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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Bluegrass thrives on dynamism—part of its thrill is seeing musicians gleefully blitz through such complex chord changes and solos with whirlwind speed. Despite what their animal namesake suggests, Trampled By Turtles, who headline an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight, play as fast as any other bluegrass outfit on the market, while...
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

The Wigs are remembered by music fans of a certain age, but a younger generation in love with their genre will want to cock an ear. Popular in Milwaukee during the early '80s, The Wigs were with the first wave of local power-pop bands, breaking ground for later groups such as The Blow Pops, Trolley and The Lackloves. The Wigs' 1981 LP File Under: Pop Vocal, with its propulsive beat and jangly bittersweet songs, has been remixed...
Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

Powerful old-school pop

The Wigs are remembered by music fans of a certain age, but a younger generation in love with their genre will want to cock an ear. Popular in Milwaukee during the early '80s, The Wigs were with the first wave of local power-pop bands, breaking ground for later groups such as The Blow Pops, Trolley and The Lackloves. The Wigs' 1981 LP File Under: Pop Vocal, with its propulsive beat and jangly bittersweet songs, has been remixed and reissued on CD. They are returning...
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Friday, Jan. 9, Revolush w/ Chief @ Shank Hall, 10 p.m. Few Milwaukee bands are more proudly stuck in the past than Revolush, a group transfixed by the sounds of the late ’70s, a time when wiry young bands like XTC pushed rock in quirky directions that would lay the groundwork for the next wave of underground...
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Given Milwaukee’s Germanic roots, its actually surprising that more or the region’s bands don’t use an accordion, but Oshkosh’s Copper Box, which plays an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight, is one of the few bar-friendly acts that does, squeezing out festive, Zydeco-tinged covers of classic-rock songs (their most popular number is a tribute to Pink Floyd). Welcome to Wisconsin.
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Friday, Nov. 28, Shelby Lynne @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. A duet with George Jones on his 1988 hit “If I Could Bottle This Up” introduced Shelby Lynne to the country establishment, but they had no idea what to do with her. For years, Lynne was shoehorned into all styles of...
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Nov. 20, Fastball @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. Thanks to “The Way,” a ubiquitous single that nicely dovetailed with adultcontemporary radio’s renewed interest in Heartland-tinted rock, Fastball was among radio’s breakthrough stars of 1998. Though a couple of likable follow-up singles...
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Friday, Nov. 14, Symphony Style Fashion Show Gala @ Milwaukee Art Museum, 6:30 p.m. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s long-running Symphony Style, perhaps the most exclusive and decadent of Milwaukee’s fashion events, has previously showcased the designs of top names like Vera...

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