Shepherd Express - Concert Reviews http://shepherdexpress.com/articles.sec-369-1-concert-reviews.html Wed, 28 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 88.9 Block Party @ Radio Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29978-889-block-party-a-radio-milwaukee.html   ]]> Wilco w/ Kacy & Clayton @ The Riverside Theater - June 18, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29916-wilco-w_-kacy-clayton-a-the-riverside-theater-june-18-2017.html   ]]> The PRF BBQ Festival Makes Itself at Home During its First Year in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29900-the-prf-bbq-festival-makes-itself-at-home-during-its-first-year-in-milwaukee.html The second weekend of June marked a first for Milwaukee. For four days, the city hosted the annual PRF BBQ, an event that had previously called Chicago home for eight years. The festival originated ]]> A First-Timer's Impressions of the Locust Street Festival http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29883-a-first-timers-impressions-of-the-locust-street-festival.html When I pulled up to Locust Street Festival of Music and Art early Sunday afternoon I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t meeting up with any friends and I wasn’t familiar with most of the line]]> Miller's Secret Chevy Metal Concert Featured Lots of Covers, No Dave Grohl http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29881-millers-secret-chevy-metal-concert-featured-lots-of-covers-no-dave-grohl.html
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Future Islands w/ Milo @ The Pabst Theater - June 7, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29879-future-islands-w_-milo-a-the-pabst-theater-june-7-2017.html One of the most commercially successful acts to spring from Baltimore’s bustling, ever-eclectic music scene, Future Islands have experienced something of a meteoric rise over the last few years, a]]> Norah Jones w/ The Candles @ The Riverside Theater - June 2, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29840-norah-jones-w_-the-candles-a-the-riverside-theater-june-2-2017.html   ]]> WebsterX w/ The Milwaukee Medley @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 26, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29807-websterx-w_-the-milwaukee-medley-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-26-2017.html Over the last few years, WebsterX has gone from unknown upstart to one of the Milwaukee music scene’s brightest lights, yet while his considerable skills behind the microphone should be self evid]]> Justin Townes Earle w/ The Sadies and Sammy Brue @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 22, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29790-justin-townes-earle-w_-the-sadies-and-sammy-brue-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-22-2017.html   ]]> Kinky Friedman @ Shank Hall - April 2, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29708-kinky-friedman-a-shank-hall-april-2-2017.html Were any of his audience to have been injured during Kinky Friedman’s solo acoustic performance at Shank Hall, they may have had grounds to sue the veteran country/folk singer for emotional whipla]]> The xx w/ Sampha @ The Eagles Ballroom - April 29 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29670-the-xx-w_-sampha-a-the-eagles-ballroom-april-29.html ]]> Scenes From Arte Para Todos's Opening Night in Walker's Point - Pleasure Thief, Siren, Shle Berry, Tontine Ensemble and others led a night of stunning performances http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29668-scenes-from-arte-para-todoss-opening-night-in-walkers-point-pleasure-thief-siren-shle-berry-tontine-ensemble-and-others-led-a-night-of-stunning-performances.html It’s a sign of how far Arte Para Todos has come that nobody is mispronouncing "Arte Para Todos" anymore. Just three years in, Milwaukee’s annual four-day concert crawl/arts education fundraise]]> Direct Hit! w/ The Living Statues and Midwives - April 22, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29634-direct-hit_-w_-the-living-statues-and-midwives-april-22-2017.html   ]]> Milwaukee Musicians Went Big—Really Big—For "Wonder Uncovered" http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29585-milwaukee-musicians-went-big%25E2%2580%2594really-big%25E2%2580%2594for-wonder-uncovered.html Milwaukee's Uncovered shows have always had a sense of scale unlike anything else in the city, each one-off performance the product of an almost inconceivable amount of planning and man hours.]]> Gucci Mane @ The Eagles Ballroom - April 13, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29582-gucci-mane-a-the-eagles-ballroom-april-13-2017.html Last time I saw Gucci Mane play a concert in Milwaukee, he was fat. It was the summer of 2013, just a few months before a total meltdown that culminated in felony firearm charges that sent him to fe]]> Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives w/ Kelsey Waldon @ The Rave - April 7, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29541-marty-stuart-his-fabulous-superlatives-w_-kelsey-waldon-a-the-rave-april-7-2017.html There may be music venues in Milwaukee better resembling a honky tonk than The Rave’s bar venue. Any consideration of atmosphere, however, was rendered moot, however, Friday night when M]]> Juli Wood Trio @ The Jazz Estate - March 23, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29467-juli-wood-trio-a-the-jazz-estate-march-23-2017.html Juli Wood has indubitably played for larger crowds than the throng who showed up for her set Thursday evening at the Jazz Estate. Gladly for those in attendance, the size of the audience didn’t di]]> Deafheaven @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 19, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29434-deafheaven-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-19-2017.html   ]]> Patti Smith @ Milwaukee Theatre - March 9, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29392-patti-smith-a-milwaukee-theatre-march-9-2017.html Patti Smith returned on March 9 for her first Milwaukee concert in 38 years. Although her absence was long, the connection she once forged with the city was palpable throughout her show at the Milw]]> Ratt Trap w/ Steel Iron, Ahab’s Ghost and Uhtcearu @ Cactus Club March 4, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29350-ratt-trap-w_-steel-iron-ahab%25E2%2580%2599s-ghost-and-uhtcearu-a-cactus-club-march-4-2017.html   ]]> Dillard Organ Trio @ Gibraltar - Feb. 25, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29309-dillard-organ-trio-a-gibraltar-feb-25-2017.html Justin Dillard must have known what he was doing in wearing that “Sesame Street” logo T-shirt of his at Gibraltar Saturday night. Like the long-lived kiddie show, the Hammond B3 organist’s int]]> All Messed Up @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn - Feb. 18, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29260-all-messed-up-a-linnemans-riverwest-inn-feb-18-2017.html ]]> We Six @ The Jazz Estate - Feb. 11, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29220-we-six-a-the-jazz-estate-feb-11-2017.html
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Lauryn Hill @ The Riverside Theater - Feb. 4, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29167-lauryn-hill-a-the-riverside-theater-feb-4-2017.html
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The Pukes w/ Avenues and Devil’s Teeth @ Company Brewing - Jan. 27, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29129-the-pukes-w_-avenues-and-devil%25E2%2580%2599s-teeth-a-company-brewing-jan-27-2017.html
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Sam Roberts Band @ The Back Room at Colectivo - Jan. 25, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29126-sam-roberts-band-a-the-back-room-at-colectivo-jan-25-2017.html
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Tribe Uncovered @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Jan. 20, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29093-tribe-uncovered-a-turner-hall-ballroom-jan-20-2017.html ]]> Ben Gibbard w/ Julien Baker @ The Pabst Theater - Jan. 18, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29085-ben-gibbard-w_-julien-baker-a-the-pabst-theater-jan-18-2017.html Contrary to those precious Abilify commercials, the physical symptoms of depression don’t feel anything like a harmless cartoon blob that shadows you throughout your daily routine. It’s more lik]]> Vinyl Theatre @ The Rave - Jan. 13, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29045-vinyl-theatre-a-the-rave-jan-13-2017.html
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Local Coverage @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Jan. 13, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29046-local-coverage-a-turner-hall-ballroom-jan-13-2017.html
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The Flat Five @ The Back Room at Colectivo - Jan. 7, 2017 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-29009-the-flat-five-a-the-back-room-at-colectivo-jan-7-2017.html
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The Bad Plus @ The Back Room at Colectivo - Dec. 15, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28920-the-bad-plus-a-the-back-room-at-colectivo-dec-15-2016.html
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MSO Performs the Music of David Bowie - Dec. 9, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28885-mso-performs-the-music-of-david-bowie-dec-9-2016.html
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Dosh w/ Sample & Fold and Chris Weller @ Cactus Club - Nov. 30, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28851-dosh-w_-sample-fold-and-chris-weller-a-cactus-club-nov-30-2016.html
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Pressboard, Max Holiday, Victor Orozco, Hot Science and The Demix @ Quarters Rock N’ Roll Palace - Nov. 25, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28812-pressboard-max-holiday-victor-orozco-hot-science-and-the-demix-a-quarters-rock-n%25E2%2580%2599-roll-palace-nov-25-2016.html
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Peter Wolf @ Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Nov. 19, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28779-peter-wolf-a-potawatomi-hotel-casino-nov-19-2016.html
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Bridget Everett @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 9, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28734-bridget-everett-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-9-2016.html
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Destroyer @ The Back Room at Colectivo - Nov. 1, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28697-destroyer-a-the-back-room-at-colectivo-nov-1-2016.html
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Noh Band @ Sugar Maple - Oct. 28, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28663-noh-band-a-sugar-maple-oct-28-2016.html
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Tegan and Sara @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 20, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28625-tegan-and-sara-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-20-2016.html
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Rae Sremmurd w/ Lil Yachty @ The Rave - Oct. 14, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28592-rae-sremmurd-w_-lil-yachty-a-the-rave-oct-14-2016.html
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Bridges of Königsberg w/ Blessed Sacrifist and August Traeger @ Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts - Oct. 6, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28556-bridges-of-k%25C3%25B6nigsberg-w_-blessed-sacrifist-and-august-traeger-a-jazz-gallery-center-for-the-arts-oct-6-2016.html
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Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen @ Shank Hall - Sept. 30, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28532-commander-cody-and-his-lost-planet-airmen-a-shank-hall-sept-30-2016.html
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Animal Lover w/ Absolutely and Gauss @ Cactus Club - Sept. 20, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28478-animal-lover-w_-absolutely-and-gauss-a-cactus-club-sept-20-2016.html
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Recap: The Rush Mor Records Stage Brought Joyful Noise to a Sunny Bay View Bash http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28449-recap-the-rush-mor-records-stage-brought-joyful-noise-to-a-sunny-bay-view-bash.html
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Echo and the Bunnymen @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 15, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28447-echo-and-the-bunnymen-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-15-2016.html
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Matthew Sweet w/ Gabe Dixon and David Ryan Harris @ Shank Hall - Sept. 8, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28409-matthew-sweet-w_-gabe-dixon-and-david-ryan-harris-a-shank-hall-sept-8-2016.html
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Guitar Wolf w/ Hans Condor and Bleed @ Cactus Club - Sept. 2, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28369-guitar-wolf-w_-hans-condor-and-bleed-a-cactus-club-sept-2-2016.html
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Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn - Aug. 27, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28331-gram-parsons-70th-birthday-bash-a-linneman%25E2%2580%2599s-riverwest-inn-aug-27-2016.html
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Kesha and the Creepies @ The Rave - Aug. 19, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28298-kesha-and-the-creepies-a-the-rave-aug-19-2016.html
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Ken Vandermark's "Momentum 3" @ Sugar Maple - Aug. 21, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28299-ken-vandermarks-momentum-3-a-sugar-maple-aug-21-2016.html
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The Blue Mooners, The Rock Birds (from Rockford) & Rupert Angeleyes @ Company Brewing - Aug. 12, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28267-the-blue-mooners-the-rock-birds-%2528from-rockford%2529-rupert-angeleyes-a-company-brewing-aug-12-2016.html   ]]> Deerhoof w/ Blank Spell, The Blisters @ Mad Planet - Aug. 6, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28234-deerhoof-w_-blank-spell-the-blisters-a-mad-planet-aug-6-2016.html     ]]> The Cactus Blossoms w/ The Whiskeybelles @ Shank Hall - July 31, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28194-the-cactus-blossoms-w_-the-whiskeybelles-a-shank-hall-july-31-2016.html
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Dälek w/ Stumblesome and The Demix @ Cactus Club - July 25, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28162-d%25C3%25A4lek-w_-stumblesome-and-the-demix-a-cactus-club-july-25-2016.html
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John Carpenter @ The Pabst Theater - July 18, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28125-john-carpenter-a-the-pabst-theater-july-18-2016.html     ]]> Steely Dan w/ Steve Winwood @ BMO Harris Pavilion - July 16, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28123-steely-dan-w_-steve-winwood-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-july-16-2016.html
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Death Cab For Cutie w/ Julien Baker @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - July 9, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28087-death-cab-for-cutie-w_-julien-baker-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-july-9-2016.html
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Violent Femmes @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest - July 7, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28086-violent-femmes-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-summerfest-july-7-2016.html
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Mike D DJ Set @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Summerfest - July 6, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28085-mike-d-dj-set-a-briggs-stratton-big-backyard-summerfest-july-6-2016.html
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Hollywood Vampires @ BMO Harris Pavilion, Summerfest - July 5, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28083-hollywood-vampires-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-summerfest-july-5-2016.html
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The Roots @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - July 3, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28050-the-roots-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-july-3-2016.html
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Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson @ BMO Harris Pavilion, Summerfest - July 29, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28048-willie-nelson-kris-kristofferson-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-summerfest-july-29-2016.html
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"Weird Al" Yankovic w/ The Fatty Acids @ Uline Warehouse, Summerfest - June 29, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28049-weird-al-yankovic-w_-the-fatty-acids-a-uline-warehouse-summerfest-june-29-2016.html
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King’s X w/ Kings of Spade @ Shank Hall - June 27, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28018-king%25E2%2580%2599s-x-w_-kings-of-spade-a-shank-hall-june-27-2016.html
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Flight of the Conchords @ The Riverside Theater - June 18, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27983-flight-of-the-conchords-a-the-riverside-theater-june-18-2016.html
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Angel Olsen w/ Scott Tuma @ The Pabst Theater - June 16, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27981-angel-olsen-w_-scott-tuma-a-the-pabst-theater-june-16-2016.html
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Dead Kennedys w/ The Crosses, Deathwish and Burning Sons @ Turner Hall Ballroom - June 15, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27980-dead-kennedys-w_-the-crosses-deathwish-and-burning-sons-a-turner-hall-ballroom-june-15-2016.html In 2016 does the world really need to see another Dead Kennedys show?  The band has been back for 15 years, nearly twice their original run. Original vocalist Jello Biafra is still out of ]]> Blondie w/ GGOOLLDD @ PrideFest - June 12, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27949-blondie-w_-ggoolldd-a-pridefest-june-12-2016.html
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Aretha Franklin @ The Riverside Theater - June 3, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27911-aretha-franklin-a-the-riverside-theater-june-3-2016.html
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The Body w/ The Old Northwest and Owlscry @ Quarter’s - June 5, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27948-the-body-w_-the-old-northwest-and-owlscry-a-quarter%25E2%2580%2599s-june-5-2016.html
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Tercer Cielo @ The Riverside Theater - May 29, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27879-tercer-cielo-a-the-riverside-theater-may-29-2016.html
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John Fogerty @ The Riverside Theater - May 22, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27844-john-fogerty-a-the-riverside-theater-may-22-2016.html
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Punch Brothers w/ Gabriel Kahane @ The Pabst Theater - May 12, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27803-punch-brothers-w_-gabriel-kahane-a-the-pabst-theater-may-12-2016.html
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The Music of Tom Waits @ The Coffee House - May 7, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27768-the-music-of-tom-waits-a-the-coffee-house-may-7-2016.html
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Avishai Cohen Quartet @ Colectivo Coffee's Back Room - April 30, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27730-avishai-cohen-quartet-a-colectivo-coffees-back-room-april-30-2016.html
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Rusty Pelicans w/ Indonesian Junk, Pharaoh Mac and Con Solo @ Tonic Tavern - April 22, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27692-rusty-pelicans-w_-indonesian-junk-pharaoh-mac-and-con-solo-a-tonic-tavern-april-22-2016.html
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Recap: Arte Para Todos 2016, Day One - April 21, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27691-recap-arte-para-todos-2016-day-one-april-21-2016.html
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Milwaukee Day Concert w/ Jaill, Def Harmonic, Midnight Reruns, Lex Allen and Space Raft @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 14, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27652-milwaukee-day-concert-w_-jaill-def-harmonic-midnight-reruns-lex-allen-and-space-raft-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-14-2016.html
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Ani DiFranco w/ Chastity Brown @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 8, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27617-ani-difranco-w_-chastity-brown-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-8-2016.html
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Green River Ordinance @ Shank Hall - April 1, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27579-green-river-ordinance-a-shank-hall-april-1-2016.html    ]]> WMSE’s 35th Anniversary Show @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 26, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27558-wmse%25E2%2580%2599s-35th-anniversary-show-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-26-2016.html    ]]> WMSE’s 35th Anniversary Show @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 26, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27539-wmse%25E2%2580%2599s-35th-anniversary-show-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-26-2016.html ]]> The Who @ The BMO Harris Bradley Center - March 21, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27503-the-who-a-the-bmo-harris-bradley-center-march-21-2016.html ]]> They Might Be Giants @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 19, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27501-they-might-be-giants-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-19-2016.html
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Carly Rae Jepsen @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 11, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27457-carly-rae-jepsen-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-11-2016.html
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‘Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage’ @ The Riverside Theater - March 13, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27461-%25E2%2580%2598star-trek-the-ultimate-voyage%25E2%2580%2599-a-the-riverside-theater-march-13-2016.html
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band @ BMO Harris Bradley Center - March 3, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27407-bruce-springsteen-and-the-e-street-band-a-bmo-harris-bradley-center-march-3-2016.html
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The Waco Brothers @ Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27373-the-waco-brothers-a-kochanski%25E2%2580%2599s-concertina-beer-hall.html   ]]> The Waco Brothers @ Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall - Feb. 27, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27363-the-waco-brothers-a-kochanski%25E2%2580%2599s-concertina-beer-hall-feb-27-2016.html
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Voivod w/ Vektor, Eight Bells and Nadoula @ The Metal Grill - Feb. 25, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27361-voivod-w_-vektor-eight-bells-and-nadoula-a-the-metal-grill-feb-25-2016.html
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Lizzo w/ Cavanaugh @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Feb. 20, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27325-lizzo-w_-cavanaugh-a-turner-hall-ballroom-feb-20-2016.html
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor w/ Xylouris White @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Feb. 12, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27286-godspeed-you_-black-emperor-w_-xylouris-white-a-turner-hall-ballroom-feb-12-2016.html
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Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Feb. 5, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27247-milwaukee-gospel-jubilee-a-turner-hall-ballroom-feb-5-2016.html
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Christopher Porterfield: How To Write a Popular Song @ Pitman Theatre - Jan. 30, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27214-christopher-porterfield-how-to-write-a-popular-song-a-pitman-theatre-jan-30-2016.html
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Whitey Morgan and Cody Jinks @ Shank Hall - Jan. 28, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27212-whitey-morgan-and-cody-jinks-a-shank-hall-jan-28-2016.html
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Riverwest FemFest @ Company Brewing - Jan. 24, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27179-riverwest-femfest-a-company-brewing-jan-24-2016.html
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Local Coverage @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Jan. 15, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27133-local-coverage-a-turner-hall-ballroom-jan-15-2016.html
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GGOOLLDD w/ Canopies and Rio Turbo @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Jan. 9, 2016 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27097-ggoolldd-w_-canopies-and-rio-turbo-a-turner-hall-ballroom-jan-9-2016.html
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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades w/ Dead Man Winter and Old Man Luedecke @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Dec. 19, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27008-horseshoes-hand-grenades-w_-dead-man-winter-and-old-man-luedecke-a-turner-hall-ballroom-dec-19-2015.html
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Weezer w/ Glass Animals, X Ambassadors and Børns @ The Rave - Dec. 10, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26968-weezer-w_-glass-animals-x-ambassadors-and-b%25C3%25B8rns-a-the-rave-dec-10-2015.html
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Heart @ The Riverside Theater - Dec. 7, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26937-heart-a-the-riverside-theater-dec-7-2015.html
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Lupe Fiasco w/ Yo-Dot and Pharaoh Mac & DMT @ The Rave - Nov. 27, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26897-lupe-fiasco-w_-yo-dot-and-pharaoh-mac-dmt-a-the-rave-nov-27-2015.html
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Greil Marcus, Jon Langford and Sally Timms @ Wehr Hall - Nov. 20, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26844-greil-marcus-jon-langford-and-sally-timms-a-wehr-hall-nov-20-2015.html
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EL VY @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 20, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26846-el-vy-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-20-2015.html
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Steve Earle and the Dukes w/ The Mastersons @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 19, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26842-steve-earle-and-the-dukes-w_-the-mastersons-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-19-2015.html
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Skinny Puppy w/ Youth Code @ The Rave - Nov. 16, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26807-skinny-puppy-w_-youth-code-a-the-rave-nov-16-2015.html
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Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs @ Cactus Club - Nov. 10, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26799-holly-golightly-and-the-brokeoffs-a-cactus-club-nov-10-2015.html
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The Polyphonic Spree w/ The Sharp Things @ Shank Hall - Nov. 7, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26766-the-polyphonic-spree-w_-the-sharp-things-a-shank-hall-nov-7-2015.html
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Oozing Wound w/ Platinum Boys, NO/NO and Bleach Athletixx @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn - Oct. 30, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26721-oozing-wound-w_-platinum-boys-no_no-and-bleach-athletixx-a-linneman%25E2%2580%2599s-riverwest-inn-oct-30-2015.html
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Ana Popovic @ Shank Hall - Oct. 29, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26720-ana-popovic-a-shank-hall-oct-29-2015.html
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Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear w/ Trapper Schoepp @ The Back Room, Colectivo - Oct. 26, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26681-madisen-ward-and-the-mama-bear-w_-trapper-schoepp-a-the-back-room-colectivo-oct-26-2015.html
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Craig Finn @ Cactus Club - Oct. 23, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26675-craig-finn-a-cactus-club-oct-23-2015.html
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Chance the Rapper @ Eagles Ballroom - Oct. 16, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26633-chance-the-rapper-a-eagles-ballroom-oct-16-2015.html
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'Prince Uncovered' @ Pitman Theatre - Oct. 17, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26634-prince-uncovered-a-pitman-theatre-oct-17-2015.html
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Wild Belle @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 12, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26594-wild-belle-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-12-2015.html
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Blitzen Trapper @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 6, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26588-blitzen-trapper-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-6-2015.html
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Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán @ Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Oct. 2, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26549-mariachi-vargas-de-tecalitla%25CC%2581n-a-potawatomi-hotel-casino-oct-2-2015.html
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Garth Brooks w/ Trisha Yearwood @ BMO Harris Bradley Center - Sept. 25, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26505-garth-brooks-w_-trisha-yearwood-a-bmo-harris-bradley-center-sept-25-2015.html
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Beach House w/ Jessica Pratt @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 21, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26465-beach-house-w_-jessica-pratt-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-21-2015.html
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Desaparecidos @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 14, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26427-desaparecidos-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-14-2015.html
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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 9, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26420-bela-fleck-and-abigail-washburn-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-9-2015.html
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Ed Schrader’s Music Beat w/ (ORB) and Soup Moat @ Riverwest Public House - Sept. 5, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26387-ed-schrader%25E2%2580%2599s-music-beat-w_-%2528orb%2529-and-soup-moat-a-riverwest-public-house-sept-5-2015.html
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The Church @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 26, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26349-the-church-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-26-2015.html
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One Direction @ Miller Park - Aug. 25, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26348-one-direction-a-miller-park-aug-25-2015.html
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Sat. Nite Duets w/ The Rockbirds (From Rockford) @ High Dive - Aug. 22, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26311-sat-nite-duets-w_-the-rockbirds-%2528from-rockford%2529-a-high-dive-aug-22-2015.html
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Salt-N-Pepa @ Wisconsin State Fair - Aug. 15, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26278-salt-n-pepa-a-wisconsin-state-fair-aug-15-2015.html
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Embracing the Chill Cult of Phish - A skeptic attempts to become a convert at Alpine Valley http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26241-embracing-the-chill-cult-of-phish-a-skeptic-attempts-to-become-a-convert-at-alpine-valley.html
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Alt-J @ The Riverside Theater - July 29, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26202-alt-j-a-the-riverside-theater-july-29-2015.html
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Ramma Lamma w/ Color TV @ Circle-A Cafe - July 26, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26166-ramma-lamma-w_-color-tv-a-circle-a-cafe-july-26-2015.html
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Rhythm Lab MicroFest @ Radio Milwaukee Studios - July 24, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26167-rhythm-lab-microfest-a-radio-milwaukee-studios-july-24-2015.html
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Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White @ The Pabst Theater - July 17, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26129-ry-cooder-ricky-skaggs-and-sharon-white-a-the-pabst-theater-july-17-2015.html
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At Eaux Claires, Small Moments Proved the Biggest Highlights http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26126-at-eaux-claires-small-moments-proved-the-biggest-highlights.html
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Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience @ Bastille Days - July 10, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26092-terrance-simien-and-the-zydeco-experience-a-bastille-days-july-10-2015.html
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Lupe Fiasco @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - July 3, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26057-lupe-fiasco-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-july-3-2015.html
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Kendrick Lamar w/ Schoolboy Q @ Marcus Amphitheater - July 1, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26056-kendrick-lamar-w_-schoolboy-q-a-marcus-amphitheater-july-1-2015.html
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Gogol Bordello @ BMO Harris Pavilion, Summerfest - June 30, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26053-gogol-bordello-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-summerfest-june-30-2015.html
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DJ Paris Hilton @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest - June 28, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26022-dj-paris-hilton-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-summerfest-june-28-2015.html
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The Flaming Lips w/ The Fatty Acids @ BMO Harris Pavilion, Summerfest - June 27, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26023-the-flaming-lips-w_-the-fatty-acids-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-summerfest-june-27-2015.html
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Public Enemy @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - June 25, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26021-public-enemy-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-june-25-2015.html
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The Rolling Stones @ Marcus Amphitheater - June 23, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26018-the-rolling-stones-a-marcus-amphitheater-june-23-2015.html
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Belle and Sebastian w/ Courtney Barnett @ The Pabst Theater - June 19, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25985-belle-and-sebastian-w_-courtney-barnett-a-the-pabst-theater-june-19-2015.html
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Imagine Dragons w/ Metric and Halsey @ BMO Harris Bradley Center - June 13, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25952-imagine-dragons-w_-metric-and-halsey-a-bmo-harris-bradley-center-june-13-2015.html
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Filth Fest III @ Cocoon Room - June 13, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25951-filth-fest-iii-a-cocoon-room-june-13-2015.html
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Shabazz Palaces w/ Eaters @ The Rave - June 5, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25910-shabazz-palaces-w_-eaters-a-the-rave-june-5-2015.html
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Ministry w/ Hemlock @ The Rave - May 30, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25840-ministry-w_-hemlock-a-the-rave-may-30-2015.html  ]]> Bully w/ Whips @ Cactus Club - May 28, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25839-bully-w_-whips-a-cactus-club-may-28-2015.html
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Jeff Beck w/ Billy Raffoul @ The Riverside Theater - May 22, 2015
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Jonny Lang @ Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - May 16, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25744-jonny-lang-a-potawatomi-hotel-casino-may-16-2015.html
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Melt-Banana w/ Zebras and Rio Turbo @ Cactus Club - May 12, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25737-melt-banana-w_-zebras-and-rio-turbo-a-cactus-club-may-12-2015.html  ]]> Crosby, Stills and Nash @ The Riverside Theater - May 3, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25643-crosby-stills-and-nash-a-the-riverside-theater-may-3-2015.html
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The Replacements @ The Eagles Ballroom - May 2, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25644-the-replacements-a-the-eagles-ballroom-may-2-2015.html
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Neutral Milk Hotel @ The Riverside Theater - April 24, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25598-neutral-milk-hotel-a-the-riverside-theater-april-24-2015.html
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DakhaBrakha @ Alverno College's Pitman Theatre - April 23, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25597-dakhabrakha-a-alverno-colleges-pitman-theatre-april-23-2015.html
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Sufjan Stevens @ The Riverside Theater - April 23, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25593-sufjan-stevens-a-the-riverside-theater-april-23-2015.html
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Todd Rundgren @ The Pabst Theater - April 21, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25585-todd-rundgren-a-the-pabst-theater-april-21-2015.html  ]]> Lyres w/ Drugs Dragons and Fox Face @ Cactus Club - April 17, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25551-lyres-w_-drugs-dragons-and-fox-face-a-cactus-club-april-17-2015.html  ]]> Milwaukee Day 2015 w/ Hugh Bob and the Hustle, Greatest Lakes and WebsterX @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 14, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25523-milwaukee-day-2015-w_-hugh-bob-and-the-hustle-greatest-lakes-and-websterx-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-14-2015.html
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Jamey Johnson @ The Eagles Ballroom - April 11, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25489-jamey-johnson-a-the-eagles-ballroom-april-11-2015.html
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Nellie “Tiger” Travis @ Mr. J’s Lounge - April 5, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25452-nellie-%25E2%2580%259Ctiger%25E2%2580%259D-travis-a-mr-j%25E2%2580%2599s-lounge-april-5-2015.html
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Earl Sweatshirt @ The Rave - March 28, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25327-earl-sweatshirt-a-the-rave-march-28-2015.html  ]]> MELT w/ ZeroBeat, adoptahighway, The Demix, Night Hunter and Stratus @ Cactus Club - March 27, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25328-melt-w_-zerobeat-adoptahighway-the-demix-night-hunter-and-stratus-a-cactus-club-march-27-2015.html
