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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...
09.17.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Although it was only a matter of time until this happened�you can only run a venue this prominent for so long until the city starts paying attention�this still stings. City inspectors have cracked down on the Borg Ward, the all-ages venue and arts space on 823 W. National Ave. that has become one of the most active music halls in the city. Here�s the e-mail the venue sent out: ...
08.27.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Exciting news from the Miramar Theatre camp: William Stace, manager of the Miramar, announced today that he'll begin booking shows at the Modjeska Theatre, on 1134 W. Historic Mitchell St. The first will be a comedic celebration of Polish culture on Oct. 18, the "Three Poles Walk Into a Bar Comedy Tour," featuring music from the Happy Schnapps Combo.  Despite its location in an increasingly po...
07.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In last week�s news poll, the Shepherd asked whether readers would like to see more local music, the same amount of local music or less local music at Summerfest. Yeah, it was a feel-good question, and it doesn�t take a psychic to predict the results, of course: Most readers said they�d like to see more local music at the Big Gig (84%, to be exact.) Still, the results are impressive, considering t...
06.01.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The RiverSplash! festival's Saturday night ended with gun shots, one of which hit an 18-year-old. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel item paints an ugly picture of the event, interviewing multiple scared attendees. Tonight's 9 p.m. Fox 6 news broadcast, somewhat surprisingly, led with a less sensational version of the story which suggested the shooting was essentially an abberation. So which account ...
05.28.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Rusty Ps will release their latest CD the way I always imagined Jimmy Buffet would: On a boat. The long-running Milwaukee hip-hop group's Unreleased Sweetness: Vol. 1 will be given away to patrons attending the band's Saturday performance on the Iroquois cruise ship. If the weekend weather is as nice as forecasters are predicting, this should be a great deal: $25 for a boat ride, concert and C...
05.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
One of Milwaukee�s finest bands has been all too silent lately, but this month Red Knife Lottery returned with a 7-inch single, �Hip Bruisers,� and promises of a new album. The 7-inch�s title track, now streaming on the band�s Myspace page, is nothing short of stunning. The early Pretty Girls Make Graves influence is still there, but the band has honed the soulful screamo of their debut and...
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Local Music

The Rusty Ps don’t talk much about scoring a major record deal these days. “We gave up those pipe dreams long ago,” says Adam Haupt, who raps with the group under the nom de plume Phantom Channel. “Once you actually start dealing with the music industry, you see how crazy it is. So we’re not making music to try to blow up anymore; we’re making music just for the love of making it.” But Haupt admits the band once had lofty dreams of breakthrough success. “When you put your first real album out and it gets picked up for distribution by the first label you send it to, that gets your hopes up,” Haupt says. In 2000, during a time of high interest in independent hip-hop—but before inexpensive software enabled every laptop owner to cut their own rap records—the Rusty Ps released “Tread Water,” a 12-inch featuring some fortunate friends the band made while touring: The Pharcyde’s Imani and Minneapolis’ then-burgeoning Atmosphere. The single had reach far beyond just the merch table. Thanks to the emergence of Napster and file sharing, any college student hunting down Pharcyde and Atmosphere rarities discovered the Rusty Ps.
02.27.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Radio Milwaukee 88.9 announced the winners of its first "Milwaukee Music Awards" this morning. Winners were chosen by that station's staff�except for the Listener Choice Awards, obviously�and offer a fair representation of the local bands included in the station's playlist. Winners of the Milwaukee Music Awards: * Song of the Year (Urban) � �Bombs Away,� Element with J Todd ...