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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009
"It's been doing really well out of state," Zack Pieper of Farms in Trouble says of his band's recent 27-song, 42-minute album, The Gas Station Soundtrack. "Some people are really into it in Philadelphia, some people really like it in Seattle, and in Minneapolis a guy is putting out a kind of beautiful, handmade cassette for us. "One thing really cool that I didn't realize is that cassettes...
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009

Tonight @ Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Pairing a shoegazey squall with a polite, C86 jangle and sweet, Juliana Hatfield-esque vocals, Minneapolis' Gospel Gossip distills many of the highlights of '80s and '90s college rock into a toe-tapping CliffsNotes version. The group is working on a follow-up to 2007's darling Sing Into My Mouth, but in the meantime they return to our city to split another bill with The Brief Candles, Milwaukee's premier shoegaze band, themselves...
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Jan. 29, The Paul Collins Beat w/ Gentleman Jesse and His Men @ Club Garibaldi, 10 p.m. The Paul Collins Beat—an American group once known simply as The Beat until the British band of the same name created brand confusion, forcing the change— was one of the lucky late-’70s power-pop bands granted...
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Jan. 22, Trampled by Turtles @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. Bluegrass thrives on dynamism—part of its thrill is seeing musicians gleefully blitz through complex chord changes and solos with whirlwind speed. Trampled By Turtles, despite what their animal namesake suggests, play as fast as any other bluegrass outfit...
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Def Jam rappers aren’t the only ones subject to development hell. Milwaukee’s saturnine indie-rockers Decibully took years to craft a follow-up to 2005’s Sing Out America, only to learn their one-time label, Polyvinyl, has no interested in releasing it (a slap in the face, considering how the label still makes time for all the side projects that Tim and Mike Kinsella crap out). It could be quite a while until the band finds a distributor for their...
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

For nearly a decade, they were one of the city’s most prominent bands, but when they took a turn toward heavier, psychedelic rock and roll with their latest album, Light Eyed and Villainous, the guys in Freshwater Collins decided that a name change was long overdue. Now, as Invade Rome, the band is releasing their new disc, a muscular collection marked by rich production and oversized drums, tonight with a 10 p.m. show at the Cactus...
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

The Championship and Father Phoenix are two of the more popular offerings from Milwaukee’s music scene, but aside from that, they don’t have too much in common. The Championship specialize in mellow, reflective indie-Americana, while Father Phoenix’s raging post-hardcore seldom finds the time to catch its breath, but tonight this odd couple splits an...
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Milwaukee psych-rock vets start over

Chris Vos admits the timing of his epiphany wasn't ideal. Vos' band, Freshwater Collins, had just spent the last year and a half writing and prepping their new album, saving up the cash to record it at Madison's Smart Studios with producer Beau Sorenson, who has worked on recent albums by Death Cab for Cutie, and to perfect its artwork and packaging. With just two weeks until the album was to go to press, the band was driving home from a show opening for the Secret Machines when Vos shared his revelation with his band mates: "Guys, we're changing the name of the band...
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 @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s New Loud taps the same period of late-’70s/early-’80s British pop and New Wave as The Killers, Franz Ferdinand and countless other NME-approved, assembly line bands. Unlike those groups, though, The New Loud never feels the need to spit-shine their herky-jerky, XTC-inspired songs to a sterile polish. Instead, they filter them through a haze of Jesus and Mary Chain distortion or, just as often, leave them as they are, content...

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