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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

Juliana Hatfield tells all (and then some)

The music is the same, but the context is so much different. Juliana Hatfield's still-girlish voice has deepened with age, and gone is the whimsy of "Spin the Bottle." It has been replaced by something more raw and confessional, and ultimately that much more sad. If you listen closely to Hatfield's new album, buried in that chipper jangle pop, you can hear the time. In the minds of her fans, perhaps, Hatfield's only struggles over the past 15 years have been the adolescent foibles and satiric disasters in her lyrics. But in the last few months, Hatfield has revealed herself with the...
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Oct. 16, Minus the Bear w/ Annuals and Themes @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. With their twisty, tangled guitars and number-crunching chord changes, Minus the Bear sound increasingly disconnected from a greater indie-rock scene that now prefers manic, cute-overload pop or tranquilized...
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008

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

Though it’s quickly become one of Milwaukee’s busiest music venues, it was only a year ago the Turner Hall Ballroom opened its doors after being acquired by the Pabst Theater organization. Tonight at 8 p.m. the venue celebrates that anniversary with an encore performance by the very first artist to play the re-opened venue, Josh Rouse, a pop-obsessed singer-songwriter whose country-inflected albums recall the glory...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
Few bands seem to have more contempt for the structural formality of sheet music than San Francisco's Deerhoof, a trio whose rhythms waver with all the precociousness of lead singer Satomi Matsuzaki's schoolgirl voice. So it was with some irony that the first taste of Deerhoof's latest work was a single released as sheet music well before a recorded version surfaced.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:30 p.m.

In the UK and their native Australia the drum-and-bass-inflected alt-rock band Pendulum has been a gigantic success story, playing to mass amounts of people at various festivals like the Reading Festival, but thus far they haven’t made many strides toward breaking in American. They hope to change that with their latest tour in support of their driven new album In Silico, which stops the Turner Hall Ballroom tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

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

Though in American they’re still known almost exclusively for their alt-rock hit “Laid,” the jolly orgasm anthem that would later become the theme for the American Pie franchise, James always had considerably more success in their native England. Early Smiths comparisons in the ’80s gave way to even loftier U2 comparisons in the ’90s...
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:30 p.m.

Banjoist Abigail Washburn has made an unlikely career by fusing seemingly incompatible musical influences: rustic old-time American music and dignified, traditional Chinese folk music. The eastern influences are particularly pronounced in her work with The Sparrow Quartet, the group she shares with fellow . . .
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Classical Review

This past Saturday evening Present Music added Turner Hall to its list of previously unexplored concert venues. The stage, space and acoustics are inviting. With needed refurbishing Turner Hall could become a jewel for classical performances.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

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

Coinciding with alternative-rock’s increased interest in grand, studio-crafted albums, Spiritualized released its magnum opus in 1997, the space-rock symphony Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, an album that replaced the dramatic drones of Jason Pierce’s past work with Spacemen 3 with elaborate, orchestral . . .

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