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08.19.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
My first instinct when I heard about the recently announced Forward Music Festival in Madison, Wis., was jealousy. I lamented that Madison was able to create a multi-venue music fest, since it seemed impossible one would ever occur in Milwaukee, where it's no secret that promoters don't always get along with each other. I'd have bet money that Milwaukee wouldn't see a multi-venue partne...
Friday, July 18, 2008

Today @ the UWM Campus

Alongside the sounds of copy machines churning out paper and staplers crunching zines together, the first Milwaukee Zine Fest will feature three free music shows with 18 local and touring bands. The majority are punk bands, rounded out by some acoustic, hip-hop and indie rock groups. The fest, which begins today and . . .
Thursday, July 17, 2008

American Music and a Milwaukee Tradition

Since 1998, the Garfield Avenue Festival has shined a spotlight on local music while dishing out some of the best soul food in the city. After modest beginnings as a blues festival, the free event has grown each year, offering more food vendors, more street performers, more visual artists, more activities and demonstrations for young children and more music. The festival, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 on Garfield Avenue between 4th and 7th streets, now attracts about 15,000 people a year . . .
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Alongside the sounds of copy machines churning out paper and staplers crunching zines together, the first Milwaukee Zine Fest will feature three free music shows with 18 local and touring bands. The majority are punk bands, rounded out by some acoustic, hip-hop and indie rock groups. Zine fest coordinator Jessica Bublitz and Corey Baumann, of local band Louis Tully, organized the shows. “Almost all the bands had an immediate interest,” Bublitz says. “We’re hoping this gives people attending from . . .
07.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In last week�s news poll, the Shepherd asked whether readers would like to see more local music, the same amount of local music or less local music at Summerfest. Yeah, it was a feel-good question, and it doesn�t take a psychic to predict the results, of course: Most readers said they�d like to see more local music at the Big Gig (84%, to be exact.) Still, the results are impressive, considering t...
05.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
One of Milwaukee�s finest bands has been all too silent lately, but this month Red Knife Lottery returned with a 7-inch single, �Hip Bruisers,� and promises of a new album. The 7-inch�s title track, now streaming on the band�s Myspace page, is nothing short of stunning. The early Pretty Girls Make Graves influence is still there, but the band has honed the soulful screamo of their debut and...
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Bone Shaker does hard rock, Francesca folk

For many people, metal-influenced hard-rock belongs to the past. But Waukesha’s Bone Shaker is looking to bring it back. In the tradition of ’80s icons like Iron Maiden, the band has recultivated a sound that metal maniacs still crave. After two years and two releases, the band has managed to land on some big stages with the scene’s heavy hitters. Performances opening for groups such as Metal Church have put them in front of large crowds, which has helped to grow their following. Band members say that sticking to the old-school formula found in the recordings of favorites like Maiden, Priest and Dio will be their ticket to acceptance from this sometimes fickle fan base.
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 2, 2008

Local Music

Let’s run through it one more time, then listen to the CD,” Danny Price says to his band, The Loose Change. They are practicing a set of mostly covers for a St. Patrick’s Day show at a Riverwest bar known simply as The Pub, and are trying to master a cover of a traditional song, “Sinnerman,” made popular by Nina Simone. It is an intensely soulful, rolling piece. “When I first heard her version of ‘Sinnerman,’ there wasn’t another song I listened to for a week,” Price says. The Loose Change—Paul Setser, keyboard, Ben Rousseau, bass, Russ Nadasdy, guitar, and Ken Zanowski, drums—are crowded in Setser’s living room in his secondfloor flat. The drum set is by the couch, the keyboard by the TV and everything else somewhere in between. All the band members have a glass of wine within arm’s reach.
03.31.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In response to a short Local Music blurb on the Good Luck Joes licensing songs to the cable program "Greek," the band's manager wrote in to let me know that the group has accomplished something of a Moby-ish feat: They've licensed every song from their latest album, "What Do You Think of That Noise?" Among the sources where you may be able to hear the Joes' songs: ABC, ABC Family, NPR, MTV, The We...

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