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226. Thieves steal Milwaukee band Direct Hit's van and gear; how you can help
The holiday season may be a time when a charitable spirit swirls around, but not for everyone. Witness this Facebook post by Nick Woods, frontman of Milwaukee punk band Direct Hit, on Saturday night: "Direct Hit's van was stolen in Detroit a block from Slow's BBQ about 2 hours ago w/ all our equipment, tour money, and personal sh*t inside (laptop, Kindle, passports, clothes, luggage)."
227. Beyoncé's surprise album hits a high note
Beyoncé's surprise, self-titled album is already a huge success. The album covers love, sex and family, something everyone can relate to. Its dirty lyrics, great beats and star collaborators make it an album that will be hard to miss. Beyoncé has done it again, producing something unique and completely her. The album is yet another piece of art that will please all of her fans.
228. "Britney Jean" dances its way through the mainstream
Since we first heard "Baby One More Time," most of us have been unable to get Britney Spears off our minds. We have seen her in her greatest and worst moments, from pop princess to buzz-cut nutcase. With her most recent album, "Britney Jean," now in stores, it's no doubt that Spears is all revved up for another album of hot dance beats.
229. Guitars, guitars, guitars
It seems like there are more guitars in Milwaukee this week than ever before, what with the opening of Distinctive Guitar is Bay View, the new Beyond Eleven location in the Third Ward and the addition of a slew of cool axes at Discovery World.
230. Phoenix kicks off night one of Big Snow Show 8 with a bang
Question: What do you get when you cross a band of native Frenchmen with American pop music? Answer: Alt-rock group Phoenix. The group proved its worth Thursday night at the sold-out opening of the two-night The Big Snow Show 8.
231. Due date close for my probably foolish promise
It was 188 days ago that I made "The Promise" that may well turn out to destroy my self-image, mourn a milestone, make me afraid to ever show my face in public again. Or it may well be "The Promise" that fulfills my dream, celebrates a milestone, gives a little bit of pleasure to a lot of people, provides a few laughs and a chance for cocktails, and turns out a lot better than I thought.
232. Ya gotta see the Gaga - artRave Tour is coming to Summerfest
Much like Madonna in her heyday 30 years ago, even folks who might not adore Lady Gaga's music might find her performances riveting.
233. 88Nine announces award winners
Last month, 88Nine announced the finalists of its annual Radio Milwaukee Music Awards and last night the winners were named at an awards event held at the station's new Walker's Point digs.
234. 88Nine announces awards finalists
Here is the list of finalists for Radio Milwaukee's Music Awards, chosen by Milwaukee music fans via the 88Nine website. The winners in each category will be selected by station staff and announced at the Dec. 5 ceremony.
235. Gaga's "Artpop" does not disappoint
"Artpop" has great dance songs and sexually-charged lyrics, as well as a couple slower, emotional songs to accompany the fierce beats. Lady Gaga has done it again, producing an album that will please her fans, as well as create plenty of new ones along the way.
236. Toad the Wet Sprocket made a splash in Milwaukee
Toad the Wet Sprocket made a triumphant return to Milwaukee on Thursday night at Turner Hall Ballroom.
237. Go behind the scenes as Blind Boys of Alabama & Sam Amidon cover Field Report
The Blind Boys of Alabama and Sam Amidon have covered Field Report's "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" and we wanted to make sure you saw a behind the scenes video that features Chris Porterfield and Justin Vernon.
238. Milwaukee's Moon Curse inks deal to reissue debut
Milwaukee trio Moon Curse has signed a deal with Bilocation Records/Kozmik Artifactz to reissue the band's 2012 debut next year. The self-titled album, which has already had two pressings, will be issued on 180-gram vinyl, sleeved in a gatefold jacket and will be hand-numbered and limited.
239. 88Nine Milwaukee Music Awards ceremony announced
88Nine RadioMilwaukee announces the winners of its 6th annual Milwaukee Music Awards event takes place within the new RadioMilwaukee Studios, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Fever Marlene, Greg Koch Band, Kane Place Record Club, Dana Coppa & Speak Easy, and Kiings will perform at the show. Doors open at 6:30.
240. Diverse, sold-out crowd embraces Legend
John Legend filled The Riverside to capacity Monday for a sultry night.
241. Milwaukee gets a rare Nick Cave gig
In some of the most exciting concert news in recent memory, local promoter Peter Jest announced this morning that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will play at the Milwaukee Theatre on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
242. Former Faust Music liquidates instrument inventory
The former Faust Music, located at 2204 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is hosting a one-day inventory liquidation sale on Saturday, Nov. 16. The sale runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. All transactions are cash only and final.
243. A Magic Sam gig at the Avant Garde is coming on CD
The Avant Garde was a hotbed of folk and blues music locally in the 1960s and thanks to a reel to reel tape machine - and some foresight - many of the performances at the Avant Garde survive today. One of those performances - a June 22, 1968 gig by bluesman Magic Sam - is now set for release on Chicago jazz and blues label, Delmark Records, on Nov. 19.
244. 2014 Pablove benefit concert features a trio of reunions
Three influential Milwaukee punk band reunions and two ever-growing new local bands are the headliners for the fifth annual Pablove Benefit Concert, held Jan. 18 at the Turner Hall Ballroom.
245. OMG, Miley is coming back to MKE
Get ready, Twerk-waukee, Miley Cyrus is coming back to town for a March 9, 2014 concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
246. "Life's a Riot" is 30 but it feels fresh as ever
Everybody who loves music has one of those records. Many of us have one for every year of life. One of mine is Billy Bragg's "Life's a Riot With Spy Vs. Spy," which turns 30 this year and is now reissued in a slim sleeve that looks like the original 12" vinyl release.
247. 1964 the Tribute brings "the Beatles" to The Pabst
While The Pabst crowd was definitely appreciative of the band, there was never a transformative moment where it felt like this could actually be a legitimate Beatles show. However, since that is impossible, 1964 the Tribute was about the next best thing and made for a highly entertaining Saturday night in Milwaukee
248. Guitar Man: Getting in tune
We are now two and a half months away from my debut as a solo musician. So far, not much in the way of nerves. But it is time for a progress report.
249. Dierks Bentley sets on the ice show after Admirals game
Milwaukee Admirals announced today that country music star Dierks Bentley will perform live in a post-game concert after the Admirals game against the Rockford IceHogs on Friday, Jan. 24 .
250. Milwaukee-based archive launches Irish sheet music website
Today, Ward Irish Music Archives, the Milwaukee-based home of the largest public collection of Irish and Irish-American music, launched a new website entirely dedicated to Irish sheet music.