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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

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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

Album Reviews

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

Album Reviews

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

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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

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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

Album Reviews

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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Mis Sueños is a Mexican restaurant specialized in tacos, burritos, tostadas, moles and quesadillas, with a western menu as well. more

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Guanajuato is one among many Mexican restaurants in Bay View, but the quality of its breakfast items and desserts makes it stand out. more

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Milwaukee ensemble New Vintage Frets performs repertoire from a time when mandolin music was a national craze that firmly took root in Milwaukee. more

Concert Reviews

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Jake “The Snake” Roberts performed a hilarious show based on his wrestling career at Club Garibaldi. more

Comedy

The owner of Fast Break Cafe loves basketball, and his menu shows it, with “Skybox” entrees, “Alley-Oop” sides and appetizers and “3-Point” tacos and nachos. more

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The Comfort Zone is comprised of a comfortable venue for events and a soul food eatery. more

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The tawdry Milwaukee tradition returned for another night of punk, drag, high-concept covers and very tasteless jokes. more

Concert Reviews

South Side Milwaukee’s El Rey Foodmart specializes in fruits and juices for a healthful breakfast or fruity afternoon pick-me-up. more

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Garfield’s 502 is a neighborhood bar with a welcoming atmosphere and good food to boot. more

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

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The foremother of Americana dug deep for an often-emotional concert at the Pabst Theater. 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

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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

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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. 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

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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

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