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Music - Sept. 15, 2014
The War on Drugs' Granduciel turns his inner battles into brilliant music
The title of The War on Drugs' latest album is "Lost in the Dream," fitting for a record - and a moment in time - that utterly enveloped front man Adam Granduciel. The band is now taking the final product on the road, including a stop at The Pabst Theater on Sunday, Sept. 21. Before then, Granduciel chatted with OnMilwaukee.com about becoming a real band on the road, the process behind the album and the inner battles that went into it.
Movies & TV - Sept. 14, 2014
"Dolphin Tale 2": unnecessary sequel still makes a small, sweet splash
It's hard to imagine there was much clamoring for a sequel to "Dolphin Tale." The first film was a modest early fall success back in 2011, but even then, Winter the dolphin's story was already fairly thin dramatic material, serving as little more than a nice pleasant aside. Still, somebody thought it was a good idea to head back to the well, and surprisingly - judging from "Dolphin Tale 2" - that person wasn't wrong.
Sports - Sept. 12, 2014
Hank the Dog comes to Brewers' rescue with new children's book
The Brewers are desperately trying to pull themselves out of a devastating tailspin. Even when they win, they seem to lose - as evidenced by last night's Giancarlo Stanton debacle. Sounds like a good time to get baseball's favorite canine Hank the Dog back in the spotlight!
Music - Sept. 10, 2014
7 questions for 7Horse
The country-tinged rock duo of Phil Leavitt and Joie Calio worked together for years in the band Dada. 7Horse, however, marks a fairly new project for the guys. And there are certainly worse things to put on an early band's resume than being associated with an Oscar-nominated Scorsese film. OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to chat with Leavitt about the band's origins, its Milwaukee connection and getting the rare Scorsese Stamp of Approval.
Music - Sept. 9, 2014
After a decade, The Buzzhorn sounds again
For fans of the late '90s, names like the Sugar Ray, "TRL," Surge and Chris Gaines will sound very familiar (OK, maybe not that last one). For local music fans around in the era, another name might sound a little familiar: The Buzzhorn.
Movies & TV - Sept. 8, 2014
10 Milwaukee Film Festival must-sees
The good news? As with every year, the lineup of movies are the Milwaukee Film Festival is overflowing with terrific options. The bad news? Unfortunately, save for some kind of planetary revolution halt, divine intervention or new time machine development, there are only so many hours in the day. So here are some picks for the film festival selections you should definitely make the time to see.
Movies & TV - Sept. 5, 2014
Milwaukee Film Festival announces its complete 2014 lineup
After slowly teasing its complete lineup for the past several weeks, the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival finally revealed the entire cinematic buffet it's assembled for film fans - both hardcore and casual - this morning. And my friends, it looks absolutely delicious.
Milwaukee Buzz - Sept. 4, 2014
Trimborn Farm is a time machine back to 19th century Milwaukee
Driving down Grange Avenue around the border of Hales Corners and Greendale, the two towns look like typical pleasant suburbs, with assorted shops, strip malls, small businesses and parks mixed in between the cozy subdivisions and homes. And then you come across Trimborn Farm, a seven-and-a-half-acre time machine back to the 1800s, providing a glimpse at the history of the two towns and the city of Milwaukee.
Movies & TV - Sept. 3, 2014
Milwaukee Film Festival announces a star-studded stockpile of tributes
The main draw of the Milwaukee Film Festival is right there in the title: the films. But every year, just off to the side of the main event, Milwaukee Film also wrangles together some really awesome people from the world of cinema, hands them a stage and pays fitting tribute to them. This year's lineup is no less spectacular, bringing in a diverse group of accomplished people in the business to share their film expertise and their love of movies.
Movies & TV - Sept. 3, 2014
"The Trip to Italy" is a welcome holiday from the early fall's flops
"It feels kind of weird doing something for a second time," star Steve Coogan ponders aloud before lamenting the inherently repetitive nature, expectations and diminished returns of sequels. Luckily, that's not the case here with "The Trip to Italy," a worthy follow-up to its hilarious and surprisingly reflective 2010 predecessor.
