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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Friday, May 2 @ Turner Hall Ballroom

A cursory glance at current events attests that there are fates more physiologically unpleasant than having to endure—without sunglasses . . .
Saturday, May 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

Once coldly dismissed as another Promise Ring side project—and not a particularly interesting one at that—local indie-rockers Maritime have picked up a well-deserved following over the years, as their records became better and their live shows stronger. Last fall they released their finest record yet, the tuneful . . .
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:00 PM

Still running strong after 20 years off Broadway, the participatory comedy Tony N Tina’s Wedding invites audiences to take part in the mock wedding of two abrasive Italian stereotypes. The couple may not be particularly likable, but there’s a fun wedding reception, dancing, a baked ziti dinner, a champagne toast and . . .
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:00 PM

Still running strong after 20 years off Broadway, the participatory comedy Tony N Tina’s Wedding invites audiences to take part in the mock wedding of two abrasive Italian stereotypes. The couple may not be particularly likeable—or, for that matter, PC—but each production includes a fun wedding reception, dancing . . .
Friday, April 11, 2008

American Serb Hall

If you live in Milwaukee, there’s no escaping the Friday-night fish fry. The one served at Serb Hall is as much an event as a meal, which explains why any serious political candidate must make the pilgrimage to this South Side institution.
Friday, April 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8:00 PM

“I died a little today/ I put up a fight,” Alejandro Escovedo sang on his latest album, 2006’s The Boxing Mirror, bluntly detailing his bout with hepatitis C. The disease almost killed this 50-something Texan songwriter, but it also provided the muse for his best album yet. Backed by moaning cellos and violent . . .
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

How Vampire Weekend Channeled Africa Through New York

What is a young artist to make of a post-Giuliani, post-9/11 New York City? Some credit the former mayor’s strategic employment of the “broken window” philosophy in fighting urban crime and blight—along with a police force that, putting it kindly, ignored many of the subtleties of community relations—with helping the city to clean up its act. Many old haunts that once housed angst-ridden musicians are being developed into condominiums and shopping centers (it was, for example, recently announced that the former site of CBGB is being converted into a store for upscale men’s fashion designer John Varvatos). At the same time, the horrific events of 9/11 have created both a newfound sense of community among many New Yorkers and an intense preoccupation with all things safety-related. The grime, danger and sin historically associated with New York have seemingly been wiped off the cultural landscape of the city, creating a new atmosphere marked by a cleanliness that threatens to erase many aspects of the region’s checkered history.
Friday, March 28, 2008

Low

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8:00 PM

The Duluth slowcore trio Low isn’t always as docile as their critics make them out to be. Sure, they’re fronted by a harmonizing husband and wife duo, and sure, they often play to seated audiences, but the group’s sound has become more volatile with age, and these days they’re capable of kicking up some seriously . . .
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The notoriously quiet band sharpens its teeth

"Murderer," the climactic highlight of Low’s latest album, Drums and Guns, reads like the transcript of one of the president’s most disturbing talks with God. “One more thing I’ll ask you, Lord,” singer Alan Spearhawk impassively volunteers, “you may need a murderer/ someone to do your dirty work.” “Don’t act so innocent!” Spearhawk seethes, turning accusatory. “I’ve seen you pound your fist into the Earth . . .
Friday, March 14, 2008
With her obvious reverence for ’70s classic rock, Grace Potter is a terrifically magnetic stage presence—imagine a rootsier Karen O—who exudes a confidence far beyond her 24 years, whether she’s pounding on her organ or wailing away on her flying-V guitar. Potter and her Vermont-based band The . . .

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