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1. R. Kelly brings debut Christmas tour to the Riverside in December
This morning, the Riverside Theater announced that R&B star and "Trapped in the Closet" maestro R. Kelly will bring his first ever Christmas tour to Milwaukee on Sunday, Dec. 11. Milwaukee is one of just seven cities currently set to receive the tour.
2. Lauryn Hill will play first Milwaukee show in 15 years on Feb. 4
This morning, the Riverside Theater announced that Lauryn Hill will perform in Milwaukee for the first time in 15 years on Saturday, Feb. 4, as a part of The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! tour.
3. Die Antwoord live mirrors viral insanity
Halfway through the bass-thumping, sweaty hot mess that was the Die Antwoord show at The Rave in the Eagles Club ballroom Wednesday night, I shouted, my words barely audible over the screaming Afrikaans rap, "How the hell am I going to write this review?"
4. Indie folk duo Milk Carton Kids talks sharing the stage with legends
It didn't take much convincing to get indie folk duo The Milk Carton Kids on board Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees, a concert event featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Ruby Amanfu and special guest Robert Plant playing tonight at The Pabst Theater.
5. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill return to Milwaukee on June 16
Country music mega-couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced that they will hit the road on a 65-city tour next year - including a stop at Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday, June 16, 2017.
6. Brian Wilson will perform "Pet Sounds" for last time in Milwaukee on April 19
This morning, the Riverside Theater announced that pop/rock legend Brian Wilson will extend the final performance run of his current "Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour" - including a new stop in Milwaukee on April 19.
7. Alice Cooper recalls some of his biggest hits and working with Gene Wilder
Before his Milwaukee Theatre show tonight, legendary rocker Alice Cooper chatted with WKLH's Steve Palec about his earliest and biggest hits, "competing" with fellow music greats, trading jokes with Gene Wilder and - 'tis the season - politics.
8. Milwaukee Soundbites: Radio personality Steve Palec
The latest episode of Milwaukee Soundbites chats with radio personality Steve Palec, who chats about how "Walt Disney's Three Adventures of Davy Crockett" impacted his current radio show and admitting his appreciation of disco.
9. Eric Church plays Bradley Center April 14, 2017; two full sets, no support act
EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Church will bring his "Holdin' My Own Tour" to Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 14, 2017. For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and the ECB will play two full sets with an intermission in between.
10. New Age Narcissism hip-hop collective rocks the green
Growing up, these musicians always felt like misfits. They felt they didn't fit within their communities. But what they didn't know was that in the near future they'd break away from what they were used to and find themselves in a new, bigger and better group.
11. NO/NO says yes to Rock the Green and sustainability
NO/NO has performed all over the city, and this weekend you will be able to see the Milwaukee electro-pop rockers as one of the many bands performing at the third annual Rock the Green Festival. They take the pedal-powered stage this Saturday at 2:20 p.m.
12. Echo & The Bunnymen brought the hits and the feels
Echo & The Bunnymen played a passionate nostalgia show for a sold-out crowd tonight at Turner Hall Ballroom. It was the first time the band played in Milwaukee since performing 32 years ago at the Northwest Side's now-defunct Uptown Theater.
13. Public Enemy and Run-DMC in Tosa ... wait, what?
This past weekend a Tosa resident staged a huge party at Red Dot on North Avenue in East Tosa with Public Enemy, Run-DMC, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, Rakim, EPMD and others. I was there for the first night of the two-day jam. Here are some images.
14. Looking back at The Hollow Men
Spacehog's Jonny Cragg heads back to 1987, when he was heading home from his first trip to the United States and, unbeknownst to him, heading on his way to playing with and recording an album with The Hollow Men.
15. Summerfest Foundation, announces music education grants recipients
Summerfest Foundation, Inc. is proud to award twelve area schools and non-profit organizations with music education grants to be used for in-school, after-school and summer education programs. They will be used to enhance opportunities for students.
16. Local band Wooldridge Brothers to tour Midwest with The Baseball Project
In between putting the finishing touches on their upcoming new album, the Milwaukee-based Americana folk rock group the Wooldridge Brothers will tour around the Midwest with The Baseball Project, including a stop in Milwaukee.
17. Icelandic band Kaleo brings soaring sounds to the Turner Hall stage
Stuck in a limbo between rock and jazzy blues, Kaleo might be a band that you haven't heard of yet. Named after the Hawaiian word for "the sound," the group brought more than just a single sound to Turner Hall Wednesday night. Kaleo brought many.
18. Megadeth coming to UWM Panther Arena on Oct. 8
The UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena has announced that Megadeth, with special guests Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Havok, will perform one night only at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Downtown, on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.
19. Paul McCartney and his band rehearsed in Milwaukee yesterday
Rumors are floating around that former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was in Milwaukee at least a day early to run his band through its paces in advance of his Summerfest-headling concert tonight at the Marcus Amphitheater.
20. Brexit wounds
As a Brit in the U.S. I have watched the whole Brexit referendum unfold with some interest. I watched on in disbelief as my spiritual homeland rejected the concept of being bound by the European Union. I shouldn't be too surprised, I suppose.
21. Milwaukee band Direct Hit! releases third album, "Wasted Mind"
For those who've been craving their next hit of Milwaukee's own pop punk rockers Direct Hit!, we have some good news: The band will release its third album, "Wasted Mind," on Friday, June 24 with an album release show in Cudahy the next night.
22. Electronic band M83 makes first stop in Milwaukee on Oct. 19
Somehow, electronic rockers M83 have never performed in Milwaukee before. Thankfully, that odd oversight will be amended this fall, when the "Midnight City" hitmakers will take the Riverside Theater stage on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
23. Meet "Tank," a Kenny Chesney roadie
His name is "Tank," and he drives a big semi - one of 30 that will be in Milwaukee for Kenny Chesney's show at Miller Park Saturday night. He took my Uber ride and provided a little look into what it takes to keep a show like this one the road.
24. WMSE Local/Live: Milwaukee glitter rockers New Boyz Club
In the latest chapter of WMSE Local/Live, Milwaukee "glitter rock" band New Boyz Club frontwoman Johanna Rose talks about why tUnE-yArDs and "Bizness" are big influences on her own music.
25. Sat. Nite Duets inks deal for new CD
Milwaukee's own Sat. Nite Duets have signed a deal with San Francisco-based Father/Daughter Records and will release a new full-length CD, "Air Guitar," in September. You can hear a track from it, called "St. Yuppie," now.