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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 PM

Swedish indie-popper Jens Lekman comes from a proud lineage of lovelorn crooners like Morrissey, Stephin Merritt and, in particular, Jonathan Richman, whose large, sorrowful eyes he shares. Like all three, Lekman, who headlines an 8 p.m. show at the Pabst Theater tonight, melds wry, self-deprecating lyrics with . . .
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

March 18, 2008

In October 2005, while Swedish-born Jos Gonzlez rode the ripples from the abrupt wave of international acclaim given to his 2003 album, Veneer, in the wake of its U.S. release, I watched an unaccompanied Mia Doi Todd face the impatient, hirsute horde that had amassed for a late-night show at The Independent in San Francisco. Todd was illmatched as the opener for another Scandinavian . . .
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

March 20, 2008

Even in his 40s, Stephen Malkmus is still as skinny as a teenager and as malleable as a Gumby doll. The former Pavement frontman possesses no discernable backbone: When he leans forward during a particularly impassioned solo, his head hangs nearly eye level with his guitar. Much of the weight that often results from settling down with a wife and a pair of kids never came to Malkmus; neither did the complacency that besets many musicians by middle age. Instead, Malkmus’ solo albums have pushed, often aggressively, against the Pavement template, and never more than on his latest disc, Real Emotional Trash . . .
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 7:30 PM

Soprano Kathleen Battle earned great critical acclaim for her high voice and impeccable timbre, but became equally notorious for her erratic behavior. In 1994, she was terminated from the Metropolitan Opera, reportedly because of her demanding personality. She hasn’t performed in an opera since. Instead, she’s . . .
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 PM

Last time Stephen Malkmus stopped in Milwaukee, he gave a completely unexpected, one-off set of 18 Pavement songs played in chronological order. Fans can almost certainly expect a very different kind of show this time around. Malkmus’ newest album, Real Emotional Trash, is the least Pavement-like album he’s ever . . .
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 PM

Blessed with a rich, reverberating voice and an ear for easy-going guitar rhythms, Jose Gonzalez is a gifted songwriter, but he owes much of his fame not to his originals, but rather his to covers. A sparse and emotive take on The Knife's "Heartbeats," used prominently in a Sony commercial and a handful of TV . . .
Monday, March 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 7:30 PM

With a delivery somewhere between Ani DiFranco and Leslie Feist, only more sultry, chanteuse China Forbes heads the 12-piece Portland outfit Pink Martini. Drawing from jazz, Latin and world music, typical concerts find the band performing songs in several different languages as the mini-orchestra swells . . .
Friday, March 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 PM

Part of a younger generation of bands that have a sense of humor about the traditional Celtic music they play, Gaelic Storm combine the usual traditional instruments (fiddle, bagpipes) with a rock ’n’ roll mentality. The band, which performs at the Pabst Theater at 8 p.m. tonight, also has a reputation for being friendlier than your . . .
Thursday, March 13, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 PM

A group that is said to be Ireland’s second leading touring export behind U2, the Irish Tenors bring their trademark brand of epic, cinematic opera to the Pabst Theater tonight at 8 p.m., just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Since joining forces in 1998, Anthony Kearns and Finbar Wright have gracefully performed all over . . .
Sunday, March 9, 2008

Today @ the Pabst Theater - 3:00 PM

Sergei Rachmaninoff's notorious “Piano Concerto No. 3,” a composition so tricky that famous pianists like Gary Graffman have expressed anxiety about having to perform it, is at the core of the Festival City Symphony’s family friendly program, Don’t Go Russian Off, which the symphony performs this . . .

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