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With his debut novel, Worried Man Blues, Dominique Mills pens a modern inner city noir that anyone familiar with the heart of urban Milwaukee will recognize. more

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Once again working with producer John Sieger, Milwaukee guitarist Mike Fredrickson’s After It’s Over delivers 14 songs that thrust and parry across genres, held together by the fabric of Fredrickson’s songwriting and the musicianship of dru... more

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When Sun Ra left this planet in 1993 the world lost a true original. As a bandleader, his Arkestra fearlessly dove into jazz, Disney tunes and intergalactic ballets with equal rigor. And to consider that he recorded, pressed and distributed... more

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Say Yes is a 16-song collection from Milwaukee’s Brian Wurch that draws from the timeless version of rock ’n’ roll that emerged from the doo-wop streets of Dion and the Belmonts and moved to the scrapple of the New York Dolls, ending up at ... more

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Shaking the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s hand was like holding a cold fish, which was 180 degrees from the intensity of his music. Over a generous handful of albums, Pierce’s more

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Hank Williams was a country music star but he was also a comet, streaking across the horizon of American popular culture in the early 1950s. He recorded more

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The Jewish Museum of Milwaukee celebrates 60 years of Jews in popular music with an exhibit that features hometown hero, the late Howie Epstein, bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, alongside legends like Bob Dylan and Bill Graham ... more

Visual Arts

By day Michael Martin is senior community planning and development representative with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but he moonlights as more

Off the Cuff

The shorthand for Alex Chilton is that he experienced his career in reverse.In 1967, as the 16-year-old singer for The Box Tops, Chilton had a number-one hit with “The Letter.” He followed that group with the critically more

Books

In hindsight the musical landscape of the late ’80s offered a landfill of new music. Radio, television, magazines and movies smelled money. But with some digging you can always find gems. Witness 3onfire, formed in 1987 by Clancy more

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The recently released Ben There, Done That CD includes 27 Tracks of previously unissued live performances from Racine native Ben Sidran. more

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What Red Stuff’s records lack in technical polish, they make up for with innovation and ambition. more

Local Music

The journeyman Milwaukee singer/songwriter/rocker covers a lot of ground on his latest album, “Till The Cows Come Home.” more

Local Music

The inspired and powerful recordings by the Charles Mingus Quintet on Jazz in Detroit document a weeklong residency collecting live radio broadcasts made in a workshop setting. more

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Best known as founding member of Television and hired gun for Matthew Sweet and Rocket From the Tombs, Richard Lloyd has been building a solo career since his debut album Alchemy in 1980. more

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Fifty years on, MC5's "Kick Out The Jams" has lost none of its visceral power. more

Concert Reviews

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The unconventional Brooklyn musician and Nick Cave collaborator headlines the Bay View Bash’s Rush-Mor Records stage Saturday night. more

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The latest album in a career that reaches back to The Silos in 1985, finds the solo troubadour, band leader, painter, spoken-word collaborator Walter Salas-Humara’s arc at an all-time high. more

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Studio owner/producer Danny Zelonky heard singer Gervis Myles singing across a club and knew he had found the voice for the debut release of his Milwaukee record label, S’plat Records. more

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As a companion piece to its studio namesake, Roxy - Tonight’s the Night Live, recorded in 1973, shows how deeply masterful Neil Young and his band dug into this material, which the audience is hearing for the first time. more

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On John Kruth’s tenth album, the recording and performances with his collaborators, Italy’s La Società dei Musici, sound like a band that has been playing together for a long time. more

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The latest installment of Milwaukee Psych Fest featured some unforgettably daring performances—and some truly magnificent light displays. more

Concert Reviews

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In the midst of a stage crowded with as many as 16 performers, George Clinton sang, directed traffic, clowned and took it all in like the Orson Welles of funk. more

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Two outstanding releases highlight the immensely influential music of Chris Bell and Big Star. more

Album Reviews

Milwaukee music veteran Peder Hedman, a fixture on the East Side alternative scene, died suddenly this week. His music spanned many genres. more

Music

For his latest book, musician/writer and onetime Milwaukeean John Kruth explores the histories and crossroads where music and the outlaw character meet. more

Books

You might ask: How does a Milwaukee musician resurrect an iconic Clash song by recruiting a reggae titan to sing vocals? He simply does it. Eric Blowtorch longtime ringleader, troublemaker and activist has assembled a four song collection t... more

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The unwritten history of Milwaukee’s unheard music has been updated in Steven Nodine’s Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984, a launch event for which takes place at 7 p.m. on Fri... more

Books

Each week, songwriter Derek Pritzl anchors an open mic at District 14 Brewery and Pub in Bay View. more

Local Music

Fred “Sonic” Smith made his mark as guitarist with the MC5. His next project was the Sonic Rendezvous Band. Sonic’s Rendezvous is a collection of tracks ranging from acoustic home demos to live recordings. It is all Sonic, all the time. more

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