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Sunday, June 22, 2008

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

Flanked by some of the genre’s finest session players of the time, including Augustus Pablo and Sly & Robbie, in the late ’70s the reggae vocal trio Israel Vibration recorded a handful of charming roots albums dedicated mostly to their Rastafarian faith. The group toyed with dub, but remained traditionalists, avoiding the . . .
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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

The brainchild of Ukrainian expat Eugene Htz, the New York-based ensemble Gogol Bordello doesn’t mind being labeled as gypsy punks—in fact, they even named their 2005 album Gypsy Punks. Think of theirs as international drinking music: a hodgepodge of Bulgarian and Slovakian sounds with crashing percussion and . . .
Sunday, June 1, 2008

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

The millionth band to try their hand at streamlined, Strokesian guitar-rock—but also one of the better ones—The Kooks conquered the charts with their happy-go-lucky 2006 debut, Inside In/Inside Out, and have had early success with their recently released follow-up, Konk. Named after the studio of Kinks . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Barbara Walters @ Alverno’s Pitman Theatre, 7 p.m. Who would want to know the lurid details of iconic journalist Barbara Walters’ sex life? Apparently plenty of people. This year the queen of celebrity interviews, so adept at scooping her competition, turned the spotlight on herself with the announcement that...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:30 p.m.

South Dakota’s Spill Canvas carved out their own slice of the seemingly endless (and endlessly lucrative) emo pie last year with their oh-so-earnest major label debut, No Really, I’m Fine, an album that explored emo’s softer side, as well as the psyche of singer-songwriter Nick Thomas. The Spill Canvas do a 7:30 p.m. show . . .
Friday, May 23, 2008

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

The perennially popular indie-rock band Rilo Kiley continues their spring tour tonight with their first appearance at the Pabst Theater tonight at 8 p.m. Since releasing their major-label debut last year, the band’s profile has been on the rise, but outside projects, tensions in the band and the rising stardom of singer . . .
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008

If used correctly, orchestral instruments have a place in contemporary pop music. Before assholes like the (eye-patch wearing pirate) singer from Kansas and Dave Mathews ruined it for . . .
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 . . .

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