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Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Chicago organist Iguana (we’re guessing that’s not his birth name) did time with blues royalty like Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Van Morrison and Junior Wells, but those experiences probably did little to prepare him for his time in the grimy alt-rock band Oh My God, an ensemble more indebted to Frank Zappa’s damaged art-rock and the Foo Fighters’ elephantine alternative rock (though unlike the Foo Fighters, they have no ambitions of carrying the weight...
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Dec. 18, Hardcore Comedy Show @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m. One of the loudest rallying cries from Milwaukee’s scattered comedy scene, The Hardcore Comedy Show pairs five burgeoning female comedians—grrrl comedians? in one of the city’s least likely comedy venues: the Cactus Club...
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Dec. 11, Shawn Colvin w/ Garrison Starr @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. After long and mostly under-the-radar beginnings, Colvin scored a Top 10 hit in 1997 with her revenge tale “Sunny Came Home,” a song that dovetailed with the era’s newfound interest in female empowerment and Lilith Fair-friendly...
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Dec. 4, Tay Butler @ Stonefly Brewery, 10 p.m. This summer the Royal Family camp announced itself as a promising force in the Milwaukee rap scene with the release of its first record, Prophetic’s Mo Profit, Mo Progress. Tonight another member of the collective, Tay Butler, celebrates the release of his own...
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

The Etiquette prepares its follow-up

A lot has changed in the six years since The Etiquette released its only EP, very little of it in the band's favor. In 2002's bullish music market, labels were still feverishly signing bands, particularly garage-rock bands with names that started with "The." On the strength of Ages, a hyper-hooky EP that however accidentally coincided with the era's rock revival, The Etiquette captured the interest of music managers and promoters, and found support on college radio and at CMJ magazine. It was, in hindsight, a rare window of opportunity for the Milwaukee band, one that frontman Eugene III (he prefers to keep his last name private) admits he was slow to seize. "I think about it all the time," Eugene says. "We were...
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...
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Rising from the ashes of the popular ’90s punk band Alligator Gun, the Milwaukee alt-rock group Burbank Cartel plays boundary-pushing music that exists somewhere between Broken Social Scene’s You Forgot it in People and Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Tonight the group celebrates the release of their latest album with a 10 p.m. show at the Cactus Club, supported by indie-rockers Canyons of Static, who incidentally are...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

Burbank Cartel seeks to nurture the Milwaukee scene

Without Translation, the new album from Milwaukee's Burbank Cartel, is the album I've been waiting for the band to make. It is an album that sounds remarkably modern, remarkably self-assured: It sounds like alternative rock should sound in the early 21st century.
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

It didn’t take long for the Milwaukee music scene to embrace John The Savage, a group that after less than a year and a half of playing out together has established itself as one of the city’s most noteworthy bands, thanks to their roaring appropriation of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Tom Waits at their drunkest, not to mention their must-see megaphone- and trumpet-assisted live shows. Tonight at 10 p.m. at the Cactus Club...

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