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Friday, May 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

The ever-busy “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV” alum Martin Short does a one-off show at the Pabst Theater tonight at 8 p.m. The program will feature a mix of sketches and songs, and Short, known for his many characters, will spend part of the program in the guise of his obess Jiminy Glick persona, a transition sure . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Martin Short makes them laugh

To Martin Short, comedy is more of an art than a science. But comedy’s proper execution sometime carries with it all the rigors of scientific enterprise, at least for the performer engaged in the pratfall. To do comedy well, you have to have a natural talent and ability,” says the Canadian-born Short, 58, in a recent interview. “But the execution has to be precise, which means it probably has elements of both art and science.” Short will test his thesis for Milwaukee fans when he brings his act to the Pabst Theater. Unlike other comedy acts, however, Short will be sharing the stage with a band, the stand-up portion comprising just part of the evening. “It’s like a party with Marty,” Short says. “I sing, I dance, I do characters. I’ll probably bring three guys up on stage. . .
Sunday, May 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Ever wonder whether the Pabst Theater is haunted? Tonight may be your chance to find out—well, sort of. It depends on whether you think medium clairvoyant Lisa Williams is the real deal or not. A John Edward for the Oprah set, Lisa Williams purports to channel the dead—often in dramatic fashion—on her Lifetime . . .
Friday, May 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares (The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices) has actually been recording since the 1950s, when they were known as the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir, but they became widely known in the late ’80s when they were discovered by Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy and began recording for 4AD . . .
Thursday, May 8, 2008

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Of all the things I admire about Tegan and Sara—and, to be sure, after the duo’s charged 2007 album The Con, there’s plenty I admire about Tegan and Sara—I’m most awed by how they condense lofty sentiments and grand arrangements into such tiny songs. Most songs on The Con clock under three minutes, and not a single track cracks three-and-a-half. The Con’s songs are nervy and short—Ramones short, even—but where The Ramones largely limited their between-song banter to “1, 2, 3, 4,” the Quinn sisters get chatty . . .
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Long associated with the late-’90s folk scene they first made their name in, the singing Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara have since moved on to a much different sound, one that’s driven and electric. Their hyper-charged, power-pop synths serve well their latest batch of songs, The Con, complementing the album’s . . .
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Songwriters have long understood the poignancy that results from exposing their less-becoming side, but Tegan and Sara take self-disclosure to masochistic extremes. On their latest album of hyper-dramatic, uncomfortably autobiographical power-pop, The Con, the singing identical twins unabashedly cast themselves in the vilest light possible. “Sara and I both have this very self-deprecating, almost abusive way of looking at ourselves,” Tegan Quin explains. “We both feel like we can be very destructive and very pessimistic and very tortured and very weak, but in a weird way those are some of our best qualities.”
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 p.m.

As this site has pointed out many, many times, if a classic-rock band is around long enough, it eventually splits into two different touring incarnations. Such is the case with prog-rock heroes Asia, of “Heat Of The Moment” fame. Currently there are two groups touring behind their canyon: “Asia Featuring John Payne” and
Monday, April 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 p.m.

“Hey, can you hear me now as I fade away?” Joe Jackson sings on his latest album, Rain. Though Jackson might believe he has faded away or moved beyond relevance, he still commands some major respect, thanks to his reputation as a New Wave pioneer. Fans who are only familiar with his string of late . . .
Friday, April 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 p.m.

Blending a mix of narrative lyrics, lush instrumentation and synth-pop flourishes, the Toronto-based indie-pop collective Stars has distinguished itself from fellow bands treading this well-worn terrain. Led by vocalists Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, both sometimes members of Broken Social Scene, the group has . . .

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