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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Local bands go forth to Austin festival

The record number of Milwaukee bands that made the 1,200-mile trek to Austin, Texas, for this year’s South by Southwest Music and Media Conference & Festival (SXSW) made our city proud with their enthusiasm and compelling performances. More than a dozen Milwaukee bands played in or around the Texas-sized festival that is one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind, with 1,900 official acts from 55...
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010

Dr. Dog, Crappy Dracula and the New Loud

Dr. Dog is a Philadelphia psychedelic pop group with the completely novel idea of playing music inspired by The Beatles. The Philly fivesome screams their love of the fab foursome from the proverbial Apple Corps rooftop on its fifth album, 2008’s Fate, which puts a bit of an Americana accent on borrowed Lennon/McCartney melodies...
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
In just the past several years, a support system coalesced around Milwaukee’s music scene, with venues, radio stations, promoters and cheerleaders offering new opportunities and a bigger spotlight for local musicians. Newly nurtured, the music scene flourished in 2009, closing the year stronger than it had been all decade. As a result, 2009 was marked with success stories...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

CoCoBees, Ex Fabula, Widespread Panic, Peaches and The Jesus Lizard

Although his focus of late has been directing horror movies (including recent stabs at John Carpenter’s Halloween franchise), Rob Zombie still finds time to pursue the music career that initially brought him to fame, most recently recording a sequel (due out sometime next year) to his 1998 solo debut Hellbilly Deluxe. The former White Zombie frontman is hitting the road to hype the...
09.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
NPR has posted the entirety of one of the most locally anticipated albums of the year, Volcano Choir's Unmap, the debut album from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Milwaukee's Collections of Colonies of Bees. Actually, it should probably be credited first to Collections of Colonies of Bees and then to Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, since it much more closely recalls the Milwaukee group's modern post-rock t...
08.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Volcano Choir, the collaboration between Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Milwaukee's Collections of Colonies of Bees, has debuted its first song, "Island, IS," which you can stream and download here, and it's everything you'd expect from the collaboration, a daydream of a song that's about as pretty as post-rock can get while still being post-rock. First thoughts: It's weird hearing Vernon's earthy v...
06.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Just a heads up: In the next couple of months, we'll all be hearing a ton about the debut album from Volcano Choir, the collaboration between Milwaukee's Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Unmap. It's one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and it has real potential to put a deserving local band (and perhaps to some extent the city) on the map, so I apologize in ...
Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tonight @ The Cactus Club, 10 p.m.

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has the admirable, Kurt Cobain-like trait of tirelessly endorsing music he loves, and he’s saved some of his highest praise for Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees, which he’s called his favorite band. “If the world was perfect, they would be as big as U2,” Vernon told Pitchforkmedia. Vernon has teamed up with the Milwaukee quintet behind a project called The Volcano Choir, with plans of releasing an album in late September. That record will undoubtedly...

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