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Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward - 7 p.m.

Billing themselves as “emissaries from your local, tightly knit community of anarchists and squatters,” Santa Cruz, Calif.’s Blackbird Raum embodies a distinctly youthful sub-sub-genre of dark protest folk. Borrowing accordion and banjo from the more morbid corners of traditional European and American . . .
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward - 8 p.m.

Shrouded in feedback and distortion, the experimental electro-grind of Milwaukee noise master Peter J. Woods seems like an unlikely pairing with the straight-forward socio-political commentary of Insurgent Theatre’s play Paint the Town. Fresh from their run at the Alchemist Theatre as well as a short US tour, the . . .
Friday, Aug. 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward - 7 p.m.

Though they proudly consider the Borg Ward their home, the members of Milwaukee's Dear Astronaut have made quite the name for themselves on the rest of the local all-ages circuit, thanks in part to their anthemic and doomful guitar work, which is nicely offset by softly repeated melodies and the band's . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb w/ Hidden Spots, Future Virgins @ Borg Ward, 7 p.m. Though sonically removed from each other, the soft acoustic stylings of Pensacola, Fla.’s This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb actually share a great deal in common with the aggressively political punk of forefathers like the Dead Kennedys and Minor...
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward - 6 p.m.

While the internet hype machine has doubtlessly done much to break deserving bands, its ever-constant rumble has also drowned out plenty of other great bands worthy of the exposure. Case in point: Minneapolis’ Gospel Gossip, a lovely little band with sweet, Juliana Hatfield-esque vocals and a zippy . . .
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward Collective - 7 p.m.

Partnered with the Canadian electronic duo Crystal Castles, HEALTH recorded one of last year’s sharpest singles, the disorienting, Orwellian “Crimewave.” Left to their own devices, though, the Los Angeles group is more of a conventional noise-rock band than that dark dance track suggests, heavy on rusty guitars and . . .
Friday, July 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward Collective

As we creep into the dog days of summer, it seems only fitting to score the season with the upbeat organ work and whammy bar fades of authentic surf rock. Madison’s The Pistols At Dawn, influenced as much by Nintendo start screens as The Ventures, seem more than up to the task of bringing a fresh take on a...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
It’s been said that desperate times produce desperate music, and the current scene in Milwaukee would appear to bear this out. Bands such as Father Phoenix, Cougar Den, Pigs on Ice and Call Me Lightning are cranking out uneasy, volatile songs that provide the perfect soundtrack for our current era of anxiety. These groups, with obvious roots in the world of hardcore, have managed to craft a sound that captures the anger of punk while avoiding the generic tendencies that mark much of the genre. Simply put, these groups are innovative and exciting. It’s a rare breed of band that is able to pull off such a delicate balance, and Milwaukee is lucky to have so many of them.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tonight @ Borg Ward

All grinding guitars, discount-Casio beats, disorganized clatter, disembodied blips and nasally call-and-response shouts, Los Angeles’ The Mae Shi revel in their art school obnoxiousness, spinning it against the odds into hooky gold. Rising stars on the Internet, where their clever music videos give them a visual edge...
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tonight @ the Borg Ward - 8 p.m.

With their feel-good, puppies-and-kittens-for-everybody mentality, the fast-rising, experimental indie quartet Fishboy has garnered a reputation for their quirky, over-sugared stage show. Their latest release, Albatross: How We Failed To Save The Lone Star State With The Power Of Rock And Roll, finds them pairing . . .

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