Express Milwaukee - Concert Reviews Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 2014 Milwaukee Day Concert w/ Decibully, Juniper Tar and Whips @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 14, 2014 For a city that’s continually stacking itself up against other metropolises, Milwaukee can often turn its own inferiority complex into greater cultural output through a hard-nosed competitive nat]]> Cosmonauts w/ Sleepcomesdown and Red Stuff @ Cactus Club - April 12, 2014 Unable to be contained by the jam-packed four-day lineup at the Cactus Club later this month, the 2014 Milwaukee Psych Fest sports so much psychedelic music that it’s now spilled over into a few o]]> The Men w/ Absolutely and Midnight Reruns @ Cactus Club - April 13, 2014 The Men’s approach to music favors growth and movement, reflecting an aversion to the stagnation that could so easily trouble a lesser band. The band’s early releases offer a post-punk squall, ]]> St. Vincent @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 4, 2014 While she had definitely been building up steam before collaborating with David Byrne, there’s no denying that heading into the studio (and out on the road) with the iconoclastic former Talking H]]> Gary Numan @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 1, 2014 While his lengthy career has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs, largely thanks to personal problems and shifting commercial trends, Gary Numan remains a revered, iconic figure for fans o]]> Tim Kasher @ Milwaukee Opry - March 30, 2014 Tim Kasher has never recorded a concept album where he literally sleeps with his mother, kills his father then blinds himself, but he's come pretty damn close at least two or three times. Unfolding]]> Purling Hiss w/ Technicolor Teeth, Dogs in Ecstasy and Platinum Boys @ Cactus Club - March 28, 2014 Subject to band availability and any number of other chaotic variables, bills for smaller club dates are usually something of a mixed bag, typically including at least one group that’s sort of su]]> Childish Gambino @ Eagles Ballroom - March 21, 2014 The transition from credible rapper to comedic actor is so familiar as to almost be a bona fide career path, but while everyone from Ice Cube to Mos Def has gone from spitting]]> WMSE’s Latenight Beat Generation Live @ Highbury Pub - March 15, 2014 For most radio stations, a 33rd anniversary would be something to celebrate, but not exactly a milestone, given the odd, alliterative and not-even-divisible-by-five nature of the number. But for WMS]]> Jennifer Nettles @ The Riverside Theater - March 14, 2014 In the current era of country music radio when so much that passes gatekeepers’ muster is of disputable country origins and content, give Jennifer Nettles credit: She’s transparent about how ec]]> Miley Cyrus @ BMO Harris Bradley Center - March 9, 2014 From Britney Spears’ wink-nudge Catholic schoolgirl uniform to Christina Aguilera’s dirty makeover all the way back to Nancy Sinatra’s sexy boots, the good girl gone bad has been one of pop m]]> Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings @ The Pabst Theater - March 6, 2014 Sharon Jones shouldn’t be here tonight. She should’ve been resting in some comfortable bed instead of blowing through this soulful rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” for her encore. Thurs]]> Recap: A Night at Brady Street’s 2014 East Side Music Tour The East Side Music Tour returned for a second year on Saturday, cramming more than 80 bands into 30 venues around Brady Street. It was a snowy, sometimes hectic scene, with a lot of confusion as f]]> Unlooped vs. Marvin Gaye @ Pitman Theatre - March 1, 2014 With 1978’s Here, My Dear, Marvin Gaye found himself in an unusual and unhappy legal position. Not only had his marriage to Anna Gordy, sister of Motown head Berry Gordy, just dramatically implo]]> Pontiak w/ Absolutely and WORK @ Riverwest Public House - Feb. 21, 2014 Rock shows will often either offer bands featuring up-beat, hook-laden songs with oft-repeated choruses or terser groups that divulge chaotic, unnerving, dissonant dirges. The most captivating