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.
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.
The Lumineers upgrade to The Riverside
After selling out their previously announced performance at The Pabst Theater in just 15 minutes, The Lumineers have moved to the Riverside Theater for their Sept. 23 show.
Monday's Daughtry concert is no more
Due to a scheduling conflict, Daughtry's Aug. 6 concert at the BMO Harris Pavilion has been canceled.
He's got the world on a string
Steve Lippia has made an art of interpreting the music of Frank Sinatra as well as the other Great American Standards. He chatted with OnMilwaukee.com about Sinatra, his own start in music, his favorite songs - and why he owes his career to Bing Crosby.
Win a Daughtry guitar and concert tickets
As part of Jim Beam's Live Music Series Guitar Giveaway, enter to win the grand prize: an Epiphone Special II guitar autographed by Daughtry and a pair of tickets to the upcoming show on Monday, Aug. 6 at the BMO Harris Pavilion.
8th Midwest Acoustic Music Festival brings free music to Elkhart Lake
Elkhart Lake will host the eighth Midwest Acoustic Music Festival this Saturday, July 28 at Lake Street Cafe.
Milwaukee is songwriter's muse
Singer-songwriter Justin Jagler, 21, never set out to write songs about Milwaukee. But like any artist, he was inevitably influenced by his surroundings. "I live in the Milwaukee area; it just kind of happened," he said. "That's where a lot of the situations took place."
Dylan will play BMO Harris Bradley Center
Legendary American singer/songwriter Bob Dylan will perform live at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Nov. 8.
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings return to Milwaukee at last
Forgoing an opening act, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings took the stage at the Pabst Theater just after 8 p.m. Monday night.
Journey to stop at BMO Harris Bradley Center
Rock band Journey is coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center Friday, Nov. 16, and they're bringing special guests Pat Benatar and Loverboy with them.
Enemy Star launches 2-night, 2-city "female-fronted" music fest
Local hard rock outfit Enemy Star is preparing to launch a new two-night "female-fronted" music festival in September with dates in Milwaukee and Madison.
Ride and rock for the kids
The Blue Pig, 5036 S. Packard Ave. in Cudahy, will host the fourth Ride for Dime Wisconsin, a day-long charity fundraiser for Little Kids Rock, Saturday, July 21.
Marcus Center presents Live @ Peck Pavilion music series
The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts will bring a brand new music series to its newly renovated Peck Pavilion this summer.
Jimmy at the Riverside with Chuck Garric
I arrived at my desk this morning to find a little gift from Milwaukee band Jimmy at the Prom. The hard-hitting local rock (with a capital R) quartet has a blood red-vinyl 7" out with two tracks recorded at the Riverside Theater. The platter marks the emergence of the first material - namely "Escape" and "Fist of Doom" - produced by Chuck Garric.
The Frogs' Dennis Flemion dies
Dennis Flemion will be missed but he will be remembered among local musicians as a friend and as an innovator on the local scene.
Back to the '80s with Rich Mars at WMSE
I'm a firm believer that even in a lean period (sure, that's an Orange Juice reference, why not?), there's always great music to be found. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder for it. Thanks to my go-to record shops - Zig-Zag, Bleecker Bob's and others in my old town and Atomic, Earwaves and Rush-Mor in my current one - I was able to easily get the best of the best in the 1980s. I'll play some of the music I mined in those places Wednesday night on WMSE.
Acme Records coming to Bay View
Though it's been in the works for a little while, Ken Chrisien, also known as Shopkeeper Ken, has officially announced the opening of his new Bay View record shop.
Keane dazzles The Pabst with a full spectrum of sound
In front of a near-capacity crowd at The Pabst Theater on Saturday night, British band Keane delivered an impressive performance that spanned its whole catalog.