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Friday, April 25, 2014

The Milwaukee Blitzdkrieg play to win

Milwaukee’s official introduction to the sport of roller derby happened in 2005 when the Brew City Bruisers were founded. The all-woman league offered something new and exciting and was an instan
04.10.2014 | | Posted at 06:30 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Conceived as a national campaign to lure customers back to brick-and-mortar record with exclusive, limited edition releases, Record Store Day has evolved from a sales event into something more like a bona fide holiday in Milwaukee, where independent record stores have turned the promotion into daylong hang-outs. This year’s Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19 should be no exception. Below is ...
03.21.2014 | | Posted at 04:52 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
 Tom Barrett and Michael Murphy just laid down the gauntlet on the late-night vote to suppress voting in the upcoming election:          Joint Statement from  Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Michael J. Murphy   “Last night, while most Wisconsin residents were asleep, Republican legislators in Madison passed self-se...
03.19.2014 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Kristina Byas
With everyone having a dream, but not always being given the opportunity to live it out, one Milwaukee nonprofit has opened a new world of possibilities for neighborhood children.From tricycles to road bikes, DreamBikes has been working to provide the central city with repair services, affordable prices and employ Milwaukee’s youth since 2010. This unique nonprofit recruits inner city youth, fr...
03.11.2014 | | Posted at 11:00 AM

A reason to sing, next month at the Public House

By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee's Seven Day of Samsara never formally broke up, but you could be forgiven for assuming they had. It's been about a half decade since the mathy, violently heavy turn-of-the-century hardcore band played their last show, and even longer since they released new music. For at least one night, though, the group is getting back together: They'll play a show Sunday, April 13 at the Riverwest Pub...
03.10.2014 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
It’s generally bad form for music writers to dwell too much on an artist’s youth. It either diminishes the artist by implying their music has been critiqued on a curve, or it does just the opposite, overhyping the artist by creating a myth of prodigal talent. But since Milwaukee rapper IshDARR makes a point of calling out his age on his latest track “They Lost Me,” I might as well state th...
03.10.2014 | | Posted at 10:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In keeping with Milwaukee's festival tradition, the city's annual PrideFest places a higher value on entertainment than many similar LGBT gatherings across the country, booking marquee headliners each year. This year's lineup, which the festival revealed this morning, is particularly star-driven, featuring performances from singer Macy Gray and comedians Bruce Vilanch, Lisa Lampanelli and Sandra B...
03.10.2014 | | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Shepherd Express Staff
Courting a generation that grew up listening to Graceland with their parents by adding an agreeable African jangle to otherwise tried-and-true, guitar-based indie-rock, Vampire Weekend sprouted from virtual unknowns to a hip buzz band to a bona fide phenomenon all before they even released their debut album. Many bands crack under the pressure of releasing a follow-up to such a smash debut, but Va...

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