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The Decemberists @ The Riverside Theater - March 25, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25326-the-decemberists-a-the-riverside-theater-march-25-2015.html ]]> TV on the Radio @ The Pabst Theater - March 24, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25317-tv-on-the-radio-a-the-pabst-theater-march-24-2015.html
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Of Montreal w/ Deerhoof @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 14, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25240-of-montreal-w_-deerhoof-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-14-2015.html ]]> Alabama Shakes w/ Songhoy Blues @ The Riverside Theater - March 15, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25241-alabama-shakes-w_-songhoy-blues-a-the-riverside-theater-march-15-2015.html ]]> Charlie Parr @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn - March 12, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25227-charlie-parr-a-linnemans-riverwest-inn-march-12-2015.html
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Young Thug and Travis Scott @ The Rave - March 6, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25168-young-thug-and-travis-scott-a-the-rave-march-6-2015.html
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Blackberry Smoke w/ The Temperance Movement and Leon Virgil Bowers @ The Eagles Ballroom - March 5, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25167-blackberry-smoke-w_-the-temperance-movement-and-leon-virgil-bowers-a-the-eagles-ballroom-march-5-2015.html
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Slow Walker w/ Appleseeds and Lorde Fred33 @ Bremen Café - Feb. 28, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25133-slow-walker-w_-appleseeds-and-lorde-fred33-a-bremen-cafe-feb-28-2015.html ]]> Robyn Hitchcock w/ Emma Swift @ Shank Hall - Feb. 24, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25118-robyn-hitchcock-w_-emma-swift-a-shank-hall-feb-24-2015.html
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Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee @ The Pabst Theater - Feb. 20, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25082-milwaukee-gospel-jubilee-a-the-pabst-theater-feb-20-2015.html ]]> Single Mothers @ Cocoon Room - Feb. 22, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25080-single-mothers-a-cocoon-room-feb-22-2015.html ]]> Sleater-Kinney w/ Lizzo @ The Riverside Theater - February 15, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25037-sleater-kinney-w_-lizzo-a-the-riverside-theater-february-15-2015.html
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Fleetwood Mac @ BMO Harris Bradley Center - Feb. 12, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25031-fleetwood-mac-a-bmo-harris-bradley-center-feb-12-2015.html ]]> Riff Raff w/ Chanel West Coast and WebsterX @ The Rave - Feb. 6, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24990-riff-raff-w_-chanel-west-coast-and-websterx-a-the-rave-feb-6-2015.html ]]> Death Blues: Ensemble @ Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre - Jan. 31, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24875-death-blues-ensemble-a-alverno-college%25E2%2580%2599s-pitman-theatre-jan-31-2015.html
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Lady Cannon w/ Ladders @ Boone and Crockett - Jan. 26, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24781-lady-cannon-w_-ladders-a-boone-and-crockett-jan-26-2015.html
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The Soil & The Sun @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Jan. 21, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24772-the-soil-the-sun-a-turner-hall-ballroom-jan-21-2015.html
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Pablove 6 @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Jan. 17, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24740-pablove-6-a-turner-hall-ballroom-jan-17-2015.html
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The Bottle Rockets and Marshall Crenshaw @ Shank Hall - Jan 9, 2015 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24701-the-bottle-rockets-and-marshall-crenshaw-a-shank-hall-jan-9-2015.html
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The Bad Plus @ The Jazz Estate - Dec. 19, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24583-the-bad-plus-a-the-jazz-estate-dec-19-2014.html
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The KISSmas Bash w/ Wiz Khalifa and Meghan Trainor @ The Rave - Dec. 17, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24579-the-kissmas-bash-w_-wiz-khalifa-and-meghan-trainor-a-the-rave-dec-17-2014.html
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The Viper & His Famous Orchestra w/ Mother’s Worst Fear @ The Coffee House - Dec. 13, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24546-the-viper-his-famous-orchestra-w_-mother%25E2%2580%2599s-worst-fear-a-the-coffee-house-dec-13-2014.html
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Catacombz w/ Dogs in Ecstacy and (ORB) @ Riverwest Public House - Dec. 6, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24504-catacombz-w_-dogs-in-ecstacy-and-%2528orb%2529-a-riverwest-public-house-dec-6-2014.html
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Sturgill Simpson @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Dec. 5, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24505-sturgill-simpson-a-turner-hall-ballroom-dec-5-2014.html
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant @ Marcus Center - Dec. 1, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24472-jazz-at-lincoln-center-orchestra-with-wynton-marsalis-and-cecile-mclorin-salvant-a-marcus-center-dec-1-2014.html ]]> Appleseeds and Strange Matter @ Circle-A Café - Nov. 23, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24428-appleseeds-and-strange-matter-a-circle-a-cafe-nov-23-2014.html
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Doc Smith and the Disciples @ Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church - Nov. 22, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24429-doc-smith-and-the-disciples-a-hopewell-missionary-baptist-church-nov-22-2014.html
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Brian Setzer Orchestra w/ The Record Company @ Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Nov, 17, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24383-brian-setzer-orchestra-w_-the-record-company-a-potawatomi-hotel-casino-nov-17-2014.html ]]> Interpol w/ Hundred Waters @ The Pabst Theater - Nov. 15, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24382-interpol-w_-hundred-waters-a-the-pabst-theater-nov-15-2014.html ]]> David Allan Coe w/ Confederate Railroad @ Turner Hall Ballroom - November 7, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24331-david-allan-coe-w_-confederate-railroad-a-turner-hall-ballroom-november-7-2014.html ]]> Yonder Mountain String Band w/ The Larry Keel Experience - Nov. 5, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24330-yonder-mountain-string-band-w_-the-larry-keel-experience-nov-5-2014.html ]]> Jaill w/ Platinum Boys, Sat. Nite Duets and Midnight Reruns @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn - Oct. 31, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24292-jaill-w_-platinum-boys-sat-nite-duets-and-midnight-reruns-a-linneman%25E2%2580%2599s-riverwest-inn-oct-31-2014.html Being the best holiday, Halloween often presents discerning concertgoers with some challenging decisions]]> Captured! By Robots w/ Go Go Slow and Liar's Trial @ Cactus Club - Oct. 24, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24244-captured_-by-robots-w_-go-go-slow-and-liars-trial-a-cactus-club-oct-24-2014.html Ever since enslaving him, Jay Vance's robots have trotted him around the country to serve as a humiliating example of robo-superiority. However, what’s really worrisome is that he’s starting to enjoy it. ]]> Field Report @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 22, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24242-field-report-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-22-2014.html “Very happy Field Report Day to you,” Chris Porterfield said with a smirk early into his welcome-home set Wednesday night at the Pabst Theater. Previously that day, Field Report’s gruff-voiced]]> Pearl Jam @ BMO Harris Bradley Center - Oct. 20, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24205-pearl-jam-a-bmo-harris-bradley-center-oct-20-2014.html Pearl Jam can put on one hell of a show]]> King Tuff w/ Cassie Ramone and Whips @ Cactus Club - Oct. 17, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24203-king-tuff-w_-cassie-ramone-and-whips-a-cactus-club-oct-17-2014.html
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Iggy Azalea @ The Eagles Ballroom - Oct. 19, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24204-iggy-azalea-a-the-eagles-ballroom-oct-19-2014.html
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Delhi 2 Dublin @ Shank Hall - Oct. 15, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24197-delhi-2-dublin-a-shank-hall-oct-15-2014.html
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Big Freedia w/ Rio Turbo @ Turner Hall Ballroom - October 12, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24160-big-freedia-w_-rio-turbo-a-turner-hall-ballroom-october-12-2014.html
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Shovels & Rope w/ John Fullbright @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 4, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24120-shovels-rope-w_-john-fullbright-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-4-2014.html From the looks of them, Carry Ann Hearst and Michael Trent's duo of Shovels & Rope fill a kind of preordained niche. Do you like The White Stripes' punk blues and The Civil Wars' Southern go]]> Erasure @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 5, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24122-erasure-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-5-2014.html Even if songwriter Vince Clarke had never formed Erasure, he’d still have left an indelible impression on the budding sound of synth-pop, having been a founding member of Depeche Mode, penning ge]]> The Dandy Warhols w/ Bonfire Beach @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 27, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24081-the-dandy-warhols-w_-bonfire-beach-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-27-2014.html ]]> Lorde @ BMO Harris Pavilion - Sept. 26, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24082-lorde-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-sept-26-2014.html ]]> The War on Drugs with Califone @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 21, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24040-the-war-on-drugs-with-califone-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-21-2014.html ]]> Bob Mould @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 17, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24029-bob-mould-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-17-2014.html ]]> The Buzzcocks @ The Rave - Sept. 12, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23995-the-buzzcocks-a-the-rave-sept-12-2014.html If you’re a seasoned concertgoer, it’s usually pretty easy to predict how a certain show is going to play out, even as the particulars of the setlist and presentation offer their small surprise]]> Sylvan Esso w/ Dosh @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 5, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23940-sylvan-esso-w_-dosh-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-5-2014.html For the sake of one’s own sanity, it’s probably unwise to try to understand, with any real precision, why one act should find rapid success over another of a similar caliber. You could perhaps ]]> Journey @ The BMO Harris Pavilion - Sept. 3, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23936-journey-a-the-bmo-harris-pavilion-sept-3-2014.html One need not be a fan of the band who practically defined arena rock for a while in order to be at least occasionally entertained by a Journey concert nowadays. The music? Yeah, there's going to b]]> The Secret Sisters w/ Doghouse Flowers @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 2, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23934-the-secret-sisters-w_-doghouse-flowers-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-2-2014.html Early in their first headlining date in Milwaukee, The Secret Sisters hit their Tuesday night Turner Hall Ballroom audience with an example of that rarest of country music song forms nowadays: a mu]]> The Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 29, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23901-the-preservation-hall-jazz-band-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-29-2014.html So many seats and tables were set up the Turner Hall Ballroom floor Friday for the performance by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band that it prevented most attendees from doing what might have otherwi]]> Grouplove w/ Portugal. The Man and STRFKR @ The Rave - Aug. 24, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23858-grouplove-w_-portugal-the-man-and-strfkr-a-the-rave-aug-24-2014.html A concert promoted as “The Honda Civic Tour” immediately raises questions about the authenticity and relative coolness of the event. Is this going to be a legitimate musical experience, or just ]]> Stacian w/ Gel Set, Magic Key and Storm Chaser @ Cactus Club - Aug. 13, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23812-stacian-w_-gel-set-magic-key-and-storm-chaser-a-cactus-club-aug-13-2014.html To whatever extent there actually is a rivalry between Milwaukee and Chicago, it rarely appears to intrude on the world of DIY music, where kindred spirits from either city routinely come together ]]> Boris @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 11, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23795-boris-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-11-2014.html When you take your band name from the lyrics of a Melvins song, people are bound to expect a certain kind of sound, but while experimental Japanese trio Boris delivers on the kind of sludgy, stoner]]> Smokey Robinson @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 9, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23784-smokey-robinson-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-9-2014.html As singers slow down in their golden years, so too do their performances. Concerts that used to promise the spectacle of exacting showmanship gradually become instead about the smaller pleasures of]]> Webster X w/ WC Tank, Sayth, Birong and Conundrum @ Mad Planet - Aug. 3, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23743-webster-x-w_-wc-tank-sayth-birong-and-conundrum-a-mad-planet-aug-3-2014.html To the trained eye there are plenty of indications that a show is going to disappoint, no matter how much you’d like to see the headliners, and yet a little self-delusion goes a long way. Take th]]> Jurassic 5 w/ Dilated Peoples, MC Supernatural and Beat Junkies @ The Rave - July 24, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23703-jurassic-5-w_-dilated-peoples-mc-supernatural-and-beat-junkies-a-the-rave-july-24-2014.html Formed at the tail end of hip-hop’s golden age, Los Angeles outfit Jurassic 5 quickly established themselves as torchbearers for old-school fundamentals, finding favor with the back-to-basics alt]]> Jack White @ The Rave - July 21, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23674-jack-white-a-the-rave-july-21-2014.html Jack White's setlist Monday largely covered highlights from his solo albums, but also broke into other material, like his interpretation of an uncompleted Hank Williams tune, “You Know I Know,” and plenty of White Stripes songs.
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Jackson Browne @ The Riverside Theater - July 15, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23652-jackson-browne-a-the-riverside-theater-july-15-2014.html One might not know it from most of the songs he sang Tuesday night at the Riverside Theater, but Jackson Browne can be rather funny. It's doubtful that anyone bought a ticket to his performance ]]> Veruca Salt w/ Battleme @ Turner Hall Ballroom - July 10, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23633-veruca-salt-w_-battleme-a-turner-hall-ballroom-july-10-2014.html Chicago band Veruca Salt experienced a swift rise to fame in 1994, helped along in no small part by the then all-powerful MTV bestowing significant airplay on their debut single, “Seether,” but]]> Phantogram @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - July 5, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23601-phantogram-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-july-5-2014.html Sometimes things just aren’t your fault. Phantogram’s show Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Stage at Summerfest suffered from mixing troubles that often turned the duo’s hip-hop infused ele]]> New Order w/ DJ Whitney Fierce @ BMO Harris Pavilion, Summerfest - July 3, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23595-new-order-w_-dj-whitney-fierce-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-summerfest-july-3-2014.html The inclusion of synth-pop legends New Order on this year’s Summerfest lineup generated a lot of well-justified excitement, which should’ve been tempered slightly by the fact that they’d be p]]> The Hold Steady @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - July 3, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23596-the-hold-steady-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-july-3-2014.html The Hold Steady have spent much of their career described as the America’s best bar band, and while this description may give you some associative insight into how they sound, it doesn't do justi]]> Ludacris @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - July 2, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23593-ludacris-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-july-2-2014.html It’s easier, and perhaps more fitting, to describe Ludacris as an entertainer rather than a rapper, given his acting career, his entrepreneurial interests and his frequent collaborations with othe]]> Nas @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest - July 1, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23581-nas-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-summerfest-july-1-2014.html Nas has spent much of the year on a victory lap, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic with an expanded reissue of the album and a lengthy tour performing the record in its entirety]]> Atmosphere @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - June 27, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23564-atmosphere-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-june-27-2014.html The leaders of the Minneapolis rap powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment returned to Summerfest for a show that felt oddly familiar.
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Best Coast @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - June 26, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23559-best-coast-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-june-26-2014.html Summer hasn’t been what it should be in Milwaukee. Sweltering days and sunshine have been replaced by a seemingly endless bank of eerie fog that has taken over the lakefront. California’s Best C]]> Arctic Monkeys @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - June 25, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23551-arctic-monkeys-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-june-25-2014.html When it comes to Summerfest, people place a curious significance on opening day, as if it’s some sort barometer by which you can read precisely how the next week and a half are going to play out.]]> Radioactivity w/ Bad Sports, Tenement and Chinese Telephones @ Cactus Club - June 21, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23526-radioactivity-w_-bad-sports-tenement-and-chinese-telephones-a-cactus-club-june-21-2014.html Punk, as a genre descriptor, has seen better days. Becoming a catch-all term for anyone who can play fast chords and style themselves outside the mainstream, punk has been divided into subgenres and]]> Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds w/ Warpaint @ Milwaukee Theatre - June 20, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23527-nick-cave-and-the-bad-seeds-w_-warpaint-a-milwaukee-theatre-june-20-2014.html It can be a bit of a sore subject, but there’s no denying that Milwaukee is often frustratingly absent from the touring itineraries of many big-ticket acts. There are plenty of reasonable explana]]> Jeff Tweedy @ The Pabst Theater - June 16, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23488-jeff-tweedy-a-the-pabst-theater-june-16-2014.html As the Wilco frontman discovered Monday night at the Pabst Theater, there’s such a thing as an audience being a bit too passionate.]]> Elvis Costello @ The Riverside Theater - June 10, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23451-elvis-costello-a-the-riverside-theater-june-10-2014.html For someone who’s usually thought of as a solo artist, Elvis Costello rarely goes it alone. He’s been through at least two official backing bands, the Attractions for much of the 1980s and the I]]> Tony Bennett @ The Riverside Theater - June 6, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23417-tony-bennett-a-the-riverside-theater-june-6-2014.html It was a brief slip when Tony Bennett mentioned at The Riverside Theater Friday how he’d been singing professionally for 50 years. He quickly corrected himself and said it’s been 60 years. It w]]> Vampire Weekend w/ Cults @ BMO Harris Pavilion - June 4, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23410-vampire-weekend-w_-cults-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-june-4-2014.html The biggest complaint when the BMO Harris Pavilion began holding stand-alone concerts two summers ago was that the bands booked at the 10,000-capacity lakefront amphitheater didn’t draw enough to ]]> Conor Oberst w/ Dawes @ The Pabst Theater - May 31, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23385-conor-oberst-w_-dawes-a-the-pabst-theater-may-31-2014.html Conor Oberst didn’t leave the sold-out crowd at the Pabst Theater hanging too long Saturday night. Just three songs into his set he played the first of what would turn out to be a very generous he]]> Future w/ Rico Love @ The Rave
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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23346-future-w_-rico-love-a-the-rave%25E2%2580%25A8-may-23-2014%25E2%2580%25A8%25E2%2580%25A8.html It almost didn’t matter how Future was rapping, or what he was rapping about, at The Rave Friday. A tall, commanding presence with a shock of dyed cornrows bunched like a blonde volcano exploding]]> Slayer w/ Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus @ Eagles Ballroom - May 16, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23307-slayer-w_-suicidal-tendencies-and-exodus-a-eagles-ballroom-may-16-2014.html As a genre, the image of metal has changed with any number of fads, alternately represented to the general public by the head-spinning array of styles and sub-genres that it’s spun off over the d]]> Phylums w/ The Hussy, No Bueno and Towers @ Cactus Club - May 17, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23305-phylums-w_-the-hussy-no-bueno-and-towers-a-cactus-club-may-17-2014.html It was an evening in two acts at the Cactus Club on Saturday night. With four bands on the bill, there was a clear divide in crowd attention, though not in musical quality. As the premiere show for]]> Against Me! w/ Tony Molina and Big Eyes @ The Rave - May 14, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23301-against-me_-w_-tony-molina-and-big-eyes-a-the-rave-may-14-2014.html For a band whose very name indicates opposition and struggle, Against Me!’s live performance is characterized by exuberance and fulfillment, an expression of a band that’s landed exactly where t]]> Wye Oak @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 14, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23302-wye-oak-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-14-2014.html Every album has a narrative, and the one for Wye Oak’s Shriek was set before critics even heard so much as a note of it. In the run up to the record, singer Jenn Wasner revealed she’d recorded ]]> Queens of the Stone Age @ The Riverside Theater - May 7, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23252-queens-of-the-stone-age-a-the-riverside-theater-may-7-2014.html While they still retain a good deal of their underground appeal, Queens of the Stone Age seem to finally be finding the kind of broad mainstream success they’ve long sought, but previously only br]]> Chicago @ The Riverside Theater - April 30, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23221-chicago-a-the-riverside-theater-april-30-2014.html With four of the seven founding members remaining, including all three horn players, Chicago still sounds like Chicago, and they made a glorious cacophony Wednesday night during the first of two shows at The Riverside Theater. ]]> Sea Wolf @ Shank Hall - April 29, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23216-sea-wolf-a-shank-hall-april-29-2013.html Live performances can so often be derailed by forces outside of the band’s control—a cruddy sound system, a chatty or belligerent crowd, some equipment malfunction. While those situations are fr]]> VNV Nation @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 27, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23190-vnv-nation-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-27-2014.html Largely instigated by the success of Nine Inch Nails, the mid-’90s tidal wave of industrial rock lifted a lot of bands to prominence, few of whom are still active now that that wave has long sinc]]> Schoolboy Q @ The Rave - April 17, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23149-schoolboy-q-a-the-rave-april-17-2014.html At the rapper's unusual Eagles Ballroom show, there were no special effects or any of the visual flash one’s come to expect from a high-profile rap tour, just his DJ, the man himself and a microphone.]]> 2014 Milwaukee Day Concert w/ Decibully, Juniper Tar and Whips @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 14, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23120-2014-milwaukee-day-concert-w_-decibully-juniper-tar-and-whips-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-14-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23114-cosmonauts-w_-sleepcomesdown-and-red-stuff-a-cactus-club-april-12-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23115-the-men-w_-absolutely-and-midnight-reruns-a-cactus-club-april-13-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23079-st-vincent-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-4-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23030-gary-numan-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-1-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23015-tim-kasher-a-milwaukee-opry-march-30-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23016-purling-hiss-w_-technicolor-teeth-dogs-in-ecstasy-and-platinum-boys-a-cactus-club-march-28-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22936-childish-gambino-a-eagles-ballroom-march-21-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22842-wmse%25E2%2580%2599s-latenight-beat-generation-live-a-highbury-pub-march-15-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22843-jennifer-nettles-a-the-riverside-theater-march-14-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22784-miley-cyrus-a-bmo-harris-bradley-center-march-9-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22776-sharon-jones-and-the-dap-kings-a-the-pabst-theater-march-6-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22741-recap-a-night-at-brady-street%25E2%2580%2599s-2014-east-side-music-tour.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22742-unlooped-vs-marvin-gaye-a-pitman-theatre-march-1-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22709-pontiak-w_-absolutely-and-work-a-riverwest-public-house-feb-21-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22667-all-messed-up-iv-a-linneman%25E2%2580%2599s-riverwest-inn-feb-14-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22627-2-chainz-w_-pusha-t-and-august-alsina-a-the-eagles-ballroom.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22628-mitten-fest-w_-the-fatty-acids-whips-midwest-death-rattle-and-heavy-hand-a-burnhearts.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22580-winger-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-jan-30-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22552-drugs-dragons-w_-dirty-dancing-and-static-eyes-a-cactus-club%25E2%2580%25A8-jan-24-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22518-pablove-benefit-concert-a-turner-hall-ballroom-jan-18-2014.html 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...
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Diarrhea Planet w/ Heavy Hand and Midwives @ Cactus Club - Jan. 17, 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22511-diarrhea-planet-w_-heavy-hand-and-midwives-a-cactus-club-jan-17-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22508-the-rural-alberta-advantage-w_-midnight-reruns-a-turner-hall-ballroom.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22471-the-revenge-society-w_-the-polyps-the-violet-hour-and-the-ingots-a-down-and-over-jan-11-2013.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22472-robbie-fulks-a-shank-hall-jan-11-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22441-the-fatty-acids-w_-fable-the-world-flat-and-dogs-in-ecstasy-a-cactus-club-jan-4-2014.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22419-sugar-stems-w_-johnny-ill-band-the-midwest-beat-and-head-on-electric-a-bremen-cafe.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22394-call-me-lightning-w_-lir-store-and-canadian-rifle-a-cactus-club-dec-22-2013.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22364-fall-out-boy-a-the-rave-dec-18-2013.html 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 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22328-phoenix-a-the-rave-dec-12-2013.html 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]]> Kacey Musgraves w/ John & Jacob @ The Rave - Dec. 6, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22291-kacey-musgraves-w_-john-jacob-a-the-rave-dec-6-2013.html Rarely can one witness the critical stature of an artist rise perceptibly in the course of one concert. But such happened for country music critical darling Kacey Musgraves at her show at The Rave F]]> Recap: Volcano Choir Takes Home Top Honors at the Radio Milwaukee Music Awards - 88Nine kept the awards party moving at its new studio http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22289-recap-volcano-choir-takes-home-top-honors-at-the-radio-milwaukee-music-awards-88nine-kept-the-awards-party-moving-at-its-new-studio.html A short time ago 88Nine Radio Milwaukee could barely accommodate bands in its cramped studio, let alone host an audience. More so, the small space, distant from the city center and housed inside a Mil]]> Sheryl Crow @ The Riverside Theater
 - Dec. 5, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22290-sheryl-crow-a-the-riverside-theater%25E2%2580%25A8-dec-5-2013.html Chances are, if you’ve been conscious during the last 15 years or so, you’ve heard a Sheryl Crow song. In fact, you’ve probably heard more than one—Crow is the Grammy-winning writer of such]]> Mustache Party w/ Myles Coyne and the Rusty Nickel Band @ Stonefly Brewing Company - Nov. 30, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22260-mustache-party-w_-myles-coyne-and-the-rusty-nickel-band-a-stonefly-brewing-company-nov-30-2013.html There was no shortage of live music this post-Thanksgiving weekend, and Center Street alone offered several options last Saturday, from Soul Low at the Jazz Gallery to De La Buena]]> The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: The Second Quest @ The Riverside Theater - Nov. 23, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22214-the-legend-of-zelda-symphony-of-the-goddesses-the-second-quest-a-the-riverside-theater-nov-23-2013.html There are a myriad of ways in which Nintendo’s 1986 title The Legend of Zelda broke new ground for the still-young video game industry, or art form if you prefer—combining the strategy and puzzl]]> Nightmare Boyzzz w/ Space Wolves, Tim Schweiger and the Middle Men and Beach Patrol @ Quarter’s Rock ’n’ Roll Palace - Nov. 20, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22205-nightmare-boyzzz-w_-space-wolves-tim-schweiger-and-the-middle-men-and-beach-patrol-a-quarter%25E2%2580%2599s-rock-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-roll-palace-nov-20-2013.html It’s fantastic when renowned international headliners include Milwaukee as part of their tour schedule, as Nick Cave recently announced he would to a flurry of justifiable excitement, but having a]]> Built to Spill @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 15, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22176-built-to-spill-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-15-2013.html Whereas many of Built to Spill's slacker-rock contemporaries broke up nearly a generation ago, frontman Doug Martsch and company have soldiered on heartily for more than two decades, putting out s]]> James Blake @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 14, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22157-james-blake-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-14-2013.html With its marriage of electronic music and the type of falsettoed, soulful songwriter balladeering that's grown increasingly popular over the last half a decade or so, James Blake’s self-titled de]]> Jonathan Richman @ Shank Hall - Nov. 14, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22158-jonathan-richman-a-shank-hall-nov-14-2013.html In the pantheon of musicians whose artistic legacies hinge almost entirely on just one album, Jonathan Richman is right up there with The Violent Femmes. Richman’s self-titled 1976 debut with The]]> Nick Sanborn: Lend Me Your Voice @ Pitman Theatre - Nov. 8, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22130-nick-sanborn-lend-me-your-voice-a-pitman-theatre-nov-8-2013.html The Alverno Presents series has long been a local haven for artists looking to work outside of your usual music-show format. It’s easy to simply play a set with nothing more to it, to say “I wr]]> Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck @ The Riverside Theater - Oct. 30, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22070-brian-wilson-and-jeff-beck-a-the-riverside-theater-oct-30-2013.html It's hard to imagine two acts more different than Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck. 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Nite Duets w/ Jaill @ Polish Falcon - Oct. 26, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22038-sat-nite-duets-w_-jaill-a-polish-falcon-oct-26-2013.html There’s nothing wrong with exploring more serious terrain, of course, but it’s something to be thankful for that many of the bands currently making waves on the city’s rock scene have a well-]]> Neko Case w/ Thao & The Get Down Stay Down @ The Riverside Theater - Oct. 18, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21996-neko-case-w_-thao-the-get-down-stay-down-a-the-riverside-theater-oct-18-2013.html Neko Case held the Riverside in the palm of her hand on Friday, drawing from a full catalogue of arresting, image-filled songs; letting loose her impossibly beautiful, devastatingly present voice; ]]> Radiolab's "Apocalyptical" Explored The End at the Riverside Theater http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21961-radiolabs-apocalyptical-explored-the-end-at-the-riverside-theater.html When it comes to the kind of philosophically scientific stories the program explores, Radiolab has a huge home-field advantage with their chosen medium, where a little audio magic can transport lis]]> Man Man @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 13, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21962-man-man-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-13-2013.html Some bands never want to grow up. Perhaps that’s because the shift from juvenilia to adulthood can derail a group’s creative process. Philadelphia vaudevillian rock act Man Man, fresh off their]]> Dogs in Ecstasy w/ Cave and Catacombz @ Riverwest Public House - Oct. 4, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21917-dogs-in-ecstasy-w_-cave-and-catacombz-a-riverwest-public-house-oct-4-2013.html Though they may not always get the attention they deserve, perhaps due to their jokey-sounding name, Dogs in Ecstasy’s undeniably infectious blend of pop fundamentals, garage-punk brevity and gru]]> Altos: Earth @ Oriental Theatre - Oct. 4, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21913-altos-earth-a-oriental-theatre-oct-4-2013.html The post-rock ensemble, which for the occasion expanded to 18 members from its usual dozen, had been commissioned by the festival and Alverno Presents to create a live score, but what they came up with wasn't so much a mere soundtrack as an elaborate experiment in how music and sound shape our response to the things we view.
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Ian Hunter @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Oct. 3, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21911-ian-hunter-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-oct-3-2013.html Ian Hunter didn't look frustrated Thursday night at Potawatami Bingo Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, storming through a couple hours’ worth of a few decades’ worth of music recognizab]]> Black Joe Lewis w/ Pickwick @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 30, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21877-black-joe-lewis-w_-pickwick-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-30-2013.html Austin, Texas troubadour Joe Lewis (better known by his on-stage moniker of “Black Joe Lewis”) has been tabbed to break out since 2009 debut full-length Tell ’Em What Your Name Is! rendered th]]> Melt 29 w/ Lorn, Dolor, adoptahighway and The Demix @ Stonefly Brewing Company - Sept. 27, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21872-melt-29-w_-lorn-dolor-adoptahighway-and-the-demix-a-stonefly-brewing-company-sept-27-2013.html Four Men with Laptops.Were subtitles things the organizer of the nigh-monthly Milwaukee Electronic & Experimental Music nights to give his diverse and sometimes revelatory event, the above would]]> Volcano Choir @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 28, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21873-volcano-choir-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-28-2013.html Ever since Mayor Tom Barrett officially proclaimed one Friday a couple years ago as “Bon Iver Day” in Milwaukee, the city has clamped its claws into Justin Vernon, attempting to claim the Eau C]]> The Zombies w/ Et Tu Bruce @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 25, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21867-the-zombies-w_-et-tu-bruce-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-25-2013.html Formerly relegated to small venues and county fair-type events, 1960s British pop band The Zombies reunited—or, more to the point, returned—after a lengthy dormancy. Despite the almost universa]]> Kid Cudi w/ Tyler, The Creator and Logic @ U.S. Cellular Arena - Sept. 18, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21819-kid-cudi-w_-tyler-the-creator-and-logic-a-us-cellular-arena-sept-18-2013.html Promoted as a tour that brings together two ostensibly different ends of the modern rap spectrum, namely the radio-friendly, frat-friendly strains of Kid Cudi and Tyler, The Creator, best known as ]]> Youth Lagoon @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 12, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21787-youth-lagoon-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-12-2013.html Youth Lagoon’s second full-length album, Wondrous Bughouse, is a psychedelic bedroom pop odyssey. Like a menacing circus soundtrack, the album layers dark, introspective lyrics atop bouncy, whims]]> Zappa Plays Zappa @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 8, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21750-zappa-plays-zappa-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-8-2013.html “Thanks, I’m just a few years older than this album,” Dweezil Zappa replied onstage when a fan wished him a belated happy birthday Sunday night. His group, Zappa Plays Zappa, then played his f]]> Disappears w/ Weekend and Circles @ Cactus Club - Sept. 6, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21751-disappears-w_-weekend-and-circles-a-cactus-club-sept-6-2013.html

