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Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
By 2000, John Forté was in a rut. Just a few years before, he’d been considered one of rap’s top talents, a triple-threat songwriter/producer/rapper who proved himself with his work on The Fugees’ groundbreaking 1996 album The Score. But Forté fell on tough times financially after his own 1998 solo record flopped and his label dropped him. For extra income he began working for...
Monday, Jan. 11, 2010
When it comes to mining the depths of folk music, the members of Milwaukee’s alt-folk band The Maze would like to think of themselves as explorers trudging through the dense musical jungles with no predetermined route. With a try-anything mentality where electric guitars are often traded for ukuleles, The Maze has quietly (and occasionally loudly) found a following in the city and around the Midwest...
Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

Tonight @ Shank Hall, 9 p.m.

A cover bands have taken on a more arduous task than Gende’s Giant, an Illinois group that has dedicated itself to the songbook for Gentle Giant, who wrote arguably some of the most difficult progressive rock songs of the 1970s, fusing...
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Sept. 17, The Fray @ The Tarble Athletic Center, Kenosha, 8 p.m. Don’t call The Fray a Christian band: They’re just a band that happens to mostly write songs about God, Jesus and faith. One of the most prominent of the growing breed of Christian/Not Christian acts...
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Sept. 3, Jazz in the Park w/ The Jazz Orgy @ Cathedral Square Park, 6:30 p.m. The Fox Valley’s resident jazz heads prefer variety to traditionalism. Claiming that if they played Miles Davis and John Coltrane all night it would put their audience to sleep, The Jazz Orgy plays a variety of funk...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009
When people ask Jason Isbell why he left the Drive-By Truckers after the band's 2006 CD, Decoration Day, to a point he feels he doesn't have to even say a word. The music tells the story for him. "I think the music they've made and the music I've made since then makes it fairly obvious the directions we were going in," the guitarist/singer...
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Friday, August 7, The Misfits w/ Speed Freaks, Get Rad and Self Destruckt @ The Modjeska Theater, 8 p.m. In a feud that resembles the messy split between Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and David Gilmour, The Misfits’ founding members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only have been battling...
06.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I haven't followed Adam Franklin's many, many post-Swervedriver projects very closely, and the guitarist's gorgeous performance Tuesday night at Shank Hall with The Church made the case that I've probably been missing out. There was nary an uptempo song in his set, which made this downtrodden song, "Ramonesland," a fitting finale:   ...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rock’s ultimate alternative

In colleges around the world, 1967 felt for the whole year like the first week of spring. Green with promise, the spirit of possibility was everywhere. In 1967 psychedelia blossomed and a new breed of rock bands aspired to art and poetry. One of them, formed in the United Kingdom by Manchester University students, adopted the trippy-sounding handle of Van der Graaf Generator...
Sunday, June 21, 2009
At times dreamy, at other moments urgent, the organ leads the way on Trisector, the 11th album by British progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. One is tempted to say legendary prog rock band, and for once, the word legend is more than mere hyperbole. Van der Graaf Generator has kept the integrity...

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