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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9 p.m.

Lest there be any question about The Black Angels’ love for the Velvet Underground, the Austin, Texas, sextet not only named itself after the Velvet’s “Black Angel’s Death Song,” but also styled its logo after an iconic image of the Velvet’s one-time singer Nico. Black Angels are thusly lumped in with other VU revivalists . . .
Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9 p.m.

In a city rife with alternative rap ensembles, KingHellBastard still stands out. The eight-member collective includes established veterans like the prolific Dana Coppafeel (who, with his viscous, quick-witted raps has established himself as one of the scene’s brightest gems in recent years) and they specialize in the kind . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Barbara Walters @ Alverno’s Pitman Theatre, 7 p.m. Who would want to know the lurid details of iconic journalist Barbara Walters’ sex life? Apparently plenty of people. This year the queen of celebrity interviews, so adept at scooping her competition, turned the spotlight on herself with the announcement that...
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9 p.m.

Brooklyn folkie Langhorne Slim strips American music down to just the bare essentials: an acoustic guitar and a singer/songwriter with a little bit of fire and a whole lot of personality. A favorite of the music blogosphere, Slim does a 9 p.m. show at Mad Planet tonight with openers Atlatl, a young Milwaukee group that . . .
Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 8 p.m.

Many of Lookout Record’s heyday punk bands went the way of the dinosaur, but one of the label’s quintessential acts, Queers, has carried on, recording new music—well, new in that it hasn’t been recorded before; old in that it never strays from their tried-and-true, Ramones-esque formula—for Asian Man Records . . .
Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9 p.m.

Indianapolis’ Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s take their name from a character in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, so it’s fitting that their debut, The Dust of Retreat, is filled with the type of maudlin chamber-pop that usually soundtracks Anderson's films. The Band has planned a follow-up to that album . . .
Sunday, May 4, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9 p.m.

“Dead Metal?” Jimmy McNulty asked on a recent episode of “The Wire,” mishearing the name of the band his teenage sons were listening to. “What’s wrong with The Ramones?” Such is the generation gap. Despite Dead Meadow’s proclivity for a little bit of extra noise, and a few longer, spacey tangents, however, there’s . . .
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Blending a mix of narrative lyrics, lush instrumentation and synth-pop flourishes, the Toronto-based indie-pop collective Stars has distinguished itself from fellow bands treading this well-worn terrain. Led by vocalists Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, both sometimes members of Broken Social Scene...
Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mad Planet

As a rock club, Mad Planet is one of the city’s finest, a perfectly sized venue for midlevel touring bands and popular local acts. When bands aren’t playing, though, the venue doubles as a full-out dance club.
Friday, April 11, 2008

Mad Planet

As a rock club, Mad Planet is one of the city’s finest, a perfectly sized venue for midlevel touring bands and popular local acts. When bands aren’t playing, though, the venue doubles as a full-out dance club. Every Friday, its ’80s-themed Retro Dance Party attracts a clientele as diverse as you’d expect from the Riverwest . . .

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