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Miltown Beat Down

Wilco’s Nels Cline brings his latest project to town, while the Miltown Beat Down goes out with one last battle royale. more

Nov 3, 2015 8:30 PM This Week in Milwaukee

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Since dominating the Miltown Beat Down last year, Mike Regal has emerged as one of the city’s most prominent rap producers. more

Oct 6, 2015 8:04 PM Music Feature 1 Comments

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The Miltown Beat Down

After 10 years, one of Milwaukee's longest-lived hip-hop traditions is coming to an end. The Miltown Beat Down, a novel producer battle series started by DJ Jordan Lee, will end with one last Battle Royale featuring each of the event's past champi.. more

Sep 29, 2015 3:00 PM On Music

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So far most of Mike Regal's notoriety has come from behind the boards. The 25-year-old producer won last year's Miltown Beat Down battle and provided the beat for last year's great Reggie Bonds single with Mick Jenkins "Ol' Dirty Bastard," but he'.. more

Jul 29, 2015 4:00 PM On Music

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Few figures loom larger in hip-hop than Dr. Dre, the producer who laid the template for gangsta rap, recorded one of the more replayable rap albums of all time with The Chronic , and sired stars from Eminem to Snoop Dogg. Don't let his headphone-h.. more

Jan 19, 2015 7:00 PM On Music 5 Comments

This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly crossfire with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're joined by Jordan Lee (AKA DJ Madhatter), who previews what he explains on paper should be the most boring event you've ever attended: the Miltown Bea.. more

Oct 30, 2014 4:00 PM On Music

For nearly a decade, Milwaukee’s Miltown BeatDown has been bringing producers from the local hip-hop scene together—thenpitting them against each other in beat battles judged before a live crowd.When the battles started in 2005, Milwaukee hip-h.. more

Oct 27, 2014 5:15 PM On Music

Like clockwork, the University of Wisconsin is ranked one of the country’s top party schools year after year, much to the chagrin of administrators and to the pride of students. Party culture is so deeply embedded into more

Sep 18, 2013 1:25 AM Local Music

Six years ago, one local producer fed up with Milwaukee's segregated rap scene decided to try to unify the community through a beat-battle competition. And the Miltown Beat Down has done just that. Founder and emcee Jordan Lee, aka DJ Madh... more

Jun 8, 2011 12:00 AM Music Feature

On the New York group’s first two albums, Asobi Seksu crafted deft shoegaze, distinguished by the ethereal soprano of singer Yuki Chikudate, whose voice synced beautifully with the genre’s trademark synth washes and guitar roars more

Sep 4, 2010 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

When “The Simpsons” hit the TV scene 20-plus years ago—with Homer’s satirical ignorance years away from international renown—who would have conceived that today’s professors would be designing lectures built around this more

Aug 17, 2010 12:00 AM Books

It’s kind of weird to try to put The Peninsula Players’ 75 years into perspective. When the venerable outdoor theatre in Door County started, it was some 38 years prior to Milwaukee theatre legend James Pickering’s first job as a professional ac.. more

Jun 22, 2010 9:26 PM Theater

Heinemann’s has closed all of its Milwaukee locations, but in Fox Point a similar spirit of the old chain's unique spin on breakfast continues at Maxfield's Pancake House (333 W. Brown Deer Road), housed in one of Heinemann’s old locations.... more

Jun 8, 2010 12:00 AM Dining Preview

The 2010 Miltown Beat Down producer battle hosts its final round at the Wherehouse Friday night, an event that will conclude a season that saw the beat-making competition grow greatly and expand its scope. “In the past, the Beat Down was a.. more

May 27, 2010 5:07 PM On Music

In the statistic-saturated world of sports, milestones of longevity are among the most revered numbers. Leave it to the Observers to notice one of theirs only in hindsight. more

May 11, 2010 12:00 AM More Sports

The aptly titled book NurtureShock is a riveting look into the mysterious minds of children and the teachings of myth-guided parents.Po Bronson, best-selling author and proud parent of two, and who co-wrote NurtureShock with Ashley Merryman... more

May 10, 2010 12:00 AM Books

Twooriginals, Lennon/McCartney’s “Julia,” and one apiece from Monk, Kirk, andIbrahim rub alongside each other amid a meditative, bottom-heavy groove and theconstant ivory plinking of leader Brian Haas. Essentially a piano trio with,CD Re more

Nov 30, 2009 12:00 AM Album Reviews

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Feb 11, 2009 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

The Skylight's sleek, effective new production of I DO! I DO! does just about everything r I DO! I DO! ,Theater more

Feb 3, 2009 12:00 AM Theater

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