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02.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
RadioMilwaukee celebrated two years of making the city's airwaves better and the city's music scene more visible last night with its 2nd Annual Milwaukee Music Awards. The winners were: Winners of the 2nd Annual Milwaukee Music Awards: *  Artist of the Year - Kings Go Forth (Listener Choice Award) *  Song of the Year - "One Day," Kings Go Fo...
10.12.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Steve Albini? Check. Will Oldham? Check. Lasers? Check. It's on. I can't help but feel bad for all the artists who planned to release their new albums this week. They staked out a quiet little release date for themselves, then—BAM!—with just 10 days notice, Radiohead announces they'll be dropping their progressively priced, mega-newsworthy new album at the same time. Imagine if the NFL sudden...
01.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Twenty years ago Atomic Records released an album that remains an essential listen for any student of Milwaukee music history�Badger A Go-Go, a compilation that testified to the city's vibrant late-'80s college-rock scene. The bands featured remain some of Milwaukee's most storied: power-poppers Liquid Pink, psychedelia enthusiasts Plasticland, industrial pioneers Boy Dirt Car, punk icons Die Kr...
02.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Although Sometime Sweet Susan are little remembered beyond the Milwaukee audiences that witnessed them first hand, the trio's albums hold-up as prime examples of the region's early-'90s underground rock. Their mercurial noise-pop was shaped the tuneful fuzz of Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and many of the same SST acts that laid the foundation for Nirvana, yet marked by a biting, emotional edge that w...
01.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
You know those three Kings Go Forth tracks that you've been streaming on the group's Myspace page for the last six months? Well, they've added three more. The first two, "Now We're Gone" and "High On Your Love," expand on the basementy, analoguey soul of their debut 45, recreating the warm sounds of the '60s without falling back on kitsch. A third, "Don't Take My Shadow," modernizes their sound so...
01.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
This spring concert season is shaping up to be a remarkably slow one for Milwaukee indie-rock fans, but today the Turner Hall Ballroom offered at least a little good news in the form of an announcement for Bonnie "Prince" Billy's March 18 concert. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. ...
12.31.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
My annual look back at the year in Milwaukee music is in this week's issue of the Shepherd, but it's worth taking a little extra time to expand on an obvious but important point. Over the last half decade�and particularly the last two years-the media support system for local bands has strengthened two�or threefold. There is now a vast network of print publications, Web sites and radio stations buo...
12.22.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It�s hard to think of a more logical group to celebrate Christmas with than The Celebrated Workingman, the hard-gigging Milwaukee indie-rock band whose default setting is �merry� even without the holidays. True to form, for their �Cactmas� performance at the Cactus Club on Saturday the group was particularly generous with the fairy dust, decking out the bar�s backroom in Christmas lights and tinse...
10.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
With their high-gloss arena-rock, flashy live shows and tender, soundtrack-ready songs, Northern Room had appropriately been flagged as one of Milwaukee's most commercially promising bands, but the group announced yesterday that they will be breaking up following their headlining show Nov 8. at the Turner Hall Ballroom. They e-mailed the news, which has since been posted on the Turner Hall Web sit...
09.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Pabst Theater organization began booking shows at the deserted Turner Hall Ballroom about a year ago with the explicit promise that the venue would be used to book more local shows. Although all-local shows at the Turner Ballroom have actually been few and far between�nowhere near the full schedule of local bookings we see at venues like Linneman�s, the Cactus Club, Shank Hall, the Stonefly Br...

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