The mercurial Chicago outfit Disappears scored themselves a major publicity coup in 2011, shortly after the release of their memorable EP Guider, by enlisting Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley as their temporary drummer. That kind of star power (pardon the questionable EVOL pun) can work wonders

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Adam Ant @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 31, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21710-adam-ant-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-31-2013.html Borrowing heavily from the Victorian androgyny of glam as well as the futuristic tendencies of post-punk and synthpop, the New Romantic movement of the early 1980s is now usually more a point for pa]]> Toby Keith @ Marcus Amphitheater - Aug. 29, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21708-toby-keith-a-marcus-amphitheater-aug-29-2013.html Toby Keith can be subtle and thoughtful, capable of making palpable very adult and nuanced emotions of longing, loss and regret. That was not, perhaps appropriately, the Toby Keith who played The M]]> Diana Ross @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 27, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21694-diana-ross-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-27-2013.html At her nearly sold-out show on Tuesday night at the Riverside Theater, Diana Ross powered through the hits, spanning decades, genres and styles in her hour-and-a-half long set. Famous for her work ]]> Truckfighters w/ Chief @ Cactus Club - Aug. 25, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21674-truckfighters-w_-chief-a-cactus-club-aug-25-2013.html The Cactus Club was packed on Sunday night for a well-anticipated show by Swedish fuzz power masters Truckfighters. Following a solid performance from the local metal trio Chief, whose classic-sounding heavy]]> Ke$ha w/ Mike Posner @ Eagles Ballroom - Aug. 21, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21668-ke%2524ha-w_-mike-posner-a-eagles-ballroom-aug-21-2013.html Pop music is such a competitive field that in order to separate from the rest of the pack an artist needs a good gimmick. Lady Gaga sufficiently plays the role of drag-queen provocateur; Katy Perry ]]> Hunx and His Punx w/ Hunters and Pow Wow @ Cactus Club - Aug. 19, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21641-hunx-and-his-punx-w_-hunters-and-pow-wow-a-cactus-club-aug-19-2013.html After the gooey, girl group vibes of their 2011 debut album Too Young to Be in Love, San Francisco garage rockers Hunx and His Punx’s new Street Punk, out now on Hardly Art Records, is something o]]> Laura Marling @ The Pabst Theater - Aug. 15, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21634-laura-marling-a-the-pabst-theater-aug-15-2013.html The widespread acclaim bestowed on Laura Marling at such an early age seems warranted. Moving from the English countryside to London at 16 years old to pursue a life of music would have been a giga]]> The New Flesh w/ Stoic Violence @ Quarters Rock ’n’ Roll Palace - Aug. 10, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21598-the-new-flesh-w_-stoic-violence-a-quarters-rock-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-roll-palace-aug-10-2013.html Concert lineups, like everything else in life, are subject to change, but smaller shows at neighborhood hole-in-the-wall clubs like Quarters have a flexibility and a community about them that makes oc]]> Big Time Rush @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 11, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21599-big-time-rush-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-11-2013.html On the surface, there is nothing particularly striking or obnoxious about Big Time Rush, a four-member boy band initially assembled by the Nickelodeon network for a children’s television series. ]]> Juiceboxxx w/ Rio Turbo @ Hotel Foster - Aug. 8, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21596-juiceboxxx-w_-rio-turbo-a-hotel-foster-aug-8-2013.html With any show there are so many more factors at play than just the quality of the acts involved. There’s the venue, the sound guy, the crowd, the available alcohol and about a million other variab]]> Shouting Matches @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 1, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21563-shouting-matches-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-1-2013.html As it often goes, a movie actor will take roles in family-friendly, generic, big budget films in order to finance their smaller, weirder pet projects. That sequence worked in reverse for Justin Vern]]> Steely Dan @ The Riverside Theater - July 28, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21535-steely-dan-a-the-riverside-theater-july-28-2013.html Recently there’s been a resurgence of appreciation for a variety of the soft-rock super sounds of the ’70s. In addition to Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan has probably benefitted the most from the trend, perhaps because they’ve]]> Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers @ The Riverside Theater - July 24, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21529-steve-martin-and-the-steep-canyon-rangers-a-the-riverside-theater-july-24-2013.html The question wasn’t whether Steve Martin was going to be funny during his bluegrass and Americana concert Wednesday at The Riverside Theater. It was by how much, and in what context.The answer i]]> The Ex-Bombers w/ Chris Head @ Stonefly - July 20, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21491-the-ex-bombers-w_-chris-head-a-stonefly-july-20-2013.html With their debut full length The Tightwire, out late last year on Cavetone Records, Charleston, Illinois boy/girl bass/drums duo The Ex-Bombers made a rather bold]]> Paul McCartney @ Miller Park - July 16, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21475-paul-mccartney-a-miller-park-july-16-2013.html If Paul McCartney is worried about death, he doesn’t
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Prince Rama w/ Catacombz and Moss Folk @ Mad Planet http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21442-prince-rama-w_-catacombz-and-moss-folk-a-mad-planet.html Last year’s Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, the latest from Brooklyn sister duo Prince Rama, came with a pretty high concept attached, namely that it wasn’t an]]> Rush @ Marcus Amphitheater - July 4, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21412-rush-a-marcus-amphitheater-july-4-2013.html With “16,000 songs to play,” as vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee proclaimed, newly enshrined Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Rush brought to Summerfest’s biggest stage Thursday night a bol]]> MGMT @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest - July 3, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21411-mgmt-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-summerfest-july-3-2013.html Stylistic reinvention is a sure way to keep listeners off their collective feet, but with 2010’s Congratulations many suspected that synth-poppers MGMT went too deep into psychedelia and strayed ]]> Cake @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - June 28, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21380-cake-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-june-28-2013.html Intermittent rain storms had Summerfest attendees milling in and out of tented areas throughout Friday, which was otherwise humid and sunny. With the threat]]> Meat Puppets @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - June 29, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21381-meat-puppets-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-june-29-2013.html When Nirvana crossed over into big mainstream success with Nevermind, Kurt Cobain]]> Brother Ali @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest - June 28, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21382-brother-ali-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-summerfest-june-28-2013.html Minneapolis rap powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment has built an impressive stable of artists since launching in 1995, but at the same time, the label’s success]]> Diplo @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - June 26, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21371-diplo-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-june-26-2013.html The hyperbolic dread with which some Milwaukeeans greet the beginning of Summerfest can at times be as grating as all the traffic and hordes of drunken tourists, but that being said, there’s a lot]]> Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest - June 26, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21372-yeah-yeah-yeahs-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-summerfest-june-26-2013.html Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ performance Wednesday night at Summerfest’s Harley-Davidson Roadhouse began, as does the group’s new album Mosquito, with the early standout “Sacrilege,” a furious soul nu]]> 3ball MTY w/ Jazz Da Playboy @ The Rave - June 21, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21348-3ball-mty-w_-jazz-da-playboy-a-the-rave-june-21-2013.html Regional Mexican styles arguably make for the most folkloric music on commercial U.S. radio nowadays. That a trio of teenage DJs could have made a major impression]]> John C. Reilly and Friends @ Miller Caves - June 16, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21306-john-c-reilly-and-friends-a-miller-caves-june-16-2013.html There’s perhaps another club or two that can claim to be as dark and musty, but Sunday night John C. Reilly and his bluegrass band performed at the only venue in the city that boasts its own hous]]> Shannon and the Clams w/ Pow Wow and Sex Forecast @ Cactus Club - June 13, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21305-shannon-and-the-clams-w_-pow-wow-and-sex-forecast-a-cactus-club-june-13-2013.html With its punchy doo-wop and an eye for the retro, Shannon and the Clams turned the Cactus Club into prom night circa 1955 Thursday, delighting its cult-like, wall-to-wall following and leaving me w]]> The Dead Milkmen @ Shank Hall - June 6, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21225-the-dead-milkmen-a-shank-hall-june-6-2013.html In light of all the old punk rock bands reuniting these days—the competing Black Flag lineups come to mind—playing giant festivals and making mad cash off our nostalgia, I was a little nervous prior to The Dead]]> Son Volt w/ Colonel Ford @ Turner Hall Ballroom - June 5, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21203-son-volt-w_-colonel-ford-a-turner-hall-ballroom-june-5-2013.html “Windfall,” the first song on Son Volt’s 1995 debut Trace, has a great line about scanning the AM dial, “searching for a truer sound.” “Catching an all-night station in Louisiana,” si]]> Alkaline Trio w/ Bayside and Off With Their Heads @ The Rave - June 1, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21169-alkaline-trio-w_-bayside-and-off-with-their-heads-a-the-rave-june-1-2013.html Seminal Chicago emo ensemble Alkaline Trio has enjoyed a prosperous 17-year run that’s seen the band release eight studio albums—not counting B-sides compilations, splits and acoustic releases—and inspiring countless heart and skull tribute tattoos along the way. Many of the emblazoned jumped ship a decade ago when the band began to veer away from its distinct anthems of beer-soaked heartache poured into the timeless Goddamnit and Maybe I’ll Catch Fire. Any such exodus wasn’t evident at The Rave Saturday, though, as a sellout crowd was on hand to sing along as the veteran band traversed its lengthy and ever-changing catalog in 75 minutes of nostalgia.]]> B.B. King w/ Paul Cebar @ The Riverside Theater - May 31, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21168-bb-king-w_-paul-cebar-a-the-riverside-theater-may-31-2013.html Legendary blues man B.B. King celebrated his 87th birthday last fall, not that you would know that from the busy schedule he keeps. He could have easily retired some time ago, with both his musical ]]> Die Kreuzen @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 26, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21129-die-kreuzen-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-26-2013.html The 2012 “Lest We Forget” concert brought a plethora of long-defunct Milwaukee punk and alternative bands back to life, all in the interest]]> Flying Lotus w/ Thundercat and Teebs @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 17, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21093-flying-lotus-w_-thundercat-and-teebs-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-17-2013.html It’s rather hard to define the music of Flying Lotus in terms of genre. There are basically two reasons for that. The first, and most broad, is that while there’s no shortage of practitioners o]]> Futurebirds w/ Bigfoot and Hello Death @ Cactus Club - May 16, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21086-futurebirds-w_-bigfoot-and-hello-death-a-cactus-club-may-16-2013.html They may be from the distant indie-rock stronghold of Athens, Ga., but the six young men of Futurebirds made themselves right at home in Milwaukee Thursday night, winning over a sparse Cactus Club ]]> Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 14, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21082-black-rebel-motorcycle-club-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-14-2013.html The extent to which the garage-rock revival of the early aughts was in fact a thing, a genuine resurgence of the tried and true sound as opposed to something dreamt up by a bored and opportunist roc]]> Rio Turbo w/ Alex Body and Goldendust @ Quarter’s Rock ’n’ Roll Palace - May 10, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21051-rio-turbo-w_-alex-body-and-goldendust-a-quarter%25E2%2580%2599s-rock-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-roll-palace-may-10-2013.html It’s become an integral, familiar part of the culture, of course, but when you step back, it’s still amazing to consider the ways that advancements in technology have transformed music in the l]]> Crystal Castles @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 6, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21016-crystal-castles-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-6-2013.html I’ll always recall the first time I saw Crystal Castles live, because it was at Lollapalloza, and singer Alice Glass punched a fan in the face. Even from half a crowd away, it looked like a solid ]]> Death Blues w/ Olivia Block, Cages and Peter Woods - May 4, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21010-death-blues-w_-olivia-block-cages-and-peter-woods-may-4-2013.html

