Nas has spent much of the year on a victory lap, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic with an expanded reissue of the album and a lengthy tour performing the record in its entirety,Concert Reviews more

Jul 2, 2014 11:29 AM Concert Reviews

This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, it's our annual Summerfest preview show. We offer our day-by-day picks for the Big Gig, throwing out as many recommendations as we can cram into a half hour. R.. more

Jun 19, 2014 7:00 PM On Music 1 Comments

Ramble John “RJ” Krohn, better known by his stage name RJD2, still remembers the moment that inspired him to begin creating the instrumental hip-hop compositions that would become his signature.“The big light bulb went off in my head t more

Mar 10, 2010 12:00 AM Music Feature

  Kurt Hartwig’s Bad Soviet Habits presents a brand new free show this month, as Hartwig performs Decaffeinated Tragedy May 15 and 16 at Most Bar on 240 East Pittsburgh. Hartwig is describing the show as, “part memoir, part gallery display, p.. more

May 4, 2009 4:00 AM Theater

Far more important books will be written about the Obama presidency, but the one I'm most looking forward to will examine its impact on rap music. Here's hoping this Young Jeezy track makes its first chapter: more

Jan 20, 2009 5:00 AM On Music

I'm one of the louder voices in the chorus of hip-hop fans who claim that DJ Premier is pretty much the best producer in the history of the genre. His crackling, popping beats have the uncanny ability to make just about anyone rapping over them so.. more

Oct 8, 2008 4:00 AM On Music

   Nas has long been the most stoic and dead serious of all the major emcees. Es Illmatic ,Concert Reviews more

Sep 9, 2008 12:00 AM Concert Reviews

I'll have a more thoughtful review of the show in next week's Shepherd, but I can't resist the opportunity to beam a little bit about last night's Nas/Talib Kweli show. I'm often jaded about local rap concerts—I'm always turned off by the inordina.. more

Sep 5, 2008 4:00 AM On Music

Given Nas’ inability to explain on his previous album exactly why hip-hop was dead, Nigger ,Today in Milwaukee more

Sep 4, 2008 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

Saturday, Sept. 6 ,This Week in Milwaukee more

Sep 3, 2008 12:00 AM This Week in Milwaukee

It shouldn't be too surprising that Nas' untitled/N-word album has proved polarizing, but still, it's worth noting just how far over the map these reviews reach. HipHopSite, a reliable but often underrated source for rap opinions, crowned it with .. more

Jul 29, 2008 4:00 AM On Music

  If thetouring hip-hop festival Rock the Bells had existed in 1998, its line-up mig Three FeetHigh ,Concert Reviews more

Jul 21, 2008 12:00 AM Concert Reviews

The Skylight Opera Theatre ends its season with a production of the feel-good musical The The Spitfire Grill ,Today in Milwaukee more

Jun 11, 2008 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

Perhaps he really is a free speech advocate, or more realistically he's just pushing-buttons to generate interest in his upcoming album the same way he did with his contentiously titled last one, Hip-Hop Is Dead. Either way, it looks like Nas is .. more

Apr 21, 2008 4:00 AM On Music

Howard Zinn-reading, capitalism-hating (but democracy-advocating) punks Anti-Flag are one The Bright Lights of America ,Today in Milwaukee more

Apr 16, 2008 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

Singer Drew Simollardes and guitarist Greg Sullivan, formerly of the Masschusettes band R Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful ,Today in Milwaukee more

Apr 4, 2008 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

Face-painted, rappers more than a little indebted to the Insane Clown Posse, the Michigan Workingman’s Death ,Today in Milwaukee more

Mar 25, 2008 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

I haven’t weighed in on the highly publicized “Maxim reviewed the new Black Crowes album without hearing the damn thing” scandal, since I don’t have any interest in Maxim or the Black Crowes, but today the New York Post briefly reported a far more.. more

Feb 27, 2008 5:00 AM On Music

The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre continues its pared-down production of Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment ,Today in Milwaukee more

Feb 21, 2008 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee 1 Comments