JJ Cale was super blue
John Sieger remembers JJ Cale, who died last week at the age of 74.
Six questions for Nineteen Thirteen
Nineteen Thirteen, the eclectic and beautiful chamber rock trio from Milwaukee, is throwing a new single release party this Saturday at The Jazz Estate. We caught up with Janet Schiff, who plays cello (Victor DeLorenzo is on percussion, and Scott Johnson is on drums) for a quick interview in advance.
People of Earth Hayward Williams is playing Linneman's this Friday
In today Kramp Cast I talk to Milwaukee musician Hayward Williams about his fans across seas, how important his 64 Gibson is to him, how he almost got kicked out of a recent Paul McCartney show, plus hear the debut of a new song called "Beginnings."
The Benders: Never too old to rock 'n' roll
Last week, I wrote about a private reunion of 1960s Milwaukee band The Benders, a band that included Paul Barry, who later became a local musical celeb with his band Barry's Truckers.The reunion took place over the weekend and Barry sent me a note to recap.
Satellite will headline Paxfest 2013
In today's Kramp Cast Steve McMorran of Satellite and I talk about Paxfest 2013, life on the road and how Satellite's debut album "Calling Birds" is a representation of a huge change in his life.
Of love and hip-hop
Time always flies - especially when you get older. A friend's Facebook post reminded me that it's been 20 years since some of the most important music of my life was released. Where does it all go? And, why isn't any better?
Nathanson is ready for the heat at Festa Italiana
In today's Kramp Cast I talk to musician Matt Nathanson about his new album, his love of Italian food, his obsessive/compulsive personality, and whether or not he would liked to get punched in the face by Kinks frontman Ray Davies for writing the song "Kinks Shirt," which appears on his new album.
Sir Paul, from the cheap seats
This isn't a review of last night's Paul McCartney show at Miller Park. For that, I'll direct you to be colleague Bobby's excellent piece that he filed before I even got home. No, this is what it was like to be at my first McCartney show. To see a legend. From the worst seats I've ever sat in.
DeLorenzo explains second ouster from Violent Femmes
As reported yesterday, Victor DeLorenzo has once again been kicked out of the band he co-founded, the Violent Femmes. After three reunion shows to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's first album - including one at Summerfest's Marcus Amphitheater - the Femmes have replaced DeLorenzo with Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione.
Macca's rules and regulations
Paul McCartney takes the stage tonight at Miller Park and, like all mega-events, there's a lot to know. With the help of our friends at the Milwaukee Brewers, here is an A to Zed of answers to questions about tonight's gig and about Sir Paul ...
Ian And The Dream love to live in the moment
Ian Ash of Ian And The Dream joins me to talk about the band, their latest EP and what they've been up to for the three years since I last interviewed him.
Panic! At the Disco, other big names coming to The Rave
This morning The Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., announced exciting concerts for the fall.
Yellow Phone gets $30k grant
The Yellow Phone Music Conference, a four-day conference of artists and music professionals, received a $30,000 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to help with promotion of the event.
Milwaukee's The Belle Weather is ready to play The Pabst Theater
In today's Kramp Cast I talk to The Belle Weather frontman Eric Cox about taking chances, living in Sheboygan, his love for Pearl Jam and he hear him play rocking acoustic version of the band's first single "The Accomplice."
The von Trapp kids carry on great-grandparents' musical legacy
What if one of the most beloved classic movies of all time was based on your great-grandparents' love story? That's the case for the von Trapp kids. Sofia, 24, Melanie, 23, Amanda, 21, and August, 18, are the grandchildren of Werner von Trapp - the youngest of the musically talented children from "The Sound of Music." This Saturday, the von Trapps will appear at Gathering on the Green at Mequon Rotary Park Pavilion.
Neon Trees bring bright, brassy fun to Summerfest stage
Forget starting with a whisper. Alternative rockers Neon Trees started with a bang late Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Stage and showed very little sign of stopping throughout a massively fun 75-minute set.
K'NAAN moves the Summerfest crowd
K'NAAN moved the Summerfest crowd on July 6, bringing a soulful, powerful performance to the Big Gig in a return to his roots.
Nelly sends crowd into nostalgic mania
Nelly did not disappoint. Known widely for his break-out album "County Grammar," he performed the title track early in his set, closely followed by "Ride wit Me," churning the audience into a nostalgic mania.
Fire at the Miramar Theatre
There was an electrical fire at the Miramar Theatre last night. The East Side venue is temporarily closed.
The Delta Routine rocks, roams and couch surfs with its own crowd
In today's Kramp Cast I talk to Nick Amadeus of The Delta Routine about the band's new line up, touring from Antigo to New York, couch surfing with a wanna be rapper and his cockroaches. Plus hear Amadeus perform a special acoustic version of "New York Avenue."
MGMT show delivers a less-than-electric feel
The large crowd gathered at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Wednesday night for MGMT told you everything you needed to know about the concert. Tepid applause between numbers. Plenty of small talk and chatting during songs. An audience member to my left couldn't even be bothered to look in the stage's direction for most of the show.
The Go-Go's still got the beat
Tip your cap to the Go-Go's. They made some great New Wave music in the late '70s and early `80s, and even though they planned a "farewell tour" in 2010, here they are three years later, still playing their greatest hits.
Help Cebar kickstart his next record
Paul Cebar has recorded a new full-length disc and the Milwaukee musician has turned to fans, via a Kickstarter campaign, to help "Fine Rude Thing" see the light of day.
Mangione electrifies the World Stage
Although they played on the energy-efficient Johnson Conrols World Stage tonight at Summerfest, Mike Mangione and The Union did not conserve energy when it came to their performance.
Count Collins among the hardest working folks at Summerfest
Who are the hardest working folks at Summerfest? Someone in the ticket booth or one of those folks slinging beer for 12 hours a day, or maybe a soundman at a stage, you say? You're right, they're all kickin' it hard for 11 days. But don't forget 19-year-old singer and songwriter Nora Collins, who has - count `em - 10 performance slots at the Big Gig this year.