Movies & TV - Sept. 2, 2014
No reason to give thanks for "The November Man"
Like a distracted person into a glass door, we've smashed face-first into the desolate cinematic wasteland also known as early fall. The summer blockbuster season - a surprisingly strong one in terms of quality, if not box office - is officially dead, leaving audiences with a rather meager selection of dire options for the next several weeks. Case in point: "The November Man."
Music - Sept. 1, 2014
Yellow Phone Music Conference calls up Butch Vig as keynote speaker
Butch Vig has a lot on his plate. He just finished wrapping up a new Foo Fighters album, and he's heading back into the studio to start recording a new Garbage album. However, tucked away in that packed schedule is just enough time to head back to Milwaukee for the upcoming Yellow Phone Music Conference.
Movies & TV - Aug. 31, 2014
"As Above, So Below" is a found footage thriller best left buried
That's it. I've had it. I've had enough. Game over, man, game over. Sure, there was a time when found footage was a fun novelty, back in the original days of "Cloverfield" and the first couple of "Paranormal Activity" films. But now, movies like "As Above, So Below" just show what a waste the gimmick truly is.
Music - Aug. 29, 2014
Techno-pop duo Sylvan Esso comes back to its home away from home
The dynamic duo is returning to its home away from home next weekend, with a show on Friday, Sept. 5 at The Pabst Theater (moved from its original location at the Cactus Club after it sold out). And they're coming back with gallons of deservedly good press, an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and the deafening buzz of a band obviously on the rise.
Arts & Entertainment - Aug. 29, 2014
The Rep goes country with its season opener "The Doyle & Debbie Show"
"The Doyle & Debbie Show," the season opener for the Milwaukee Rep, is making history. "Is this the first time a toilet's been on the Stackner stage? Probably," said JC Clementz, the show's director. The prop potty, however, nicely sets the tone for "The Doyle & Debbie Show," a goofy Christopher Guest-esque parody about a washed-up country duo.
Living - Aug. 28, 2014
South Shore Park on tap for clean up
Late Wednesday afternoon, representatives from MillerCoors, Milwaukee County Parks, UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences and Milwaukee County held a press conference, announcing new initiatives, and namely a new $500,000 contribution from MillerCoors, to clean up South Shore Park.
Movies & TV - Aug. 27, 2014
"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" manages to be pretty and ugly
"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" - Robert Rodriguez's hyper-stylized and hyper-violent hyper-noir - has many, many sins of its own to contemplate and consider, the most glaring of which perhaps being a severe case of tardiness. Then again, even if it was perfectly on time, "A Dame to Kill For" would still feel just as relentlessly grim, one-note and pointless.
Music - Aug. 26, 2014
Preservation Hall Jazz Band brings New Orleans flavor to Milwaukee
For about half of the year, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band calls its New Orleans namesake home, playing bright brassy jazz to the residents of the Big Easy. For the other half of the year, however, the legendary jazz band brings that cajun flavor and music across the country to cities needing a little extra kick.
Movies & TV - Aug. 25, 2014
Young adult weepie "If I Stay" scores enough feels to stay alive
Yes, the expected dopey melodrama finds its way into "If I Stay," but it mostly plays second fiddle to an above average relationship drama, one with seemingly real characters (well, real for a teen romance) coping with seemingly real issues and problems. I didn't mind having to spend time with these dreamy young people, which is a lot more than I can say about anything Nicholas Sparks has done lately.
Music - Aug. 23, 2014
Local band Elusive Parallelograms reshapes itself into Tapebenders
There is good news for guitarist/vocalist Andrew Foys and Milwaukee music fans who landed squarely on "hated it" when it came to his band's previous name, Elusive Parallelograms: the name has run its course. The multi-genre spanning psychedelic rock band recently underwent a "reboot," kicking the old moniker to the curb and reintroducing themselves as Tapebenders - complete with an upcoming new album.
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