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Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Making rock with cello and percussion

 1913 was the year of calm before the storm—the year before European civilization shattered on the battlefields of World War I. In that year an artisan in a far corner of Europe—Romania—crafted a handsome cello. The instrument survived both World Wars, and the rise and fall of Fascism
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
“All my favorite singers couldn’t sing,” David Berman once croaked on a Silver Jews record. It’s unclear whether the guys in the Milwaukee trio Soul Low are Silver Jews people—if they are, the influence isn’t
07.16.2013 | | Posted at 11:00 AM

The drummer has been replaced by Dresden Dolls' Bryan Viglione

By Evan Rytlewski
So much for a drama-free reunion. Just several weeks after playing a homecoming show at Summerfest, the recently regrouped Violent Femmes announced that they have replaced original drummer Victor DeLorenzo with Bryan Viglione of the Dresden Dolls. (The band's website has even been updated with a photo of Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie with Viglione, making the new lineup official.) DeLorenzo's depa...
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
 No one was more surprised than Violent Femmes’ drummer Victor DeLorenzo when the play button was pressed and the band’s six-year pause ended. “Gordon [Gano] called me last October, on John Lennon’s birthday
03.26.2013 | | Posted at 02:00 PM

Relations are no longer "Frosty" between Ritchie and Gano

By Evan Rytlewski
It ended with an argument over Wendy's. Milwaukee's Violent Femmes had been playing together for nearly 30 years, but that shared history wasn't enough to keep them together in the wake one of the fast-food giant's ad campaigns, which used the Femmes' iconic "Blister in the Sun" with the permission of guitarist Gordon Gano but not bassist Brian Ritchie. Incensed by that commercial, Ritchie sued Ga...
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

Bands and a Book Remember the Dawn of Punk

 Reliving memories of punk rock in the days when it was new has been key in igniting such recent events as the Lest We Forget concert, headlined by Die Kreuzen, and The Prosecutors’ reunion show. Steve Nodine
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

Tonight @ Cathedral Square Park, 6 p.m.

The Milwaukee chamber-rock trio has a unique set up that flanks singer Janet WSchiff's prized cello by two percussionists—classical- and jazz-trained Scott Johnson and former Violent Femmes...
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The group has gotten a favorable reception at a wide range of venues, ranging from a punk-rock club in Chicago (where they were billed as “heavy cello rock from Milwaukee”) to the Jazz Estate, where they perform frequently...
11.13.2010 | | Posted at 01:15 PM

Eighties College Rock Live

By David Luhrssen
Milwaukee filmmaker and musician Mark G.E. went to Kansas City for graduate school in the mid-�80s and launched a mostly-music TV show in the early years of cable, �Joy Farm.� bounced between Milwaukee and Kansas City during the �80s. The program focused on what was then called new music�before hardening of the creative arteries set in and the category narrowed into a marketing ploy called �alte...

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