Rock Music

On Milwaukee’s The Mod Violets’ self-titled debut album, rock music has the power to lift you out of yourself as most of the 13 songs have a way of seeping into memory and imagination. Read more

Album Reviews

How his 1968 Comeback Special, beautifully packaged in a new release, became rock music’s greatest show on screen. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Whether it's classical music or classic rock, new books on music are great gifts for music lovers. Read more


Ahead of his headlining gig at WMSE’s Backyard BBQ, Alejandro Escovedo chats about his guest-laden new album. Read more

Music Feature

The Milwaukee band Ravi/Lola draws inspiration from some of the more obscure psychedelic sounds of the 1960s on their elaborate latest album, Shape Up Shoulders. Read more

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Joined by the London quartet The Big Moon, English rocker Marika Hackman demonstrated her sense of humor at her Milwaukee debut. Read more

Concert Reviews

The Milwaukee-based Zach Pietrini Band has partnered with local distillery Twisted Path for their Songs & Spirits Living Room Tour, which kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 5. Read more

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Elvis Costello dug into the mellower corners of his songbook at a risky, generous show celebrating Imperial Bedroom. Read more

Concert Reviews

Review of Hey Violet’s album From the Outside. Read more

Album Reviews

Warren Haynes describes Gov’t Mule’s genre-spanning 10th album as the start of a new chapter. Read more

Music Feature

Justin Townes Earle demonstrated more than a few similarities with his father during his feisty set. Read more

Concert Reviews

Chicago’s second album, Chicago II (1970) has been reissued in a sterling new remix that puts in sharp relief their conservatory perfect, brass-woodwind arrangements. Read more

Album Reviews

The pedigree of the talent lending a hand to The Breath on their debut is impressive enough to warrant notice. Carry Your Kin was mixed by Tchad Blake, the innovative engineer-producer for Los Lobos and The Latin Playboys, and the studio-la... Read more

Album Reviews

So Soulstice Theatre is staging a production of Woody Allen's God. It's a really fun existential play from 1975. A one-act that features cameo appearances by Blanche DuBois, Diabetes, Hepatitus, Trichinosis and Woody Allen himself. And so Soulstic.. Read more



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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... Read more

Concert Reviews


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Despite Chris Cornell’s best attempts at sullying it, including a gig fronting the ’90s alternative supergroup/Frankenstein’s monster Audioslave and an ill-conceived Timbaland collaboration, Soundgarden’s legacy remains more or less firmly ... Read more

Concert Reviews

Music clubs and concert venues have come and gone in Milwaukee, but every now and then, one hall comes to represent an era in the memories of music fans. When the powerful Balistrieri family opened The Scene in 1965 Read more

Off the Cuff

If there's a shortage of anything within the musical mainstream nowadays, it's mainstream rock—not alt, indie, metal or anything indebted to folkloric traditions. On Through the Grey Veil, Milwaukee's Dave Fitzpatrick Band keeps its r Read more

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Paul Nelson was one of the first critics to analyze popular music with the seriousness that had previously been reserved for classical and jazz. All of the notable, first-generation rock critics such as Lester Bangs, Ellen Willis, Richard M... Read more


Country singer Phil Vassar built his singing career the old-fashioned way, by first paying his dues as a songwriter. He penned hits for bigger stars like Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson in the ’90s before issuing his self-titled debut in 2000. ... Read more

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