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Sunday, July 28, 2013
 The National’s albums don’t come easy. Most of the veteran indie-rock band’s records have been the product of turbulence and bickering, with singer Matt Berninger butting
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013
 Yo La Tengo have just returned from a tour of West Coast record stores, part of an aggressive first-week push behind their new album, Fade, and guitarist Ira Kaplan is adjusting to the full schedule. “I think in this modern record age, there’s more activity than ever focused on the initial week
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

The Georgia Bootleg Box (Evil Teen Records)

 Hulking, aggressive, overlong and practically dripping with sun-baked, redneck testosterone, this six-disc, seven-hour package acts as an apt metaphor for the band itself. And what with this Allman Brothers-spinoff
Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
Much has been made of the first couplet on “Ecce Homo,” the lead track on New York-based Titus Andronicus’ latest album, Local Business. “Okay, I think, by now,” rambles vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stickles
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
Matt & Kim keyboardist Matt Johnson knows the duo’s live shows are one of its biggest assets. The concerts have become legendary for the inclusive, participatory vibe
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
 “We’re a filthy, charming, lovable band,” Christopher Roberts, drummer for Milwaukee trio Heavy Hand, explains bluntly. “A lot of our lyrics are dirty as shit and we swear in our songs. They’re not radio-friendly, for the most
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
 It’s hard to listen to the hushed, minimal pop of The xx’s debut album without feeling like you’re eavesdropping. When guitarist Romy Madley Croft and bassist Oliver Sim trade verses with each other...
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012

The Midwestern Charm

  If many of Wisconsin's alt country/Americana practitioners skew toward honky-tonk good times and general hilarity, Green Bay's Midwestern Charm brings grim equilibrium on the band’s self-titled debut. Loneliness, regret, angs...
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
 “Winter is on its way,” Joe Crockett cautions on The Championship’s new album, in a rested baritone that makes him sound like he himself has just woken from a deep hibernation. In some ways, he has. High Feather...
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

Oct. 8, 2012

 Jacquelyn Beaupre' and Donivan Berube of West Bend’s Americana-steeped folk duo Blessed Feathers came to the Stonefly Brewery Monday night to introduce their latest EP, Peaceful Beasts in an Ocean of Weeds, though...
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

Senna (MoonJune Records)

 When a band calls itself Mahogany Frog, you expect an element of eclectic playfulness to its music. And these Canadians deliver, with a challenging yet fun genre-bending instrumental tour de force. Drawing inspiration...
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

American Made

At moments, the debut by Milwaukee’s The BigWheel Band superficially evokes such terrors as Blue Cheer, Primus and Cream. And if they filter their influences through the lesser, post-grunge lens of Pop Evil or Creed...
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012
When Milwaukee band Delta Routine received the WAMI Award for Alternative Artist of the Year this spring—on top of being named 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s Band of the Year last year—they had just gone through...
Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

Sept. 30, 2012

In the summer of 2009, the Dirty Projectors made a brash statement. Frontman Dave Longstreth demonstrated that sharp guitar riffs, gratuitous vocal theatrics and numerous time measure changes wouldn’t...
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
It’s often hard to like amazingly talented bands. Talent can breed pretentiousness, and pretentiousness can breed assholes. That’s why bands like Appleton-based Tenement are so noteworthy: They put out great...
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

Home

Madison's Old American Junk creates folksy Americana/alt country with melodic hooks and introspective lyrical depth. Vocalist Shane Hardwicke sounds like a lost Midwest cousin of Feargal Sharkey from the superlative '70s Irish pop punk band...
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

Tucson (Fire Records)

Anyone who has even casually followed Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb's career has been rewarded handsomely. Orbiting around the foundation of desert-rock have been projects veering from collaborations with a gospel group in Canada and a flamenco...
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

The Great Destroyer (Cuba Libre)

With the group's third CD, Certain Stars begs the question: Just what is "indie" rock? The Milwaukee/Chicago quartet (which takes its name from a Superchunk song) offers a profusion of...
Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

Music for Fine Dining

Milwaukee ska daddies Something to Do continue to make the music they love long after the '90s mania for the genre has subsided. Perhaps irony and the act of getting over romantic messes work to keep things fresh for them...
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

The Spy Who Came For His Daughter?

 In the middle of a high-stakes operation in Belgrade, Serbia, a U.S. mission to thwart the sale of a dirty bomb by a pair of international masterminds known as the Wolf and the Albino, CIA agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) stops to call his daughter for her birthday. In his
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
 Optimistic About Shakespeare: The Optimist Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park held a jocular fundraiser called “Unsphere the Stars” at Turner Hall to raise money for the Bard’s The Winter’s
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rogue Nation

Celtic rock has usually followed two paths. Bands either infuse the islands' folkloric influence into the expansive art-mindedness of prog (Horslips, Tempest) or use fiddle and bodhran to add righteous ethnic rootsiness to punk (The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys)...
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Milwaukee's Exotics stir the tiki revival

The Exotics were already together when people started talking to them about this cool new movie called Pulp Fiction. It wasn't so much the plot, or John...
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Milwaukee trio Fahri's song “Lazy Fruit” begins in defiance of its own title. With its rolling drumbeat and poppy guitars, it expels an air of delicious nervousness—the kind of thrills that come from campy horror movies, grade-school...
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Blinding Lights

