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The legendary Roots crew delivered a groove that cut through the Lake Michigan fog Wednesday evening at Summerfest’s BMO Harris Pavilion. Read more

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The Roots dotted their latest set at Summerfest with unlikely covers, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” included. Read more

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Photo Courtesy Sam Howzit, Flickr CCActor, Writer and Producer LeVar Burton will speak atUW-Milwaukee’s Union Wisconsin Room tonight as a part of the university’sDistinguished Lecture Series.Burton will speak about his 40-year career, his.. Read more

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Van Buren'sWhiskey Bar and Grill on Van Buren just south of Brady will hold its grandopening March 27. The space, formerly home to Libby's Lounge, has beenremodeled by owner Fancisco Sandino and his son Sergio. It features largewindows, a rebu.. Read more

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Klassik is following through with his promise to release four EPs in as many months. Following this year's Winter and Spring EPs, the rapper released his latest installment in the series, Summer . It's just three tracks, but like its predecessor i.. Read more

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Sylvan Esso made their network TV debut last night on "The Tonight Show," where they played one of the standouts from their charming self-titled debut album, "Coffee," joined by the show's bandleader ?uestlove on drums. It was, like almost everyth.. Read more

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At the end of the month, Theatre Unchained is staging a production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. It looks really promising. I'd seen a production of Alan Ball's clever comedy  at Sunset Playhouse some time ago. It's fun. The premise has fi.. Read more


The Milwaukee Brewers debuted their 2013 entrance music this weekend, and as is often the case, some of the most inspired picks belong to some of the team's least distinguished players. Snoozy backup outfielder Logan Schafer hopes to change his re.. Read more

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Nuggets scarcely sold any copies upon release in 1972, but within a few years, the LP became a touchstone for punk rock bands in search of roots and also inspired similarly formatted reissues of obscure rock tracks. Critic and future Patti ... Read more

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Roots restaurant was known for its unique setting, perched on top of Brewers Hill, and a kitchen that was a pioneer in “local source” ingredients. So it was quite a surprise when Roots closed its doors in September. Read more

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In its early years, the Eat Local Resource Fair at Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center stressed the environmental, economic and health benefits of eating locally sourced foods, a message that fell on receptive ears. Now in its sixth year, the... Read more

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It's a little hard to believe that it's only been three years since The Roots, one of the most acclaimed hip-hop acts in the world, became the house band on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” then a new and unproven chat show. At the ti Read more

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Fans worried that The Roots' job as the house band for Jimmy Fallon's incarnation of “Late Night” would slow hip-hop's most celebrated live act can breathe easy. Even with their TV commitments, The Roots have continued to tour a Read more

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Ben Folds has kept busy since he disbanded his piano-rock trio Ben Folds Five shortly after the release of its bold final album, 1999's The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. He's recorded plenty of solo albums... Read more

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Over the last month, Summerfest has announced dozens of 2012 side-stage headliners, but no information about performance dates, times or stage location. That changed this morning, when the festival revealed the headliner lineup for one of its larg.. Read more

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ART TALK: WALKER'S POINT CENTER FOR THE ART INSPIRES “QUIET” Twelve noon and time to take a lunch break from installing the new that recently arrived at Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WCPA).  The two artists and curator for the  WPC.. Read more

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C.S. Forester's seafaring tales of the Napoleonic wars were a favorite in Hollywood back in the days when in swashbuckling pictures were a genre unto themselves. In more recent years, The A&E Channel ran an Emmy-winning series based on Forester's .. Read more

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Pharrell Williams' vanity project N.E.R.D. is at its worst when it overreaches, and on its last two albums, it overreached pretty badly. For those listeners willing to grant the group a third strike, though, the group's new Nothing is a modest ple.. Read more

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The Milwaukee Rep opens its first season under new artistic director Mark Clements with a production of the 1966 hit Broadway musical drama Cabaret . With a substantial cast and choreography by Milwaukee Ballet’s Michael Pink Read more

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