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Saturday, May 10, 2008

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

The Avett Brothers forged a strong reputation for their live shows after leaving a slew of broken and mangled instruments strewn across festival stages over the past few years. Each performance features such raw, ragged intensity and desperation that witnesses wonder how exactly the instruments remain intact for more . . .
Thursday, May 8, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

he Swell Season @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. In an Academy Awards musical moment that ranks with Elliott Smith’s “Miss Misery” performance or Three 6 Mafia’s unlikely win for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” this year’s Best Original Song award went to singer-songwriters Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova...
Thursday, May 8, 2008

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

DeVotchKa merges the spastic desperation of late-’70s Talking Heads with the orchestral sweep of Arcade Fire’s more grandiose work. Leader Nick Urata’s vocals often recall Win Butler’s yelping vibrato, which makes the Arcade Fire comparisons even more plentiful. On DeVotchKa’s latest, A Mad & Faithful Telling, the . . .
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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

When the Pabst Theater organization announced that it would begin booking concerts at the Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukeeans knew to expect different kinds of acts than the ones that typically play the Pabst, but nothing could have prepared them for the sheer amount of ska groups booked at the ballroom. Case in point . . .
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Kathleen Edwards w/ The Last Town Chorus @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. Canadian alt-country songstress Kathleen Edwards has become a favorite of the “World Caf” set since her lauded 2003 release, Failer.
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:00 PM

Still popular after 20 years off Broadway, the participatory comedy Tony N Tina’s Wedding invites audiences to take part in the mock wedding of two abrasive Italian stereotypes. The couple may not be particularly likable, but there’s a fun wedding reception, dancing, a baked ziti dinner, a champagne toast and . . .
Tuesday, April 8, 2008

April 4, 2008

On Friday at Turner Hall, armed with only a pair of acoustic guitars and their voices, Escovedo and David Pulkingham delivered a graduate-level class on songwriting that ranged from sensitive ballads to Mexican-influenced tunes to flat-out punk-rock noise—sometimes even in the same song.
Saturday, April 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8:00 PM

By adding an agreeable African-jangle to otherwise pretty conventional, guitar-based indie-rock, Vampire Weekend went from virtual unknowns, to a buzz band and then finally to a bona fide phenomenon—all before they even released their debut album. They’ve won over the blogs, played on “Saturday Night Live,” graced . . .
Saturday, March 29, 2008

Mae

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:00 PM

Though the members of Mae routinely deny their categorization as an alternative Christian-rock band, the themes of spiritual meaning and introspective reflection often emerge within the group’s work. On Singularity, the band’s first Capitol Records offering, the search for the ever-elusive connection between physical . . .
Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:00 PM

One of the most enticing curiosities on the Milwaukee music scene, The Scarring Party play old timey, tuba- and accordion-driven jazz; classic American music as re-imagined through the lens of Tom Waits records and haunted carnival rides. Although they’re filtered through a quirky, vintage microphone, their lyrics are . . .

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