 Saturday’s show at Cactus Club, curated by Peter J. Woods for the Experimental Milwaukee series, featured four very different experimental acts from in and around Wisconsin. Woods, himself one of the major nodes of

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Heavy Times w/ Teenage Moods, Micronics and Telecraft @ Quarter’s Rock ’n’ Roll Palace - April 27, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20979-heavy-times-w_-teenage-moods-micronics-and-telecraft-a-quarter%25E2%2580%2599s-rock-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-roll-palace-april-27-2013.html For Wisconsin, the cold, damp spring we’ve all been suffering through this year is by no means that unusual, but psychologically speaking, the pleasant weather over the weekend seemed to shake Milwaukeeans out of an]]> Todd Snider w/ Jason Isbell @ The Pabst Theater - April 25, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20959-todd-snider-w_-jason-isbell-a-the-pabst-theater-april-25-2013.html A simple way to distinguish the two converse personas of the Americana acts on Thursday’s Pabst Theater bill was to observe how the troubadours treated an obnoxious heckler in the third row. The slick and pensive Jason Isbell]]> Jim James @ The Pabst Theater - April 19, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20938-jim-james-a-the-pabst-theater-april-19-2013.html Solo albums can be frustrating. With no one else around to reel back a frontman's excesses, these efforts often lack self-restraint and delve headfirst through an artist's personal eclecticism. These dubious records ultimately]]> Purling Hiss with Technicolor Teeth and Head On Electric @ Linneman’s - April 18, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20925-purling-hiss-with-technicolor-teeth-and-head-on-electric-a-linneman%25E2%2580%2599s-april-18-2013.html

 Another Technicolor Teeth gig, another few frequencies closer to complete hearing loss. And once again, it was worth it. The Appleton trio celebrated the vinyl release of its Teenage Pagans LP and supported Philadelphia’s

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Mystery Girls w/ The Hussy and Trent Fox and the Tenants @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn - April 12, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20898-mystery-girls-w_-the-hussy-and-trent-fox-and-the-tenants-a-linneman%25E2%2580%2599s-riverwest-inn-april-12-2013.html Friday’s Linneman’s lineup was a statewide affair, featuring bands from Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, all linked by the ubiquitous Bobby Hussy and his label Kind Turkey. And while I had come]]> Redd Kross @ Cactus Club - April 13, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20899-redd-kross-a-cactus-club-april-13-2013.html Though born of the same Los Angeles punk boom that spawned Black Flag, The Circle Jerks and The Germs, Redd Kross has never been as easy to define as their more notorious peers. They seemed always slightly out of time]]> The Cast of Archer Showers the Riverside Theater With Talk, T-Shirts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20858-the-cast-of-archer-showers-the-riverside-theater-with-talk-t-shirts.html Over the years the Pabst Theater Foundation has being turning more of its schedule over to television-centered entertainment]]> Ed Schrader’s Music Beat w/ Dogs in Ecstasy @ Circle-A Café - April 7, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20859-ed-schrader%25E2%2580%2599s-music-beat-w_-dogs-in-ecstasy-a-circle-a-cafe-april-7-2013.html Of Milwaukee’s many venues, the Circle-A Café often gets somewhat overlooked, probably because, in all honesty, it’s not much of a venue at all. Tucked away on an odd Riverwest intersection, the neighborhood watering hole has]]> Grizzly Bear @ The Pabst Theater - April 2, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20833-grizzly-bear-a-the-pabst-theater-april-2-2013.html There aren’t more polite, sincere musicians touring today than the gentlemen that make up Grizzly Bear. Their charm is suffocating. Foremost among them is frontman Ed Droste, who on Tuesday night]]> The Devil Wears Prada w/ As I Lay Dying, The Chariot and For Today @ The Rave - March 29, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20823-the-devil-wears-prada-w_-as-i-lay-dying-the-chariot-and-for-today-a-the-rave-march-29-2013.html

 Amid the applause on Good Friday's As I Lay Dying/The Devil Wears Prada co-headlining bill at The Rave, there were, as might be expected at a metal concert, some devil's horns hand gestures thrown skyward by enthused

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Local Natives @ The Riverside Theater - March 22, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20792-local-natives-a-the-riverside-theater-march-22-2013.html Last time I checked, Independence Day was still a long way off. But this weekend, there were fireworks. Indie rock dynamo Local Natives met a frenzied capacity crowd Friday night at the Riverside Theater, with explosive results.]]> Martha Wainwright @ Shank Hall - March 22, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20793-martha-wainwright-a-shank-hall-march-22-2013.html

 Strumming her acoustic guitar and dancing in place, Martha Wainwright delivered a wide ranging set of material to an audience of faithful fans Friday night at Shank Hall. Touring behind her recent album Come Home to Mama,

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KMFDM @ Shank Hall - March 24, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20794-kmfdm-a-shank-hall-march-24-2013.html It’s entirely plausible that you could make it this far in life without consciously hearing German industrial outfit KMFDM, but if you’ve frequented rock concerts at any point in the last 25 ye]]> Strange Matter w/ Brain Tumors, Total Trash and Soup Moat @ Quarters Rock ’N’ Roll Palace - March 16, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20770-strange-matter-w_-brain-tumors-total-trash-and-soup-moat-a-quarters-rock-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-roll-palace-march-16-2013.html

 First up was Milwaukee’s Soup Moat, a one-time trio that switched to a guitar and drums duo some time ago but never really lost a beat as far as their songwriting and general development are concerned. In fact, they’ve been playing out quite a bit, steadily honing their sound while still

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Leonard Cohen @ Milwaukee Theatre - March 15, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20753-leonard-cohen-a-milwaukee-theatre-march-15-2013.html Leonard Cohen held his audience spellbound through a three-hour show Friday night at the Milwaukee Theatre. His 3,700 fans spanned generations, much as his two long sets spanned the decades, covering favorite songs]]> Technicolor Teeth w/ Energy Gown and Carbonleak @ Quarters Rock ’n’ Roll Palace - March 9, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20713-technicolor-teeth-w_-energy-gown-and-carbonleak-a-quarters-rock-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-roll-palace-march-9-2013.html

 The health of the Milwaukee music scene is, of course, a highly subjective matter. There are those who feel that, as long as they’ve got something to do on a Saturday night, everything must be going just fine, and then there

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Tegan and Sara @ The Pabst Theater - March 7, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20708-tegan-and-sara-a-the-pabst-theater-march-7-2013.html When a band opens a concert with two of their biggest hits and fan favorites, they’re usually looking to prime the crowd for newer songs that might not go over as well. And sure enough, Tegan and]]> Tame Impala @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 3, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20672-tame-impala-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-3-2013.html It probably goes without saying that psychedelic rock is a fairly loose genre. Beyond a certain set of conventions, like repetition, unconventional song structures and time signatures and general tr]]> East Side Music Tour @ Brady Street - March 2, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20678-east-side-music-tour-a-brady-street-march-2-2013.html Even winter has its “dog days,” and Milwaukee is in the slushy thick of them. Annoyingly low temperatures, mediocre pro basketball and a slow trickle of live music make these late-winter months particularly hard to get through.

Coming to the rescue was Saturday’s East Side Music Tour, a day-long music festival that crammed 50 bands and hundreds of bodies into every conceivable cranny of Brady Street, bringing live music and a fresh crowd to a neighborhood known chiefly for its bar scene. 

I showed up around 7, and, feeling like a kid who’d just been let loose at Disney World, hightailed it to the nearest festival-friendly establishment. Ivy Spokes hadn’t started at Crisp, and Into Arcadia was just finishing up at Hi Hat, but I struck on something at the Up and Under, where The Fatty Acids were already playing to a packed house. The stage at Up and Under would be small for most bands, and especially so for the hyperactive five-piece; but if anything, the close quarters made them sound even tighter than usual.  The night was still young as I made my way to Roman Coin to see Mortgage Freeman, a band I’d never heard but was prepared to like because of its name. It always made me think of a band you’d accidentally find in some townie dive, dressed business casual, playing on top of a pool table and covering the theme to “Family Matters.” Believe it or not, that’s exactly what I found when I walked into Roman Coin.

After enjoying a few minutes of Freeman’s good-natured bar-prog, I trekked back to the Garage to see Paper Holland, whose lush pop is the musical equivalent of hot chocolate. The band played songs from its debut album Happy Belated, and while they seemed a bit nervous, the album’s pop sense and snappy guitar work (see: “Rory”) came through loud and clear.

Across the street, Hello Death was tuning up at Rochambo. Tucked behind the railing of an upstairs balcony, the group played in the dark, silhouetted by the light from a window overlooking the street. The relaxed atmosphere of the tea house was perfect for Hello Death’s somber, intimate folk, making it one of the best performances of the night.

While Hello Death dirged, D’Amato raged next door at Jo-Cat’s, which was so crowded that the staff was helpless to do anything about the cloud of smoke hanging over the room. D’Amato is a bona fide performer, and he worked the crowd while switching effortlessly from irreverent rap to golden-throated soul. His cover of Prince’s “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore” was a highlight.

I hustled to Club Brady to get a spot for Jaill. The place was packed from door to stage and the anticipation was palpable. I have been to several Jaill shows in the last few months, and this was by far the best. The band seems to have finally settled into its new lineup, sounding muscular and confident, feeding off the raucous audience and busting out a great cover of Talking Heads’ “Wild Wild Life.”

