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Thomas Michalski

At their June 18 concert at The Riverside Theater, Wilco showed that, at this point they might be more than a known quantity, unlikely to deviate much from their present course, but they’re still damn good at what they do. more

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It’s curious that celebrated San Francisco noise-rockers Deerhoof don’t seem to get the same kind of bookings as their turn-of-the-millennium contemporaries. Whatever the reasons for it, though, it’s actually a boon to their loyal undergrou... more

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As the host of WMSE's Mondo Radio and a prolific writer for local publications including the Shepherd Express and Milwaukee Record, Thomas Michalski is about as well versed in the Milwaukee music scene as anybody. Today he launched his latest proj.. more

On Music

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The adventurous programming of the long-running Alverno Presents performing arts series is truly something to admire, especially for what it offers local musicians, who are routinely given free rein to develop and mount high-concept product... more

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High concepts are a dime a dozen in modern music, but it’s rare that you come across anything where those often-lofty ideas actually inform and guide the sound you’re hearing in a way that’s not purely superficial. It’s easy to throw around... more

Local Music

While they’ve generated a remarkable amount of attention and acclaim over the last two years, both locally and beyond, there’s always been something conspicuously missing from The Delphines spotless discography: a more

Local Music

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Iconoclastic, Milwaukee-bred MC Juiceboxxx caused a stir online a couple months back when video of him suffering through a disastrous performance on TMJ 4 News more

Local Music

Last year’s Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, the latest from Brooklyn sister duo Prince Rama, came with a pretty high concept attached, namely that it wasn’t an more

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Minneapolis rap powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment has built an impressive stable of artists since launching in 1995, but at the same time, the label’s success more

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Though born of the same Los Angeles punk boom that spawned Black Flag, The Circle Jerks and The Germs, Redd Kross has never been as easy to define as their more notorious peers. They seemed always slightly out of time more

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Of Milwaukee’s many venues, the Circle-A Café often gets somewhat overlooked, probably because, in all honesty, it’s not much of a venue at all. Tucked away on an odd Riverwest intersection, the neighborhood watering hole has more

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While they get plenty of hype, people seem to find a lot of reasons to dismiss Wavves—the grungy California garage outfit led by Nathan Williams—portraying them as drunken louts whose rapid rise to notoriety must more

Music Feature

First up was Milwaukee’s Soup Moat, a one-time trio that switched to a guitar and drums duo some time ago but never really lost a beat as far as their songwriting and general development are concerned. In fact, they’ve been playing out quit... more

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The health of the Milwaukee music scene is, of course, a highly subjective matter. There are those who feel that, as long as they’ve got something to do on a Saturday night, everything must be going just fine, and then there more

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Getting some momentum going behind a band is usually a challenging ordeal, involving lots of tedious hard work and perseverance without any guarantee of success. In certain rare cases though, things seem to move almost more

Local Music

The retro soul revival of the last few years, led in large part by the likes of Daptone Records, has produced its fair share of quality music, but even at its best it comes with some persistent philosophical questions that get in the 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 ... more

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Colombia’s Systema Solar is a band and a hip-hop crew, complete with rappers, scratching DJs and an arsenal of samples. Their usual gig involves traveling in a mobile sound system, pounding out the jams. Systema is all over the map on their... more

Album Reviews

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The Radiohead frontman’s rare Milwaukee performance played like a transmission from a foreign world. more

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Too Short, Geto Boys and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony broke out old hits, cult favorites and X-rated classics Saturday night. more

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A curfew awkwardly cut the indie rocker’s set short Thursday night at the Back Room at Colectivo. more

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The Milwaukee supergroup demonstrated music’s power to bring people together at its ambitious Washington Park concert. more

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The celebrated Television guitarist covered an impressive amount of ground in a set that only lasted about an hour. more

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Janelle Monáe, a daring performer, delivered a stunning night of music, dance and costume changes, including her iconic vagina pants. more

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The ridiculous funk duo Chromeo brought the party to what they called one of "America’s most haunted cities" on a quieter than usual night at Summerfest. more

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Two cult figures from British new wave displayed their range and shared some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories Sunday night at Shank Hall. more

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A musical wind vane of sorts, the improvisational ensemble Weather Warlock played off the warm, humid conditions Thursday night at High Dive. more

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Accompanied by enormous puppets and showgirls, the pioneering DJ found new ways to keep his turntablism routine fresh. more

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They Might Be Giants didn’t skimp on old fan favorites Friday night at the Pabst, but their new material was a treat, too. more

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Lighting sage every so often to set the mood, Nightmares on Wax turned the Pabst Theater stage into a living room. more

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Eight bands, all created by luck of the draw, made the most of their silly circumstances during All Messed Up’s eccentric annual showcase at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn. more

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The uplifting Milwaukee synth-pop band ushered in 2018 with three sets and guests including Lex Allen, a string section and a dance troupe. more

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After 90 minutes of staring at an empty stage, the music started in earnest and that's when things went from bad to worse. more

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St. Vincent delivered an imaginatively staged, surrealist spectacle. But first she shared a film. more

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With their Mexican wrestling masks, Los Straitjackets cut a strange image in contrast to the straight-laced Nick Lowe, but they meshed musically. more

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After a day of PG-rated fall festivities at the Beet Street Harvest Festival, Cactus Club hosted a rowdy night cap. more

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Too Short, Scarface, Twista and DJ Quik proved they can still bring the party on their “Experience the Legends” tour. more

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Now celebrating their 40th anniversary, punk legends Stiff Little Fingers demonstrated why they’re still playing together after all these years. more

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