The 2000s found punk music in transition, as the purebred traditionalist and pop-punk bands of the ’90s gave way to a tide of younger emo and post-hardcore groups with more dramatic songs and fussier hair. For a while these
Those familiar with Kelly Hogan will undoubtedly recognize
her sterling vocals. Not merely soulful, Hogan interprets lyrics with such
vibrant savvy. She’s startling and beguiling. The Georgia-born and Midwest-lived
Hogan is best-known for being the singing sidekick to one Neko Case
A robust local scene is a plus year round, but January is when you really feel thankful for it. Big names and national touring acts are, quite literally, like fair-weather friends. They seem almost omnipresent in the summer
the past five years, the off-kilter sound of Milwaukee-based John the Savage
has been a constant in a scene often wracked by dramatic turnover. While the
band was never exactly prolific, they did manage to record
During my college years in Madison, most of the touring indie-rock bands of interest played at a now-defunct basement coffeeshop with unclear ties to the church next door. I never fully understood that place. The regulars were almost eerily quiet and polite, and the atmosphere was always so much more muted than the revelrous punk shows I was used to from Milwaukee that I never quite knew how to ac...
“We’re a filthy, charming, lovable band,” Christopher Roberts, drummer
for Milwaukee trio Heavy Hand, explains bluntly. “A lot of our lyrics are dirty
as shit and we swear in our songs. They’re not radio-friendly, for the most
An experiment in genre-bending, Nicole Atkins’ latest album, Neptune City, incorporates influences well beyond the requisite Springsteen-styled Americana expected from a New Jersey singer-songwriter. The record also shows the 28-year-old’s roots in psych-folk, chamber-pop and alternative. Atkins, who headlines . . .