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Friday, April 18, 2008

Hernando (Songs of The South)

The North Mississippi Allstars’ roots are deep in the Robert Johnson American blues catalog, as shown in the group’s 2000 debut, Shake Hands With Shorty. The band earned a formidable reputation for its live performances while touring in supporting roles and at festivals. They fit a niche between other blues rockers like the Black Keys and jammers like Dave Matthews Band. Tours also led to collaborations with artists such as R.L. Burnside, Robert Randolph and Medeski, Martin & Wood, so it’s not surprising that the band’s music has evolved and changed with each release. Their last album, 2005’s Electric Blue Watermelon, a collection of mostly upbeat tracks, earned them a Grammy nomination.
Thursday, April 17, 2008

UFO

Tonight @ the Potawatomi Bingo Casino - 8:00 PM

The group’s best known member—guitarist Michael Schenker, also of Scorpions—may no longer be on board, but the seminal British hard-rock institution UFO, a band often cited as one of forefathers of heavy metal, has carried on, touring, re-releasing their classic albums, and offering up some respectable new ones . . .
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Local Music

At this point it’s fair to recognize songwriter Mike Jarvis as an elder statesman of Milwaukee’s pop music scene. In addition to a rsum that includes time with The Blow Pops, Root Cellar, Simpleton, Chicago’s Green and three albums with The Lackloves, guitarist/vocalist Jarvis has toured Europe and Asia. The Lackloves’ latest album, Cathedral Square Park, marks a lineup shift back to the band’s original trio incarnation after spending much of its existence as a two guitars/bass/drums quartet. Drummer/vocalist Tommy Dougherty and newcomer bassist/vocalist Kevin Ponec round out the current lineup.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7:00 PM

Howard Zinn-reading, capitalism-hating (but democracy-advocating) punks Anti-Flag are one of the most political acts in the history of the genre, and therefore one of the most divisive. Some punks love their vehemence, others tire of it. Their just-released newest album, The Bright Lights of America—their . . .
12.06.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Grammy Nominations, in brief: • Amy Winehouse earns six nominations, and dominates the major categories • Kanye West gets the most nods, eight • Despite a cold critical reception for their newest, The Foo Fighters score an impressive five nods in marquee categories like album of the year, record of the year and rock album • Bruce Springsteen “dissed,” getting only fou...
Friday, April 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8:00 PM

Considering the number of pejoratives leveled at The Hold Steady, it’s hard to believe that the group’s last release, 2006’s Boys and Girls in America, garnered such a warm public and critical response (including an increasingly difficult 9.4 rating from Pitchfork). Often derided as little more than a glorified bar band, The . . .
Friday, April 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10:00 PM

Anticon Records is known almost exclusively for a certain sound—electronica-influenced, abstract hip-hop, often with an avant-garde edge—but one act on the label’s roster smashes this mold. Although they siphon certain aesthetics from hip-hop, Why? sticks mostly to tumultuous indie-pop and spry, Animal Collective . . .
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

How Vampire Weekend Channeled Africa Through New York

What is a young artist to make of a post-Giuliani, post-9/11 New York City? Some credit the former mayor’s strategic employment of the “broken window” philosophy in fighting urban crime and blight—along with a police force that, putting it kindly, ignored many of the subtleties of community relations—with helping the city to clean up its act. Many old haunts that once housed angst-ridden musicians are being developed into condominiums and shopping centers (it was, for example, recently announced that the former site of CBGB is being converted into a store for upscale men’s fashion designer John Varvatos). At the same time, the horrific events of 9/11 have created both a newfound sense of community among many New Yorkers and an intense preoccupation with all things safety-related. The grime, danger and sin historically associated with New York have seemingly been wiped off the cultural landscape of the city, creating a new atmosphere marked by a cleanliness that threatens to erase many aspects of the region’s checkered history.
Monday, March 31, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward - 8:00 PM

Blessed with one of the best band names in the city, Milwaukee’s experimental bass-and-drum duo E=MC Hammer play an 8 p.m. show at the Borg Ward tonight. Their feedback-laden, ever-twisting sound nods to the math rock of June of 44, the post-hardcore of Black Eyes and the heavy post-rock of Pelican.
Sunday, March 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8:00 PM

Ludo earned countless comparisons to Weezer with their 2004 self-titled debut, and with good reason: The album sounded like the record longtime Weezer fans wished Weezer still made; a smart, catchy power-pop record with ample Moog synthesizers. On their newest, album, You’re Awful, I Love You, the band . . .

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