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06.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
�I ran a variation of this story last year, but judging by how many people still don't know what Juneteenth is, I figured it's worth rerunning. Milwaukee's Juneteenth celebration is unlike any other in the country; it's one of those local traditions that's taken on a life of its own over the years: Although the Emancipation Proclamation called for the liberation of confederate slaves, it...
06.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Shepherd Express' annual Summerfest Guide is on stands now, inserted in today's issue, so pick up a copy and start highlighting acts of interest. My first read on the (nearly) finalized Summerfest 2009 line-up: It's better than recent years'. My usual preface remains: Summerfest is not Milwaukee's answer to Lollapalooza or All Tomorrow's Parties, and the festival has been pub...
05.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The unanimous praise for Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest, released today after months of Internet hype, quickly brings to mind the fervor over Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion earlier this year, so in coming months we can expect to see a narrative unfold: Which will be deemed the album of the year? It's fun to speculate about in the same way it is to predict the song of the summer. Animal...
05.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Just a quick reminder: WMSE's spring pledge drive ends tomorrow, so if you haven't already, throw a couple quarters in their cup. If you toss 1600 quarters�1200 of which are tax deductible�you can get yourself a T-shirt with a mean-looking tiger on it, designed by The Royal Bureau. ...
04.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Bon Iver, the nom de plume of Eau Claire folk singer Justin Vernon, took home Artist of the Year honors at the 29th Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards last night, an inevitability, perhaps, given the widespread critical acclaim Vernon garnered across the country for last year's For Emma, Forever Ago. It's hard to argue that any Wisconsin musician made a bigger, broader impact last year th...
04.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Shepherd Express Staff
Now that's what we're talking about: Summerfest has announced Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson as the latest Marcus Amphitheater headliners; the two will split a July 1 bill that, with any luck, will find time for plenty of duets and collaborations. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m., priced at $59.50 (Red), $49.50 (Yellow) and $37.00 (bench), with a limited number of free lawn seats availab...
04.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Bay View Neighborhood Association has announced the 2009 line-up of its summer Tuesday-night concert series at the Humboldt Park band shell, Chill on the Hill. The series has grown in the past four years to become one of the neighborhood's flagship events, filling the park's band shell with 1,500-plus patrons and picnickers on especially clement nights. As usual, this year's line-up  features...
04.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The online response to today's Lollapalooza line-up announcement was almost universally unenthusiastic, and while it doesn't take too much to make the Internet grumble, the line-up really does lack the wow factor expected from a summer music festival of its size. Even though its loaded with indie-rock A-listers (The Decemberists, Neko Case, Animal Collective, Vampire Weekend, TV on the R...
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009
I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain’a? So like I ballyhooed last week, for those of you’s who bothered to pay attention, this week would be my annual Look Back/Watch Out Ahead gala essay again, this one for 2008/2009. Remember? Hard for me to believe it’s been a year already since I trotted...

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