Timbuktu was long a symbol of all things distant and
exotic; in recent years the ancient city was the site for an annual
international musical event, the Festival in the Desert, and the focal point
for an indigenous genre that
grassroots of blues, folk and fingerstyle guitar this April at UW-Milwaukee’s
Inova Gallery with the exhibition “The Avant Garde Coffeehouse Project.” In the
1960s, on the cusp of the counterculture, the Avant
Coupling the rough-hewn spirit of an Irish
session with the rough and tumble energy of punk rock seems almost obvious now.
When The Pogues first tried it in the early ’80s, it was a revelation. The
Irish-British band’s signature
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
Bob Dylan is
inarguably an American icon, one whose music has transcended the passage of
time, but for many people he’ll forever be a symbol of the promise and problems
of the ’60s, which begs the question
So many previously unfashionable pop genres have come into indie-rock vogue in recent years that it's tough telling who's being ironic. But The Blinding Lights sound sincere in their summoning of mellow, '70s singer-songwriter folk-pop introspection...
If the parallels weren't already evident, famed Irish folk band The Chieftains make it perfectly clear on Voice of Ages that Celtic music and U.S. folk, especially in its currently commercially palatable Americana guise, share more than a few chromosomes...
The crowd at Haley Bonar's acoustic performance this afternoon at the SXSW convention center watched the performer the same way they would an animal in a zoo, from a distance. Many chatted over her songs, like she was just another busker in a coffee shop, while the ones who were paying attention stared almost too intensely, jotting down notes in their pads or snapping photos of her. It m...