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Monday, Oct. 13, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

With humble beginnings in Appleton, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons only add an element of authenticity to their north-woods flavor of progressive country-folk. Tonight Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons play an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall behind their latest EP, Cabin Ghosts. Cabin Ghosts isn’t quite the heart-wrenchingly bleak testimonies of Springsteen’s Nebraska protagonists, but feels somberly set in the...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Singer to Be Reckoned With

Take out the amateur, needlessly placed poems by Tyehimba Jess in mawkish, embarrassing praise of Lead Belly and we have a perfect book. Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures (Steidl) is not merely a picture book at all, but is rife with brilliant essays and era-specific memorabilia that portray the complexity of the man who just might be America’s finest folksinger – because he sang anything and was no purist. Every song that came his way turned into his version and, in many instances, his copyright, from “Happy Birthday To You” (covered by the world) to “Good Night, Irene” (covered by Frank Sinatra and hundreds more).
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Daniel Nathan brings the flute back

Today’s bands need a hook. The hook could be a number of things—novel influences, Halloween masks, a highly publicized substance abuse problem, whatever—but they’ve got to have some panache and an inimitable shtick. The Daniel Nathan Band has both. The Milwaukee-based band is a self described psychedelic soul trio, its tunes undeniably inspired by the ’70s and stewed in Southern blues. It’s not the well-crafted songs or Nathan’s mannish boy vocals that make the boldest first impression. Instead it’s what Nathan calls the band’s “procedural weapon”: his flute, “the psycho flute.”
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Anywhere I Lay My Head (Rhino)

In between getting engaged to Van Wilder and filming a make-out session with Penélope Cruz for the new Woody Allen picture, Scarlett Johansson (Scar-Jo if you’re nasty) decided, “Hey, might as well record a bunch of Tom Waits songs.” So she called on the production skills of TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and the two . . .
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Page France’s delicate folk-pop often sounded like it had been pulled directly from a Wes Anderson film, and as such, it was an instant hit in the blogosophere, where appetites for pristine indie-pop are large. Before they could find greater success, the pensive band broke-up—or went on an extended leave, depending . . .
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Bone Shaker does hard rock, Francesca folk

For many people, metal-influenced hard-rock belongs to the past. But Waukesha’s Bone Shaker is looking to bring it back. In the tradition of ’80s icons like Iron Maiden, the band has recultivated a sound that metal maniacs still crave. After two years and two releases, the band has managed to land on some big stages with the scene’s heavy hitters. Performances opening for groups such as Metal Church have put them in front of large crowds, which has helped to grow their following. Band members say that sticking to the old-school formula found in the recordings of favorites like Maiden, Priest and Dio will be their ticket to acceptance from this sometimes fickle fan base.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

The Chicago-by-way-of-Hawaii jam/folk/pop/world music ensemble Poi Dog Pondering has kept a low profile in recent years, but this month they returned with a new album, 7, which adds a healthy dash of soul to their already eclectic sound. They’ll cover plenty of material from that album when they play an 8 p.m. . .
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

Master American songwriter Tom Russell plays an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight. Over the past quarter century, Russell has recorded nearly 20 folk and country albums, many of them ambitious, most of them dark and haunting. His latest, Wounded Heart of America, is something of a concept album. It compiles . . .
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

Troubadour Matt White, a New Yorker and UW-Madison graduate, was snatched up by Geffen Records on the strength of his sensitive songs and pretty-boy looks, then paired with some of the music industry’s most accomplished producers for his debut full-length album, Best Days, released last fall . . .

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