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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Stirring sounds on the patio

When summer comes, Milwaukeeans emerge from the darkness of their homes to pursue sunnier activities, like window shopping in the Third Ward or walking along the lake. Our city is also known for outdoor music resonating...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Though the group only features two members, Milwaukee-based Magnetic Minds makes a whole lot of noise. Count the band, featuring Chris Ortiz on vocals and bass guitar and Tim Wick on drums, as one of a number of...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Composer Ben Johnston is an orchestral music guru, heralded as "one of the foremost composers of microtonal music" and also “one of the best non-famous composers this country has to offer.” He has taught across the world and written extensively...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
After the warm acoustics of Carnegie Hall, the sound of Uihlein Hall was duller than ever in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) concert of Friday evening. My ears were working hard to find a small percentage of the depth heard...
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...

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