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See Owen Pallett at Turner Hall Ballroom Tonight, Get a Sweet Poster from WMSE

  This evening brings Canadian composer Owen Pallett (formerly named ‘Final Fantasy’) to Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom – the young musician began writing compositions at age thirteen after years of violin lessons stuck with him. Stuck, so, that Pallett not only continued writing his own compositions, but began spending a great portion of his time arranging and playing strings… Read more »

Mac Lethal: Rhymes and Reason

David McCleary Sheldon (Mac Lethal) may have an acclaimed release on the famed  Minneapolis indie hip hop label called Rhymesayers (11:11) like label mate Brother Ali, but the connection ends there. Mac Lethal’s style is all his own, his homegrown, Midwestern-by-way-of-Kansas-City accent and unbarred geographical and personal culture expose makes for some unique composition. Lethal fits unusual rhymes with… Read more »

Wye Oak @ Mad Planet Tonight w/ Shearwater, Hospital Ships

The Brewers may be on everyone’s mind right about now, but at the end of the day, music nerds are music nerds. What better way to end a day of near-perfect weather and baseball by seeing some live music? Tonight, the Mad Planet welcomes a trio of indie rock awesomeness to its stage: Shearwater (Austin), Wye Oak (Baltimore) and Hospital Ships (Kansas). Shearwater… Read more »

Sigur Ros’ Jonsi Previews His New Solo Album at the Pabst This Friday

For all attending tomorrow night’s Joanna Newsom performance at the Pabst Theater (if that isn’t enough of a treat in of itself), there will be a special sneak preview of another fellow artist in ethereality. Sigur Ros’  Jonsi (Jon Thor Birgisson) will release his first solo effort Go on XL Recordings later this month. Known for his childlike and otherwordly, artistic compositions nearly as much… Read more »

Sticks N Stones: Gotta Catch Their “Red Light” This Saturday at Club Garibaldi’s

Milwaukee garage-pop trio Sticks N Stones may be relatively shiny-new in band terms, but are hardly anything but in terms other projects; members have been in and currently take part in groups such as the Catholic Boys, The Flips, the Tears, the Teenage Rejects and the Sugar Stems. This Saturday sees the release of their first 7″  [entitled Red Light]… Read more »

Gringo Star Brings Classic Pop-Rock Back to the Mad Planet This Thursday

Gringo Star might raise eyebrows by their name, alone, at first glance — are they or aren’t they trying to be funny? This initial name  impression tends to fade after hearing the band’s earnest and catchy pop tunes. They definitely know how to have fun, but it’s obvious that Gringo Star is a solid pop machine with  just enough of an… Read more »

Alternating Currents Live Presents: Saalik Ziyad and the Tim Seisser Duo

words by Hal Rammel Saalik A. Ziyad’s singing career began at age seven when he was accepted as a member of the Chicago Children’s Choir. Under the choir’s tutelage he performed with Willie Pickens, Charlie Haden, Amina Claudine Myers, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and toured extensively in the United States, Poland, Russia and South Africa. Saalik’s music studies with the Association… Read more »

Townes Van Zandt Lives on in Song Tonight at Linneman’s

Townes Van Zandt, one of America’s greatest songwriters, unfortunately was one of the most troubled. His early death (at age 52 in 1997) a result of years of battling manic depression, treatment and drug usage. Van Zandt, most famous for songs “Pancho and Lefty” (click photo to listen), “Dead Flowers” and “Tecumseh Valley”, was a… Read more »