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Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Sept. 11, Neil Hamburger @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m. With his greasy comb-over, cheap tuxedo, poor comic timing and frequent, phlegmy coughing fits, Neil Hamburger’s sendup of bad stand-ups should be almost as tired as the bad stand-ups he’s mocking. But Hamburger’s shtick is really just a vehicle for his...
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7 p.m.

No band better mastered the marriage of ska and punk in the ’90s than Michigan’s Mustard Plug. In their perky horns, dynamic pop-punk chords and fist-pumping choruses they found a winning formula they stuck to even after their brand of punchy third-wave ska fell hopelessly out of vogue, though to keep with the . . .
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Nas w/ Talib Kweli @ The Rave, 8 p.m. Given the inability of Nas’ last album to explain exactly why hip-hop was dead, the media understandably greeted Nas’ latest untitled album, originally titled Nigger, with great skepticism. Against the odds, though, the rapper created a piece of art that more than addressed...
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Aug. 15, 2008

   Johnny Winter slowly walked onstage, joining his band as they warmed the crowd up. He looked like a Texas blues specter, dressed in black, his cowboy hat shadowing his eyes, his face framed by long, white hair, his arms covered with fade...
Friday, Aug. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

After more than 40 years on the road and a career colored by both hard knocks and critical accolades, Johnny Winter is considered a vintage blues artist—one short step away from the status of personal idols such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Winter, along with his brother, fellow musician Edgar Winter . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Aug. 14, Love in October w/ Luminol @ Points East Pub, 10 p.m. Though Minneapolis’ Love in October prefers to shroud their album covers and Web site in images from the early 20th century, their take on bittersweet, Saturday-afternoon alt-rock is distinctly modern.
Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, July 31, CSS w/ The Go! Team and Matt & Kim @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. Hailing from Sao Paulo and sounding like a self-aware, electro-chic version of Avril Lavigne with a playfully dry sense of humor, CSS seemingly survived the pitfalls of a cutesy beginning in iPod Touch commercials...
08.01.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Turner Hall Ballroom has largely lived up to its promise to bring more live music to town�specifically more all-ages live music�so its with no ill will that I (once again) lightly ridicule the organization�s management for the surprising amount of ska it books. Their latest ska spectacular is the just-announced Mustard Plug show, which, of course, will be Mustard Plug�s second show at ...
Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

The latest protg of the hit-making production team The Matrix, pop-rock singer-songwriter Ferras doesn’t have a genuine hit to call his own yet, but that will likely change soon. His track “Hollywood’s Not America” has been selected as the exit song for the next season of “American Idol,” which gives it a strong chance . . .
Thursday, July 31, 2008

CSS

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

Haling from Sao Paolo, and sounding like a self-aware, electro-chic version of Avril Lavigne with a playfully dry sense of humor, CSS seemingly survived the pitfalls of a cutesy beginning in iPod Touch commercials. The band has recently released their second album, the critically perplexing Donkey, which showcases a . . .

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