Violent Femmes


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With the third annual Cheers To Milwaukee event, the Violent Femmes will perform Thursday, June 6th, at the Riverside Theater. Read more

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We asked a few Milwaukee musicians to share memories of their first show at the Big Gig. Read more

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A feature interview with Shepherd Express Assistant Editor of Arts & Entertainment John Schneider on his 2018 Milwaukee Fringe Festival performance, Where or When: The Life and Songs of Lorenz Hart. Read more

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Brian Ritchie discusses life in Australia and the Violent Femmes’ latest LP. The band plays South Milwaukee for the first time ever this month. Read more

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The Violent Femmes have always saved some of their best concerts for their home state. Last time the trio launched a tour of small Wisconsin theaters, they got a live album out of it, 1999's Viva Wisconsin. Read more

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Soul Low’s Cheer Up contains some of their brightest, bounciest tunes yet, but the songs retain their usual edge. Read more

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Echo and the Bunnymen join Violent Femmes for an unlikely double bill, while Festa Italiana prepares for three nights of food and fireworks. Read more

This Week in Milwaukee

On display through April 29, “Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music” tells the story of Milwaukee music. Read more

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Juggling old and new songs, the Violent Femmes’ Summerfest set was a mixed bag in the best possible sense. Read more

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Summerfest saved some of its best for last. Read more

This Week in Milwaukee

Years after cutting his teeth in the Milwaukee alternative scene, songwriter Kirk McFarlin is looking to reintroduce himself. Read more

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Nineteen Thirteen’s new album, Music for Time Travel, finds the duo blending modern techniques with classic inspiration. Read more

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For his jovial latest EP, Brett Newski teamed with producer Victor DeLorenzo “to make some rock ’n’ roll songs.” Read more

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The Violent Femmes are preparing to release their first album of new material in more than 15 years, We Can Do Anything , and today we get to hear our first taste of it. NPR Music has premiered a track from the record, "Memory," and it's as concis.. Read more

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After the cold response to their 2000 album Freak Magnet , the Violent Femmes essentially swore off new music, opting instead to focus on their energies on the road, but this year they made a low-key studio comeback with Happy New Year , a surpris.. Read more

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Bands that ran the gamut from folk-punk to hardcore to electro-pop came together to support LGBT youth at Saturday’s Filth Fest. Read more

Concert Reviews

Summer festival season is in full swing as Milwaukee celebrates all things Polish, queer and garlicky. Read more

This Week in Milwaukee

This week on The Disclaimer: All hands on deck! Some guy with a podcast insulted a historic symbol of our city’s roots, values and traditions, so we as a city must come together and respond by… washing our hands of that symbol? Is Milwaukee really.. Read more

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There’sgood reason to be skeptical about new Violent Femmes music. The band has shownlittle interest in recording since their last album, 2000’s Freak Magnet , tanked both critically andcommercially, and their recent reunion has left a sour tas.. Read more

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Summerfest doesn't start until June 24 this year, but the grounds will host a big concert before then: Barenaked Ladies will play the BMO Harris Pavilion on Saturday, June 13 with openers Violent Femmes and Colin Hay, the band announced today. The.. Read more

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