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Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
Compiling an annual list of the most noteworthy Milwaukee albums is always one of the most difficult assignments of the year, but this year it was easy in some respects. On one hand, there’s no way to do justice to the breadth
12.12.2012 | | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week's issue of the Shepherd features my annual Essential Milwaukee Albums list, and if you've paid even a little bit of attention to the local music scene, there's a good chance you'll recognize some (or perhaps even most) of the names on it. It's a common complaint about local music coverage, in both the Shepherd and in other outlets, that the same handful of artists bogart most of the cove...
09.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Good news for anybody hoping to squeeze a little more life out of the summer: Promoters have announced the second annual Pabst Blue Ribbon Street Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Third Ward, near Erie and Water Street. The lineup is entirely local, an inspired mix of festival regulars and not-so-usual suspects that includes The Rusty Ps, The Celebrated Workingman, Scarring Par...
05.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
ExpressMilwaukee.com has posted the line-up for the Summerfest stage we're most excited about, the Cascio Groove Garage, the all-local stage that the Shepherd Express is sponsoring wtih WMSE. The stage grew considerably last year, attracting a wide variety of Milwaukee's most notable acts. This year's line-up is even better, with draws including The Trusty Knife, The Celebrated Workingman, Sleep T...
04.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
To put it delicately, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards (WAMIs) have squandered much of their cache over the past decade, as the annual awards ignored the region's young talent in favor of celebrating the music scene's old guard. That WAMI members so often were the safe bets to win cost the event much of its credibility. This year's WAMIs, though, suggest a welcome change of pace...
03.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The worst thing about South By Southwest is seeing so many bands get eaten alive on stage. For every sleeper group that plays to a huge, adoring crowd, there�s two playing to mostly empty rooms. It�s a common trap, but one that Milwaukee�s Codebreaker easily avoided, since they brought along something to Austin that most bands don�t: fans. Seven or eight of the band�s friends followed the ...
03.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee's most comprehensive music blog now has its own theme song, thanks for The Candliers, who got their Guided By Voices on and recorded a 40-second tune for Fan-Belt�though in true Candliers fashion, it sounds more like the soundtrack for the 1960s underground press than a Twitter-age blog....
03.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
There�s a lot of room for accidents in Terrior Bute�s sound. For the Milwaukee group�s outdoor performance in front of a vegan-friendly greasy spoon in Austin yesterday, their spastic synth-pop was accented by static, feedback and loud, uncontrollable pops from their equipment's questionable electrical connections, as well as the sharp thumps the microphone made whenever their singer slung the microphone over his shoulder to play his keyboard with both hands. The most disconcerting sound of the set, though, was the loud, bassy grunt his synthesizer made when he wiped his blood off of it. Midway through the set, he had developed a pretty nasty nose bleed

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03.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A great exchange overheard at Atomic Records on Saturday: College kid (holding vinyl): I don�t have a record player; what should I do with this? Atomic employee: Uh, don�t buy it because you won�t be able to play it. On its second-to-last day, Atomic was as busy as I�ve ever seen it outside of live in-stores and midnight release parties. The staff posed for a couple of qu...