So many previously unfashionable pop genres have come into indie-rock vogue in recent years that it's tough telling who's being ironic. But The Blinding Lights sound sincere in their summoning of mellow, '70s singer-songwriter folk-pop introspection...
Monday, May 28, 2012

Ten Stories (Pine Street)

In the era of downloads and iPods set on random, it's great to hear that someone still makes concept albums. mewithoutYou uses the titular Ten Stories of its latest CD to narrate a tale of a circus train wreck in 19th-century Montana. While the train...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Milwaukee rock band Certain Stars never set out to be famous, but don't confuse that with a lack of ambition. When Kyle Hernandez's fake press release for a band named Cudahy unexpectedly began to gain traction among friends in 2000...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
When asked what music has inspired her the most, Victoriah Banuelos, half of the sister-sister Milwaukee pop outfit Vic and Gab, answers readily: “Rush.” Victoriah isn't over the age of 35, and she isn't clueless about current independent pop...
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Love Is

Among other things, Tweed Funk is about consistency. The Milwaukee band's sophomore album again mixes blues, R&B, salsa and what-the-funk else. Singer Joseph "Smokey" Holman shouts, growls and croons like a soul man with an urge to dance...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Pop music has a natural snap to it, thanks to its youthful motivations. Nobody has done it quite as winningly as the punk legends Buzzcocks, but the Milwaukee pop group Coo Woo is game to try their hand at it. Coo Woo takes on the British...
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Imaginaries (Smithsonian Folkways)

East Los Angeles' Quetzal opens its latest album on an almost traditional note with a tuneful nod to Mexico, but the Spanish lyrics about ecological devastation aren't from the usual Norteño songbook. From there, the bilingual band moves confidently...
Monday, March 19, 2012

Sagapool

Quebec instrumental band Sagapool would be well off pursuing a career in movie soundtracks. While their clarinet- and accordion-based music has roots in Eastern Europe, the branches form sparse sonic pictures suggesting the wintry landscape of northern lands. The structure of...
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The founding fathers of Dads—Matt Chic, Tab Man and Jim Zajackowski—are active members of a specific scene composed of local punk bands. These bands play a circuit of basement shows and bars and are more devoted to parties, pizza...
Monday, March 12, 2012

Voice of Ages (Hear Music)

If the parallels weren't already evident, famed Irish folk band The Chieftains make it perfectly clear on Voice of Ages that Celtic music and U.S. folk, especially in its currently commercially palatable Americana guise, share more than a few chromosomes...
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
Are the '90s coming back? That's a question echoing throughout fashion and music, as some say the recession is leading Americans into a place of cultural nostalgia for a decade that, though it certainly had its ups and downs, held a clear-cut and...
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Waxing nostalgic is inevitable with any reunion, and Dan Didier, drummer for lauded Milwaukee band The Promise Ring, has more than good reason to do so. “There was a...
Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

The Lost Album

Mississippi Cactus' The Lost Album, recorded several years ago, before singer/guitarist Brian Kasprzak's temporary West Coast relocation, finds the Milwaukee band as musically diverse as their club-packing shows were lengthy—and those could run upward...
09.03.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Even long after their studio albums lost me�which is to say pretty much after their flawless debut EP, though I'm in the minority here�TV on the Radio remained one of indie-rock's most blisteringly passionate live bands; their set at Lollapalooza this year, for instance, was one of the festival's highlights. I had hopes of a long overdo Milwaukee appearance from the band, but those were crushed to...
12.17.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
At her saddest, the voice of Edith Piaf was sorrow itself, intimating that love is a state of unsatisfiable yearning and life is melancholy without end. When she was ebullient, however, Piaf was a bolt of electricity. She was France’s analog to Billie Holiday and like the American jazz singer, led a troubled life and died too young. One of 2007’s great films, La Vie en Rose, has been...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Solo Cubano

The beautiful invitation to “I Love the Eisner,” designed by Lauren Rubin, set the stage for an evening of Cubaninspired fun. The well-planned event included great Cuban music by salsa band Clave Y Afinque, led by Jesus (Joey) Burgos, plus 250 square feet of auctioned art, casino gambling and Cuban cocktails.
10.12.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Steve Albini? Check. Will Oldham? Check. Lasers? Check. It's on. I can't help but feel bad for all the artists who planned to release their new albums this week. They staked out a quiet little release date for themselves, then—BAM!—with just 10 days notice, Radiohead announces they'll be dropping their progressively priced, mega-newsworthy new album at the same time. Imagine if the NFL sudden...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Though theyre not the first band to disco-up (or Panic at the Disco-up) the old Duran Duran playbook, The White Tie Affair wins points for earnestness. Without falling.
11.14.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Prince Ali ft. Casual, Planet Asia and Keith Murray - "The Majors" It’s easy to see why the Late Night Hype Show guys are salivating over this track: Four great, cult emcees from totally different cliques team up over one of the best beats of the year. Lupe Fiasco – "Superstar" [The real music video hasn’t leaked to YouTube yet, but is posted here] With its electro polish, blue-eyed ...
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007

Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.

On Halloween morning, 2005, the emo-rock band Bayside was driving near Cheyenne, Wyo., when its van skidded on a patch of ice and crashed, killing drummer John Holohan.

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