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Monday, May 28, 2012

Hidden Legacy (Folk Sounds Records)

A touch of Appalachian spring can sometimes be heard amid the Balkan melancholy, wiry rhythms and whirling dance steps of Harmonia. The Cleveland band, founded by third-generation American Walt Mahovlich of Hungarian-Croatian heritage...
Monday, May 28, 2012

Wisconsin's Polka King Passes On

Blazonczyk formed his first band while a teenager living in Crandon with his father in the late 1950s. After moving back home with his mother in Chicago, he and his band, The Bell-Aires, recorded a handful of rockabilly-oriented singles, often with...
Monday, May 28, 2012

May 26, 2012

Considering that Lest We Forget grew out of a Facebook page designed to allow people to share memories and photos of departed members of the Milwaukee music scene, the end result was fairly astonishing. It's rare that an event comes along that h...
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
It's hard to believe that Teenage Pagans, the 12-song debut album from Appleton-based Technicolor Teeth, was made by a collection of musicians a few years out of high school. Teenage Pagans sounds confident and cohesive, as if the players...
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jack and Jill Jazz (Frozen Sky)

Guitarist Jack Grassel has long been one of Milwaukee's most proficient (and prolific) jazz musicians, and singer Jill Jensen has been his partner in marriage and music since before the present century began. On Jack and Jill Jazz, Grassel's 18th album...
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Quintron and Miss Pussycat, The Polyphonic Spree and The Black Keys

Prolific rocker Steve Winwood was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 for his work with the prog-rock outfit Traffic, and it's not inconceivable he could be inducted again, since he was also a founding member...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
When asked what music has inspired her the most, Victoriah Banuelos, half of the sister-sister Milwaukee pop outfit Vic and Gab, answers readily: “Rush.” Victoriah isn't over the age of 35, and she isn't clueless about current independent pop...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Milwaukee songwriter releases two solo albums

Spend enough time on the streets of Milwaukee's East Side and you'll surely encounter Eric...

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