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Kevin Mueller

Canadian indie rocker Mac DeMarco headlines a concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee on Friday, November 6; opening acts are Alex Calder and The Courtneys. more

Nov 3, 2015 8:33 PM Music Feature 1 Comments

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Photo by Kathleen Hamilton

Heidi Spencer has been crafting beautifully sung, homegrown melodies for the past decade, but underneath the whitewashed exterior something mysterious lurks. Since 2003’s Matches and Valentines, her down-tempo, downtrodden folk songs never ... more

Jun 10, 2014 10:04 PM Local Music

A simple way to distinguish the two converse personas of the Americana acts on Thursday’s Pabst Theater bill was to observe how the troubadours treated an obnoxious heckler in the third row. The slick and pensive Jason Isbell more

Apr 26, 2013 12:08 PM Concert Reviews

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Erik Ljung

Solo albums can be frustrating. With no one else around to reel back a frontman's excesses, these efforts often lack self-restraint and delve headfirst through an artist's personal eclecticism. These dubious records ultimately more

Apr 22, 2013 10:56 AM Concert Reviews

If there’s a bellwether to determining a buzz band’s future, it lies in the sophomore record. Poor responses to follow-up albums have sunk many promising careers (look at Clap Your Hands Say Yeah or Tapes ’n Tapes) more

Feb 25, 2013 4:33 PM Music Feature

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Milwaukee's summer months bustle with so many festivals, block parties and concert series that it's impossible to catch every can't-miss event. It's an enchanting season but also profoundly maddening. With all that excitement packed into su... more

Feb 11, 2013 12:12 PM Concert Reviews

After three ever-more epic records, Kurt Vile says he’s planning a change of pace for next time around. more

Mar 29, 2016 4:04 PM Music Feature

Singer Andrew Savage expects Parquet Courts’ next album to surprise fans. They should be used to that by now. more

Feb 9, 2016 5:08 PM Music Feature

Canadian indie rocker Mac DeMarco headlines a concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee on Friday, November 6; opening acts are Alex Calder and The Courtneys. more

Nov 3, 2015 8:33 PM Music Feature 1 Comments

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Hold Steady singer Craig Finn wasn’t afraid to delve into heavy subjects when he worked a sold-out Cactus Club Friday night. more

Oct 26, 2015 10:00 AM Concert Reviews

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Wild Belle's unabashed transition from music history nerds into full-blown pop superstars began Monday night with their tour kickoff show. more

Oct 13, 2015 8:00 AM Concert Reviews

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Despite playing for a sparse audience, Blitzen Trapper threw out plenty of surprises during their rollicking show Tuesday night. more

Oct 7, 2015 9:00 AM Concert Reviews

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Photos: Dave Zylstra/Shepherd Express

A skeptic sees Phish for the first time at Alpine Valley to answer the nagging question, “Does Phish suck?” more

Aug 10, 2015 10:00 AM Concert Reviews 2 Comments

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Jeff Mangum remained off-to-the-side both literally and figuratively during Neutral Milk Hotel's highly anticipated Milwaukee show. more

Apr 27, 2015 9:40 AM Concert Reviews

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Maybe it was the wine, but Decemberists singer Colin Meloy was in a jovial mood Wednesday night. more

Mar 26, 2015 1:50 PM Concert Reviews 2 Comments

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TV on the Radio delivered a carefree, free-spirited show for a sold-out Pabst Theater. more

Mar 25, 2015 12:40 PM Concert Reviews

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“Very happy Field Report Day to you,” Chris Porterfield said with a smirk early into his welcome-home set Wednesday night at the Pabst Theater. more

Oct 23, 2014 12:45 AM Concert Reviews

Releasing 10 albums over the past 20-plus years, Pearl Jam has experienced a storied career, but all but its most devoted fans admit that the last decade hasn’t lived up to the groundbreaking arti,Concert Reviews more

Oct 21, 2014 10:00 AM Concert Reviews 1 Comments

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The cover of Bob Mould’s new album, Beauty & Ruin, blends a younger version of the musician smoking a cigarette next to the gray-goateed, bespectacled man he has become. It’s a fitting i,Concert Reviews more

Sep 18, 2014 10:52 AM Concert Reviews 1 Comments

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Heidi Spencer has been crafting beautifully sung, homegrown melodies for the past decade, but underneath the whitewashed exterior something mysterious lurks. Since 2003’s Matches and Valentines, her down-tempo, downtrodden folk songs never ... more

Jun 10, 2014 10:04 PM Local Music

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Photo credit: CJ Foeckler

The biggest complaint when the BMO Harris Pavilion began holding stand-alone concerts two summers ago was that the bands booked at the 10,000-capacity lakefront amphitheater didn’t draw enough to,Concert Reviews more

Jun 5, 2014 11:09 AM Concert Reviews

Live performances can so often be derailed by forces outside of the band’s control—a cruddy sound system, a chatty or belligerent crowd, some equipment malfunction. While those situations are fr,Concert Reviews more

Apr 30, 2014 11:08 AM Concert Reviews

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For a city that’s continually stacking itself up against other metropolises, Milwaukee can often turn its own inferiority complex into greater cultural output through a hard-nosed competitive nat,Concert Reviews more

Apr 15, 2014 10:01 AM Concert Reviews

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Sharon Jones shouldn’t be here tonight. She should’ve been resting in some comfortable bed instead of blowing through this soulful rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” for her encore. Thurs,Concert Reviews more

Mar 7, 2014 10:29 AM Concert Reviews

With each passing year, opportunities to gather friends and family around the television to watch something collectivelyseem to diminish rapidly. Monumental must-see moments rarely occur over theairwaves anymore, and if they do, they’re more wid.. more

Feb 27, 2014 12:00 PM Around MKE

Rock shows will often either offer bands featuring up-beat, hook-laden songs with oft-repeated choruses or terser groups that divulge chaotic, unnerving, dissonant dirges. The most captivating bills,Concert Reviews more

Feb 24, 2014 9:51 AM Concert Reviews

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