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Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

Tonight @ Stonefly - 10 p.m.

The Candliers are as fitting a band to spend New Year's Eve with as any. Candied with trumpet, banjo and Wurlitzer, the group's starry-eyed love letters to the people, places and sounds of America's past couldn't squeeze in any more pomp if the band replaced all their instruments with pots, pans and noisemakers. The Riverwest seven-piece performs tonight on a 10 p.m. Stonefly Brewery bill with Dead Man's Carnival, a subversive circus troupe...
Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

Tonight @ Stonefly - 10 p.m.

As one of the DJs on Jammin’ 98.3’s “Basement Crew,” the station’s only rap program, Antonio Criss is deeply familiar with what makes a rap song stick, and he brings that knowledge to his own music career. Performing under the moniker Immortal, he filled his debut album, Shook Up the World, which he releases tonight, with smooth hooks and Southern-rap flourishes, musing on life in Milwaukee and his upward aspirations with Jay-Z’s poise, T.I.’s swagger...
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

The Celebrated Workingman’s Mark Waldoch sings loudly and unconventionally. Backed by his chiming band, which channels The Flaming Lips' pomp and The Hold Steady's vigor, Waldoch huffs and puffs excitedly, crooning even his most pensive verses with cheerful bellows. Between his full-lunged enthusiasm and his band's...
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

One of the few Milwaukee rappers with ties to both the alt-rap hip-hop scene of the city’s East Side and the grittier, club-rap scene of the North Side, Prophetic stakes out an agreeable middle ground, embracing both sounds without succumbing to conscious-rap moralizing or thug-rap clichés. The slick production of his new album, Mo Profit, Mo Progress, finds a sonic middle ground between laid-back alt-rap and bombastic...
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

Purveying the catchiest kind of contemporary Latin jazz, De La Buena has developed a sort of local cult following of both fans of traditional Latin rhythm as well as newcomers alike as of late. If you missed one of their many boisterous outdoor festival appearances this summer, tonight’s 10 p.m. show at the Stonefly is . . .
Friday, Aug. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

The title of tonight’s 10 p.m. bill at the Stonefly Brewery, “A Tribute To Inspiration: An Evening of Public Enemy,” overstates its case a bit. Milwaukee’s meat-and-potatoes rappers weren’t overly inspired by Public Enemy’s riotous cacophony, as least no more than any other rappers. Nonetheless, tonight . . .
Friday, July 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

Perhaps no Milwaukee band better conjures the sloppy indie-rock sounds of the Pacific Northwest than JackRaasch, a two-piece duo with wide-eyed songs a la Built to Spill, the livewire spirit of early Modest Mouse, and the stripped-down, guitar/drum dynamic of 764-Hero. The group does a 10 p.m. show tonight . . .
Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tonight @ Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

“You can’t play a sad song on the banjo,” Steve Martin once keenly observed, and his maxim holds true in the music of Riverwest’s perky, ramshackle seven-piece The Candliers. They write bittersweet odes to times long past, then cheerfully play the hell out of them. Two solid bands round out the band’s 10 p.m. headlining . . .
Friday, March 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10:00 PM

Perhaps it’s Eyedea’s chameleon-like ability to adapt that made him such a successful freestyle battle champion early in his career. The Twin Cities rapper is as equally adept at playing the role of the jocular rabble-rouser as he is the stern, introspective backpack rapper or the infuriated, politically minded . . .

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