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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Jan. 29, The Paul Collins Beat w/ Gentleman Jesse and His Men @ Club Garibaldi, 10 p.m. The Paul Collins Beat—an American group once known simply as The Beat until the British band of the same name created brand confusion, forcing the change— was one of the lucky late-’70s power-pop bands granted...
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9 p.m.

A world-renowned music guru, thanks in part to the recent documentary Super Noble Brothers, which immortalized his endeavors, Lotus Land Records owner Andy Noble has been spinning some of the rarest funk and soul grooves from the 1960s and early 1970s as part of a monthly music night called the Get Down. Tonight at 9 p.m. the Get Down, which has worked its way through several music venues, celebrates...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Sept. 18, 2008

From their inception, the Detroit Cobras were better than the average soul and R&B cover band. In addition to playing other artists' music, they've performed a public service by digging deep into the back catalogs of '60s soul labels like Minit and Stax to unearth and revisit forgotten classics, introducing them to newer generations of audiences. During the past decade, the Cobras have weathered a revolving door of personnel changes in the rhythm section, with lead singer Rachel Nagy and guitarist Maribel Restrepo remaining at the core of the lineup...
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 7 p.m.

It’s hard to picture a better house band for Milwaukee than The Goodnight Loving. The group touches on many of the sounds Milwaukeeans love most, from rollicking, country-tinged guitars to the thumping rockabilly bass and the unlabored aesthetic of '60s garage-pop, which the band shares with Dusty Medical label-mates...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9 p.m.

One of the few cover bands to earn national respect, The Detroit Cobras set themselves apart from the pack through their choice songbook. Cherry-picking rarities and deep cuts from the early days of rock 'n' roll and Motown (they are, after all, a Detroit band), then letting firecracker singer Rachel Nagy have her way...
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Songs for Milwaukee

Though he cautions that two of his band mates who once lived there might disagree with him, Andy Kavanaugh doesn't have many kind words about Green Bay. "We went up there in the middle of winter to record our latest album," he says of his band, The Goodnight Loving, "and it was just kind of a sober experience.
Friday, Jan. 18, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9:00 PM

Justin Vernon is at the beginning of what's poised to be a very, very good year. Last year, as Bon Iver, the Wisconsin singer-songwriter earned unexpected accolades for his self-released album from bloggers and, more prestigiously . . .
Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9 p.m.

Headed by the appropriately named producer Kilgore Trout, Universal Mind’s eclectic local hip-hop potpourri seems as equally bizarre and demented as Vonnegut’s alter-ego, albeit without the same sense of inherent doom and despair. Rather, in its stead is a remarkably well-versed collection of influences, from jazz . . .
Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet

Electronic artists Hulot & NAOTA’s affinities for nostalgic, Amon Tobin jazz smoothness appear to make them strange bedfellows with openers D.A. and the Madpack’s circa-Manfred Mann guitar work and Talking Heads vocals. But all these electronic artists find vaguely common ground in informed, respectful throwbacks...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A battalion of atavistic bands are raising the specter of psychedelic music, painting it black with plural nouns evocative of the netherworld. Saturday night's show at Mad Planet billed two such chthonic acts as bookends with a curious bolt of Call Me Lightning in the center. Promoting their fifth album, Heavy Deavy Skull Lover, The Warlocks performed with a skeleton crew half the size of their original lineup. Despite attenuated personnel and an unfortunate opening slot on a three’s-a-crowd bill, The Warlocks filled the space with brooding, elegiac new material.

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