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Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Cuba remained a musical enigma for most Americans for decades until 1997, when guitarist Ry Cooder introduced the Buena Vista Social Club, a group of the island nation’s most influential performers who brought the sounds of Cuba to life for a new generation of fans. BVSC member and singer Omara...
Local Music
Monday, May 24, 2010
When Kurt Neumann was 15, he had two cassette decks with which he “bounced tracks” back and forth, experimenting with musical effects. He played drums and guitar and had written a few songs by the time he paired up with high school friend Sam Llanas in 1983 to form the BoDeans. Today, Neumann lives in Austin and has a recording studio in a building on his Texas property. He still plays drums and guitar and writes songs with...
Concert Reviews
Monday, March 8, 2010

March 6, 2010

Judging by the response from the crowded Pabst Theater this weekend, it had been too long since The Chieftains have visited Milwaukee. But the quintessential Irish band, which has been touring for some 48 years according to founding member Paddy Maloney, made up for its absence Saturday with a joyous reel of a program...
Album Reviews
Monday, March 1, 2010

Valleys of Neptune (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

The surprising thing about Valleys of Neptune is that it took more than 40 years for this collection of 1969 Jimi Hendrix recordings to surface. Some songs—“Stone Free,” “Fire” and “Red House”—aren’t new, but new versions appear on this 12-cut CD. Other numbers like “Lullaby for the Summer” and “Crying Blue...
Album Reviews
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009

High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (2nd Story Sound Records)

Weeks before drinking himself to death at age 39 in 1931, North Carolina millworker-turned-banjo-picker Charlie Poole recorded “Milwaukee Blues,” a song that has nearly nothing to do with Milwaukee. It was modestly successful, an achievement given that the Great Depression was two years under way...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

Sept. 23, 2009

Clad in two-thirds of a natty gray suit, Boz Scaggs strode casually onto the Pabst Theater stage Wednesday to enthusiastic applause. By the time he finished his 100-minute set, the applause sounded as if it had increased fo...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

Ensemble welcomes indie composer Gabriel Kahane

At first, pop-intellectual composer Gabriel Kahane may not seem a likely match for Present Music, Milwaukee’s contemporary chamber ensemble. But the son of classical pianist Jeffrey Kahane, who will be joining the neo-classical outfit for its Sept. 12 season opener at Turner Hall Ballroom, weaves a pastiche of styles into a collective musical esthetic that is its own genre, according to Kevin Stalheim, Present Music’s...
Cover Story
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

September Marks a New Era for Milwaukee's Symphony Orchestra

If there’s one thing that leads to the creation of a good orchestra, it’s bad weather. For Edo de Waart, new maestro for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin’s blustery, frigid winters have helped nurture a body of musicians with the potential to one day become a world-class...
Cover Story
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

September marks a new era for Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

If there's one thing that leads to the creation of a good orchestra, it's bad weather. For Edo de Waart, new maestro for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin's blustery...

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