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?"
Ragani, Ritchie fulfill the promise of a sincere and heartfelt tribute
Brian Ritchie and Ragani came together at Shank Hall Sunday night for a benefit-tribute concert for the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, commemorating those lost in the senseless act of violence that took place there last week.
Jazz in the Park is canceled
The East Town Association has canceled tonight's Jazz in the Park with Natty Nation due to forecasts of steady rain.
McMorrow paints layered sound
James McMorrow took to the stage at Turner Hall Tuesday night and blew me away with his perfect tenor pitch. McMorrow, with the help of his tight and incredibly talented backing band, put on a memorable show that included nearly every song from his recent album, "Early in the Morning," as well as a couple of well-done covers.
Lead singer outshines her brothers in the Band Perry
On a day when Milwaukee could really use some cheering up, the Band Perry brought a foot-stomping good time to State Fair. But lead singer Kimberly Perry stole the show.
Ritchie, Ragani organize Sikh Temple benefit
Milwaukee musicians Brian Ritchie and Ragani have organized a concert to benefit the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek at Shank Hall, 1434 N. Farwell Ave., on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.
Crosby, Stills and Nash bring three hours of peace to Riverside
Here's a bit of rock trivia to start your week: What is the only band whose core members each have been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? (Hint - it's not the Beatles.) Give yourself a pat on the iPod if you said CSN&Y. That is, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young ... three of whom (all but Neil Young) were in concert Sunday night at the Riverside Theater.
Regina Spektor, Taking Back Sunday shows announced
Singer/songwriter Regina Spektor will play the Riverside Theater Saturday, Oct. 20 in support of her new CD, "What We Saw from the Cheap Seats." Taking Back Sunday will perform with its full original lineup Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Turner Hall.
Boston wins over BMO Harris Pavilion
Boston and Starship delivered rousing, impassioned renditions of classic rock favorites that had every fan on their feet, dancing like it was 1989.