Could Brady Street be a legitimate live music destination? Are fanny packs cool again? Is Monta Ellis for real at point guard? The East Side Music Tour left festival-goers with plenty of burning questions, but one thing was certain Saturday night: There is a lot of great music being made in Milwaukee right now, and I think the hundreds of listeners who showed up to hear it—dog days be damned—would agree. ]]>
The O’Jays @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Feb. 21, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20637-the-o%25E2%2580%2599jays-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-feb-21-2013.html

 Spearheaded by the songwriting/production team Gamble & Huff, the Philly soul renaissance produced almost impossible volumes of great music throughout the ’70s, the biggest and most memorable of which came from

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United As One Tour @ Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ - Feb. 18, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20622-united-as-one-tour-a-holy-redeemer-institutional-church-of-god-in-christ-feb-18-2013.html

 Efficiency. It’s not the first word usually coming to mind when it comes to music historically emanating from the African-American church. But even with the style’s semi-improvisatory nature, the United As One Tour playing

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JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound @ Hotel Foster - Feb. 16, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20606-jc-brooks-and-the-uptown-sound-a-hotel-foster-feb-16-2013.html The retro soul revival of the last few years, led in large part by the likes of Daptone Records, has produced its fair share of quality music, but even at its best it comes with some persistent philosophical questions that get in the]]> Mitten Fest @ Burnhearts - Feb. 9, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20575-mitten-fest-a-burnhearts-feb-9-2013.html Milwaukee's summer months bustle with so many festivals, block parties and concert series that it's impossible to catch every can't-miss event. It's an enchanting season but also profoundly maddening. With all that excitement packed into such a short period, the remainder of the year]]> Soundgarden @ The Eagles Ballroom - Feb. 1, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20534-soundgarden-a-the-eagles-ballroom-feb-1-2013.html Despite Chris Cornell’s best attempts at sullying it, including a gig fronting the ’90s alternative supergroup/Frankenstein’s monster Audioslave and an ill-conceived Timbaland collaboration, Soundgarden’s legacy remains more or less firmly intact. While not as ahead of the curve as Nirvana]]> Avoided @ Quarters Rock 'n' Roll Palace - Feb. 2, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20537-avoided-a-quarters-rock-n-roll-palace-feb-2-2013.html

 Picture a small, dingy barroom with crushed cans of Hamm’s and Pabst Blue Ribbon strewn everywhere, like offerings to the dark gods of punk rock. The room is packed wall-to-wall with people; everyone reeks of cigarettes and body order. There’s a tiny stage shoved into the corner, and a band

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The Darkness @ The Rave - Jan. 26, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20510-the-darkness-a-the-rave-jan-26-2013.html In the seven years since The Darkness disbanded, Justin Hawkins got sober, his brother Daniel formed a new band and the world was forced to move on from its sudden obsession with power chords and leotards. Or so it seemed. During its performance at The Rave Saturday night, the reunited, re-energized Darkness]]> Kelly Hogan @ Cactus Club - Jan. 26, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20506-kelly-hogan-a-cactus-club-jan-26-2013.html

 Those familiar with Kelly Hogan will undoubtedly recognize her sterling vocals. Not merely soulful, Hogan interprets lyrics with such vibrant savvy. She’s startling and beguiling. The Georgia-born and Midwest-lived Hogan is best-known for being the singing sidekick to one Neko Case

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Bare Mutants w/ Moss Folk and Red Stuff @ Cactus Club - Jan. 12, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20432-bare-mutants-w_-moss-folk-and-red-stuff-a-cactus-club-jan-12-2013.html A robust local scene is a plus year round, but January is when you really feel thankful for it. Big names and national touring acts are, quite literally, like fair-weather friends. They seem almost omnipresent in the summer]]> LAZY w/ Technicolor Teeth @ Circle-A Café - Jan. 9, 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20415-lazy-w_-technicolor-teeth-a-circle-a-cafe-jan-9-2013.html After an afternoon that was practically balmy, Wednesday took a familiarly frigid turn post-sundown, bringing us all back to the icy reality that is January in Wisconsin. January is typically a slow time for shows, so Wednesday]]> Kool Keith @ Mad Planet - Dec. 13, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20326-kool-keith-a-mad-planet-dec-13-2012.html

 Last year, the inclusion of rapper Kool Keith on Milwaukee’s winter concert calendar caused something of a stir. That was due in part to the fact that the rapper, born Keith Thornton, hadn’t played cream city in recent memory

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Sufjan Stevens @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Dec. 13, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20327-sufjan-stevens-a-turner-hall-ballroom-dec-13-2012.html

 It makes sense that Sufjan Stevens would have a soft spot for Christmas. After all, the holiday touches on several of the songwriter’s most pervasive motifs: Christianity, childhood nostalgia and Americana. What’s surprising

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Nada Surf @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Dec. 7, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20298-nada-surf-a-turner-hall-ballroom-dec-7-2012.html Nada Surf is 20 years old, which means there are ostensibly a number of 40-somethings walking around with a well-worn place in their Walkmans for this band, an alt-rock mainstay that overcame one-hit wonder status to]]> Big Eyes w/ The Audacity, The Living Blackouts and Appleseeds - Nov. 29, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20258-big-eyes-w_-the-audacity-the-living-blackouts-and-appleseeds-nov-29-2012.html

 Listeners, usually of a certain age, love to pronounce rock ’n’ roll dead, and it’s kind of a dumb thing to do. From a cultural anthropology standpoint, that proclamation’s simply not accurate, and to any experienced, expectant

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Low @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 24, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20231-low-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-24-2012.html Formed in 1993, Minnesota-based slowcore pioneers Low have lived through tremendous changes within the world of underground music. Such history affords them elder statesmen status at this point, and the strength]]> Gwar @ The Rave - Nov. 21, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20226-gwar-a-the-rave-nov-21-2012.html For all its good points, metal, as a genre, has never had much of a sense of humor. Individual metal-heads are often funny, charming people, but as a scene, it’s often on the defensive, forced to act like its conventions]]> Bow Wow Wow w/ Men Without Hats @ Shank Hall - Nov. 17 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20217-bow-wow-wow-w_-men-without-hats-a-shank-hall-nov-17.html Though their 1982 cover of The Strangeloves' sugary smash “I Want Candy” is an '80s nostalgia staple, that minor hit, peaking at number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100, is more or less the only glimmer of recognition that remains]]> Aimee Mann w/ Ted Leo @ The Pabst Theater - Nov. 11, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20150-aimee-mann-w_-ted-leo-a-the-pabst-theater-nov-11-2012.html

 Aimee Mann’s current tour is in support of her new album, Charmer. She started her set at the Pabst Theater showcasing three tracks from Charmer, “Disappeared,” “Gumby,” and “Labrador, and most of the other songs

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Bob Dylan w/ Mark Knopfler @ BMO Harris Bradley Center - Nov. 8, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20144-bob-dylan-w_-mark-knopfler-a-bmo-harris-bradley-center-nov-8-2012.html

 Bob Dylan is inarguably an American icon, one whose music has transcended the passage of time, but for many people he’ll forever be a symbol of the promise and problems of the ’60s, which begs the question

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Marvelous Mack’s Sunday Night Soul Food Jam Sessions @ Gene’s Supper Club - Nov. 4, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20115-marvelous-mack%25E2%2580%2599s-sunday-night-soul-food-jam-sessions-a-gene%25E2%2580%2599s-supper-club-nov-4-2012.html

 My food arrived just in time. The evening's proceedings were advertised as a Soul Food Jam Session, after all.

So, it was fitting that local singer Marvelous Mack would start in with his flexibly funky band just as my plate

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Passion Pit @ The Riverside Theater - Nov. 1, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20102-passion-pit-a-the-riverside-theater-nov-1-2012.html

 "I remember playing this theater, but I don't remember playing to this audience," Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos remarked

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Cat Power @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 29, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20073-cat-power-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-29-2012.html Chan Marshall’s cough Monday night was a curious thing. It was persistent and discomforting, a constant distraction throughout the first half of her erratic performance, yet it seemed triggered not so much by...]]> Sleigh Bells w/ AraabMuzik @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 24, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20060-sleigh-bells-w_-araabmuzik-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-24-2012.html The quickest way for an indie-rock band to earn the guillotine is appearing manufactured...]]> Waka Flocka Flame @ The Rave - Oct. 20, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20030-waka-flocka-flame-a-the-rave-oct-20-2012.html For a shouting, gun-toting lunatic, Waka Flocka Flame sure is charismatic. Flocka is rap’s answer to Andrew W.K., an animated life coach with a butter-melting smile who advocates better living thr]]> Waka Flocka Flame @ The Rave - Oct. 20, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20032-waka-flocka-flame-a-the-rave-oct-20-2012.html For a shouting, gun-toting lunatic, Waka Flocka Flame sure is charismatic. Flocka is rap’s answer to Andrew W.K., an animated life coach with a butter-melting smile who advocates better living through doing...]]> Adam Ant w/ Brothers of Brazil @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 14, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20025-adam-ant-w_-brothers-of-brazil-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-14-2012.html

 It’s been decades since Adam Ant toured North America. With Adam and the Ants and a solo career, his career soared into an intense period of “antmania” in the early 80s. That was followed by long periods of musical...

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A$AP Rocky w/ A$AP Mob @ The Rave - Oct. 12, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20006-a%2524ap-rocky-w_-a%2524ap-mob-a-the-rave-oct-12-2012.html Though born and bred in New York City, A$AP Rocky, breakout star of the much-buzzed-about A$AP Mob crew, shares little of Gotham’s rap conventions, gravitating toward sounds more closely associated with the South...]]> Blessed Feathers w/ Way Yes @ Stonefly Brewery - Oct. 8, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19971-blessed-feathers-w_-way-yes-a-stonefly-brewery-oct-8-2012.html

 Jacquelyn Beaupre' and Donivan Berube of West Bend’s Americana-steeped folk duo Blessed Feathers came to the Stonefly Brewery Monday night to introduce their latest EP, Peaceful Beasts in an Ocean of Weeds, though...

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Aesop Rock @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 1, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19924-aesop-rock-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-1-2012.html Rising to prominence during the turn-of-the-millennium wave of alternative hip-hop powered by labels like Definitive Jux and Rhymesayers, Aesop Rock has become one of the poster boys for a subculture of rap that’s...]]> Dirty Projectors @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 30, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19920-dirty-projectors-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-30-2012.html In the summer of 2009, the Dirty Projectors made a brash statement. Frontman Dave Longstreth demonstrated that sharp guitar riffs, gratuitous vocal theatrics and numerous time measure changes wouldn’t...]]> Swans w/ Xiu Xiu @ Shank Hall - Sept. 22, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19875-swans-w_-xiu-xiu-a-shank-hall-sept-22-2012.html One of the key bands to emerge from New York’s fertile, boundary-pushing No Wave scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Swans’ original incarnation, founded by singer-guitarist Michael Gira...]]> Corin Tucker Band @ Cactus Club - Sept. 14, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19838-corin-tucker-band-a-cactus-club-sept-14-2012.html

 It’s a question on the mind of almost every music lover that has listened to Corin Tucker’s latest musical project, Corin Tucker Band: How do you move on...

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David Byrne and St. Vincent @ Riverside Theater - Sept. 16, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19841-david-byrne-and-st-vincent-a-riverside-theater-sept-16-2012.html In the five years since her debut full length, Marry Me, Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, has built up quite a bit of traction. But even for an artist whose star was already on the rise, teaming up...]]> Miltown Beat Down Finals @ Moct - Sept. 7-8, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19820-miltown-beat-down-finals-a-moct-sept-7-8-2012.html

 Arguably Milwaukee’s most notable hip-hop event, the Miltown Beat Down wrapped up its seventh year highlighting the depth of local...

