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Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Nov. 14, 2013

In the pantheon of musicians whose artistic legacies hinge almost entirely on just one album, Jonathan Richman is right up there with The Violent Femmes. Richman’s self-titled 1976 debut with The
10.17.2013 | | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee's Tigernite bill themselves as a "glam party rock band," and they make good on that promise of fun. This summer the quartet released their debut EP, Nites At The Compound, a swaggering, riff-heavy 14 minutes of rock 'n' roll that would probably go over as well in a West Allis corner bar as it does in the hipper circles of Bay View and the East Side, and this week they followed it up with...
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

Sept. 6, 2013

The mercurial Chicago outfit Disappears scored themselves a major publicity coup in 2011, shortly after the release of their memorable EP Guider, by enlisting Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley as their temporary drummer. That kind of star power (pardon the questionable EVOL pun) can work wonders
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
 When guitarist Brian Venable of the Memphis band Lucero visits Milwaukee or Wisconsin to play a show or see friends, he’s always fascinated by the many historic and unique buildings dotting
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Solstice (RockIt Records & Recording)

 Mark Lansing’s Hendrix-style guitar pyrotechnics took him from Milwaukee to session work in California, although he maintains a consistent presence on the Wisconsin circuit. Solstice heralds his solo debut. And it's solo all the
Friday, March 8, 2013

Rubidium (TUM Records)

 Finland is home to a flourishing circle of improv jazz musicians. The latest CD from that floating cadre opens in fractured waltz time; one could imagine a couple, weary from sleeplessness and liqueur, dancing clumsily around the tiny floor of a broken-down café. Likewise, the smudges of
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

Off The Cuff with Joe Wray

 Few guitarist-singers explode onto the scene as quietly and swiftly as Joe Wray. The 33-year-old Milwaukeean traveled the world as a Marine, spent time on the East Coast, and then found his passion as a musician, literally
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 (Rhino)

Nuggets scarcely sold any copies upon release in 1972, but within a few years, the LP became a touchstone for punk rock bands in search of roots and also inspired similarly formatted reissues of obscure rock tracks. Critic and future Patti Smith guitarist, Lenny...

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