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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tonight @ Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

VHS or Beta doubled down on the dance-punk craze of half a decade ago, pairing their excitable guitars with boisterous, Daft Punk-styled party beats. As dance-punk petered out, after lasting about as long as the late-’90s swing revival, the Lo...
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dance Preview

Eclecticism will be emphasized at the season finale of the Milwaukee Ballet, according to Artistic Director Michael Pink. "We try to showcase a number of different styles,” he says. “My aim throughout the year is to find a balance between audience expectations, what everyone is used to and would like to see, and the production of challenging, fresh material."
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Classical Preview

They are called Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares, or translated, “The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices.” As enigmatic as the name sounds, they are best known for the incredible sounds they produce, particularly when singing the multi-choral folk songs of their native Bulgaria. Composed of 26 performers, this all-female a capella ensemble is touring for the first time in 18 years, making a rare appearance at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater, Friday, May 16. And the music they make is exceptional. Originally known as the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir, Le Mystere was first “discovered” . . .
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Plus: Brett Johnson brings back the new-school

The soulful roots of Chicago house dug deep into the artistic mind-set of Andrew Emil, who channeled their influences into sound, art and audio experimentation. The accomplished result melds the smooth vibe of neo-jazz with the funkier influences of underground house. Emil’s recent venture, Four Play Music, is an attempt to expand his musical reach through a self-helmed record label. Four Play marks a home base for his own work— alongside several artists from Chicago and his native Kansas City, who he features on the imprint’s latest compilation, Andrew Emil Presents Four Play Music.
Saturday, May 3, 2008

Tonight @ Danceworks - 8 p.m.

Wild Space Dance Company ends its season this weekend with multiple performances of Map of Memories, an ambitious conceptual program themed around Milwaukee’s multicultural Jones Island. The program’s dances and images are derived from tales of the Eastern European immigrants who inhabited . . .
Friday, May 2, 2008

Tonight @ Danceworks - 8 p.m.

Wild Space Dance Company ends its season this weekend with multiple performances of Map of Memories, an ambitious conceptual program themed around Milwaukee’s multicultural Jones Island. The program’s dances and images are derived from tales of the Eastern European immigrants who inhabited the . . .
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dance Preview

In 1870, immigrants from the Kaszuby region in northwestern Poland and Germany took up residence on a peninsula between the Milwaukee and Kinnickinnic rivers, finding it a suitable substitute for the Hel Peninsula on the Baltic coast. After digging a channel to create an isolated island, they lived for many years on this small patch of land, subsisting on the fishing industry which was not only a food source, but also made up their entire economy. By 1920, however, the city had begun to commandeer Jones Island for use in the development of a more lucrative and industrialized harbor. Considered “squatters,” the Kaszubian and German immigrants were forced to move from the area, their presence and impact on the city largely forgotten.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Classical Review

The latest collaboration between Present Music and Danceworks was performed last weekend at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center. Six dances by five choreographers were performed to various works performed by the Present Music ensemble. Danceworks’ dancers vary in abilities and maturity. There was a general imbalance to the evening, with seasoned professional musicians playing evolved works for young dancers and choreographers not up to the level of the music making.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jamanta Crew’s Sunny Rise

When Jamanta Crew’s Eduardo Marote (aka Prztz) wrapped up a three-day gig in Barcelona in 2004, he returned to his native Brazil with several tracks for the seminal Chicago house imprint, Classic. “It was a Monday morning, my last day there and I called Classic to have them listen,” Prztz said via his cell phone from Sao Paulo. It turns out the Classic label heads had been the ones looking for him. Months prior, several unlabeled tracks crafted by the burgeoning Brazilian P.A. act fell into the hands of Luke Solomon, who played them without knowing who made them. Solomon saw first-hand how crowds went off.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Plus: Danny White’s smoke-out

Since 2003, Danny White and his crew have been slumming it. With a few lessons in debauchery from creative cohorts Eddie Leader and Rucky (Dan Rucker), the U.K.-based trio Slum Science has been crafting a catalog of funky house tracks that reek of smoke, booze and ingenuity. Could the underground heads demand much more? Labels such as Deep Future, Icon, Jackin Tracks and Black Cherry certainly got buzzed on the smooth sound of their work. The trio’s string of successful drops led the production team to branch out on their own . . .

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