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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Oct. 23, Local H w/ The Cocksmiths @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. Mostly unchanged since their minor hit “Bound for the Floor” in the ’90s, Local H’s music still crashes and thrashes in deference to the glory days of grunge-rock but a steady stream of respectable new material and a road-tested two-...
08.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Roots embarrassed themselves earlier this year when they pushed the emo-lite crossover attempt "Birthday Girl," featuring a sunny chorus from Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, as the lead single to their latest album, Rising Down. Fans cried foul, and ultimately the band reneged, pulling the track from the album and saving face with a record that, against the odds, turned out to be even more milit...
Friday, July 4, 2008

Phil Lesh, The Roots, Slightly Stoopid

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh revisits the Dead repertoire with a rotating cast of musicians that he bills as Phil Lesh and Friends tonight at 10 p.m. at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard; The Roots are the only major rap act to play Summerfest’s whitewashed line-up this year, but at least they’re an uncompromising one...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Red Knife Lottery @ The Cascio Groove Garage, Summerfest, 5:15 p.m. Three years after their gut-punching debut record, So Much Drama, Milwaukee’s Red Knife Lottery returned this spring with the Hip Bruisers, a seven-inch that further hones the group’s violent, thrashing punk with soulful, down-tempo respites and fur ther showcases...
06.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Did the manufactured controversy over Ludacris' booking last year at Summerfest make event organizers more reluctant to book rap acts this year? Pick up a copy of the Summerfest guide in this week's Shepherd and judge for yourself. You can count the number of major hip-hop acts performing this year on one finger....
Monday, June 2, 2008

Rising Down (Def Jam)

As much as The Roots have undeniably revolutionized the genre, their records still sometimes succumb to hip-hop clichés. Maintaining a track-to-track flow, for example, remains an issue. However, unlike with other rap acts, the numerous guest appearances often provide their albums with a vital spark.
05.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
  After the one-two punch of Al Green's solid comeback albums I Can't Stop and Everything's OK, I set my expectations a touch too high for Lay It Down, Green's much-hyped album with the visionary Roots drummer ?uestlove and a host of respectable, younger neo-soul ambassadors. The pairings and pre-press suggested an aggressive, ambitious album, which Lay It Down is most certainly not the mood here...

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