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Articles tagged with 'Music'

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Youthful Mad RED Kat aims for rock stardom

Published Nov. 17, 2014

They aren't old enough to legally smoke, drink or even drive. If "This Is Spinal Tap" was in theaters, they wouldn't be able to see it without their parents, and if you add together the ages of all five band members, the quintet's combined age (63) would still be younger than Sir Paul McCartney (72). But while most kids' dreams of rock glory only go as far as that - dreams - Mad RED Kat has already started acting on its aspirations, forming a band and playing gigs across the city.

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Kinks' Dave Davies' Turner Hall gig offers nothing to complain about

Published Nov. 12, 2014

Lester Bangs' "James Taylor Marked for Death" is no doubt popular reading this week in Milwaukee after the singer-songwriter disparaged his recent Brew City audience for its supposedly "wooden" response. It's highly unlikely Milwaukee will have to deal with any post-show digs from fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Davies, who delighted an appreciative crowd Tuesday night at Turner Hall.

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Vote for 2014 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards

Published Nov. 11, 2014

The only thing approaching faster than the end of the year is end of the year awards. One such celebration is the annual Radio Milwaukee Music Awards, hosted at 88Nine's Walker's Point studio. But before the celebration begins and the awards can be dished out, the event is looking for your help in crowning 2014's winners.

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A conversation with The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward

Published Nov. 10, 2014

One of Justin Hayward's earliest memories of being in America with The Moody Blues comes courtesy of the Midwest. Unsurprisingly, it's a chilly one. Over 40 years later, he returns to town for a show on Sunday, Nov. 16. Unfortunately, it hasn't gotten much warmer. One thing is different this time around, though: Hayward arrives in Milwaukee by himself, taking the chance in between tours with The Moody Blues to do a special acoustic tour.

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NO/NO is not The Delphines (but it used to be)

Published Nov. 5, 2014

The Delphines' club shows were frequent and album releases were fast and furious. Eventually a full length album called "Hush" was released, but shortly afterward the band quietly broke up. Disappointment followed. How could we allow this to happen? This band felt like it was composed of sun-bleached driftwood, waiting for a match to drop and set fire to the music scene. It was a band that made Milwaukee's music scene vibrate. So I was surprised this morning when my phone lit up with a message...

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A successful today arrives for Milwaukee musician Matthes

Published Nov. 3, 2014

Milwaukeed-based Americana musician Jay Matthes' career in music started with second place and a far too conveniently named rival talent show band. Now, he's carved out a place in the Milwaukee music scene, as well as released a new record, "A Drier Place."

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Hayes brings country to the BMO Harris Bradley Center

Published Nov. 1, 2014

If country music is evolving, it is clear that men are leading it, and two of the youngsters just about at the head of the pack are Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes. McCreery, 21, played at Summerfest this past summer while Hayes, 23, is coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday, Nov. 13 for a show that is expected to be a sellout.

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Florentine's "Flying Dutchman" is a chance to hear opera at its very best

Published Oct. 20, 2014

It was just a rehearsal - no costumes, no set, no orchestra, no chorus, no plush seats, no lights on stage. As a matter of fact, there was no stage at all, just a piano. And the whole thing was in German. In spite of all of those things that weren't there, the thing that was there was a fascinating story and some amazing voices that told the story with such romance and strength that I followed the whole thing from my folding chair.

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Alverno Presents "Smith Uncovered" plugs into a punk legend

Published Oct. 16, 2014

A little over a decade ago, Milwaukee musician and Testa Rosa lead vocalist Betty Blexrud-Strigens got a chance to see the legendary Patti Smith in Madison. Even though the show came quite some time after Smith's punk glory years, Blexrud-Strigens still remembers the rock legend providing a charge. Now, it's up to Blexrud-Strigens and a roster of Milwaukee artists and musicians to bring that essence back to the stage with "Smith Uncovered."

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Blues takes center stage to honor harp king Liban's 50th anniversary

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Liban has had quite a 50 years. He's been up and down and up and down and up. He's faced substance abuse, charlatan promoters, empty promises, dark and dingy clubs, big stages, European tours, the death of a loved one, some racial uncertainties and eventually his present state of comfort. If that sounds like a blues song, it's because his life has been like a great tune.

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Field Report hopes to strike "Marigolden" with sophomore record

Published Oct. 10, 2014

Few bands have come out of the gates as strongly as Milwaukee's own Field Report. So it's safe to say the bar was set high for Field Report's eventual sophomore attempt, one nicely cleared by "Marigolden," released Tuesday, Oct. 7.