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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... Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

Album Reviews

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

Album Reviews

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

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

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The six songs on The Last Bees adhere to circa 1964 Beatles formalism instrumentally and melodically, but not as much lyrically. Read more

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Bombay Sweets serves East Indian vegetarian cuisine, offering full meals for a price some restaurants charge for an appetizer. Read more

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In a city without comedy clubs, Matt Kemple has filled the gap. Read more

Comedy

On Cream City Nights, The Grovelers blur of rockabilly with ’60s-and-’70s punk reconfigures mid-20th-century underground roots rock to their own manic ends. Read more

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On Flowers and Ticket Stubs, singer-songwriter Matthew Davies offers an unpretentiously commercial sound that, with the right conspiracy of circumstances, could elevate him from curbsides and coffeehouses to even greater stages. Read more

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Heavenly Grille may be the most southerly point in the city to offer African American soul food. Read more

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Darren and Julie Brown of Boy Dirt Car brought both love and cacophony to Gold In The Fridge. Read more

Concert Reviews

A rising star from Madison’s comedy scene brings his self-deprecating humor to Milwaukee on June 5. Read more

Comedy

Following a trend of African American soul food restaurants opening in the suburbs, Arlanderz Soul Food opened Menomonee Falls. Read more

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On his two recent albums, Milwaukee’s John Stano performs magic on guitar and harmonica, with lyrics that catch the seemingly mundane moments of life with memorable vivacity. Read more

Album Reviews

Native American comic will find humor in ethnic misunderstandings at Potawatomi Northern Lights Theater Saturday. Read more

Comedy

"A loooong time!" answers the owner and cook of Jimmy's Grill when asked how long his cash-only, breakfast-and-lunch-hours-only diner has been in business. Read more

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Every third Saturday of the month, Objective open mic gives the stage to comedians, musicians and all artists who use their voice to entertain. Read more

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The fourth annual Cream City Comedy Festival commences Thursday, May 9, with 12 venues and 60 comedians—and no cover charges! Read more

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Jackie’s Cafe brought Hmong cuisine to Milwaukee. Read more

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To catch them in concert is to witness the amplification of the British band’s grand yet somewhat reserved studio energy. Read more

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Xankia offers a fusion of French and Vietnamese dishes and signature sandwiches. Read more

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The veteran folk singer cut an imposing figure as he strode onstage at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. in Walker’s Point. Read more

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Ethiopian Cottage offers traditional Ethiopian food best suited for groups. Read more

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Milwaukee comics Tyler Menz and Ryan Mason prepare a comedy album, while Potawatomi Hotel & Casino hosts a couple of Dangerous Dames. Read more

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