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WMSE Backyard BBQ - Sept. 8, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19814-wmse-backyard-bbq-sept-8-2012.html SPEAK Easy @ Highbury Pub - Aug. 31, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19744-speak-easy-a-highbury-pub-aug-31-2012.html Possessing as he does the kind of apparently effortless flow that belies the craft involved, Milwaukee rapper SPEAK Easy has, in many ways, chosen the perfect pseudonym. But if his adopted appellation gives the impression that he's not taking...]]> Hugh Laurie @ The Pabst Theater - Aug. 19, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19623-hugh-laurie-a-the-pabst-theater-aug-19-2012.html “Until recently I was an actor..."]]> My Morning Jacket w/ Band of Horses @ BMO Harris Pavilion - Aug. 11, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19551-my-morning-jacket-w_-band-of-horses-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-aug-11-2012.html When reports emerged that a Summerfest side stage would be converted into a micro-amphitheater to host one-off musical performances throughout...]]> The Dunwells w/ Jenn Grinels @ Shank Hall - Aug. 5, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19505-the-dunwells-w_-jenn-grinels-a-shank-hall-aug-5-2012.html English pop quintet and family...]]> Crosby, Stills and Nash @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 5, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19488-crosby-stills-and-nash-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-5-2012.html ]]> Barry Manilow @ The Milwaukee Theatre - Aug. 4, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19489-barry-manilow-a-the-milwaukee-theatre-aug-4-2012.html ]]> Screaming Females @ Quarters Rock 'n' Roll Palace - July 29, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19425-screaming-females-a-quarters-rock-n-roll-palace-july-29-2012.html ]]> Gucci Mane @ The Riverside Theater - July 20, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19371-gucci-mane-a-the-riverside-theater-july-20-2012.html ]]> The Daredevil Christopher Wright @ Aloft Hotel - July 17, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19333-the-daredevil-christopher-wright-a-aloft-hotel-july-17-2012.html ]]> Diana Krall @ The Riverside Theater - July 16, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19314-diana-krall-a-the-riverside-theater-july-16-2012.html ]]> The B-52s @ BMO Harris Pavilion, Summerfest - July 8, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19235-the-b-52s-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-summerfest-july-8-2012.html ]]> The Joy Formidable @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - July 4, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19207-the-joy-formidable-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-july-4-2012.html ]]> Bob Mould @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - July 3, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19196-bob-mould-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-july-3-2012.html Early '90s nostalgia has been hitting its peak this decade. Newer bands are mining the sounds from the previous generation while the older ones head back on tour to play their hits and cash in on the]]> The Roots @ Miller Lite Oasis, Summerfest - June 30, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19154-the-roots-a-miller-lite-oasis-summerfest-june-30-2012.html It's a little hard to believe that it's...]]> The Walkmen @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage - June 29, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19155-the-walkmen-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-june-29-2012.html Summerfest can be unkind to indie bands, as the nuances associated with the genre are often swallowed up by cavernous stages and unforgiving sound systems (as well as audiences). At first glance, The Walkmen did not seem like a good fit...]]> Foo Fighters w/ Silversun Pickups @ Marcus Ampitheater - June 28, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19138-foo-fighters-w_-silversun-pickups-a-marcus-ampitheater-june-28-2012.html “It's gonna be a long, fuckin' sweaty night,” said a jubilant Dave Grohl, a few songs into Foo Fighters' long-anticipated return to Milwaukee.]]> Summer Soulstice Music Festival - June 23, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19085-summer-soulstice-music-festival-june-23-2012.html Night Flight @ Quarters Rock 'n' Roll Palace - June 17, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19006-night-flight-a-quarters-rock-n-roll-palace-june-17-2012.html Locust Street Festival - June 10, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18952-locust-street-festival-june-10-2012.html In a city chock-full of outdoor festivals, the first one typically signals the unofficial start to summer and the official confirmation to commence the partying. Due to the cancellation of RiverSplash's weekend-long ruckus a few...]]> Abhijeet Sawant @ Hamilton Fine Arts Center - June 3, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18881-abhijeet-sawant-a-hamilton-fine-arts-center-june-3-2012.html ]]> Electric Frankenstein w/ Chief and Black Actress @ Frank's Power Plant - May 31, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18867-electric-frankenstein-w_-chief-and-black-actress-a-franks-power-plant-may-31-2012.html Lest We Forget Memorial Concert @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 26, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18803-lest-we-forget-memorial-concert-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-26-2012.html ]]> Lil' Kim @ The Riverside Theater - May 27, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18804-lil-kim-a-the-riverside-theater-may-27-2012.html ]]> The Black Keys w/ Arctic Monkeys @ Bradley Center - May 16, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18715-the-black-keys-w_-arctic-monkeys-a-bradley-center-may-16-2012.html ]]> The Polyphonic Spree @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 15, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18698-the-polyphonic-spree-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-15-2012.html ]]> Steve Winwood @ The Riverside Theater - May 11, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18666-steve-winwood-a-the-riverside-theater-may-11-2012.html ]]> Saturday Blues Brunch w/ Otis Clay @ ARJ's Panache Lounge - May 5, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18603-saturday-blues-brunch-w_-otis-clay-a-arjs-panache-lounge-may-5-2012.html ]]> The Melvins @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 1, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18553-the-melvins-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-1-2012.html ]]> DJ Megan Daniels @ Silk Exotic - April 28, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18529-dj-megan-daniels-a-silk-exotic-april-28-2012.html ]]> Mavis Staples @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - April 20, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18460-mavis-staples-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-april-20-2012.html ]]> Miranda Lambert w/ Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann @ Bradley Center - April 19, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18442-miranda-lambert-w_-chris-young-and-jerrod-niemann-a-bradley-center-april-19-2012.html ]]> Death Cab for Cutie w/ Magik*Magik Orchestra and Low @ The Riverside Theater - April 15, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18390-death-cab-for-cutie-w_-magik%252Amagik-orchestra-and-low-a-the-riverside-theater-april-15-2012.html ]]> The English Beat @ The Pabst Theater - April 14, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18391-the-english-beat-a-the-pabst-theater-april-14-2012.html Ska is one of those genres, like swing or surf, which always seems to need to be revived. Nothing in music ever goes away completely, but in contrast to rock, rap or reggae, styles whose vitality may be debated but nevertheless remain in regular...]]> Youth Lagoon @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 5, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18309-youth-lagoon-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-5-2012.html ]]> Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds @ The Pabst Theater - April 3, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18273-noel-gallaghers-high-flying-birds-a-the-pabst-theater-april-3-2012.html ]]> Cover Milwaukee @ Todd Wehr Auditorium - March 30, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18207-cover-milwaukee-a-todd-wehr-auditorium-march-30-2012.html Originally conceived as a “thank you” to the generous folks who contributed to WMSE's Kickstarter campaign to replace the aging equipment that allows the station to broadcast and record in-studio performances, Cover Milwaukee became...]]> Andrew Bird w/ Eugene Mirman @ The Riverside Theater - March 24, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18141-andrew-bird-w_-eugene-mirman-a-the-riverside-theater-march-24-2012.html ]]> Mike Doughty @ Shank Hall - March 25, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18142-mike-doughty-a-shank-hall-march-25-2012.html ]]> Jaap Blonk @ Woodland Pattern Book Center - March 18, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18075-jaap-blonk-a-woodland-pattern-book-center-march-18-2012.html ]]> Toots and The Maytals @ The Rave - March 15, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18053-toots-and-the-maytals-a-the-rave-march-15-2012.html On the list of all-time great reggae...]]> Alabama Shakes w/ Herman Astro @ The Pabst Theater - March 10, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18003-alabama-shakes-w_-herman-astro-a-the-pabst-theater-march-10-2012.html ]]> Tyga @ The Eagles Ballroom - March 10, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18005-tyga-a-the-eagles-ballroom-march-10-2012.html ]]> Jean Grae w/ Element Everest @ UWM Gasthaus http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17909-jean-grae-w_-element-everest-a-uwm-gasthaus.html No disrespect intended to the UWM Gasthaus...]]> The Promise Ring @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Feb. 24, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17833-the-promise-ring-a-turner-hall-ballroom-feb-24-2012.html Reunion shows are tricky business...]]> Doomtree w/ Toki Wright @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Feb. 25, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17834-doomtree-w_-toki-wright-a-turner-hall-ballroom-feb-25-2012.html ]]> The Pharmacy, The Midwest Beat and Bobby Hussy @ Circle-A Café - Feb. 19, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17767-the-pharmacy-the-midwest-beat-and-bobby-hussy-a-circle-a-cafeacute-feb-19-2012.html ]]> Willie Clayton @ Gene's Lane & Lounge - Feb. 14, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17733-willie-clayton-a-genes-lane-amp-lounge-feb-14-2012.html ]]> Megadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil @ Eagles Ballroom - Feb. 12, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17695-megadeth-motoumlrhead-volbeat-and-lacuna-coil-a-eagles-ballroom-feb-12-2012.html ]]> Jeff Mangum @ The Pabst Theater - Feb. 8, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17659-jeff-mangum-a-the-pabst-theater-feb-8-2012.html ]]> Dark Star Orchestra @ The Pabst Theater - Feb. 3, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17635-dark-star-orchestra-a-the-pabst-theater-feb-3-2012.html ]]> Eastside Jazzfest 4 @ Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17584-eastside-jazzfest-4-a-milwaukee-youth-arts-center%25E2%2580%25A8.html Glen Campbell @ The Pabst Theater http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17439-glen-campbell-a-the-pabst-theater.html If grace can be measured in attendance...]]> Brad Paisley w/ The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery @ The Bradley Center - Jan. 13, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17380-brad-paisley-w_-the-band-perry-and-scotty-mccreery-a-the-bradley-center-jan-13-2012.html ]]> Wu-Tang Clan @ The Rave - Jan. 6, 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17321-wu-tang-clan-a-the-rave-jan-6-2012.html From Beliebers to Deadheads and beyond, plenty of musicians have devoted...]]> Braid/Smoking Popes @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Dec. 22, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17204-braid_smoking-popes-a-turner-hall-ballroom-dec-22-2011.html ]]> Mac Miller w/ Hot Chelle Rae and Kreayshawn @ Eagles Ballroom - Dec. 17, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17134-mac-miller-w_-hot-chelle-rae-and-kreayshawn-a-eagles-ballroom-dec-17-2011.html ]]> Wilco w/ Nick Lowe @ The Riverside Theater - Dec. 9, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17054-wilco-w_-nick-lowe-a-the-riverside-theater-dec-9-2011.html ]]> Smokey Robinson @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Dec. 8, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17029-smokey-robinson-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-dec-8-2011.html ]]> The Birthday Massacre @ The Miramar Theatre http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17004-the-birthday-massacre-a-the-miramar-theatre.html ]]> Drugs Dragons w/ Head On Electric and Cyborg Fortress @ Cactus Club http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16910-drugs-dragons-w_-head-on-electric-and-cyborg-fortress-a-cactus-club.html ]]> Sat. Nite Duets w/ Crappy Dracula @ Riverwest Public House - Nov. 25, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16915-sat-nite-duets-w_-crappy-dracula-a-riverwest-public-house-nov-25-2011.html ]]> The Avett Brothers @ The Riverside Theater - Nov. 18, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16845-the-avett-brothers-a-the-riverside-theater-nov-18-2011.html ]]> Paul Simon @ The Riverside Theater - Nov. 11, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16774-paul-simon-a-the-riverside-theater-nov-11-2011.html ]]> Ray Davies w/ The 88 @ The Pabst Theater - Nov. 9, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16751-ray-davies-w_-the-88-a-the-pabst-theater-nov-9-2011.html If it was Bob Dylan who legitimatized...]]> Cave w/ Absolutely, Trophy Wives, Running and Catacombz @ Riverwest Public House - Nov. 5, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16702-cave-w_-absolutely-trophy-wives-running-and-catacombz-a-riverwest-public-house-nov-5-2011.html ]]> Blitzen Trapper and Dawes w/ The Belle Brigade @ Turner Hall Ballroom http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16703-blitzen-trapper-and-dawes-w_-the-belle-brigade-a-turner-hall-ballroom.html ]]> Method Man @ The Rave - Oct. 26, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16560-method-man-a-the-rave-oct-26-2011.html ]]> Drive-By Truckers @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 22, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16520-drive-by-truckers-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-22-2011.html ]]> Melt-Banana @ Cactus Club - Oct. 15, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16448-melt-banana-a-cactus-club-oct-15-2011.html ]]> Robert Randolph and His Family Band w/ Ha Ha Tonka @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 12, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16415-robert-randolph-and-his-family-band-w_-ha-ha-tonka-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-12-2011.html ]]> Dick Dale @ Shank Hall - Oct. 8, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16381-dick-dale-a-shank-hall-oct-8-2011.html The undisputed king of the genre, Dick Dale was inspired to create surf rock by a desire to recreate through music what he felt riding...]]> Chromeo w/ Mayer Hawthorne @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 3, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16317-chromeo-w_-mayer-hawthorne-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-3-2011.html From the moment they announced...]]> Richard Thompson @ Marcus Center - Oct. 1, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16300-richard-thompson-a-marcus-center-oct-1-2011.html Saturday marked the first show of the current tour for British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson, and for a small but committed audience at Marcus Center's Vogel Hall he channeled all that pent-up energy and anticipation into an astounding...]]> Trans-Am @ Cactus Club - Oct. 2, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16301-trans-am-a-cactus-club-oct-2-2011.html ]]> Okkervil River w/ Wye Oak @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 21, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16200-okkervil-river-w_-wye-oak-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-21-2011.html It was bound to happen eventually: After a decade as one of indie-rock's most consistent—and sometimes most transcendent—bands, Okkervil River has released a bad record. This year's I Am Very Far...]]> Lindsey Buckingham @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 17, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16151-lindsey-buckingham-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-17-2011.html ]]> Erasure w/ Frankmusik @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 18, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16152-erasure-w_-frankmusik-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-18-2011.html ]]> Alison Krauss and Union Station @ The Riverside Theater - Sept. 10, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16081-alison-krauss-and-union-station-a-the-riverside-theater-sept-10-2011.html ]]> Pearl Jam Destination Weekend @ Alpine Valley - Sept. 3-4, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16009-pearl-jam-destination-weekend-a-alpine-valley-sept-3-4-2011.html Pearl Jam turned 20 this weekend. If you forgot to call or send a card, don't beat yourself up. Given the string of rather tepid albums that began as far back as 1996's No Code, you can be forgiven for not paying attention. It's not that...]]> Steely Dan @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 28, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15956-steely-dan-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-28-2011.html ]]> The Hold Steady - Aug. 24, 2011 @ Turner Hall Ballroom http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15856-the-hold-steady-aug-24-2011-a-turner-hall-ballroom.html ]]> Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ Pabst Theater - Aug. 20, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15840-kenny-wayne-shepherd-a-pabst-theater-aug-20-2011.html ]]> Lil Wayne w/ Rick Ross @ Marcus Amphitheater - Aug. 9, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15711-lil-wayne-w_-rick-ross-a-marcus-amphitheater-aug-9-2011.html Lil Wayne returned from an eight-month sentence at Rikers Island late last year noticeably buffer, a good deal more clearheaded (he's reportedly quit the syrup) and eager to get back to work...]]> American Idol Live @ Bradley Center - Aug. 4, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15682-american-idol-live-a-bradley-center-aug-4-2011.html ]]> Rafter w/ Juiceboxxx and Blueprint @ Stonefly Brewery - July 30, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15622-rafter-w_-juiceboxxx-and-blueprint-a-stonefly-brewery-july-30-2011.html People who book shows tend to fill out bills with bands that have a similar sound or at least some hallmarks—be it an approach or instrumentation—in common...]]> M.E.L.T. #9 @ Club Garibaldi - July 28, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15601-melt-9-a-club-garibaldi-july-28-2011.html A monthly showcase for ambitious electronic music that places a high premium on cerebral sounds and boundary pushing, M.E.L.T. is a perfect fit for WMSE's eclectic Radio Summer Camp festival...]]> Ted Leo and the Pharmacists w/ Tweak Bird and Call Me Lightning @ Turner Hall Ballroom - July 27, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15586-ted-leo-and-the-pharmacists-w_-tweak-bird-and-call-me-lightning-a-turner-hall-ballroom-july-27-2011.html With his band the Pharmacists, Ted Leo has grown into a dynamic and charismatic frontman, retaining the vigor and energy of his punk days...]]> Bon Iver @ The Riverside Theater - July 22, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15551-bon-iver-a-the-riverside-theater-july-22-2011.html ]]> Yuck w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Turner Hall Ballroom - July 18, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15502-yuck-w_-unknown-mortal-orchestra-a-turner-hall-ballroom-july-18-2011.html ]]> Katy Perry @ Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest - July 7, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15405-katy-perry-a-marcus-amphitheater-summerfest-july-7-2011.html ]]> Wiz Khalifa @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest - July 5, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15361-wiz-khalifa-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-summerfest-july-5-2011.html Soaring into the limelight on the strength of his early mix-tapes and the infectious hometown anthem “Black & Yellow,” the Pittsburgh based Wiz Khalifa has become something of an unstoppable f]]> Kanye West w/ Kid Cudi @ Marcus Amphitheater - June 30, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15325-kanye-west-w_-kid-cudi-a-marcus-amphitheater-june-30-2011.html ]]> Hall and Oates @ Summerfest - June 29, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15305-hall-and-oates-a-summerfest-june-29-2011.html The line-up for Summerfest 2011 features a number of contemporary heavy hitters: Kanye West, Britney Spears, the Flaming Lips, and Florence + the Machine, to name a few. And while Milwaukee's annual music festival will never be as hip as other gatherings such as Chicago's Pitchfork Festival and the...]]> Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls @ The Bradley Center - June 25, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15265-m%25C3%25B6tley-cr%25C3%25BCe-poison-and-new-york-dolls-a-the-bradley-center-june-25-2011.html Kem w/ Eric Benet @ The Riverside Theater - June 18, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15195-kem-w_-eric-benet-a-the-riverside-theater-june-18-2011.html Were radio and sales success ever to dry up for Kem, the musically expansive R&B singer should have little trouble paying his bills by motivational speaking or preaching. He engaged in both naturally and forcefully enough at his show Saturday night at the Riverside Theater...]]> My Morning Jacket @ The Riverside Theater - June 16, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15177-my-morning-jacket-a-the-riverside-theater-june-16-2011.html ]]> Miltown Beat Down 2011 Finals @ Turner Hall Ballroom - June 11, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15113-miltown-beat-down-2011-finals-a-turner-hall-ballroom-june-11-2011.html ]]> Taylor Swift @ The Bradley Center - June 8, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15084-taylor-swift-a-the-bradley-center-june-8-2011.html ]]> Drugs Dragons w/ White Faces, Moon Curse and Cyborg Fortress @ Cactus Club - June 4, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15046-drugs-dragons-w_-white-faces-moon-curse-and-cyborg-fortress-a-cactus-club-june-4-2010.html ]]> “Weird Al” Yankovic @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - June 2, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15048-%25E2%2580%259Cweird-al%25E2%2580%259D-yankovic-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-june-2-2011.html An adult venue like Potawatomi Bingo Casino's Northern Lights Theater may at first seem a peculiar choice for a singer so associated with adolescent silliness as “Weird Al” Yankovic, but the venue made sense considering that the fan base who first fell for the accordion-slinging comedy rocker is about 30...]]> Arctic Monkeys @ The Rave - May 27, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14979-arctic-monkeys-a-the-rave-may-27-2011.html Though the considerable buzz that initially surrounded them has worn off somewhat, that shouldn't be taken as an indication that the Arctic Monkeys' moment has come and gone. Instead, they seem to have stepped outside of the endless cycle of hype...]]> Bruno Mars w/ Janelle Monáe @ The Rave - May 24, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14944-bruno-mars-w_-janelle-monae-a-the-rave-may-24-2011.html Playing to the young ladies that made up the majority of his audience with his sly smile Tuesday night at the Rave's Eagles Ballroom...]]> Neon Indian @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 18, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14879-neon-indian-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-18-2011.html ]]> Young Widows @ Cactus Club - May 15, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14847-young-widows-a-cactus-club-may-15-2011.html On their first two albums (2006's Settle Down City and 2008's Old Wounds), Young Widows proudly wore their influences on their collective sleeve. The Louisville, Ky., veterans drew liberally from such seminal bands as the Jesus Lizard, Helmet and the Melvins, but they approached such touchstones with...]]> Hunx and His Punx w/ Shannon and the Clams and Holy Shit! @ Cactus Club - April 30, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14719-hunx-and-his-punx-w_-shannon-and-the-clams-and-holy-shit_-a-cactus-club-april-30-2011.html There's a frustrating misconception in popular music that it is necessary to discard the past wholesale in order to create something contemporary, but in truth new trails are often forged by rediscovering what we've long since...]]> Foals @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 25, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14632-foals-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-25-2011.html ]]> Talib Kweli @ The Rave - April 21, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14605-talib-kweli-a-the-rave-april-21-2011.html Though swagger and outsized charisma never go out of style, lyrical prowess seems to have a shifting value in the rap world. It's strange, of course, considering that the MC has always been the focus]]> Parts and Labor @ Cactus Club - April 18, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14589-parts-and-labor-a-cactus-club-april-18-2011.html In the wrong hands (and perhaps feet), the array of electronic devices and pedals that Brooklyn-based Parts and Labor employed during their stellar set at the Cactus Club Monday night would have only drawn attention away from the songs themselves...]]> Ra Ra Riot w/ Generationals @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 13, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14517-ra-ra-riot-w_-generationals-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-13-2011.html ]]> Robert Plant and the Band of Joy @ The Riverside Theater - April 11, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14463-robert-plant-and-the-band-of-joy-a-the-riverside-theater-april-11-2011.html Though he's had an active solo career since...]]> Legends of Hip-Hop @ Milwaukee Theatre - April 9, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14448-legends-of-hip-hop-a-milwaukee-theatre-april-9-2011.html At its best, the final date of the Legends of Hip-Hop tour last Saturday at the Milwaukee Theatre made the music presented there almost feel as if it weren't an exercise in nostalgia. At its worst? Well, as The Notorious B.I.G., and The Last Poets...]]> Decibully @ Cactus Club - April 2, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14368-decibully-a-cactus-club-april-2-2011.html Late last week, the blogosphere buzzed with the news that longtime Milwaukee rockers Decibully would be going on hiatus following their April 2 performance at the Cactus Club. Band co-founder Ryan Weber was set to leave the city for a stint in the Peace Corps...]]> Bright Eyes w/ Titus Andronicus @ The Riverside Theater - April 3, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14371-bright-eyes-w_-titus-andronicus-a-the-riverside-theater-april-3-2011.html ]]> Volcano Choir @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 26, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14300-volcano-choir-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-26-2011.html ]]> Semi-Twang @ Shank Hall - March 19, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14257-semi-twang-a-shank-hall-march-19-2011.html ]]> The Spinners @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - March 11, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14158-the-spinners-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-march-11-2011.html Blues at the Crossroads w/ Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - March 4, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14086-blues-at-the-crossroads-w_-big-head-todd-and-the-monsters-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-march-4-2011.html Brief Candles, Golden Birthday and Catacombz @ Cactus Club - March 4, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14249-brief-candles-golden-birthday-and-catacombz-a-cactus-club-march-4-2011.html Though it probably can't compete with dance music for sheer volume of incredibly specific sub-scenes, modern rock has become a puzzlingly fractured musical universe. Indeed, the term "rock" has become all but meaningless when presented without a qualifier (indie-, math-, psych-, and so on, ad infinitum), so...]]> The Blasters @ Shank Hall - Feb. 24, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14045-the-blasters-a-shank-hall-feb-24-2011.html Wolf Eyes w/ Juiceboxxx @ Stonefly Brewing Co. - Feb. 18, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13936-wolf-eyes-w_-juiceboxxx-a-stonefly-brewing-co-feb-18-2011.html On Friday, Feb. 18, much of the world had been thrown into turmoil. While thousands of protesters converged on the state Capitol in Madison...]]> Milwaukee Blues Festival @ U.S. Cellular Arena - Feb. 18, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13938-milwaukee-blues-festival-a-us-cellular-arena-feb-18-2011.html Robyn @ The Rave - Feb. 12, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13872-robyn-a-the-rave-feb-12-2011.html Although her 1997 international debut, Robyn Is Here, garnered two Billboard Top 10 hits, American stardom has proved elusive for Robyn. Even as her fame grew in her native Sweden and across Europe, a seemingly endless string...]]> The Decemberists @ The Riverside Theater - Feb. 5, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13786-the-decemberists-a-the-riverside-theater-feb-5-2011.html ]]> Pablove Benefit Concert @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Jan. 29, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13719-pablove-benefit-concert-a-turner-hall-ballroom-jan-29-2011.html ]]> Incekt w/ Murder Love God @ Club Anything - Jan. 20, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13646-incekt-w_-murder-love-god-a-club-anything-jan-20-2011.html Club Anything has long filled a niche for Milwaukee, providing a venue that caters to fans of industrial music and all things goth. Despite it being a freezing Thursday night, the club’s “KINK! Masquerade” still managed to draw a fair sized and devoted crowd last week. They sported black lace, corsets, black eyeliner, lip piercings, top hats, fishnets...]]