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Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008

Sunday @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Fittingly enough for a one-time Dave Matthews opening act, singer-songwriter Bob Schneider has a tendency to genre-hop. Carefree early discs found him careening from reggae-tinged jam rock, to silly hip-hop-inflected folk, to classic rock and lovelorn ballads, but since his 2006 album The Californian, the Austin, Texas, troubadour has tightened his sound, restricting himself mostly to direct roots-rock. Since The Californian, Schneider...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Oct. 30, Cornmeal w/ Good Gets Better @ Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. The Chicago ensemble Cornmeal labels itself “progressive bluegrass,” but that tag may give a misleading impression. While the group isn’t immune to occasional jammy digressions into jazz and rock territory, they stay more closely within...
Monday, Oct. 13, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

With humble beginnings in Appleton, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons only add an element of authenticity to their north-woods flavor of progressive country-folk. Tonight Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons play an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall behind their latest EP, Cabin Ghosts. Cabin Ghosts isn’t quite the heart-wrenchingly bleak testimonies of Springsteen’s Nebraska protagonists, but feels somberly set in the...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

CANCELED

The Irish-American group Solas is still playing the same sunny, Celtic music they’ve specialized in since their 1994 formation, but these days they’re doing it with a new voice. This summer the popular band, which first made a name for itself on National Public Radio, welcomed their newest singer, Mairead Phelan. The group plays an 8 p.m. concert at Shank Hall tonight, which will be the first of an unofficial, two-day Irish...
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Even if he’d stopped recording after the 1970s, Peter Hammill would have been heralded as one of the most important figures in prog-rock for his work as the primary singer-songwriter in Van der Graaf Generator, the British ensemble whose ambitious, ever-shifting albums presaged most major trends in prog-rock, and later even hinted at early punk-rock. After Van der Graaf Generator’s 1978 break-up, though, Hammill went on to cement his reputation with literally dozens of solo albums, each with a different instrumental set-up—some were...
Monday, Sept. 29, 2008
Fans hoping to see dead-eyed actor Vincent Gallo’s new band RRIICCEE tonight are out of luck. The experimental group’s 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight has been canceled. Ticket holders can get a refund at the place of purchase.
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Today @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

The last several years have seen Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, who plays an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight, push his well-worn folk-pop in some daring directions. For his 2005 album, Destination Unknown, Sexsmith returned to the stripped-down, all-acoustic setting for the first time since his 1980s debut. His latest album, Exit Strategy of the Soul, is perhaps his boldest yet. It pairs him with Cuban jazz musicians...
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 9 p.m.

Even those who normally have zero tolerance for cover bands have a soft spot for U2 Zoo, a local group that does a might impressive job recreating the experience of a U2 concert (it helps that their singer actually sounds like Bono). Tonight, the U2 cover group does a free 9 p.m. show at Shank Hall.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Maybe it runs in the family. The late Luther Allison played some of the best electric Chicago blues ever recorded, and these days his youngest son, Bernard Allison, has carried on in his footsteps. Like his father, Allison plays sweaty electric blues, but he also puts his own, youthful stamp on the genre, bringing in swatches of rock and funk into his sound as well...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Don’t confuse the Minneapolis all-girl pop-punk outfit Sick of Sarah with The Donnas. Sick of Sarah rarely confines themselves solely to punk conventions, instead opting for periodic slowdowns where lead singer Abisha Uhl’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs-esque jaded flatness really shines past the sugary dead-ends of similarly styled...

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