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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...
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Sept. 11, Neil Hamburger @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m. With his greasy comb-over, cheap tuxedo, poor comic timing and frequent, phlegmy coughing fits, Neil Hamburger’s sendup of bad stand-ups should be almost as tired as the bad stand-ups he’s mocking. But Hamburger’s shtick is really just a vehicle for his...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

With his greasy comb-over, cheap tuxedo, poor comic timing and frequent, phlegmy coughing fits, Neil Hamburger’s send-up of bad stand-ups should be almost as tired as the as the bad stand-ups he’s mocking. But Hamburger’s shtick is really just a vehicle for his subversive, awkwardly delivered jabs . . .
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

With their sprightly guitars and doe-eyed songs, System and Station play like a punkier version of The Shins—probably because both bands share a clear reverence for Built to Spill. Where The Shins steep their albums in the gentle ambiance of ’60s pop, though, System and Station drown their albums in the harsh . . .
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Nas w/ Talib Kweli @ The Rave, 8 p.m. Given the inability of Nas’ last album to explain exactly why hip-hop was dead, the media understandably greeted Nas’ latest untitled album, originally titled Nigger, with great skepticism. Against the odds, though, the rapper created a piece of art that more than addressed...
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

On their 2005 debut album, So Much Drama, Red Knife Lottery shouted out songs about murder and betrayal, sounding like a far younger, far thrashier version of The Pretenders. This year they returned with Hip Bruisers, a seven-inch that further tempered the band’s violent punk with jazzy tones and the increasingly . . .

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