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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, April 30, Guster @ Marquette University, 7:30 p.m. Following the jam-band business model even though they don’t much care for jamming, Guster has gradually built their following by encouraging tape trading and touring colleges like the one that spawned them 18 years ago, Tufts University. They've become...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The '80s are far enough away for nostalgia to set in. For Milwaukeeans involved in the '80s alternative scene, it was a decade of great promise, a time when bands such as the Violent Femmes, Die Kreuzen and the BoDeans appeared poised to conquer at least a corner of the world outside. Atomic Records was a hub of Milwaukee's alt scene in those years, and when it closed earlier this year, some of the record shop's fans felt...
Monday, March 30, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, March 19, Ben Folds w/ Jukebox the Ghost @ The Rave, 8 p.m. With the Ben Folds Five abortion ballad “Brick,” Ben Folds scored his first major hit, a baleful departure from his usual goofball piano romps. Ben Folds’ solo career has swung back and forth between “Brick”-like confessionals and up-tempo...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, March 12, A Braves New World @ Discovery World, 7 p.m. Just in time for the spring baseball season, this month sees the release of William Povletich’s Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak, a book that examines the economic and cultural impact of Milwaukee’s first Major League Baseball team...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Feb. 26, The Milwaukee Music Awards @ Mad Planet, 8 p.m. Since re-launching as RadioMilwaukee two years ago, WYMS 88.9 has made a concerted effort to advance Milwaukee music— not by opening its doors to all local artists, but by showcasing the work of a chosen few, granting them the constant exposure...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Feb. 19, Larkin Grimm @ Stonefly Brewery, 10 p.m. Like so many artists on Michael Gira’s Young God label, Larkin Grimm blurs the line between spirituality and pretension, filling her faintly Wiccan gypsy folk with all manner of accidental sounds, foreign accents and loopy instruments (she's also a devoted...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Tonight @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.

The Andalusians are a new band on Dischord Records, though at this point “new band” is a relative term for the iconic D.C. label. Like so many Dischord groups, Andalusians offers a new permutation of veteran players from the label, this time putting Beauty Pill side player Basla Andolsun in the driver’s seat. She’s supported by a rotating cast of familiar faces—which sometimes includes members of Faraquet...
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009
Kid, You'll Move Mountains often seem torn between two eras. Their songwriting nods to the insular, folded-arms indie-rock of late-'90s Polyvinyl bands like American Football, yet they perform them with the communal, clap-along spirit of so many modern indie-pop bands. Singer/guitarist Jim Hanke, late of the cherished Milwaukee power-pop band El Oso, admits that it can be tough to find the balance between audience participation and self-parody...
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

Tonight @ The Cactus Club, 9 p.m.

Valentine’s Day has a cruel way of sending our collective blood pressure through the roof, so don’t expect the angry ladies of the Hardcore Comedy Show to tone down their stand-up routines in an effort to make their Valentine’s Day Extravaganza more romantic. The usual crew has invited several guests for tonight’s show, though, including headliner Chastity Washington, an alum of BET’s “Comic View,” and, in a first for the all-girl stand-up troupe, the ladies...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Feb. 12, Buckwheat Zydeco @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. Perhaps the most popular modern accordionist outside of Weird Al Yankovic, Stanley Dural Jr., better known as Buckwheat Zydeco, returns to Milwaukee to give the city an early taste of Mardi Gras. The Louisianan Creole blues master first cut his...

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