While Summerfest is now synonymous with food, beer, cup-stacking, and music, the very first Summerfest was quite a bit different. Milwaukee had been trying to establish itself as a host for a nationally-known festival since the 1930s ... Read more

Milwaukee History

No Chicago blues star burned brighter or flamed out faster than Magic Sam Maghett, “The King of West Side Blues.” In 1968, he electrified Milwaukee’s East Side Avant Read more

Album Reviews

Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia for eight voices and orchestra, composed in 1968, captures the atmosphere of that turbulent year. It reverberates with the angst engendered by the war and the spirit of rebellion that arose Read more

Classical Music

In How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks (Stop Smiling Books), Dave Tompkins traces the fascinating history of this device from its use in guarding a secure phone line for Roosevelt and Chur... Read more