Dear Ruthie shares her social calendar of New Year’s Eve events and gives advice to a closeted gay man who wants out. Read more

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Waukesha’s Watchbirds call their music garage-folk. If the first word in their descriptor infers simplicity and the second word, gentleness, the co-ed quintet nailed it. Read more

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To celebrate 20 years on the corner of Brady Street andArlington Place, Hi Hat Lounge willthrow a daylong, street-wide block party on Saturday Sept. 2 from 1-10 p.m.Local bands and DJs will perform. Lakefront Brewery will be on hand to.. Read more

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Madison might not care much for Static Eyes’ concise garage-punk, but they’ve found a following for it here in Milwaukee. Read more

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Hi-Hat Lounge on Brady St. has partnered with Knob Creek andBadger Distributing to be the first bar in Wisconsin with their own barrel ofKnob Creek Single Reserve whiskey. There will be a launch party Thursday, April 7 at Hi-Hat onBrady .. Read more

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Milwaukee's Rashita Joneses specialize in grungy, psychedelic garage-punk delivered with just the right amount of scuzziness—which is to say, a lot of scuzziness. It was only this March that the trio delivered their first EP, but since breaking th.. Read more

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It's Milwaukee Day and if you're looking to fully embrace the Milwaukee mood, here are five of the most Milwaukee places to enjoy Milwaukee's favorite beverage: beer. So get in your car, roll down your windows, turn on that new Illwaukee mix, look.. Read more

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Milwaukee’s Platinum Boys celebrate drugs, sex and debauchery on their debut album Future Hits. Read more

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Reigning Sound leader Greg Cartwright is only still in photos. The musician has released at least 15 studio albums with his three bands over the past two decades, in addition to producing Shangri-Las singer Mary Weiss’s terrific 2007 comeb... Read more

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It could have been kindling, but art lovers should be thankful that Tom Loeser’s sculptural furniture and furniture-esque sculptures have not been committed to the flames. A new exhibition, “Tom Loeser: It Could Have Been Kindling,” at t... Read more

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Critically speaking at least, fun music often gets shortchanged. It’s great to meticulously dissect albums with weighty themes or ambitious compositions, but sometimes you wish writers would spill some more ink over releases that don’t pret... Read more

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I've undergone chemo on and off for years. Every time my hair is starting to fall out I ask unsuspecting people to itch my head as my hands are full. Lots of hair falls out at the first slightest touch Read more

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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,Concert Reviews Read more

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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 Read more

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Remember Dusty Medical Records? During the mid-to-late '00s, the Milwaukee label released some of the city's strongest garage/punk/rock records (and quite a few good ones from outside of the city, too), but save for an occasional release, the labe.. Read more

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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,Concert Reviews Read more

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There's a point where rock subgenres such as indie, garage and punk coalesce into something musicians can call their own. New Berlin quartet Outliers takes from all of the above on the band's second album, Neon Leon, and delivers music... Read more

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When listening to the dreamy, visceral work of Jacques Brel, one instantly pictures a man singing by a piano in a smoky bar in Europe. The Belgian singer-songwriter didn’t own a remarkable voice, but his best work perfectly captured Read more

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Folk and soft-rock songwriter James Lee Stanley has been putting out solo albums steadily since the early 1970s, when he was a featured RCA artist. Without a commercial hit to guarantee him an audience, he fell out of the spotlight, but Read more

Today in Milwaukee

In press materials accompanying his latest album, Common Ground, singer/guitarist Walter Trout claims that “I’ve almost created my own genre.” While a comment like that smacks of narcissism, it’s also tough to argue. Over the cours Read more

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