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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

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 . . .
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

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 . . .
Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

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 . . .
Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 10:00 PM

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 . . .
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

Griffin House, a Nashville singer-songwriter more interested in the pretty and polished pop-rock of artists like Pete Yorn and Ryan Adams than the boisterous country-rock his city is best known for, headlines an 8 p.m. concert at Shank Hall tonight.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

The divide between ’90s alt-rock and alt-country was never a particularly contentious one, but it was never better captured than on Todd Snider’s 1994 send-up, “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues.” Since 1994, Snider has pumped out respectable offerings on both independent and major labels, most of them . . .
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

Troubadour Matt White, a New Yorker and UW-Madison graduate, was snatched up by Geffen Records on the strength of his sensitive songs and pretty-boy looks, then paired with some of the music industry’s most accomplished producers for his debut full-length album, Best Days, released last fall . . .
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 9:00 PM

Two tribute bands pay homage to two the greatest rock ’n’ roll bands of all time tonight at a 9 p.m. Shank Hall show. Substitute, a tribute to The Who, splits the bill with Shattered, a Rolling Stones cover band.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

After a long career as a country chanteuse, Iris DeMent has found a rather cozy niche in her collaborations with country-folk legend John Prine. At her 8 p.m. concert tonight at Shank Hall with members of Prine’s band, DeMent will play material from her solo works as well as a number of tracks . . .
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008

Alt-rockers take a final bow

For a rock group navigating Milwaukee’s music scene in the late- ’80s, a time when venues gave cover bands preference over original bands, adaptability was key, and Woolton Parrish quickly learned to blend in with any surrounding. Their songs could chime like ’60s pop or thunder like contemporary hard rock, so . . .

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