre where there aren’t many women, period, dancehall singer Sister Carol asserted herself in the ’80s with stern—and sometimes bluntly didactic—songs about her Rastafarian principles, but the slinky, roots-inflected jams on her best-known album, 1995’s Call Mi Sister Carol, demonstrated . . .
Saturday, April 5, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 10:00 PM

Milwaukee’s hard-working, hard-networking alternative-pop duo Fever Marlene plays a 10 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight with local openers The Selfish Gene. Fever Marlene’s last album, Civil War, earned considerable local airplay for the single “Red Fire.” The group’s latest, White China, explores more dreamy, Beatles-esque . . .
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

She may not be one of the best known members of the Grateful Dead, but Donna Jean Godchaux spent the bulk of the ’70s recording and touring with the group as their backing (and sometimes lead) vocalist. She’s an accomplished vocalist even without the Dead connection, also having sung with Aretha Franklin, Otis . . .
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

For their latest tour, the chanteuse-fronted Seattle trip-hop duo Two Loons for Tea has recruited some regional Wisconsin players as their rhythm section: bassist William Kopecky and Far Corner drummer Craig Walkner. These area prog-rockers promise to add an interesting, extra edge to the jazzy songs from . . .
Monday, March 24, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

Like Moby, power-pop singer-songwriter Stuart Davis has a prominent bald dome and a propensity to share his philosophical and religious musings with anyone who will listen. Go to his Myspace page and you’ll find curious videos of him debating himself. “I don’t observe Christmas, I’m a Buddist,” he tells himself in . . .
Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

Not to be confused with the British Pink Floyd tribute band of the same name, America’s nine-piece Think Floyd aims to recreate the experience of a classic Pink Floyd concert, so they make ample use of lasers and light shows. Their shows can clock in at nearly three hours, but they keep their set lists a mystery . . .

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