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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
If Milwaukee ever launched a P.R. effort to lure more bands to the city, no band would make a better poster child for the campaign than Fever Marlene, the alt-rock duo that relocated to Milwaukee from Chicago in 2006. "It's just so affordable here," explains singer Scott Starr. "We found a real cheap studio loft here that we could build a studio in, and still afford to play Chicago, Minneapolis and Madison whenever we wanted, or to go out to Los Angeles or New York whenever we needed to...
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
It seemed like the perfect set list at the time. Since they were booked at a South by Southwest day party dominated by their peers from the turn of the century, including Frodus, a D.C. post-hardcore group that reunited this year after a decade hiatus, for old time's sake Cursive dedicated most of the set to their 2000 album Domestica, a crushing song cycle far removed from the band's current, less turbulent rock...
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m.

Part of the ’70s rock revival movement that’s birthed bands like Wolfmother and Kings of Leon, New Jersey’s Parlor Mob kicks out loud hard-rock with traces of Led Zeppelin and the MC5. On their 2008 debut, And You Were a Crow, singer Mark Melicia also channels his inner Jack White, wailing over thrashing blues riffs, conjuring images of dead leaves and the dirty ground. Tonight’s free show pairs The Parlor Mob with Invade Rome, a Milwaukee band that for nearly a decade played under the moniker Freshwater Collins before they took a turn...
Thursday, April 9, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, April 9, Brandi Carlile @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. Like so many of her adult-contemporary peers who owe much of their name recognition to appearances on the “Grey’s Anatomy” soundtrack, Brandi Carlile plays melancholic but melodious folk-pop. She distinguishes herself, though, with an unusually...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
In one incarnation or another, for the past 15 years, singer-songwriter Will Oldham has made records on his own terms. After a peripatetic period he returned to his native Louisville, Ky., making a conscious decision to live far from the major metropolitan centers so he could manage, by his own estimation, to make a decent living. Oldham's label, Chicago's Drag City, supports his decision to remain geographically and philosophically in the outlying areas, away from the business of music and closer to the art. Still, Oldham is ambivalent about his distance from the mainstream...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
When the Drive-By Truckers returned to touring last year, singer/guitarist Patterson Hood was eager to get back on the road. Just 18 months earlier, though, the feeling within the band from Athens, Ga., couldn't have been more different. "We were burned out and we were tired and we were kind of angry and frustrated," Hood says. "We had built this machine and all of a sudden we realized the machine was driving us. We weren't driving the machine anymore. And we started...
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

The .357 String Band’s 8 p.m. show at the Turner Hall Ballroom will be a homecoming of sorts for the Milwaukee punk-bluegrass band, the first time they've played locally in six months after extensive touring. Opening will be the Black Diamond Heavies, a gritty blues duo from Tennessee that the band met at a festival in Holland. Also on the bill is wild man Joe Buck Yourself, a one-man band who has played with the Legendary Shack Shakers...
12.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With a headline like that on a night like this, I realize I run the risk of sounding a bit like a snow cancellation, but no—the ever-popular Catholic comedy starring a man playing a nun to an audience/classroom was scheduled to be staged at the Turner Hall Ballroom in January. The classy venue would’ve been an interesting place for the half stand-up routine/half monologue . . . but it’s been...
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Dec. 4, Tay Butler @ Stonefly Brewery, 10 p.m. This summer the Royal Family camp announced itself as a promising force in the Milwaukee rap scene with the release of its first record, Prophetic’s Mo Profit, Mo Progress. Tonight another member of the collective, Tay Butler, celebrates the release of his own...

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