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Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Feb. 26, The Milwaukee Music Awards @ Mad Planet, 8 p.m. Since re-launching as RadioMilwaukee two years ago, WYMS 88.9 has made a concerted effort to advance Milwaukee music— not by opening its doors to all local artists, but by showcasing the work of a chosen few, granting them the constant exposure...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Feb. 19, Larkin Grimm @ Stonefly Brewery, 10 p.m. Like so many artists on Michael Gira’s Young God label, Larkin Grimm blurs the line between spirituality and pretension, filling her faintly Wiccan gypsy folk with all manner of accidental sounds, foreign accents and loopy instruments (she's also a devoted...
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

Tonight @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m.

Lyle Lovett knows that great songwriting can be a means to an end, one that reaches out and touches audiences. The long, tall Texan, who's won several Grammy Awards, has written plenty of great country tracks, becoming a crossover star at a time when the genre wasn’t producing many. Tonight he shares the stage with another seasoned songwriter, roots-rocker John Hiatt, whose...
02.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I'm not sure if it was the crowd skewed a couple years older (and a solid tax bracket or two higher) than the usual audience, the the crowd at Friday night's lovely Antony and the Johnsons concert was a thing of beauty. Polite and attentive yet vociferous at all the right times, they coaxed a second encore number out of Antony without barking orders and catcalls at him. I wish all Milwaukee audien...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Feb. 12, Buckwheat Zydeco @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. Perhaps the most popular modern accordionist outside of Weird Al Yankovic, Stanley Dural Jr., better known as Buckwheat Zydeco, returns to Milwaukee to give the city an early taste of Mardi Gras. The Louisianan Creole blues master first cut his...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt enlighten through songwriting

Lyle Lovett knows that great songwriting can be a means to an end, one that reaches out and touches audiences. The long, tall Texan, who's won several Grammy Awards for his heartfelt, wryly humorous lyrics, also knows a great song when he hears one. Based on his own musical experiences, the Houston-based singer/songwriter appreciates the art of songwriting more than most of us. "A great song is a rare thing," Lovett says. "Great songs never seem contrived; they just seem true." Lovett will explore many of his own songs during an all-acoustic evening Feb. 17 at the Pabst Theater, when he shares the stage...
02.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Shepherd Express Staff
A rootsy, Washington-based folk-pop songstress with a growing adult contemporary following thanks in part to her "Grey's Anatomy" soundtrack exposure, Brandi Carlile will return to Milwaukee for a performance at The Pabst Theater on Thursday, April 9. Carlile, who plans to release a Rick Rubin-produced third album this fall, has proved a longtime popular local draw, selling out a Shank Hall concer...
02.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Shepherd Express Staff
The Pabst Theater today announced the return of former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell: Chris Cornell will perform an intimate show at Milwaukee's historic Pabst Theater on Friday, April 17th. He'll be touring in support of his upcoming album, "Scream" � produced by Timbaland and released by Mosley Music / Interscope on March 10. Over two decades Cornell has positioned himself as the...
02.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Several readers and a couple of acquaintances e-mailed me for my take on a letter to the editor I posted this week from "Concerned Concert-goers," a group frustrated by how recent shows at the Pabst Theater (Neko Case) and Turner Hall Ballroom (Animal Collective) have been rescheduled at the Riverside Theater. My take: I thought the readers brought up a valid point�valid enough to post, at leas...
02.03.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A group of four "concerned concert-goers" has drafted up a letter to the Pabst Theater that they also sent over the Shepherd: Dear Pabst Theater, We are writing to formally lodge a complaint. Why do you keep changing venues for your shows? Actually, we know why, it is so you can make more money, at the expense of the concert-goer. We understand that moving the venue allows...

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