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Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Old-timey music is the new swing revival, with plenty of young bands dressing up in kitschy, 1930s costumes and puffing out creepy jazz and ragtime songs that exaggerate their antique influences. These bands could learn a thing or two, however, from Leon Redbone, the Canadian singer-songwriter who’s been playing ragtime...
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

The Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter, who perform tonight at 8 p.m. at Shank Hall, promise to create the experience of seeing Zeppelin in their early ’70s prime, night after night recreating Zeppelin’s first album as well as “Stairway to Heaven.” Unlike other Zeppelin tribute bands, they pride themselves on having shows . . .
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Every young blues performer in the late ’90s was burdened with comparisons to Jonny Lang, but Shannon Curfman got the worst of it, since not only is she from North Dakota, like Lang, but Lang even co-wrote part of her precocious 1999 debut record, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, which she recorded when she was just . . .
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 9 p.m.

Musicians from both Kenya and Milwaukee make up Oumar Sagna’s Sindoolaa African Music Band, an ensemble that plays traditional African music tinted by world-spanning shades of reggae and salsa music. The group headlines a 9 p.m. bill at Shank Hall tonight.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Like many modern Irish bands, Minneapolis’ Boiled In Lead views the traditional sounds of the old country as merely a starting point, often burying their Celtic motifs behind a grinding lead guitar. Although hometown critics have dubbed them Irish folk-punk, their 2008 album, Sliver, actually owed more to progressive . . .
Friday, Aug. 29, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Though The Flower Kings have at times been labeled prog-rock’s great white hope, and are now arguably one of the world’s leading prog-rock bands, they’ve at times had trouble finding their footing. The Sum of No Evil, the band's latest and most focused album in years (even with a running time of 75 minutes), tries to . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Silver (Omnium)

Boiled in Lead may be a rock band steeped in Irish tradition, but it would be hard to mistake them for The Pogues, Black 47 or most other bands that proudly wear the green. The Minneapolis group forged its own links between pub music, rock 'n' roll and Anglo-Celtic folk, coming closer to Fairport Convention at a rowdy. . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
Almost seven years ago to the date, on Sept. 14, 2001, The Flower Kings, now arguably one of the world's leading progressive-rock bands, played what just might rank among Shank Hall's most memorable and cathartic shows. "I remember that gig, and I remember those days vividly," says guitarist, vocalist and head Flower King Roine Stolt, when reminded that the Swedish band was on a rare U.S. tour as the tragedy of 9/11 unfolded. The Flower Kings opened their penultimate show of that tour with "Last Minute On Earth," the lead track from . . .
Friday, Aug. 22, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Just in time for their 20th anniversary, and a mere seven years after they began recording it, the Germantown college-rock band Dairyland Youth has finally released their reunion record. New recording technology aside, the band’s new Re:Volting sounds little changed from the band’s early cassette . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
When he lived in Milwaukee, guitarist Jason Seed was often thought of as a jazz musician, probably because he was often seen at the Estate club on the city's East Side. But one listen to his music and any one label begins to sound tiny, incapable of encompassing the sonic space Seed inhabits. "So, basically, genre be damned," says Seed, who now mostly splits his time between Chicago and Austin but returns to Milwaukee periodically to gig and record. He calls his music "rockdixiefunkinjazzgypsyclassicadelitango" and that only begins to describe . . .

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