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Sarah Shook performed for a packed and enthusiastic Cactus Club crowd, along with Big Eyes and Sunny War. Read more

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Country music returns to the Amphitheater with headliner Jason Aldean. For a different spin on Americana, check out Brandi Carlile at BMO Harris Pavilion. Milwaukee is well represented by metallic trio Ahab’s Ghost at the Rebel Stage. Read more

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On Flowers and Ticket Stubs, singer-songwriter Matthew Davies offers an unpretentiously commercial sound that, with the right conspiracy of circumstances, could elevate him from curbsides and coffeehouses to even greater stages. Read more

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JigJam’s blend of traditional Irish music, bluegrass and Americana will come through at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center on Saturday, April 13. Read more


The “roots meets country” Milwaukee band The Riverwest Aces has released a CD single whose spare arrangement suggests a soundtrack to a half-remembered nightmare. Read more

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The story of Trapper Schoepp’s new album begins nearly 60 years ago with Bob Dylan and ends in a Wauwatosa studio with Wilco’s Patrick Sansone. Read more

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"It’s one thing to show solidarity behind the scenes but we need to be more vocal as men." Read more

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The Americana duo showed off their expanded band at their lively Pabst Theater concert. Read more

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Not only lovers of Beck’s ’90s music should find nourishment in Samso’s Freedom Seeds; so could outliers among psychedelic rockers and Americana enthusiasts. Read more

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The Milwaukee folk duo Nickel&Rose push back against the genre’s whitewashing on their poignant new EP. Read more

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David Bromberg may be the most influential musician you’ve never heard of, but his impact on contemporary music is undeniable. Read more

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Songwriter Allen Coté confronts Trump’s obscene politics on his band’s crazed new album The Great American Novelty. Read more

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Panalure recruited producer Mike Hoffman and some guest luminaries from the Milwaukee music scene for their latest album of multilayered roots-rock. Read more

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On their second release, Volume Two, Milwaukee’s Rebecca and the Grey Notes perform a smart, sincere amalgam of unassumingly sweet acoustic country, light blues rock swagger and a hooky sort of Americana. Read more

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Ahead of his headlining gig at WMSE’s Backyard BBQ, Alejandro Escovedo chats about his guest-laden new album. Read more

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On their second album, Chicken Wire, the Milwaukee trio Chris Head & Honchos progress along their take on rockin’ Americana. Singer/guitarist Head may be at his most compelling when there’s narrative tension in his lyrics, heightened by the... Read more

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The impression given by Milwaukee Americana singer-songwriter Zach Pietrini in his social-media presence is of a well-adjusted, cheerful husband and father. The release of his fifth album, Holding Onto Ghosts, evidences an ability to write ... Read more

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Tyne Darling’s Tommy Vollman gives his published short stories a second life on his hopeful, if lonesome, latest album. Read more

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Matt Butler’s debut album, Reckless Son, is a heartfelt recollection of his own experiences and life lessons. While the album may be the byproduct of a low point in Butler’s life, the result is a wonderfully crafted album that is truthful a... Read more

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Sarah Vos of the Milwaukee/Oshkosh folk ensemble talks about recording their latest album with former Uncle Tupelo and Wilco drummer Ken Coomer. Read more

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