bills]]> All Messed Up IV @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn - Feb. 14, 2014 Conceived of as a way to help Milwaukee musicians ward off the winter doldrums, All Messed Up has, in four short years, become something of a local institution, attracting fans and eager participan]]> 2 Chainz w/ Pusha T and August Alsina @ The Eagles Ballroom Though he achieved some street-level celebrity as half of the Atlanta duo Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz, then known as “Tity Boi,” mainly seemed to get lost in the Southern rap tidal wave of the mid-2]]> Mitten Fest w/ The Fatty Acids, Whips, Midwest Death Rattle and Heavy Hand @ Burnhearts The frigid months between November and March generally lack any sizeable outdoor festivals in a city known for them, and Milwaukee’s calendar seems especially languid this year due to countless s]]> Winger @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Jan. 30, 2014 When he played an acoustic show at a Madison club in 2001, Kip Winger took requests from the rambunctious crowd, with one caveat: “I won’t play ‘Seventeen,’ because she’s now 30,” he sa]]> Drugs Dragons w/ Dirty Dancing and Static Eyes @ Cactus Club
 - Jan. 24, 2014 Like almost every music venue, Cactus Club’s walls are adorned with music posters. Most venues plug upcoming shows, but the seminal Bay View rock club unabashedly celebrates its past by keeping up]]> Pablove Benefit Concert @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Jan. 18, 2014 It’s official: the 1990s are now officially a part of our collective past, an era that is now seen primarily through the hazy lens of nostalgia. Particularly in the realm of alternative rock...
Diarrhea Planet w/ Heavy Hand and Midwives @ Cactus Club - Jan. 17, 2014 Let’s cut right to the chase: Diarrhea Planet is a very, very good band, and their live show is as memorable as it is unmistakably their own. With a name like “Diarrhea Planet,” it’s hard t]]> The Rural Alberta Advantage w/ Midnight Reruns @ Turner Hall Ballroom The bare orchestration of The Rural Alberta Advantage works because each instrument bursts with such excessive volume. The music truly depends on it. Front and center lays Nils Edenloff’s voice, w]]> The Revenge Society w/ The Polyps, The Violet Hour and The Ingots @ Down and Over - Jan. 11, 2013 Like some ’80s horror movie where a teen takes off her top before getting axed to death, The Revenge Society juxtaposes raw sexuality with a vicious killing streak. ]]> Robbie Fulks @ Shank Hall - Jan. 11, 2014 Robbie Fulks has gotten some lyrical mileage out of his disdain for the country music corporate machine’s general artistic bankruptcy. But if he’s copacetic with the kind of]]> The Fatty Acids w/ Fable & the World Flat and Dogs in Ecstasy @ Cactus Club - Jan. 4, 2014 For local bands, it’s challenging enough to get people to come out to shows without Mother Nature deciding to intervene. With the hellish cold snap looming, the weekend left many more inclined to]]> Sugar Stems w/ Johnny Ill Band, The Midwest Beat and Head on Electric @ Bremen Café Since starting strong with a Black Lips live LP in 2005, Milwaukee label Dusty Medical Records has released a slew of records, many capturing some of the best local punk, garage rock and]]> Call Me Lightning w/ Liquor Store and Canadian Rifle @ Cactus Club - Dec. 22, 2013 Call Me Lightning grabbed a lot of headlines when it was announced a few weeks back that the venerable, bruising Milwaukee band would finally be following up 2010’s much-loved When I’m Gone My Blood Will Be Free with a new full-length, Human Hell. The record, due out in January on]]> Fall Out Boy @ The Rave - Dec. 18, 2013 The most fascinating question about the Fall Out Boy reunion wasn’t why the band finally made amends—another album seemed inevitable after singer Patrick Stump dubbed the break an indefinite hia]]> Phoenix @ The Rave - Dec. 12, 2013 Having two nearly flawless albums to your name is no small feat for any artist, but Phoenix accomplished it when they followed 2006’s It’s Never Been Like That with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix in 2]]>