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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Tonight @ Mad Planet, 9 p.m.

Like a folkier Thurston Moore or Kurt Cobain, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has made point of using his notoriety to shine light on music he feels worthwhile, which is good news for Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees, the group that perhaps stands to benefit most from Vernon’s cachet. An instrumental post-rock quartet founded by Chris Rosenau and Jon Mueller the far more volatile trio Pele, the group planning a release with their sometimes tourmate...
04.03.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It's the type of conundrum I like to see: Two tempting concerts in one night. Tonight, two killer acts, college-rock icon Morrissey and younger up-and-comers Los Campesinos!, headline conflicting concerts at 8 p.m., at the Rave and the Turner Hall Ballroom respectively. The appeal of both acts is similar, with each turning out catchy guitar-pop and sharing the same comically acerbic world view. Li...
04.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Polyvinyl Records plans to pay tribute to one of its better fallen acts, Milwaukee's brain-twisting post-rock group, Pele (part of a breed of post-rock bands that actually rocked), with a two-hour-plus compilation of rarities and reissues of the group's two full-length albums. These are smartly timed releases: The growing popularity of post-rock gives the long-defunct band an opportunity to reach ...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, April 2, The Gaslight Anthem @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. While New Jersey natives The Gaslight Anthem continually invoke mentions of Bruce Springsteen from critics, in truth those comparisons have more to do with both acts’ shared Garden State origins and fondness for times past than anything...
Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Experimental music guru Jon Mueller has spent the years following the break-up of his math-rock band Pele exploring the limits of percussive composition over multiple, often cerebral projects, but as part of the Milwaukee experimental rock combo Collections of Colonies of Bees, Mueller gets to reconcile his love of smart ambience and pounding rock, while introducing beautiful compositions even more elaborate than Pele’s. The group plays a 10 p.m. show...
Friday, Jan. 18, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9:00 PM

Justin Vernon is at the beginning of what's poised to be a very, very good year. Last year, as Bon Iver, the Wisconsin singer-songwriter earned unexpected accolades for his self-released album from bloggers and, more prestigiously . . .
Monday, April 28, 2008

Birds (Radium)

From the vanguard of Milwaukee's musical alchemy scene comes the latest brainchild of percussionist Jon Mueller and guitarist Chris Rosenau, a collaborative effort of playful droning and epic meanderings that bury the airy connotations of experimental music beneath fuzzy guitar attacks and resonating grit. Somewhat-restrained experimentation and just-enough indulgence allow all four tracks to take flight. A steady pulse brings each back to the ground . . .
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Milwaukee Bands Play the Prominent Texan Festival

SITTING ALONE AT A LONG, WHITE TABLE BY THE ENTRANCE GATE, KELSEY KAUFMANN SMILED at the festivalgoers, handing them concert schedules as they filtered into the park. They were arriving for a bash called Mess With Texas, one of the largest of the storied day parties...
Friday, March 7, 2008

Thursday, March 13th @ The Hideout – 10:00 PM

In 1998 Chris Rosenau and Jon Mueller formed Collections of Colonies of Bees as an outlet to explore traditional folk/bluegrass instrumentation combined with modern process and technology. The subsequent self-titled document was released on the UK label The Rosewood Union, and was the first in a string of evolving, exploratory works; each very different, but . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Deconstructs Metal

Heavy metal, despite its commercial success, remains a highly misunderstood, frequently maligned genre. Often, too much attention is paid to vocal or guitar histrionics, while the rhythm section goes unnoticed or underappreciated. Yet if you closely examine some of metal’s greats—Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Slayer, to name but a few—you’ll begin to realize that it is the drumming that propels these bands. Whether it is in the shape of Bill Ward’s manic originality, Clive Burr’s galloping time keeping, or Dave Lombardo’s brutal blast beat, it’s the drummers that separate the great from the good in the world of metal.

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