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Articles tagged with 'music'

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Commander Tang rocking up the block and into the rest of the city

Published April 16, 2014

You never know where you might meet your future bandmates. Maybe you'll meet them through a mutual friend. Maybe it'll be a chance meeting in a railway station. Maybe you'll meet them half a world away. That certainly wasn't the case with Milwaukee rock outfit Commander Tang. In fact, George Phillips didn't even have to leave his front lawn or his Washington Heights block.

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Third Coast meets Pacific Coast with local pop singer Corey Pieper

Published April 15, 2014

Even though Corey Pieper's latest single "One More Time" isn't conventional Milwaukee, it's obvious the up-and-coming pop singer has love for his home city. The musician namedrops "the 414" near the beginning of the track, and the regional callouts - along with shout outs to his Hawaiian heritage - aren't merely for show.

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The third time in Milwaukee is the charm for indie folk band Wake Owl

Published April 14, 2014

When Wake Owl first arrived in town, they were at the bottom of a three-band bill at the Cactus Club with their freshly released debut EP, "Wild Country." Since then, their crowds and popularity have only grown, moving up to a $10 Pabst Pub gig last June and now a Friday night headliner gig at Turner Hall Ballroom. And instead of a five-song EP, Cameron and company arrive with a brand new full album, "The Private World of Paradise."

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Pencils down, amps up: Rock band class is in session

Published April 3, 2014

Angelina Gagliano, 13, has a fairly typical school schedule with the typical school subjects. Some math, some social studies, some literature, etc. For the past two months, however, Gagliano has been taking a class on a topic far outside the typical middle school curriculum. She's learning how to rock.

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A chat with Irish soul singer James Vincent McMorrow

Published March 28, 2014

When I saw James Vincent McMorrow at a small afternoon radio set at The Pabst Pub, I knew he was someone to watch. Now, with a modest hit album under his belt and a new album making the rounds, McMorrow is back in town for a show tonight at Turner Hall Ballroom. Before he hits the stage, OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to chat with the Irish singer about his new album, his inspirations and why Milwaukee is a special stop for him.

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Remembering "The Dark Side" and Ron Cuzner

Published March 27, 2014

It was 11 years ago today when my mother called me from Milwaukee and told me Ron Cuzner had died that day at 64. I was stunned into a Cuzner-like pregnant-pause silence. I had moved to Madison in 1989, so I lost my close connection to Ron in those pre-radio streaming years. He had spun his last Ellington "Solitude" intro and uttered his last golden catch-phrase. He and his jazz program "The Dark Side" had finally moved on to the light.

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The Head and the Heart face fame, dreams on its sophomore album

Published March 26, 2014

When we first talked to Seattle-based indie folk rockers The Head and the Heart, the band was still basking in the success of its well-received self-titled debut album and an upcoming Milwaukee appearance, not as the opener, but as the headliner. It's been a busy three years since that interview for the band, with a sophomore album now out and a tour that brings The Head and the Heart to Milwaukee now twice in a four-month stretch.

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Kickstarter doc aims to keep "The Smart Studios Story" rocking

Published March 25, 2014

Back in the '80s and '90s, Smart Studios - despite its looks on the outside - was one of the most influential places in the Wisconsin music industry, drawing bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. Unfortunately, 28 years after starting up, Smart Studios closed its doors in 2010. However, its legacy still lives on, and filmmaker Wendy Schneider wants to make sure of that.

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Words and music fight depression and despair in "Unplugged"

Published March 24, 2014

Local author and musician Paul McComas has made many projects, collaborating with his past work and his past self. "Unplugged," however, is much more than simply another project. Much of that is due to the performance's mission: combating rape, depression and despair, topics that sadly still desperately need just as much attention and discussion today as they did when McComas originally wrote "Unplugged" 12 years ago.

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"The Sing Off" champs Home Free bring a cappella to country

Published March 20, 2014

Before the country a cappella group Home Free takes The Pabst Theater stage for two shows Thursday night, I talked to tenor Rob Lundquist about the group's origins, its time on "The Sing Off," and why country music and a cappella just haven't gotten along until now.

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"X Factor" group Fifth Harmony attempts to make a name for itself

Published March 19, 2014

Less than two years ago, girl group Fifth Harmony was being judged by Top 40 pop star Demi Lovato on the now-defunct Fox singing competition "The X Factor." