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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jackson wows The Pabst with new old tunes
In front of a respectful and appreciative audience, Joe Jackson balanced out his performance by drifting back and forth between his well-established catalog and selections from his latest effort, "The Duke."
Randy Newman's "I'm Dreaming of a White President" stirs the political pot
There are songwriters and there's Randy Newman. After five years of hibernation, he is out and about with a vicious take on the presidential race.
Are musicians entitled to act like this?
I don't know what to make of Billie Joe Armstrong's latest meltdown. Is it just another rock n' roll moment, par for the course at a concert like this? The tantrum of a spoiled artist? Is a talented musician entitled or even expected to act like this? And if he didn't, what would we all talk about?
Tonight's Ani DiFranco show mixed up the old with the new
In true Ani DiFranco fashion, tonight's show at the Pabst Theater - on the eve of her 42nd birthday - was filled with unprecedented and endearing moments.
Wanda Jackson still shines
It isn't too often that a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performs in Milwaukee, so it was a treat for Turner Hall Ballroom to host the "Queen of Rockabilly" Wanda Jackson on Thursday night.
Queen of rockabilly Wanda Jackson has unfinished business at Turner Hall
For being billed as the "queen of rockabilly," Wanda Jackson might be one of rock music's most under-appreciated and lesser known hall of famers. Going as strong as ever at age 74, Jackson comes to Milwaukee's Turner Hall Sept. 20.
Costello kicks it in gear for a walk down memory lane
It's appropriate that in the middle of his Saturday night show at Summerfest's BMO Harris Pavilion, Elvis Costello referenced his first performance in Milwaukeen 1977. Costello, who with his band The Imposters played to what appeared to be a roughly half-full seating area at the venue, opened with a string of old favorites, making the show basically a walk down memory lane.
New music series on the horizon
Monday, Sept. 17, the Musical Mainstage Series opens with music from 1960 to 64 and four great local singers: Tommy Hahn, Katy Johnson, Rana Roman and Neil Haven.
Mackay turns to jazz influences
Steve Mackay is a Michigan tenor saxophonist and member of Iggy and The Stooges. On his most current jazz release, Northbeach Jazz, MacKay turns to his early influences, such as Stan Getz, and John Coltrane. "North Beach Jazz" is a vinyl-only release on After Music Records. Mackay performs at The Jazz Gallery, 926 E. Center St., on Sept. 19. He plays a gig at Phat Heads in Green Bay the night before.
A tribute to Hal David
It's sad to read of Hal David's passing, marking the official end of a sterling partnership.
The Smashing Pumpkins to rock The Riverside
The Smashing Pumpkins will gear up for their upcoming Arena Tour with a series of intimate warm-up shows, which includes a stop in Milwaukee Sunday, Sept. 30.
Rock the Green to receive $25,000 tourism grant
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism will award Rock the Green a $25,000 Joint Effort Marketing Grant check Thursday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. in Veterans Park.
Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band win over The Pabst
It is a bit of a dicey proposition, to attempt to parlay one's success in one area of entertainment into an entirely different realm. Fortunately, Hugh Laurie's show with the Copper Bottom Band at The Pabst Theater Sunday night showcased the actor's legitimate talent as a blues musician and his awareness of the risk he's taking with this venture.
Lots of music at little cost
All things good should flow into the boulevard, said Pericles. I take that to mean that good art - and especially good music - shouldn't be expensive. Here are three shows (which range from costing nothing to costing not-so-much) have come to my attention and are all coming to Milwaukee over the next few days.
See a force of nature - She Keeps Bees - Friday at Riverwest Public House
We're a city of bees, apparently. We've had a muzzle of them and collections of colonies of them, too. On Friday night, we'll get a visit by She Keeps Bees, who play at Riverwest Public House. The show starts at 9 p.m., costs $5 and also includes performances by Chicago's Cains & Abels and Milwaukee's Jordin Baas.
Four songs I hate right now
My iPod adapter is busted, and I'm listening to too much radio. Here are four songs that I'm hating on right now.
BJM's Anton Newcombe previews Friday's Turner Hall show
On Friday, The Brian Jonestown Massacre will play its third show in as many years in Milwaukee, visiting Turner Hall for a 7 p.m. gig. It's hard to classify this band, but having seen their last two shows in Milwaukee, I can safely say that BJM is one of my all-time favorites. From his home in Berlin, front man Anton Newcombe said he likes playing in Milwaukee. "Turner Hall is right next to a German beer garden, right?"