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.
The epitome of a “YouTube sensation,” guitarist Andy McKee has seen his videos garner over 20 million views collectively. This Internet notoriety has allowed McKee a few late night television appearances as well and afforded him the opportunity to recently release . . .
Earlier this year, Dave Cousins—lead vocalist for England’s longtime progressiverock/folk outfit The Strawbs— entered the studio with pedalsteel guitarist Melvin Duffy to record a CD that he could support on his current U.S.
“Stories and Songs Tour.” The result is Secret Paths, which is only Cousins’ third proper solo album since 1972. Because it lacks a full band, the 11-song disc isn’t nearly as lively as 2007’s The Boy in the Sailor Suit. But Cousins wraps his Mark-Knopfler-meets-Nils-Lofgren
Southern-fried guitarist Eric Sardinas, a Californian rocker who professes a deep love of all things blues, from traditional Delta to amplified, Chicago electric blues, plays an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight. He’s appearing behind his just-released new album, Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, a cocky collection bound to win over Black Crowes fans.
The Los Angeles alt-rock band Dada peaked in 1992 with their car-crashing, store-robbing, president-flipping-off single “DizzKnee Land,” before they quietly faded away at the end of the ’90s. The trio reunited in 2003, around the time that bassist/vocalist Joie Calio released his solo debut. These days Calio continues to lay down . . .
Former Husker Du and Sugar frontman Bob Mould may have strayed from his edgy, Midwestern punk roots over the past decade, but he brought back his trademark, roaring guitars for his wildly acclaimed newest album, District Line (he also wrote his strongest, catchiest batch of songs in years). Tonight a revitalized . . .
Master American songwriter Tom Russell plays an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight. Over the past quarter century, Russell has recorded nearly 20 folk and country albums, many of them ambitious, most of them dark and haunting. His latest, Wounded Heart of America, is something of a concept album. It compiles . . .
Although he’s never developed much of a name for himself as a solo star, guitarist Adrian Belew, who headlines an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight, has played with some of the most storied musicians of the rock ’n’ era, including David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Nine Inch Nails and the Talking Heads. He spends much . . .
Citizen King may have gotten more attention because of their commercial prospects, but perhaps no other Milwaukee band captured the freewheeling spirit of ’90s music better than Little Blue Crunchy Things, the loose funk/rap/jazz/alternative ensemble that used to pack Shank Hall on a regular basis (inevitably inciting . . .