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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 »

Night of a Thousand Shows

Weekends in Milwaukee seem to be musically  busier than they’ve ever been — with several different shows to pick from each night, who has time for karoke or bowling? This particular Friday night, every venue in Milwaukee will be playing host to every genre imaginable. Throw in  LP releases, reunion shows, art + music shows… Read more »

The Chicago Underground Duo @ Woodland Pattern This Sunday

words by Hal Rammel Chicago Underground – in its various manifestations from duo to quartet to orchestra – was formed by Rob Mazurek in 1995. The ensemble has numerous recordings on the Chicago-based Thrill Jockey label (most recently the duo CDBoca Negra) has brought the group much attention not only as improvisers and composers in the world of post-rock as well… Read more »

New Release Thursday: Juniper Tar at Club Garibaldi’s

Released nearly two years ago, Juniper Tar’s To the Trees impressed listeners with its quiet deliberateness. The local folk-rock group makes good use of solid vocal harmonies (having two singing siblings in the band doesn’t hurt) and dynamics to hit the hush on the right spots to highlight the weighty lyrics; but when it comes time to turn… Read more »

Farewell to Shoegaze: White, Wrench, Conservatory Plays its Final Show on Sunday

“Oddly enough, we actually have not played Clue together as a band,” White, Wrench, Conservatory percussionist Thom Geibel disclosed to OnMilwaukee.com back in 2007. The Milwaukee band with the board game namesake was interviewing for their then-released, self-titled debut album. Nearly three years later, the three-piece shoegazer comrades with a penchant for new wave has decided to… Read more »