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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, July 31, 2014

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226. A Wooldridge brother's solo debut
Singer-songwriter Scott Wooldridge has a new single and accompanying video called "Hard to Go Quietly." For me, it's hard to read a press release that begins, "Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Scott Wooldridge..." Wooldridge wasn't ours to start with - he moved to Milwaukee from Indiana in the early 1980s with his band at the time, the Squares - and he's long since moved north.
227. Low's minimalist music leads to maximum indie success
Low's band persona neatly encapsulates the stripped down, glamour-free and honest allure of the Duluth-based group's music, which they'll be bringing to the Turner Hall Ballroom tonight.
228. Will 88.9 RadioMilwaukee move?
WYMS-FM 88.9, known as "RadioMilwaukee," hopes to be in a new space by the end of the summer or early fall of 2013.
229. Mann charms The Pabst
Touring in support of her latest album, "Charmer," Aimee Mann returned to Milwaukee for an impressive performance at The Pabst Theater Sunday night.
230. Jason Aldean to headline Summerfest 2013
Summerfest officials have announced Jason Aldean as the first Marcus Amphitheater headliner for 2013.
231. Matt & Kim liven up The Rave
Escaping the grip of an impending winter in Wisconsin, a primarily young crowd packed The Rave Thursday night to see Brooklyn indie pop duo Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino, otherwise simply known as Matt & Kim.
232. Soundgarden brings new tour to The Rave
Grammy Award-winning rock group Soundgarden will make a stop at The Rave's Eagles Ballroom Friday, Feb. 1 as part of their Winter 2013 North American tour.
233. Miller Park goes country with Chesney
Kenny Chesney will bring his "No Shoes Nation Tour" to Miller Park on Saturday, May 18.
234. Stone showcases divine, soulful skill at Turner Hall
Allen Stone started his night in front of a Turner Hall audience nearly an hour before his band took the stage, dancing at a distance with a young girl as she gleefully watched him peer over the edge of the balcony. Clad in his trademark hat and glasses, the Seattle native would go on to match his youthful fan's exuberance and energy throughout his marathon two-hour set and encore Wednesday night.
235. West Bend singer competes in Karaoke World Finals
Singer Noelle Braun of West Bend won the title of Female USA National Karaoke Champion on Nov. 3 in Florence, Ky.
236. Passion Pit stages an amped-up return to The Riverside
No stranger to Milwaukee audiences, Passion Pit returned to the Brew City on Thursday night for an energetic performance at the Riverside Theater.
237. Carrie Underwood coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center
Organizers announced today that country superstar and "American Idol" alum Carrie Underwood is coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center May 3, 2013.
238. Sleigh Bells stage a memorable return to Milwaukee
Two years ago, Sleigh Bells came to Milwaukee for a sold-out show at The Mad Planet, a venue that was far too small for their popularity. On Wednesday night, Sleigh Bells returned to the Brew City and performed at the larger Turner Hall Ballroom.
239. Mountain Goats play a "transcendental" set at The Pabst
Touring in support of their latest release, "Transcendental Youth," the Mountain Goats performed at The Pabst Theater Tuesday night.
240. The Mountain Goats refuse to soften with age
Many times, when musicians and filmmakers bring a child into the world, these new paternal or maternal sensations can be felt in their art. For the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and Peter Hughes - both of whom became fathers within a month of each other - getting soft and mushy wasn't really an option.
241. Jackson Browne gives The Riverside a customized night of rock and roll
On Sunday night, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne performed a nice sample of his vast catalog of music at the Riverside Theater.
242. Regina reigns supreme at the Riverside
Playing to a loyal and adoring audience, Regina Spektor brought down the house at the Riverside with her quirky anti-folk sound.
243. Adam Ant brings Turner Hall a welcome blast from the past
Adam Ant's U.S. tour made its way to Milwaukee Sunday night at the Turner Hall Ballroom, almost eight months after the original scheduled date was postponed. Even though the calendar read 2012, the whole night felt straight out of the mid-'80s.
244. The Pabst warms up to Beach House
Beach House returned to Milwaukee on Wednesday and performed its brand of dream pop to a packed Pabst Theater.
245. Orton lets the music do the talking
Some musicians will talk your ear off about their work. British singer-songwriter Beth Orton is not one of those musicians. And that's just fine. Her music does the talking.
246. Norah Jones dazzles at the Riverside
Jazzy pop chanteuse Norah Jones gave a dazzling performance at the Riverside Monday night to a packed house that warmly received her efforts.
247. The Go-Go's still got it
Whether or not tonight's sold-out show at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino's Northern Lights Theater was part of the Go-Go's last tour or not is uncertain, but regardless, the ladies put on one hell of a show.
248. Castelaz takes over at Elektra Records
In what must be something of a weird feeling, Milwaukee expatriate Jeff Castelaz has been named president of Elektra Records.
249. Acme Records opens Saturday
Sorting out city licensing and permits and a lot of hard work building out the space and amassing and pricing records has pushed back the opening day a bit, but Ken Chrisien better be ready to launch his new Acme Record Emporium by Saturday, because he's planned a gala opening event from noon until 7 p.m.
250. Happy Birthday Latest Flame!
Milwaukee's own Latest Flame Records celebrates 10 years - and nearly 40 releases - of independent music with a pair of gigs this weekend at the Cactus Club.