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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

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. 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

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.... 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

Album Reviews

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 Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill offers Native American finger food in a setting dedicated to sports. Read more

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The legacy roots-rocker didn't shy from recent or political material at his Milwaukee concert. Read more

Concert Reviews

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Comedian Angela Hoover speaks of mimicry and motherhood in an exclusive interview. Read more

Comedy

Veteran industrial music provocateurs Boy Dirt Car moved from their native Milwaukee to Minneapolis more than a decade ago, and their riotous cacophony continues unabated. Read more

Album Reviews

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Comedy aficionados will have a new space to load up on chuckles early next year when the national Levity Live chain is scheduled to open an Improv Comedy Club at The Corners in Brookfield. Read more

Comedy

There Is Another World is Peter Mulvey’s 17th album, a meditative piece focused on songs of restoration and contemplation. Read more

Album Reviews

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The Chicago blues ensemble demonstrated their charisma and showmanship Friday night at Shank Hall. Read more

Concert Reviews

With a voice recalling both the warmth and aloofness of The Human League’s Philip Oakey and keyboard programming of that vintage, Bradley’s work could pass as a lost obscurity from the Reagan years. Read more

Album Reviews

El Beso is a Mexican restaurant that shines both through its atmosphere and menu. Read more

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SNL alum Finesse Mitchell will be plying his stand-up comedy versatility for a two-show stand at 7 and 9 p.m., Jan. 26 under the auspices of Bonkerz Comedy Productions. Read more

Comedy

Nora Collins’ latest release, Strings, finds her savvier than ever to the trends Music Row nowadays deems apt for commercial radio. Read more

Album Reviews

Two new Mexican restaurants have opened on Milwaukee’s South Side—right across the street from each other at 13th and Burnham. Read more

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This digital single is the fun one has come to expect from Xposed 4Heads as leader Mark G.E. passes the vocal duties to a pair of women in cheapo space-alien gear calling themselves Star Girls. Read more

Album Reviews

More than a quarter-century after declining an offer from Slash Records, Milwaukee’s The Splitz have released Mortality Curve, as if extricated from a stylistic time warp few acts have visited. Read more

Album Reviews

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

Concert Reviews

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

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

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