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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Tonight's "Nashville" features Hugh Bob and the Hustle's new single
Hugh Bob and the Hustle's new single, "Lost and Found," will be featured on tonight's episode of "Nashville."
7. Rhythm Lab Radio: New tracks by The Alchemist and Oh No aka Gangrene
In the first hour of this week's Rhythm Lab Radio on 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, Tarik Moody debuted a new song from producers The Alchemist and Oh No aka Gangrene. The track features Future Islands frontman Sam Herring and Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt. He also featured new tracks from San Francisco's Monophonics, Andreya Triana and newcomer, Alessia with an anthem for introverts.
8. The Waterboys stayed afloat at Turner Hall
The six piece - fronted by Mike Scott - has 13 studio albums under their belt. And during tonight's concert at Turner Hall, the group played 16 songs, seven of which were from their most recent album.
9. 5 songs we can't stop listening to - Milwaukee edition
5 Songs is a little secret that we tell you. These are the songs that we are passing to each other off-air, between shifts, under desks, in bars. These are the songs that we rip to our phones and play at the gym. These are the songs that we are going to play at the party this weekend. These are the albums that we are going to drop the needle on this Sunday morning, when the party is over.
10. Hear the compleat works of Mad Man Michaels, the bard of Mitchell Street
Though I was born and raised about 1,000 miles from Milwaukee, I grew up knowing the words to Mad Man Michaels' cream city classics - the A- and B-sides to his 1950s-era single: a "Dragnet" take-off called "The Czarnina Kid" and "Michaels Market (Kobasa Song)." Here his recorded oeuvre here.
11. WAMI names winners at Turner Hall celebration Sunday night
Last night at the Turner Hall Ballroom, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) handed out its annual awards. Here is the full list of winners.
12. Milwaukee is a top 5 town for vinyl lovers
As Record Store Day approaches (it's this Saturday), Foursquare and real estate brokerage Redfin combined forces to create some interesting data on the top 10 U.S. cities for fans of record stores. Milwaukee, whose vinyl shops I wrote about in February, clocks in at No. 5, below Portland and Chapel Hill, but above New York and Philly. Not bad.
13. Milwaukee Soundbites: Milwaukee Art Museum chief curator Brady Roberts
It's Milwaukee Day, and what better day to introduce OnMilwaukee.com's new Milwaukee-themed video series "Milwaukee Soundbites."
14. Indie rockers Alt-J announce July 29 Riverside gig
This morning, indie rockers Alt-J announced their 2015 North American tour, which includes a stop at the Riverside Theater on Wednesday, July 29.
15. 5 things my friend Frost learned at last night's Neil Diamond show
Frost Williams from VISIT Milwaukee went to last night's Neil Diamond concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Here's five observations and a full list set.
16. Ain't nothin' like seeing the Stones
On stage there is hardly an act that brings as much energy, sexual power and showmanship as the Rolling Stones.
17. Talking jazz with Andy Milne
Lindsay Garric chats with jazz pianist Andy Milne about his band Dapp Theory, the details of his Shatner collaboration, Milwaukee's vegetarian culinary fare and more. Dapp Theory gigs at the Jazz Estate on Friday, March 27.
18. Here's your chance to meet country star Sam Hunt
Courtesy of our friends at the Hunger Task Force, we have a meet and greet opportunity for you. Just read on to bid on a chance to win two great seats for Hunt's show on April 4 at The Rave and you'll also score a meet and greet with this rising country star.
19. WAMI Awards announce performers, induct Judas Priest to Hall of Fame
This morning, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced its performers for the upcoming 35th annual awards show on April 19 at the Turner Hall Ballroom. In addition, the WAMI Awards announced that, for the first time ever, it would feature a global "honorary" WAMI Hall of Fame induction.
20. Northern Lights Theater set shows Allman's a survivor
Gregg Allman may still be playing cards with old man Fate, and he opened Wednesday night's concert by inviting those whom may have lost money in the casino to come in and drown their sorrows in some blues. But God knows Allman has drawn many poor cards in his life, and it's nearly a miracle he survived this long, with an almost savior-like gift for rebirth and renewal.
21. Bid on 4th row seats for Vince Gill and help the Hunger Task Force
Vince Gill shares the Milwaukee Theatre stage with Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham and daughter Jenny Gill at 8 p.m. this Sunday, March 22. Here's an opportunity to score amazing seats!
22. Present Music introduces new engagement program ComposeMilwaukee
This morning, Present Music introduced ComposeMilwaukee, a new corporate and community engagement program with the goal of promoting innovation, imagination and collaboration.
23. Ringo Starr returns to Milwaukee for Riverside show in October
Days before the Rolling Stones are expected to announce some concert related news, a Beatle beat them to the punch. The Riverside announced this morning that famed Beatles drummer, Mr. Conductor himself Ringo Starr is coming to Milwaukee in October to play the Riverside Theater.
24. WAMI announces 2015 awards nominees
This afternoon, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced the nominees for its 35th annual WAMI Awards. The show itself will be held at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Sunday, April 19 at Turner Hall Ballroom, with a nominee celebration several weeks before on Sunday, March 29 at Papa's Social Club.
25. Spacehog drummer's top 5 concerts ... ever
As a jobbing musician, talent buyer, venue manager, etc., seeing live music is a frequent occupational pastime. It's easy to get jaded, but every now and again someone or something blows your mind.