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Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Rock Band

Based on the wild art-punk of Call Me Lightning’s earliest releases, nobody could have predicted the mighty rock band the group would evolve into. The power-trio’s new album, When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free, is their best yet, a fierce and sweaty homage to The Who’s howling rock operas, telling epic...
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

Found Footage Festival, Drugs Dragons, he Dutchess and the Duke w/ Jaill, Call Me Lightning and Father Phoenix

FM 102/1’s fourth annual Big Snow Show concert celebrates the harder end of the Milwaukee alternative radio station’s spectrum. There’s no Death Cab for Cutie this year; instead, the headliners are Breaking Benjamin, the hard-edged post-grunge mainstays from Pennsylvania who this summer released their fourth album, Dear Agony...
Monday, Feb. 23, 2009
"I would do it the same," says Vinnie Kircher of the latest recording session by his garage-pop band, Jail. "I guess when you're done, you think you could have experimented more, but at some point you've gone overboard and you've got to let some things go." Kircher's belief of losing the bells and whistles that hundreds of musicians tie themselves to is refreshing. The singer/guitarist isn't shy about his...
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Bay View studio documents Milwaukee’s punk scene

It's been less than a year and a half since Call Me Lightning drummer Shane Hochstetler moved out of his bedroom studio and into a more professional space in Bay View, but his Howl Street Recordings studio has already left an indelible mark on the Milwaukee music scene. The studio has become a breeding ground for great albums from many of the city's punk, metal and hardcore bands. In the past year, it's produced records from Malachi, Disguised As Birds, Cougar Den and Protestant. Many more will see release in coming...
Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Y-Not III - 10 p.m.

Though they’re clearly influenced by the Jesus Lizard and other seminal acts from Touch and Go’s back catalog, Milwaukee’s Pigs on Ice play their tightly wound punk and post-punk with a theatrical flamboyance that most of their no-frills muses eschewed. Using low-key, loosely themed costumes, the band aims to create a visual complement to their edgy rock ’n’ roll. This attention to detail and the subsequent word-of-mouth has helped them...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Oct. 30, Cornmeal w/ Good Gets Better @ Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. The Chicago ensemble Cornmeal labels itself “progressive bluegrass,” but that tag may give a misleading impression. While the group isn’t immune to occasional jammy digressions into jazz and rock territory, they stay more closely within...
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward - 7 p.m.

The eccentric Israeli garage/prog-rock group Monotonix, which makes no effort to hide its affinity for all things Thin Lizzy, headlines an 7 p.m. show at the Borg Ward Collective with openers Call Me Lightning, Red Knife Lottery and Big Fun tonight. Largely on the strength of their wild live shows, which occasionally include...
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008

Today @ Locust Street - 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Though conceived, like so many other concerts and festivals around the city this week, to tap the army of visiting Harley riders, Locust Street’s Sunday Survivor Fest is perhaps the weekend biker event with the most appeal to non-bikers, since its entertainment line-up is most like that of a typical Milwaukee street festival . . .
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008

Today @ Center Street in Riverwest - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In just a few weeks the city will be overrun by graying bikers blasting Steppenwolf and grumbling about their old ladies, but the annual Rockerbox Motorcycle Show in Riverwest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Center Street, attracts a different, more youthful kind of biker counterculture—in particular, those side-burned . . .

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