There’s nothing like a crowd to
drive ambitious souls in new directions. So while the Brooklyn quintet Punch
Brothers is a string band with a long collective pedigree in roots music,
they’re also notable for their skill
The proudly eclectic Japonize Elephants mix and
match bluegrass and klezmer, the Balkans and Appalachia. Then they move on to
explore the space where Gypsy and Arab melodies converge within the context of
If no one else
has attempted what folkie Terry Murphy does on his third album, it's a wonder
that the idea wasn't on anybody else's mind: a song cycle about Wisconsin
watering holes. Murphy's dozen tunes about goings-on
"punk bluegrass," coined for the Bad Livers and The Meat Purveyors,
applies to Milwaukee's now-defunct .357 String Band. Their ferocious recasting
of bluegrass lives not only in banjoist/singer Joe Huber's current
It's funny how a little bit of talent is all it takes to make even some of the most exhausted sounds feel new again. Released last year through Fat Possum Records, songwriter Trevor Powers' debut album as Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernation...
Thursday, Jan. 22, Trampled by Turtles @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. Bluegrass thrives on dynamism—part of its thrill is seeing musicians gleefully blitz through complex chord changes and solos with whirlwind speed. Trampled By Turtles, despite what their animal namesake suggests, play as fast as any other bluegrass outfit...
Wisconsin Hockey Night October 21, 2007 | 01:38 PM A couple of weekends ago we traveled to Madison for Hockey Night at the Kohl Center. I heard from one of the players that this event had happened last year, though it was a much smaller scale. Essentially, it was an open invitation for fans to come catch an inside glimpse at the men's hockey team and be able to take in a women's game. For $15, y...
A singer-songwriter turned one-man band/human jukebox to appease for the jam scene, Keller Williams headlines the Miller Lite oasis at 10 p.m. Expect lots of funky guitar riffs and maybe even a cover of a Pink Floyd song or two...
There’s a temptation for young bluegrass bands, especially those rooted in the jam-rock scene, to exaggerate the genre’s rural qualities, playing up the twang and speeding up the tempos until they’re left with an unflattering sendup of the music they purport to pay homage to. Taking a more natural approach to . . .