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Milwaukee’s Paladino began with ambitions of being a bluegrass act. Their lush latest album, though, is the work of a very different band. more

Nov 28, 2017 4:29 PM Local Music

The sorrow most associated with country and bluegrass is more often derived from romantic heartbreak and sentimentality than the sadness Joseph Huber proffers on The Suffering Stage. more

Jul 3, 2017 3:23 PM Album Reviews

The former J. Geils Band singer’s new songs may be sad, but he was in good humor Saturday night at the Northern Lights Theatre. more

Nov 21, 2016 10:58 AM Concert Reviews 1 Comments


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A busy week brings Bryan Cranston, Brand New, Widespread Panic and Tegan and Sara through town. more

Oct 18, 2016 3:47 PM This Week in Milwaukee

The sibling country duo The Cactus Blossoms looked to the past, while the The Whiskeybelles brought joy to some unlikely covers. more

Aug 1, 2016 1:00 AM Concert Reviews

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Chris Thile’s Punch Brothers positioned themselves as “the people’s bluegrass” band during a lighthearted concert. more

May 13, 2016 10:36 AM Concert Reviews

Though it’s never been known for the genre,Milwaukee has always hosted bluegrass in all of its many forms, from purist,string-band bluegrass, to rowdy, punked-out bluegrass and jammy,Deadhead-minded bluegrass. It shows how versatile the genre.. more

Apr 15, 2016 5:00 PM On Music


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The jammy Stevens Point string band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades blended originals, covers, drinking tunes and holiday oddities during Saturday night’s marathon set. more

Dec 21, 2015 11:20 AM Concert Reviews



There is no snow. There is rain expected between now and the 25th. It’s actually kind of warm. Doesn’t feel like Christmas. But it can still feel like TIMsmas as The Improvised Musical hosts its 5th annual holiday show this Thursday. Join .. more

Dec 16, 2015 12:00 PM Theater

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Two of the great banjo players of their time happen to be married to each other, and their domesticity was on full display Wednesday night. more

Sep 10, 2015 10:00 AM Concert Reviews


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Ry Cooder may not be best known for bluegrass music, but he couldn’t have looked more at home on stage with Ricky Skaggs Friday night. more

Jul 20, 2015 6:55 AM Concert Reviews


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The four members of Milwaukee’s folky rock group The New Seven all share a common training. more

Apr 28, 2015 9:22 PM Local Music

For its 13th year, WMSE's Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser is going a little bit less rockabilly, a little more bluegrass. In addition to the event's usual rockabilly spin, this year's chili cookoff will feature a performance from the Kansas trio Split.. more

Jan 26, 2015 8:55 PM On Music

Turner Hall Ballroom numbers among Milwaukee’s better venues for supporting Americana, alt country and other rootsy, string-based musics. But the city still doesn’t seem to be quite the hub for bluegrass that Madison is. So, for Colorado’s ... more

Nov 7, 2014 2:41 AM Concert Reviews

One of the flashiest and most technically adroit of the modern crop of string bands, Minneapolis's Trampled By Turtles have finalized their New Year's Eve plans. They'll be returning to the Riverside Theater for their second Dec. 31 show there in .. more

Oct 29, 2014 1:00 PM On Music

A crowded upper flat in Riverwest is piled with empty instrument cases. A teapot simmers on the oven and an ensemble of musicians is gathered around a drum set more

Sep 24, 2014 2:32 AM Local Music

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Huber spent much of his time between 2004 and 2012 contributing to the bluegrass attack of Milwaukee’s .357 String Band. That group found success across the globe with its multi-songwrite... more

Sep 10, 2014 2:06 AM Local Music


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When Nickel Creek went on hiatus seven years ago, mandolin player Chris Thile said the decision was simply a product of feeling they couldn’t make a better album than more

May 7, 2014 12:51 AM Music Feature

Holiday music seems to get played earlier each year. These days, yuletide standards seem to hit department store speakers and regular terrestrial radio rotation the morning after Halloween. Christmas came extra early this year for The Whisk... more

Nov 27, 2013 12:30 AM Local Music

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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,Concert Reviews more

Jul 25, 2013 1:39 PM Concert Reviews