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1. Milwaukee Soundbites: Ald. Michael Murphy
Episode three of Milwaukee Soundbites sends us over to City Hall to chat with Alderman and Common Council President Michael Murphy. But, we're talking music, not politics, as Ald. Murphy recalls his first record, his first concert, that time he shared the stage with Prince and - at the risk of losing potential votes - his guilty pleasures.
2. Shelton shows off his star power at Country Thunder
Blake Shelton's Saturday night headliner set at Country Thunder was one of those shows that you hope you catch at some point in your life. It was big. It was high. It was hilarious. It was fun. It still felt intimate even though there were 30,000 people there. In short, it was kinda epic.
3. You couldn't want more from Jamie Lynn Spears' Country Thunder set
Despite it being literally hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement, Jamie Lynn Spears' came out and gave it her all Saturday afternoon at Country Thunder in Twin Lakes.
4. Bentley brings fire to an already steamy Country Thunder
When I think about Dierks Bentley, what comes to mind is dedicated, thoughtful, emotional, energetic and loyal. His music is honest, real, sometimes painful, sometimes fun and always country. He delivered all that and more on Friday night at Country Thunder.
5. Maddie & Tae storm through Country Thunder
Maddie & Tae looked hot - like not the temperature hot, well, that too. But they looked hot in that ready to play their tails off way. And they did. For a little over an hour underneath the brutal Wisconsin summer sun, in front of thousands, Maddie & Tae nailed their set at Country Thunder Friday afternoon.
6. Bono's onstage pranks at The Palms: U2's Milwaukee debut
There were about 500 people on hand to watch U2 at The Palms on April 15, 1981. The show was part of the Irish band's first U.S. tour. Here's a look back...
7. The touching confusion of Tame Impala's "Currents"
Tame Impala's new album has already garnered serious attention as one of the year's best new albums.
8. Turner Hall and turn tables: Kweli kicks crisp rhymes
Talib Kweli is one of the true hip-hop legends. He performed in front of an enthusiastic audience at Turner Hall last night.
9. Showing off
Hello, I'm Victor DeLorenzo and I'd like to ask you to please give my new column, "Showoff with Victor DeLorenzo," a look see when it debuts next month, right here on OnMilwaukee.com.
10. Peter Mulvey gives me Milwaukee hope
An intimate show by singer-songerwriters at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. Tuesday night provided moments of hope.
11. A grand goodbye weekend to The Grateful Dead
Another phase of the big American adventure that is the Grateful Dead came to a close in Chicago over the weekend with "Fare Thee Well," a multi-night concert goodbye to the group.
12. Latest Flame Records schedules farewell shows for October
On Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24, Latest Flame Records will host a two-day farewell show at Club Garibaldi, featuring 14 of the label's favorite bands it supported over its dozen years of existence.
13. A more "innocent" approach boosts U2 experience
U2 is in the midst of an eight-day, five-gig run at the United Center in Chicago as part of its iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. We went down to have a look and a listen.
14. Hello, my name is Larry, and I'm a Stonesaholic
I got hooked on The Rolling Stones back in 1968, at age 11, when I first heard "Jumping Jack Flash" on a tiny red and white transistor radio. Although I began buying their albums like crazy after that, I didn't see the Stones in concert until June 8, 1975 when they played at County Stadium. Flash forward 40 years and two weeks to June 23, 2015. In that span of time, I've managed to see the band 21 times.
15. Milwaukee band Maritime's new album set to drop in October
This afternoon, Maritime announced the release date for "Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones," the local band's fifth album. The long-anticipated follow-up to the group's 2011 LP "Human Heart," will drop on Friday, Oct. 16, released through Dangerbird Records.
16. Bay View's Top Shelf Guitar Shop sells Stones' Keith Richards a Tele
Word emerged today that Top Shelf Guitar Shop in Bay View sold the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards a guitar.
17. Nineteen Thirteen crosses time, space with "Summertime" cover
"Summertime" is a great song - so great that it's been covered 25,000 times since George Gershwin wrote it in 1934. One of the more enchanting - and special - versions of the jazz standard has just dropped from Nineteen Thirteen, an enigma of a Milwaukee band. Featuring Victor DeLorenzo on percussion and Janet Schiff on cello as its two permanent members, you almost have to see this group to believe it.
18. 5-photo (and 1 video) recap: Josh Rouse in Milwaukee
Singer/songwriter Josh Rouse returned to Turner Hall Ballroom - which he helped inaugurate - on Sunday night. Here's a recap in five photos.
19. Josh Turner sets August Milwaukee Theatre show
Josh Turner's coming back to Milwaukee this summer with special guest Raquel Cole for a show at the Milwaukee Theatre on Friday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m.
20. 5-photo (and 1 video) recap: Noel Gallagher in Milwaukee
Noel Gallagher brought his High Flying Birds back to The Pabst Theater in Milwaukee Saturday night. Here's a recap in five photos.
21. What's on your Milwaukee summer soundtrack?
The mercury is rising and I'm rolling down the windows and playing some of my favorite summer music. Despite the theme, I do not include the eponymous 1972 Seals & Crofts hit.
22. Summerfest announces Carrie Underwood as Marcus Amphitheater headliner
This afternoon, Summerfest announced that Carrie Underwood will take the stage on Thursday, July 2 - marking the fourth country act to take the Amphitheater stage this summer, alongside Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band.
23. From Brady to Nepal benefits quake victims
The Riverwest Aces and David J. Thomas perform at the "From Brady to Nepal" benefit event on Saturday, May 16 at The Hi-Hat Garage, 1701 N. Arlington Pl.
24. Milwaukee Soundbites: Local radio legend Bob Reitman
Ya-ya, Milwaukee! It's time for our sophomore episode of Milwaukee Soundbites. Episode two brings us to to local radio legend Bob Reitman, and as you'd expect from a man with close to half a century of professional work around the world of music, he's got some fine stories to tell about his best and worst concert experiences, his first album (and its sad fate) and plenty more.
25. Pabst Theater group announces first show at Colectivo's Back Room
This morning, the Pabst Theater group announced that English singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney would be performing in Milwaukee on Sunday, June 14. In this case, the most intriguing detail for this gig isn't actually the performer; it's the venue: The Back Room at the Colectivo on Prospect.