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Jamie Lee Rake

Jamie Lee Rake is a freelance writer based in Waupun, Wis. whose wide breadth of tastes in and studies of music and food put him in good stead to write about those very things for Shepherd Express. He aspires to make more of his living by way acting and voice-over work, so if you like his writing, you may want to see or hear him as well. When he's not consuming, reading or writing about food and music, he can be found taking online surveys, studying for and teaching mid-week adult class at his place of worship, listening to more radio (mostly online) than watching TV, and providing incidental humor and, it's hoped, intentional insight for those in his eclectic orbit.  

Fear of a Norb Planet: The Complete MaximumRockNRoll Columns 1994-1998 by Rev. Norb (Norbert Rozek) is a compelling read from a strangely, amusingly obsessive dude, who sometimes wrote entertainingly about rumblings on the punk-rock undergr... more

Books

On Flying Carpet, the German world music ensemble Quadro Nuevo collaborate with Cairo Steps, a German jazz band, on an album that explores the music of the Middle East. more

Album Reviews

With the release of Superbitch, Milwaukee’s Black Belt Theatre concoct a welcome tonic countering the emotional direness of current commercial radio hard music. more

Album Reviews

Milwaukee’s Altered Five Blues Band releases its fourth album, Charmed & Dangerous on the national label Blind Pig with notable producer Tom Hambridge. more

Album Reviews

European group Talinka releases an album of undefinable yet jazz-influenced music. more

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Milwaukee jazz singer Roxi Copland releases her third album, Bad Decision. more

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Ricky Phontaine, a Milwaukee rapper with an alias adapted from a minor character on Martin Lawrence’s ’90s sitcom, debuts as an album artist with his artistic persona fully formed. more

Album Reviews

In a reversal of the usual American order of the day, Stax’s stars were African American but behind them stood integrated ensembles such as The MGs. more

Album Reviews

Into its third generation as a tavern-restaurant, Dino’s Riverwest (808 E. Chambers St.) offers an unpretentiously homey decor in which to dine on Italian fare smartly presented. more

Short Order

Jack Rabbit Slims (8028 W. National Ave.) is a wood-paneled hutch of a sports bar and restaurant beckoning with a colorfully cartoonish neon depiction of its mascot critter. Slims meat-intensive menu features lots of hearty protein options.... more

Short Order

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With a mirrored wall, portraits of jazz greats and a wide gamut of jazzy sounds coursing through its cozy confines, City.Net Café (306 E. Wisconsin Ave.) has a cosmopolitan, yet comfy take on a breakfast-lunch nook and coffee house. more

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Soul food is proof that adversity can lead to invention—delicious, filling invention. Milwaukee offers several great options. more

Dining Out

If the sonic attack on The Clitboys’ lone vinyl release, the just-reissued We Don’t Play The Game, differs little from what was coming from the punk undergrounds elsewhere, the band’s attitude was at least a bit more developed than many. Mi... more

Album Reviews

Muskego’s John Domanski and the Daydreamers reside in an almost deceptively airy space on their debut EP, Ignite. Consciously looking to the ’90s for inspiration, their sound approaches a masculine complement to the folk emphasis of Lilith ... more

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (five Southeastern Wisconsin locations) derives from BBQ styles native to the central and eastern regions of the Lone Star State. Dickey’s offers a wide variety of savory fare and don’t forget to ask for a free cone of... more

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Forever, the third album by Milwaukee folkie Francesc, rings with a generally more positive, even slyer, frame of mind than her previous Lucky One. It is carried confidently by Francesca and her mostly two-man acoustic band, the 440 Hum. more

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My Radio is Brookfield country singer Nora Collins’ most commercial release yet. Its radio readiness comes from recording in Nashville with the same sorts of studio gloss, heavy guitar tones and rhythmic inflections derived from hip-hop. more

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Paint Me a Picture, the second album by Milwaukee folkies Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen brings together two singular but complementary musical personalities. Stevenson’s songs tend toward personal vignettes from which she draws more uni... more

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The menu at Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille (754 N. 27th St.) includes a daily soul food buffet, as well as specialty items ranging including tilapia tacos, stuffed baked potatoes and chicken n’ waffles. Daddy’s is a soul food gem in the city si... more

Dining Out

The East Side corner spot that once housed Greek Village Gyros has become Baba Ghanouj, 1888 N. Humboldt Ave. Much has remained, including gyros, Greek salads and fries, a bright airy ambience and friendly service. more

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After 52 years, Milwaukee’s folk venue The Coffee House has moved to a new location, but its mission remains. more

Local Music

As part of Jack White’s efforts to pay homage to the musical legacy of his adopted hometown, his Third Man label has issued an LP collecting 16 tracks from Nashboro’s first two decades. more

Album Reviews

There may be no better way to get one’s English on in Milwaukee than by making a visit to the Red Lion Pub. more

Short Order

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. more

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Milwaukee metallic punks Brain-Bats revel in Z-grade horror and sci-fi on their debut single. more

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Soul food has long had a reputation for being hearty, if not always the healthiest fare. Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille takes a step toward having a healthier menu by dedicating a portion of it to vegetarian items. more

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Within an aesthetic that bridges Stax/Volt-styled soulfulness and psychedelia, Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams Jr.) comes tantalizingly close more than once to becoming a star commensurate to the size of his self-effacingly weird talent. more

Album Reviews

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At 78, Ringo Starr was as amicable as ever, though it was some of his All Starr bandmates who stole the show. more

Concert Reviews

Ashley’s Bar-B-Que has been serving its signature smoked meats, fried fish, sandwiches and fixings solely on a take-out basis since opening for business in the late 1960s. more

Short Order

Milwaukee's El Rey Hispanic supermarket claims to be the "home of the original Mexican taco" and offers customers the choice of 14 animal proteins and its house brand corn tortillas. more

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On Milwaukee power electronics maestro Peter J. Woods’ Today Is Horrible, the music’s largely low-key nature reflect the insidiousness, paranoia and, simmering disquietude of the concepts he assays. more

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There was once little hope in Milwaukee for diners who wanted to go out for soul food and eat vegan, but Tricklebee Cafe offers a solution to that problem—on Fridays. more

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Were polka to ever regain the popularity of its 1940s-’50s commercial heyday, Milwaukee bandleader/accordionist/singer Tom Brusky could be a star. more

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Boy George and Culture Club were eager to please the crowd at their engagingly glossy Milwaukee concert. more

Concert Reviews

Alice Cooper delivered a characteristically over the top performance for his return to the Wisconsin State Fair. more

Concert Reviews

Walker’s Point’s has gained a new restaurant, Cocina 1022, in the space Chez Jacques used to occupy. Come for the large Mexican menu and delicious rotating desserts. more

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After a solo acoustic debut album, Milwaukee’s Joe Richter puts a full band behind its follow-up, Revival. more

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Anyone mistakenly mourning ska’s demise would do well to catch wind of the Milwaukee sextet Something To Do’s Design For Living. more

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W2NG parallels and exploits current indie rock’s reconciliation with styles once shunned by hipsters for a highly listenable collection. more

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