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Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
 Is Micah a guitarist with the last name of Olsan or is it the name of his band? Both, it appears. Three young men appear on the back of the jewel case for Highs, Lows, Peaks, Valleys, Rivers, but “their” website focuses on the threesome’s mono-monikered guitarist—a hometown Milwaukee
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Breakfast and lunch at Coffee Makes You Black

 If Bradley Thurman’s objective in naming his eatery Coffee Makes You Black was to elicit a chuckle from patrons, mission accomplished. It’s a hoot of a name. But jokes, however amusing they may be (how would coffee make anyone black?), don’t make a sound basis for a restaurant’s
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
 For a golden age soul gospel vocal group whose career spans multiple generations, The Blind Boys of Alabama have benefited from some unusual benefactors over the past couple decades, including Peter Gabriel and his WOMAD organization and neo-hippie Ben Harper. Now, Justin Vernon has
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
The second album by Milwaukee’s Jupiter in Velvet is an even brighter and more artistically cohesive effort than its consistently engaging debut, Screaming the Love Behind the Scars. Self-deprecation swerves into self-adoration with side routes into androgyny, erotic desire, Anglophilia and
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

Earl Ingram Jr. refuses to be silenced

 A former factory worker and drive time talk radio host, Earl Ingram Jr. shows that a well-expressed opinion can lead to new vistas. When radio let him down—abruptly—it didn’t take him long to take his talking to the internet...and a coffee house. Off The Cuff found him willing to open
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Low Country Lies

 Bluesy rock of the type The Black Crowes fashioned by following The Allman Brothers’ footsteps could easily be cliché by now. Then there are bands such as Milwaukee’s The Imperial to counter that notion. The linchpin to selling their classic approach may be Andy Kobelinski’s vocals, reminiscent
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Andy Kaufman and His Grandmother (Drag City)

The constants in Andy Kaufman’s humor involved pushing the limits of discomfort and embarrassment, and the turnaround of expectations. Andy Kaufman and His Grandmother, an album collected from Kaufman’s own micro-cassettes of shtick and (staged?) conversations, archives both the

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