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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Jan. 29, The Paul Collins Beat w/ Gentleman Jesse and His Men @ Club Garibaldi, 10 p.m. The Paul Collins Beat—an American group once known simply as The Beat until the British band of the same name created brand confusion, forcing the change— was one of the lucky late-’70s power-pop bands granted...
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 9 p.m.

Has there ever been a subgenre of alternative rock more proudly stagnant than shoegaze? The genre hit its apex in 1991 with My Bloody Valentine’s masterwork, Loveless, and although bands like Slowdive and Swervedriver applied the tenants of shoegazey dream-pop to sludgy alt-rock in the mid-’90s, the genre soon ceased to evolve. Modern shoegaze artists have done little to reinvent the wheel—it seems they’re too transfixed watching it spin to even consider it—but they’ve nonetheless struck gold mining My Bloody Valentine’s durable template...
Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 8 p.m.

The music of Joy Wants Eternity won’t offer many surprises for those already acquainted with instrumental post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Songs start off pensively before spiraling into gorgeous, controlled cacophonies. This Seattle outfit is nearly . . .
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward - 6 p.m.

While the internet hype machine has doubtlessly done much to break deserving bands, its ever-constant rumble has also drowned out plenty of other great bands worthy of the exposure. Case in point: Minneapolis’ Gospel Gossip, a lovely little band with sweet, Juliana Hatfield-esque vocals and a zippy . . .
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Today at Cascio Groove Garage

Another day of Summerfest, another great set of local bands playing the Cascio Groove Garage, sponsored by Shepherd Express and ExpressMilwaukee.com. Among today’s highlights is a 4:15 p.m. set from Milwaukee’s awesome Brief Candles. They play sweeping, sugarcoated shoegaze with lovely, Cocteau Twins...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Gnarls Barkley @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Summerfest, 11 p.m. Summerfest schedules tend to repeat themselves, with the same bands invited back year after year, regardless of how far they descend down the C-list (case in point, Plain White T’s are returning this year, well after their 15 minutes have...