> Cheap Trick @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Jan. 20, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13629-cheap-trick-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-jan-20-2011.html Frogwater @ The Mitchell Park Domes - Jan. 13, 2011 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13589-frogwater-a-the-mitchell-park-domes-jan-13-2011.html A lot of music venues have had cleaner air since the smoking ban, but with their “Music Under Glass” series every Thursday, the Mitchell Park Domes is the only Milwaukee venue that actually produces its own oxygen. On a small, patio-like stage with the branches of a weeping fig tree looming above them in the Floral...]]> John Legend @ The Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Dec. 19, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13333-john-legend-a-the-potawatomi-bingo-casino-dec-19-2010.html The Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Northern Lights Theater is a good deal more intimate than the theaters John Legend typically plays, yet...]]> MSO Plays Pink Floyd @ The Riverside Theater - Dec. 11, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13242-mso-plays-pink-floyd-a-the-riverside-theater-dec-11-2010.html ]]> Jamey Johnson w/ Josh Thompson @ The Riverside Theater - Dec. 2, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13175-jamey-johnson-w_-josh-thompson-a-the-riverside-theater-dec-2-2010.html ]]> Richie Hawtin @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 26, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13073-richie-hawtin-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-26-2010.html ]]> Futurebirds, Jonny Corndawg and Chaperone @ Cactus Club - Nov. 18, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13041-futurebirds-jonny-corndawg-and-chaperone-a-cactus-club-nov-18-2010.html ]]> Smith Westerns @ Club Garibaldi - Nov. 12, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12938-smith-westerns-a-club-garibaldi-nov-12-2010.html ]]> Richard Thompson @ The Pabst Theater - Nov. 4, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12862-richard-thompson-a-the-pabst-theater-nov-4-2010.html ]]> Ghostface Killah @ The Rave - Nov. 2, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12831-ghostface-killah-a-the-rave-nov-2-2010.html ]]> Mumford & Sons @ The Riverside Theater - Oct. 30, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12803-mumford-sons-a-the-riverside-theater-oct-30-2010.html ]]> Sleigh Bells @ Mad Planet - Oct. 26, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12756-sleigh-bells-a-mad-planet-oct-26-2010.html Tuesday night’s concert from the hyped Brooklyn noise-pop band Sleigh Bells was the kind of genuine, hot-ticket event that Milwaukee doesn’t see often. That’s not to say that the city doesn’t host its share of buzz bands—at least a handful travel through every month, but the most high profile tend toward the...]]> LCD Soundsystem w/ Hot Chip @ The Rave - Oct. 22, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12699-lcd-soundsystem-w_-hot-chip-a-the-rave-oct-22-2010.html ]]> Iron and Wine w/ Heidi Spencer @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 13, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12520-iron-and-wine-w_-heidi-spencer-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-13-2010.html ]]> Jukebox the Ghost w/ Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Cactus Club - Oct. 12, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12501-jukebox-the-ghost-w_-elizabeth-and-the-catapult-a-cactus-club-oct-12-2010.html Jukebox the Ghost pianist Ben Thornewill didn’t have any luck goading guitarist Tommy Siegel into making a silly face he thought the audience might...]]> Nick Lowe w/ Geraint Watkins @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 7, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12473-nick-lowe-w_-geraint-watkins-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-7-2010.html ]]> High on Fire w/ Torche and Kylesa @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 6, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12474-high-on-fire-w_-torche-and-kylesa-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-6-2010.html ]]> Drive-By Truckers @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 1, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12395-drive-by-truckers-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-1-2010.html If the phrase “salt of the earth” could describe any band, it would be the Drive-By Truckers—one of those rare groups that manage to exude authenticity and humility at the same time...]]> Gayngs @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 29, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12368-gayngs-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-29-2010.html In January, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon posted a righteous rant to his blog: “I think it should be a law that to use Auto-Tune, you are required to have a license, based on your ability to sing without it. I believe that Auto-Tune...]]> Of Montreal w/ Janelle Monáe @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 24, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12317-of-montreal-w_-janelle-monaacutee-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-24-2010.html ]]> The Borg Ward Third Anniversary w/ Eine Kleine Chinmuzik and Bzybodies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12178-the-borg-ward-third-anniversary-w_-eine-kleine-chinmuzik-and-bzybodies.html Billy Bragg @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 9, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12179-billy-bragg-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-9-2010.html ]]> Lady Gaga @ The Bradley Center - Sept. 2, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12100-lady-gaga-a-the-bradley-center-sept-2-2010.html Misted with sweat following a taxing dance routine for “Telephone,” Lady Gaga sat at a piano bench as the stage cleared and reached into her...]]> Alice Cooper @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 31, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12062-alice-cooper-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-31-2010.html ]]> “Weird Al” Yankovic @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 28, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12055-ldweird-alrd-yankovic-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-28-2010.html ]]> Herbie Hancock @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Aug. 20, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11986-herbie-hancock-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-aug-20-2010.html One of life’s immutable truths is that once you find your groove, everything else seems effortless and free. Credit Herbie Hancock for being the master teacher of that truth...]]> Terrior Bute @ Riverwest Fest - Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11887-terrior-bute-a-riverwest-fest-friday-aug-13-2010.html Jaill w/ Pizazz and The Sugar Stems @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 14, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11905-jaill-w_-pizazz-and-the-sugar-stems-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-14-2010.html ]]> The Black Crowes @ The Riverside Theater - Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11889-the-black-crowes-a-the-riverside-theater-friday-aug-13-2010.html ]]> Lyle Lovett and His Large Band @ Wisconsin State Fair - Aug. 5, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11816-lyle-lovett-and-his-large-band-a-wisconsin-state-fair-aug-5-2010.html ]]> The National @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 4, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11788-the-national-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-4-2010.html ]]> Neil Young w/ Bert Jansch @ The Riverside Theater - July 30, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11743-neil-young-w_-bert-jansch-a-the-riverside-theater-july-30-2010.html ]]> Heartless Bastards @ Turner Hall Ballroom - July 26, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11688-heartless-bastards-a-turner-hall-ballroom-july-26-2010.html ]]> John Doe w/ Robbie Fulks @ Shank Hall - July 17, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11635-john-doe-w_-robbie-fulks-a-shank-hall-july-17-2010.html ]]> Old 97s w/ David Wax Museum @ The Pabst Theater - July 15, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11609-old-97s-w_-david-wax-museum-a-the-pabst-theater-july-15-2010.html ]]> The Celebrated Workingman @ Iroquois Tour Boat - July 10, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11566-the-celebrated-workingman-a-irois-tour-boat-july-10-2010.html The Hold Steady @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, Summerfest - July 1, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11480-the-hold-steady-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-summerfest-july-1-2010.html Usher @ The Marcus Amphitheater - June 30, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11440-usher-a-the-marcus-amphitheater-june-30-2010.html Applause comes easy to Usher. Wednesday night he earned most of his cheers through his demanding footwork, but ovations followed him pretty much no matter what he did. Banter with the crowd? That’s a cheer. Hump the mic stand? Even bigger cheer. Flash his abs? Those ensuing shrieks from that move must have turned heads...]]> Robert Randolph and The Family Band w/ Kings Go Forth @ Summerfest - June 27, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11392-robert-randolph-and-the-family-band-w_-kings-go-forth-a-summerfest-june-27-2010.html It was retro night at Summerfest’s Brigg’s and Stratton stage Sunday night, with two heavy hitting revival acts, Kings Go Forth and Robert Randolph and The Family Band, competing to see who could get the crowd moving. Both succeeded...]]> MGMT w/ Tame Impala @ The Riverside Theater - June 20, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11307-mgmt-w_-tame-impala-a-the-riverside-theater-june-20-2010.html ]]> JJ Grey & Mofro @ Shank Hall - June 18, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11312-jj-grey-mofro-a-shank-hall-june-18-2010.html Given Milwaukee’s hot and humid weather, Florida native JJ Grey must have felt right at home kicking off his tour in a crowded Shank Hall Friday. As easy as Grey’s music is to take in, it is difficult to pin down. It’s not retro but it’s not modern, either. Much like their Stax/Muscle Shoals forefathers, Mofro lays down a thick groove blending Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes...]]> Megafaun w/ Conrad Plymouth and Sam Quinn @ Club Garibaldi - June 15, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11258-megafaun-w_-conrad-plymouth-and-sam-quinn-a-club-garibaldi-june-15-2010.html Though they risk being lumped together with the surplus of bearded, new-roots musicians inspired by O Brother Where Art Thou Americana and their parents’ handed-down Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young albums, Megafaun aren’t nearly as bound by tradition as most of those acts. “I can’t read a painted picture of life...]]> George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic @ Turner Hall Ballroom - June 11, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11272-george-clinton-and-parliament_funkadelic-a-turner-hall-ballroom-june-11-2010.html Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros w/ Dawes @ Pabst Theater - June 7, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11158-edward-sharpe-the-magnetic-zeros-w_-dawes-a-pabst-theater-june-7-2010.html ]]> Josh Rouse w/ AM @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 28, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11107-josh-rouse-w_-am-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-28-2010.html Midlake w/ John Grant and Jason Lytle @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 24, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11013-midlake-w_-john-grant-and-jason-lytle-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-24-2010.html ]]> Mucca Pazza w/ John the Savage @ Stonefly Brewery - May 21, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11005-mucca-pazza-w_-john-the-savage-a-stonefly-brewery-may-21-2010.html Locals John the Savage, a five piece band with stand up bass, accordion, and a variety of percussion, opened with their punk sailor reels, at times similar in sound to Tom Waits. Next, marching through the crowd, was the Chicago based brigade of Mucca Pazza. They spread out through Stonefly, dancing and playing there instruments, some with helmets with megaphones attached to the top to amplify their instruments...]]> Antiseen w/ Cry Coyote and Joe Buck @ Mad Planet - May 17, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10947-antiseen-w_-cry-coyote-and-joe-buck-a-mad-planet-may-17-2010.html ]]> Gayngs @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN - May 16, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10931-gayngs-a-first-avenue-minneapolis-mn-may-16-2010.html ]]> The Smoking Popes @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 7, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10855-the-smoking-popes-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-7-2010.html ]]> Frightened Rabbit w/ Maps & Atlases @ The Pabst Theater - May 9, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10856-frightened-rabbit-w_-maps-atlases-a-the-pabst-theater-may-9-2010.html ]]> Daytrotter Barnstormer Tour @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 28, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10737-daytrotter-barnstormer-tour-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-28-2010.html As the only straight-forward rock ’n’ roll band signed to the esteemed dance/electronic label DFA, Philadelphia’s Free Energy attracted the immediate affections of the music blogosphere last year, but like so many buzz bands, their stock plummeted after they released a full-length record. Their new-band mystique already exhausted, the group was sandwiched...]]> Captured! By Robots @ The Cactus Club - April 23, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10708-captured_-by-robots-a-the-cactus-club-april-23-2010.html According to the complicated (and rather silly) mythology surrounding Captured! By Robots, Jay Vance, former bassist for ska groups Skankin’ Pickle and Blue Meanies, was merely looking for someone, or something, to jam with when he built his robot backing band. But as robots so often do...]]> Girl Talk @ Marquette University - April 20, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10655-girl-talk-a-marquette-university-april-20-2010.html ]]> The Flaming Lips @ The Riverside Theater - April 21, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10656-the-flaming-lips-a-the-riverside-theater-april-21-2010.html ]]> Monotonix w/ Call Me Lightning @ The Bay View VFW Post - April 20, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10657-monotonix-w_-call-me-lightning-a-the-bay-view-vfw-post-april-20-2010.html Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers @ The Pabst Theater - April 20, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10633-steve-martin-and-the-steep-canyon-rangers-a-the-pabst-theater-april-20-2010.html ]]> Lupe Fiasco w/ B.o.B. @ The Rave - April 16, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10635-lupe-fiasco-w_-bob-a-the-rave-april-16-2010.html A Chicago-born MC with a versatile flow and an ear for big hooks, Lupe Fiasco gained his first taste of mainstream exposure on “Touch the Sky...]]> Edgar Allan Cash @ Circle-A Café - April 10, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10475-edgar-allan-cash-a-circle-a-cafeacute-april-10-2010.html ]]> The Hood Internet @ MSOE’s Todd Wehr Auditorium - April 9, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10479-the-hood-internet-a-msoerss-todd-wehr-auditorium-april-9-2010.html Rappers and indie rockers seem destined to collaborate. Lately, hip-hop artists have enlisted the help of commercial rock acts—The Roots and Fall Out Boy...]]> Shearwater w/ Wye Oak @ Mad Planet - April 5, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10407-shearwater-w_-wye-oak-a-mad-planet-april-5-2010.html ]]> Joanna Newsom @ The Pabst Theater - April 2, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10387-joanna-newsom-a-the-pabst-theater-april-2-2010.html ]]> Passion Pit @ The Riverside Theater - April 3, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10388-passion-pit-a-the-riverside-theater-april-3-2010.html ]]> Tegan and Sara @ The Riverside Theater - March 25, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10307-tegan-and-sara-a-the-riverside-theater-march-25-2010.html ]]> Experience Hendrix @ The Riverside Theater - March 21, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10249-experience-hendrix-a-the-riverside-theater-march-21-2010.html ]]> Vampire Weekend @ The Riverside Theater - March 23, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10262-vampire-weekend-a-the-riverside-theater-march-23-2010.html ]]> Yo Gabba Gabba! @ The Riverside Theater - March 14, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10184-yo-gabba-gabba_-a-the-riverside-theater-march-14-2010.html ]]> Gut Reactions w/ Bzybodies and Ladyboys @ The Cactus Club - March 12, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10171-gut-reactions-w_-bzybodies-and-ladyboys-a-the-cactus-club-march-12-2010.html ]]> The Avett Brothers w/ The Low Anthem @ The Riverside Theater - March 6, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10117-the-avett-brothers-w_-the-low-anthem-a-the-riverside-theater-march-6-2010.html ]]> The Chieftains @ The Pabst Theater - March 6, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10143-the-chieftains-a-the-pabst-theater-march-6-2010.html 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...]]> 88Nine’s Milwaukee Music Awards Showcase @ Whiskey Bar - Feb. 25, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10040-88ninerss-milwaukee-music-awards-showcase-a-whiskey-bar-feb-25-2010.html ]]> The Residents @ Turner Hall - Feb. 16, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9980-the-residents-a-turner-hall-feb-16-2010.html ]]> St. Vincent @ The Pabst Theater - Feb. 17, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9900-st-vincent-a-the-pabst-theater-feb-17-2010.html ]]> White, Wrench, Conservatory w/ IfIHadAHiFi @ Cactus Club - Feb. 14, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9854-white-wrench-conservatory-w_-ifihadahifi-a-cactus-club-feb-14-2010.html ]]> Dr. Dog w/ The Growlers @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Feb. 4, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9794-dr-dog-w_-the-growlers-a-turner-hall-ballroom-feb-4-2010.html ]]> Crappy Dracula and Group of the Altos @ The Stonefly Brewery - Feb. 5, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9771-crappy-dracula-and-group-of-the-altos-a-the-stonefly-brewery-feb-5-2010.html ]]> Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Jan. 30, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9695-ben-gibbard-and-jay-farrar-a-turner-hall-ballroom-jan-30-2010.html ]]> The Life and Times @ The Cactus Club - Jan. 30, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9696-the-life-and-times-a-the-cactus-club-jan-30-2010.html ]]> The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Mad Planet - Jan. 14, 2010 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9522-the-rural-alberta-advantage-a-mad-planet-jan-14-2010.html ]]> The Dutchess and The Duke w/ Greg Ashley and Jaill @ Club Garibaldi - Dec. 19, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9313-the-dutchess-and-the-duke-w_-greg-ashley-and-jaill-a-club-garibaldi-dec-19-2009.html ]]> Headlights @ The Bay View Brew Haus - Dec. 11, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9222-headlights-a-the-bay-view-brew-haus-dec-11-2009.html ]]> The King Khan and BBQ Show @ Mad Planet - Dec. 1, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9136-the-king-khan-and-bbq-show-a-mad-planet-dec-1-2009.html ]]> Mondo Lucha Holiday Show @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 27, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9040-mondo-lucha-holiday-show-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-27-2009.html ]]> Dinosaur Jr. @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 19, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8930-dinosaur-jr-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-19-2009.html ]]> Brendan Benson and Cory Chisel @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 18, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8940-brendan-benson-and-cory-chisel-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-18-2009.html ]]> Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band @ The Bradley Center - Nov. 15, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8794-bruce-springsteen-and-the-e-street-band-a-the-bradley-center-nov-15-2009.html ]]> White Rabbits @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 10, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8697-white-rabbits-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-10-2009.html When Spoon’s Britt Daniel produced the White Rabbits’ latest album, It’s Frightening, he left his mark everywhere, weaving a pastiche of echoing pianos, disembodied guitar licks and snippets of studio chatter that he could have easily slapped his own name on and released as a Spoon album...]]> The Black Crowes @ The Riverside Theater - Nov. 7, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8644-the-black-crowes-a-the-riverside-theater-nov-7-2009.html ]]> Uncle Larry and Big Fun 4Ever @ Café LuLu - Oct. 31, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8573-uncle-larry-and-big-fun-4ever-a-cafeacute-lulu-oct-31-2009.html ]]> Kelly Clarkson @ The Milwaukee Theatre - Oct. 23, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8515-kelly-clarkson-a-the-milwaukee-theatre-oct-23-2009.html ]]> Quinn Scharber w/ Hallelujah the Hills @ Mad Planet - Oct. 25, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8492-quinn-scharber-w_-hallelujah-the-hills-a-mad-planet-oct-25-2009.html ]]> The Siegel-Schwall Band @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 16, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8409-the-siegel-schwall-band-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-16-2009.html ]]> Soul Asylum @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Oct. 9, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8318-soul-asylum-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-oct-9-2009.html “Runaway Train” won Soul Asylum international stardom, props from President Bill Clinton and Winona Ryder’s phone number, so it’s understandable that in the mid-’90s the ]]> Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 4, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8226-hope-sandoval-and-the-warm-inventions-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-4-2009.html ]]> Sea Wolf w/ Port O’Brien @ Mad Planet - Sept. 30, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8227-sea-wolf-w_-port-orsbrien-a-mad-planet-sept-30-2009.html ]]> Boz Scaggs @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 23, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8169-boz-scaggs-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-23-2009.html ]]> Built to Spill @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 27, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8136-built-to-spill-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-27-2009.html ]]> Pet Shop Boys @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 15, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8089-pet-shop-boys-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-15-2009.html ]]> Decibully w/ Early Day Miners @ Mad Planet - Sept. 19, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8046-decibully-w_-early-day-miners-a-mad-planet-sept-19-2009.html Different energies of past and present indie-pop brushed shoulders at Mad Planet last Saturday. Indiana’s slowcore Early Day Miners eased into the evening with their heartfelt early-decade reminiscences, which contrasted with lively locals Decibully, who closed out the evening with their intimately instrumented and energetic pop. ]]> UWM Pantherfest w/ Common and Dashboard Confessional @ The Marcus Amphitheater - Sept. 11, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7993-uwm-pantherfest-w_-common-and-dashboard-confessional-a-the-marcus-amphitheater-sept-11-2009.html The widely shared critique of Common's 2008 album Universal Mind Control is that it contradicts the artist's hip-hop revivalist past, but even though the Chicago rapper renounced his virtuous lyrics for misogynistic, amoral lines, his beats are as forward-thinking as ever, and they pumped an extra kick into his University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Pantherfest show at the Marcus Amphitheater...]]> Lil Wayne @ The Marcus Amphitheater - Sept. 2, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7919-lil-wayne-a-the-marcus-amphitheater-sept-2-2009.html Radio Summer Camp Kick-Off w/ Sometime Sweet Susan @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Thursday, Aug. 20 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7767-radio-summer-camp-kick-off-w_-sometime-sweet-susan-a-turner-hall-ballroom-thursday-aug-20.html ]]> Lollapalooza @ Grant Park, Chicago - Aug. 7 – 10, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7581-lollapalooza-a-grant-park-chicago-aug-7-ndash-10-2009.html ]]> Deerhunter, Dan Deacon and No Age @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 7, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7579-deerhunter-dan-deacon-and-no-age-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-7-2009.html ]]> Jamie Foxx @ The Milwaukee Theatre - July 30, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7534-jamie-foxx-a-the-milwaukee-theatre-july-30-2009.html Kings Go Forth @ Turner Hall Ballroom - July 24, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7450-kings-go-forth-a-turner-hall-ballroom-july-24-2009.html ]]> Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park, Chicago - July 17-19, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7347-pitchfork-music-festival-a-union-park-chicago-july-17-19-2009.html ]]> Blitzen Trapper @ The Pabst Theater - July 20, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7351-blitzen-trapper-a-the-pabst-theater-july-20-2009.html ]]> Uproar @ Shorewood Legion Hall - July 13, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7286-uproar-a-shorewood-legion-hall-july-13-2009.html ]]> Tom Jones @ The Riverside Theater - July 10, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7263-tom-jones-a-the-riverside-theater-july-10-2009.html ]]> Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks @ Red, White and Pabst Blue Ribbon - July 4, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7168-stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-a-red-white-and-pabst-blue-ribbon-july-4-2009.html ]]> Photos: The Paper Chase @ The Cactus Club - July 2, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7137-photos-the-paper-chase-a-the-cactus-club-july-2-2009.html ]]> Photos: Blueheels @ Cascio Groove Garage, Summerfest - July 1, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7138-photos-blueheels-a-cascio-groove-garage-summerfest-july-1-2009.html ]]> Lupe Fiasco @ Summerfest - June 29, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7104-lupe-fiasco-a-summerfest-june-29-2009.html ]]> Spoon @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest - June 29, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7076-spoon-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-summerfest-june-29-2009.html ]]> Photos: The Celebrated Workingman - June 26, 2009 @ The Cascio Groove Garage, Summerfest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7058-photos-the-celebrated-workingman-june-26-2009-a-the-cascio-groove-garage-summerfest.html ]]> Photos: The Trusty Knife - June 26, 2009 @ The Cascio Groove Garage, Summerfest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7060-photos-the-trusty-knife-june-26-2009-a-the-cascio-groove-garage-summerfest.html ]]> Photos: John the Savage - June 28, 2009 @ The Cascio Groove Garage, Summerfest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7061-photos-john-the-savage-june-28-2009-a-the-cascio-groove-garage-summerfest.html ]]> Phish @ Alpine Valley June 20-21, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7010-phish-a-alpine-valley-june-20-21-2009.html ]]> Etta James @ PrideFest - June 14, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6907-etta-james-a-pridefest-june-14-2009.html Grizzly Bear @ The Pabst Theater - June 8, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6827-grizzly-bear-a-the-pabst-theater-june-8-2009.html ]]> St. Vincent @ The Pabst Theater - June 5, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6812-st-vincent-a-the-pabst-theater-june-5-2009.html ]]> The Decemberists @ The Riverside Theater - May 29, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6784-the-decemberists-a-the-riverside-theater-may-29-2009.html ]]> Animal Collective @ The Riverside Theater - May 19, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6606-animal-collective-a-the-riverside-theater-may-19-2009.html With all three members behind synthesizers, as Merriweather’s trippy cover art lined the stage’s background while a hanging, giant white orb projected thoughtful images, Portner (aka Avey Tare), Lennox (Panda Bear) and Weitz (Geologist) resembled dance club DJs at Tuesday’s sold-out show at the Riverside Theater. ]]> Keyshia Cole w/ The-Dream, Keri Hilson and Bobby Valentino @ The Milwaukee Theatre - May 14, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6591-keyshia-cole-w_-the-dream-keri-hilson-and-bobby-valentino-a-the-milwaukee-theatre-may-14-2009.html Mogwai @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 9, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6531-mogwai-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-9-2009.html ]]> Cursive w/ P.O.S. and John the Savage @ Turner Hall Ballroom - May 7, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6470-cursive-w_-pos-and-john-the-savage-a-turner-hall-ballroom-may-7-2009.html ]]> Peter Bjorn and John - April 22, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6303-peter-bjorn-and-john-april-22-2009.html ]]> Neko Case @ The Riverside Theater - April 25, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6332-neko-case-a-the-riverside-theater-april-25-2009.html Wilco @ The Pabst Theater - April 15, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6264-wilco-a-the-pabst-theater-april-15-2009.html ]]> Kris Kristofferson @ The Potawatomi Bingo Casino - April 15, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6253-kris-kristofferson-a-the-potawatomi-bingo-casino-april-15-2009.html ]]> Wilco @ The Pabst Theater - April 15, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6218-wilco-a-the-pabst-theater-april-15-2009.html ]]> Alejandro Escovedo @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 9, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6193-alejandro-escovedo-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-9-2009.html Sleepy Sun @ The Stonefly Brewery - April 1, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6108-sleepy-sun-a-the-stonefly-brewery-april-1-2009.html ]]> Ladytron w/ The Faint and Telepathe @ The Turner Hall Ballroom - April 1, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6052-ladytron-w_-the-faint-and-telepathe-a-the-turner-hall-ballroom-april-1-2009.html It’s a stretch to call what the Brooklyn electronic duo Telepathe does in concert “performing.” “Existing,” perhaps. Or maybe “standing.” They definitely stood on stage, so that’s something. But performing? At least at their appearance at the Turner Hall Ballroom last night, there was no performance to speak of. ]]> Brian Jonestown Massacre @ The Turner Hall Ballroom - March 27, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6029-brian-jonestown-massacre-a-the-turner-hall-ballroom-march-27-2009.html ]]> Condominium @ Frank’s Power Plant - March 19, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5924-condominium-a-frankrss-power-plant-march-19-2009.html Black Lips @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 15, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5874-black-lips-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-15-2009.html ]]> The Wooldridge Brothers @ Turner Hall Ballroom - March 6, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5784-the-wooldridge-brothers-a-turner-hall-ballroom-march-6-2009.html ]]> The Pretenders @ The Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Feb. 17, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5650-the-pretenders-a-the-potawatomi-bingo-casino-feb-17-2009.html ]]> Antony and the Johnsons @ The Pabst Theater - Feb. 13, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5518-antony-and-the-johnsons-a-the-pabst-theater-feb-13-2009.html ]]> Scott Weiland @ The Pabst Theater - Jan. 30, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5373-scott-weiland-a-the-pabst-theater-jan-30-2009.html ]]> The Bye Bye Bush Bash w/ Eat the Mystery, Floor Model and Grand Disaster @ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn - Jan. 20, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5309-the-bye-bye-bush-bash-w_-eat-the-mystery-floor-model-and-grand-disaster-a-linnemanrss-riverwest-inn-jan-20-2009.html Cheap Trick @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Jan. 15, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5250-cheap-trick-a-potawatomi-bingo-casino-jan-15-2009.html ]]> Metallica @ The Bradley Center - Jan. 12, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5164-metallica-a-the-bradley-center-jan-12-2009.html ]]> Lil Wayne and T-Pain @ The United Center, Chicago - Dec. 27, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5006-lil-wayne-and-t-pain-a-the-united-center-chicago-dec-27-2009.html Death Cab for Cutie w/ Jack’s Mannequin @ The Eagles Ballroom - Dec. 2, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4789-death-cab-for-cutie-w_-jackrss-mannequin-a-the-eagles-ballroom-dec-2-2008.html ]]> Shelby Lynne w/ David McMillin @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 28, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4719-shelby-lynne-w_-david-mcmillin-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-28-2008.html ]]> Dolly Parton @ The Riverside Theater - Nov. 17, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4533-dolly-parton-a-the-riverside-theater-nov-17-2008.html ]]> Girl Talk @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 4, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4477-girl-talk-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-4-2008.html ]]> Gang Gang Dance with Marnie Stern @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 5, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4404-gang-gang-dance-with-marnie-stern-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-5-2008.html ]]> The Beastie Boys @ The U.S. Cellular Arena - Nov. 2, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4366-the-beastie-boys-a-the-us-cellular-arena-nov-2-2008.html ]]> Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band @ The Turner Hall Ballr - Oct. 30, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4367-conor-oberst-and-the-mystic-valley-band-a-the-turner-hall-ballr-oct-30-2008.html ]]> Of Montreal @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 26, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4305-of-montreal-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-26-2008.html ]]> David Byrne @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 15, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4191-david-byrne-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-15-2008.html ]]> Fleet Foxes @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 10, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4112-fleet-foxes-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-10-2008.html ]]> My Morning Jacket @ Riverside Theater - Oct. 3, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4024-my-morning-jacket-a-riverside-theater-oct-3-2008.html ]]> Lindsey Buckingham @ Pabst Theater - Oct. 4, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4025-lindsey-buckingham-a-pabst-theater-oct-4-2008.html ]]> Mondo Lucha Variety Show @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 27, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3912-mondo-lucha-variety-show-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-27-2008.html ]]> Opeth w/ High on Fire @ The Rave - Sept. 26, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3913-opeth-w_-high-on-fire-a-the-rave-sept-26-2008.html Ratatat @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 22, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3820-ratatat-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-22-2008.html ]]> The Detroit Cobras @ Mad Planet - Sept. 18, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3821-the-detroit-cobras-a-mad-planet-sept-18-2008.html Spiritualized @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3698-spiritualized-a-turner-hall-ballroom-tuesday-sept-9-2008.html ]]> Nas @ The Rave - Sept. 4, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3607-nas-a-the-rave-sept-4-2008.html Bruce Springsteen @ The Lakefront - Aug. 30, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3530-bruce-springsteen-a-the-lakefront-aug-30-2008.html ]]> Eddie Vedder @ The Riverside Theater - Aug. 19, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3445-eddie-vedder-a-the-riverside-theater-aug-19-2008.html ]]> Johnny Winter @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Aug. 15, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3355-johnny-winter-a-turner-hall-ballroom-aug-15-2008.html ]]> Vienna Teng @ The Miramar Theatre - Tuesday, August 5, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3240-vienna-teng-a-the-miramar-theatre-tuesday-august-5-2008.html Alice Cooper @ The Riverside Theater - Friday, August 8, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3241-alice-cooper-a-the-riverside-theater-friday-august-8-2008.html ]]> Lollapalooza 2008 @ Grant Park, Chicago - August 1 - 3, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3196-lollapalooza-2008-a-grant-park-chicago-august-1-3-2008.html ]]> The Police w/ Elvis Costello @ The Marcus Amphitheater - Friday, July 25, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3065-the-police-w_-elvis-costello-a-the-marcus-amphitheater-friday-july-25-2008.html ]]> The Trusty Knife and Crappy Dracula @ 7 Mile Fair - Saturday, July 26, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3066-the-trusty-knife-and-crappy-dracula-a-7-mile-fair-saturday-july-26-2008.html Steve Earle w/ Allison Moorer @ The Pabst Theater - Sunday, July 20, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2992-steve-earle-w_-allison-moorer-a-the-pabst-theater-sunday-july-20-2008.html ]]> M. Ward @ The Pabst Theater - Saturday, July 19, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2993-m-ward-a-the-pabst-theater-saturday-july-19-2008.html Rock the Bells Festival @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Sunday, July 20, 2008 (Chicago, IL) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2953-rock-the-bells-festival-a-first-midwest-bank-amphitheatre-sunday-july-20-2008-%2528chicago-il%2529.html Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band @ The Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Wednesday, July 9, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2889-ringo-starr-and-his-all-starr-band-a-the-potawatomi-bingo-casino-wednesday-july-9-2008.html ]]> Gnarls Barkley @ The Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard - June 26, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2721-gnarls-barkley-a-the-briggs-and-stratton-big-backyard-june-26-2008.html ]]> John Hiatt @ The Pabst Theater - Friday, June 27, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2722-john-hiatt-a-the-pabst-theater-friday-june-27-2008.html Stone Temple Pilots @ The Marcus Amphitheater - Friday, July 4 @ the Marcus Amphitheater http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2810-stone-temple-pilots-a-the-marcus-amphitheater-friday-july-4-a-the-marcus-amphitheater.html ]]> Lucinda Williams @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse - Thursday, July 3 @ the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2811-lucinda-williams-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-thursday-july-3-a-the-harley-davidson-roadhouse.html ]]> The Summer Soulstice Festival @ North Avenue - Saturday, June 21, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2617-the-summer-soulstice-festival-a-north-avenue-saturday-june-21-2008.html The Black Angels w/ Call Me Lightning @ Mad Planet - Saturday, June 21, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2649-the-black-angels-w_-call-me-lightning-a-mad-planet-saturday-june-21-2008.html Gogol Bordello @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2540-gogol-bordello-a-turner-hall-ballroom-wednesday-june-11-2008.html Just in case you were worried, the spirit of punk is alive and thrashing, thanks in part to the eclectic collective Gogol Bordello. The group stormed the stage at the Turner Hall Ballroom last Wednesday, while a solid turnout of punkers, college kids and boomers (reliving their mosh-pit days) showed that punk marches on, even when mixed with a multi-ethnic sturm und drang.]]> The Silos @ Shank Hall - Sunday, June 8, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2452-the-silos-a-shank-hall-sunday-june-8-2008.html As leader of The Silos, Walter Salas-Humara has been recording since the mid-’80s, working on more than a dozen albums with collaborators as diverse as Alejandro Escovedo and, in an upcoming project, novelist Jonathan Lethem. At Sunday’s Shank Hall show, Salas-Humara led a band made up of Milwaukee and Madison musicians.]]> Flight of the Conchords @ The Riverside Theater - Sunday, May 11, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2117-flight-of-the-conchords-a-the-riverside-theater-sunday-may-11-2008.html A good joke takes time to set up. Comedians can’t just rush the punch line; they have to finesse it, tease it. For Flight of the Conchords, the New Zealand musical comedy duo turned HBO stars and, subsequently . . . ]]> The Cure @ The Allstate Arena - Saturday, May 24, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2200-the-cure-a-the-allstate-arena-saturday-may-24-2008.html Not that they seem all that concerned about their legacy at this point, but The Cure made a mighty strong case for why they’re one of the greatest pop bands of all time—the greatest pop?—Saturday night with a super-sized concert that covered every phase of their 30-year career. The set was dominated by hits . . . ]]> The Hives @ the Rave - Sunday, May 18, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2177-the-hives-a-the-rave-sunday-may-18-2008.html After last night’s show at the Rave, I can finally understand (some of) the logic in the age-old myth that women are more attracted to pompous and conceited dudes. Like every other member of the near-capacity Sunday night crowd, I fell hard for The Hives, even after constant boasting rants from singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. ]]> M.I.A. @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Monday, May 12, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2182-mia-a-turner-hall-ballroom-monday-may-12-2008.html There's nothing quite so deliciously satisfying to one's ironic sensibility than witnessing the "majority" cheer for the videotaped speechifying of Kouichi Touyama, a street musician who ran for governor of Tokyo in 2007.]]> DeVotchKa @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Thursday, May 8, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2098-devotchka-a-turner-hall-ballroom-thursday-may-8-2008.html If used correctly, orchestral instruments have a place in contemporary pop music. Before assholes like the (eye-patch wearing pirate) singer from Kansas and Dave Mathews ruined it for . . . ]]> The Avett Brothers @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Saturday, May 10, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2118-the-avett-brothers-a-turner-hall-ballroom-saturday-may-10-2008.html Having built a reputation on their sweaty and raw live marathons, Scott and Seth Avett are known for lathering their adoring fan base into a manic frenzy. Saturday's raucous performance at Turner Hall Ballroom was no exception, a blowout that left attendees extremely satisfied.]]> The Swell Season @ The Riverside Theater - Thursday, May 8, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2073-the-swell-season-a-the-riverside-theater-thursday-may-8-2008.html Tegan and Sara @ The Pabst Theater - Wednesday, May 7, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2066-tegan-and-sara-a-the-pabst-theater-wednesday-may-7-2008.html Of all the things I admire about Tegan and Sara—and, to be sure, after the duo’s charged 2007 album The Con, there’s plenty I admire about Tegan and Sara—I’m most awed by how they condense lofty sentiments and grand arrangements into such tiny songs. Most songs on The Con clock under three minutes, and not a single track cracks three-and-a-half. The Con’s songs are nervy and short—Ramones short, even—but where The Ramones largely limited their between-song banter to “1, 2, 3, 4,” the Quinn sisters get chatty . . . ]]> Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Friday, May 2 @ Turner Hall Ballroom http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2020-black-rebel-motorcycle-club-friday-may-2-a-turner-hall-ballroom.html A cursory glance at current events attests that there are fates more physiologically unpleasant than having to endure—without sunglasses . . .]]> Maritime @ Turner Hall - Saturday, May 3, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2021-maritime-a-turner-hall-saturday-may-3-2008.html It is safe to say that anyone who keeps in touch with the ever-growing Milwaukee music scene has, at the very least, heard of Maritime. The group’s critically acclaimed . . . ]]> The Cave Singers w/ Wooden Robot - Saturday, April 26 @ The Cactus Club http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1930-the-cave-singers-w_-wooden-robot-saturday-april-26-a-the-cactus-club.html As many critics noted upon the release of Seattle band The Cave Singers’ debut album, the band members’ musical pedigrees suggest they’d be unlikely to attempt—much less succeed at—acoustic American roots music. Nonetheless, guitarist Derek Fudesco (of the now disbanded Pretty Girls Make Graves), vocalist Pete Quirk (of post-punk quintet Hint Hint) and drummer Marty Lund (of Cobra High) released their acclaimed Invitation Songs in September 2007.]]> T-Pain @ The Rave - Wednesday, April 16, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1780-t-pain-a-the-rave-wednesday-april-16-2008.html Rapper/crooner T-Pain warned the audience that his performance at The Rave would be more than just a concert: It was going to be a full-out party, he said, as he shook his head-full of blond-dipped black dreads, which were heaped into a rear ponytail. T-Pain has mastered the art of creative live oration, marrying many songs to voluptuous choruses accompanied by acoustic guitar. Last Wednesday, when he delivered his 2005 debut single, “I’m Sprung,” about the euphoric feeling of falling in love . . . ]]> The Hold Steady @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 11, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1702-the-hold-steady-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-11-2008.html While many of their indie-rock contemporaries remain mired in gloom and doom, The Hold Steady demonstrated with a sold-out Turner Hall Ballroom that there is still a place for fun in rock ’n’ roll. In fact, it appears as if the band’s genuine warmth and love of music has helped to grow an even larger audience. No longer just a secret among in-the-know hipsters, the group attracted a remarkably diverse crowd. And those in attendance . . .]]> Alejandro Escovedo @ Turner Hall Ballroom - April 4, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1571-alejandro-escovedo-a-turner-hall-ballroom-april-4-2008.html On Friday at Turner Hall, armed with only a pair of acoustic guitars and their voices, Escovedo and David Pulkingham delivered a graduate-level class on songwriting that ranged from sensitive ballads to Mexican-influenced tunes to flat-out punk-rock noise—sometimes even in the same song. ]]> Jens Lekman @ The Pabst Theater - March 29, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1504-jens-lekman-a-the-pabst-theater-march-29-2008.html Like Jonathan Richman, Jens Lekman is a doeeyed and baritonevoiced songwriter who travels the world singing simple, unaffected songs about universal experiences. And like Richman, he writes some of the purest, most genuine music ever recorded. But where Richman relies on just a primitive guitardrum setup to share his vision in concert, Lekman aims for something grander. For his latest tour, he’s recruited a quintet of musicians, including a violinist and cellist, whose swooning strings caress his more intimate songs and aggrandize his zippier, poppier ones. With a little assistance from a laptop, Lekman’s arrangements can conjure anything from classic soul to disco to calypso. Jonathan Richman’s music only sounds this fully realized in Jonathan Richman’s head. ]]> Low @ The Turner Hall Ballroom - Friday, March 28, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1430-low-a-the-turner-hall-ballroom-friday-march-28-2008.html Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks @ The Pabst Theater - March 20, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1403-stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-a-the-pabst-theater-march-20-2008.html Even in his 40s, Stephen Malkmus is still as skinny as a teenager and as malleable as a Gumby doll. The former Pavement frontman possesses no discernable backbone: When he leans forward during a particularly impassioned solo, his head hangs nearly eye level with his guitar. Much of the weight that often results from settling down with a wife and a pair of kids never came to Malkmus; neither did the complacency that besets many musicians by middle age. Instead, Malkmus’ solo albums have pushed, often aggressively, against the Pavement template, and never more than on his latest disc, Real Emotional Trash . . .]]> Jose Gonzalez w/ Mia Doi Todd @ The Pabst Theater - March 18, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1404-jose-gonzalez-w_-mia-doi-todd-a-the-pabst-theater-march-18-2008.html In October 2005, while Swedish-born Jos%uFFFD Gonz%uFFFDlez rode the ripples from the abrupt wave of international acclaim given to his 2003 album, Veneer, in the wake of its U.S. release, I watched an unaccompanied Mia Doi Todd face the impatient, hirsute horde that had amassed for a late-night show at The Independent in San Francisco. Todd was illmatched as the opener for another Scandinavian . . . ]]> The Scarring Party @ The Turner Hall Ballroom - March 15, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1304-the-scarring-party-a-the-turner-hall-ballroom-march-15-2008.html In both sound and manner of dress, members of The Scarring Party draw from the musicians of the early 20th century. Their frontman warbles like a demented vaudevillian performer, and they prominently feature a tuba. Their lyrics read like a 21st-century adaptation of the Old Testament. And they are quickly becoming one of the hottest acts in Milwaukee. Playing a well-attended Turner Hall Ballroom to commemorate the release of their new album, Come Away from the Light, the peculiar band demonstrated why so many have embraced them. The group’s newest material fleshes out the promise of its earlier work, adding cello and violin to a mix that already includes a litany of off-thewall instruments . . . ]]> Bruce Springsteen @ The Bradley Center - March 17, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1305-bruce-springsteen-a-the-bradley-center-march-17-2008.html To borrow a title from the artist’s own songbook, Bruce Springsteen once again “proved it all night” as he and a reunited E Street Band rocked the Bradley Center for a near-capacity crowd Monday night. There were a few empty patches of seats, mostly behind the sports arena’s stage, but they were hard to see amid the joyous audience’s dancing and singing during an aggressive two-and-a-half-hour set. Springsteen, 58, and his eight-member, black-clad band have slowed a little since their earlier days. Some have put on weight, others have lost their hair . . .]]> Fever Marlene w/ The Redwalls @ Turner Hall - March 7, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1218-fever-marlene-w_-the-redwalls-a-turner-hall-march-7-2008.html When multiple bands have little more in common than the same bill, the temptation to compare shiny apples to citrus is difficult to resist. At Turner Hall on Friday night, The Redwalls’ encyclopedic pastiche of ‘60s British rock felt anachronistically juxtaposed with Milwaukee’s own self-conscious duo, Fever Marlene. Though the two bands are separated geographically by fewer than 70 miles, outside the studio their respective sounds span an appreciable distance of nearly four decades. Local openers The Saltshakers ended their raucous set with a cover of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” providing an apropos segue for The Redwalls, ]]> Dalek @ The Cactus Club - Feb. 29, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1131-dalek-a-the-cactus-club-feb-29-2008.html The Newark, N.J.-based alternative hip-hop group Dalek has made a career out of defying expectations of what rap music should—or should not—sound like. On record, the band has managed to meld such disparate influences as Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine and Jesu to create a sound that remarkably coheres into something all its own. There is a sense that group members truly love all forms of underground music, and it comes across on their albums. With the horrors of the unholy late- 1990s “rap-rock” phenomenon quickly dissolving from our collective cultural memory, Dalek allows us to fully see the artistic benefits of indiscriminate genre-hopping. Yet the act of reproducing recorded rap tracks in a live setting is a skill that has eluded even some of the most gifted performers, and judging from its recent Cactus Club performance, even Dalek finds it difficult. ]]> Limbeck @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Feb. 22, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1048-limbeck-a-turner-hall-ballroom-feb-22-2008.html Friday, February 22, was a good night for Milwaukee music – both music in Milwaukee and Milwaukee music. There is a welcoming trend of support for local bands happening right now and everyone is benefiting from it, especially out of town headliners. When the houselights went out (early) at Turner Hall for a 7 p.m., four-band bill, there was already an impressive couple hundred people, roughly half of the total draw by the end of the (also early) night, which reached well into the mid 400s. Self-described as “Milwaunkee Tonk,” The Candliers took the stage shortly after 7 p.m. and played a quick set of jovial tributes to a time before synthesizers, drum machines and even overdriven guitars. Successfully recreating this sound on album is somewhat of a tedious task, but it can be accomplished. ]]> The BoDeans @ The Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Feb. 15, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-964-the-bodeans-a-the-potawatomi-bingo-casino-feb-15-2008.html Their hair may be grayer and the musicians backing them may have changed, but Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann remain the heart and soul of The BoDeans. With uncanny harmonies and a dynamic electric/acoustic-guitar tandem, the duo with Waukesha roots has survived record-label politics, an ugly management lawsuit and industry indifference. And Friday night at the sold-out Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Northern Lights Theater—joined by keyboardist Bukka Allen, bassist Eric Holden and drummer Noah Levy—they proved that age and time have only strengthened them. Still, a new BoDeans album of impressive jangly (and sometimes dark) roots rock produced by recent Grammy-winner T-Bone Burnett, is slated for release on March 4, and a 12state tour kicks off a week later in Texas. ]]> Daniel Johnston @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Feb. 7, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-869-daniel-johnston-a-turner-hall-ballroom-feb-7-2008.html According to the venerable David Byrne, the better a singer’s voice, the more difficult it is to believe what the singer is saying. By that logic, Daniel Johnston may be the most truthful performer to ever grace a stage. He is the rare performer who is so genuine that he seems to believe every word that comes out of his mouth. At Turner Hall Ballroom last Thursday, for the third date of a relatively extensive tour . . .]]> Queensryche @ The Northern Lights Theater - Jan. 30, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-759-queensryche-a-the-northern-lights-theater-jan-30-2008.html Left for dead a decade ago, the progressive-metal band Queensryche has spent the ensuing years reinventing itself. Post-grunge records, a covers disc and a sequel to 1988’s seminal concept album Operation: Mindcrime all entered the fray, as the arena stalwarts became accustomed to smaller . . . ]]> Velvet Revolver @ The Eagles Ballroom - January 25, 2008 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-671-velvet-revolver-a-the-eagles-ballroom-january-25-2008.html Now that Audioslave is defunct and Army Of Anyone is an official commercial failure, the door is wide open for a one true band to carry the torch (or cigarette lighter) in this era of fading rock ’n’ roll supergroups . . . ]]> Ozzy Osbourne w/Rob Zombie @ The Bradley Center - Dec. 13, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-297-ozzy-osbourne-w_rob-zombie-a-the-bradley-center-dec-13-2007.html While the snow took a night off, there was a blizzard of noise at the Bradley Center Thursday night as Ozzy Osbourne and supporting act Rob Zombie let their classic and nu-metal sounds reign down on the assorted headbangers adrift in a sea of black wear.]]> The Musical Box @ The Riverside Theater - Dec. 7, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-220-the-musical-box-a-the-riverside-theater-dec-7-2007.html The version of Genesis that recently wrapped up a North American tour (one that ignored Wisconsin, by the way) was not only missing original frontman Peter Gabriel, but also the theatrics that characterized this most British of progressive-rock acts]]> The Cowboy Junkies @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 29, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-176-the-cowboy-junkies-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-29-2007.html While some Cowboy junkies watched their Dallas football team beat the Green Bay Packers during Thursday's televised game, a more musical breed was taking the stage at Turner Hall Ballroom: Canada's Cowboy Junkies. ]]> Nellie McKay @ The Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 26, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-177-nellie-mckay-a-the-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-26-2007.html I hope you had the opportunity to make some new friends," said Nellie McKay, apologizing for the hour-long wait before she took the stage at Turner Hall Ballroom on Monday night. But it was the British-born ]]> Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 17, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-178-sharon-jones-and-the-dap-kings-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-17-2007.html A gathering of ticket-less Sharon Jones fans braved sheets of icy rain outside Turner Hall on Saturday night hoping that someone, anyone, might have a spare ticket for the soulful crooner's notoriously crowd-pleasing show. ]]> They Might Be Giants @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Nov. 9, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-210-they-might-be-giants-a-turner-hall-ballroom-nov-9-2007.html Legendary nerd rockers They Might Be Giants (TMBG) brought their 22-year almanac of wailing ridiculousness to the revamped Turner Hall last Friday night.]]> The Wiggles @ The Milwaukee Theatre - Nov. 3, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-211-the-wiggles-a-the-milwaukee-theatre-nov-3-2007.html Those without children under the age of 5 have probably never heard a single Wiggles song. Those with children under the age of 5 probably wish that they had never heard a single Wiggles song ]]> Melt Banana @ The Cactus Club - Oct. 25, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-212-melt-banana-a-the-cactus-club-oct-25-2007.html A noise band has to be particularly fantastic in order to be any good at all. If they're terrible, it's all feedback and sounds like the musical equivalent of fingernails scratching a chalkboard. ]]> The New Pornographers @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 17, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-213-the-new-pornographers-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-17-2007.html The New Pornographers are the quintessential mix-tape band. Their hook-filled pop songs dazzle in small doses, but with their chipper melodies and unwavering enthusiasm, they quickly begin to cloy over the course of an entire album]]> Joanna Newsom @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 21, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-214-joanna-newsom-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-21-2007.html Indie rock took a beating in the blogosphere last week. In a series of writings, New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones lambasted the genre for its lack of rhythm and its ever-growing distance from African-American music.]]> Atmosphere @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 15, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-215-atmosphere-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-15-2007.html October 18, 2007 Amazingly, even after the embarrassing turn-of-the-century rise of rap-rock, there are still those who push for the expanded role of live bands in hip-hop and talk as if the genre has some mythological potential that can never be unlocked through just turntables alone. ]]> Spoon w/ The Ponys @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 8, 2007 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-216-spoon-w_-the-ponys-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-8-2007.html Like an empty cardboard box in the hands of an imaginative child, a simple rhythm opens up a world of possibilities for Spoon. Over a herky-jerk pulse that changes remarkably little from song to song (or album to album), the foursome can evoke just about any genre it wants through just the slightest shifts. ]]>