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Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

The Championship and Father Phoenix are two of the more popular offerings from Milwaukee’s music scene, but aside from that, they don’t have too much in common. The Championship specialize in mellow, reflective indie-Americana, while Father Phoenix’s raging post-hardcore seldom finds the time to catch its breath, but tonight this odd couple splits an...
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Milwaukee psych-rock vets start over

Chris Vos admits the timing of his epiphany wasn't ideal. Vos' band, Freshwater Collins, had just spent the last year and a half writing and prepping their new album, saving up the cash to record it at Madison's Smart Studios with producer Beau Sorenson, who has worked on recent albums by Death Cab for Cutie, and to perfect its artwork and packaging. With just two weeks until the album was to go to press, the band was driving home from a show opening for the Secret Machines when Vos shared his revelation with his band mates: "Guys, we're changing the name of the band...
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Friday, Jan. 9, Revolush w/ Chief @ Shank Hall, 10 p.m. Few Milwaukee bands are more proudly stuck in the past than Revolush, a group transfixed by the sounds of the late ’70s, a time when wiry young bands like XTC pushed rock in quirky directions that would lay the groundwork for the next wave of underground...
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s New Loud taps the same period of late-’70s/early-’80s British pop and New Wave as The Killers, Franz Ferdinand and countless other NME-approved, assembly line bands. Unlike those groups, though, The New Loud never feels the need to spit-shine their herky-jerky, XTC-inspired songs to a sterile polish. Instead, they filter them through a haze of Jesus and Mary Chain distortion or, just as often, leave them as they are, content...
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...

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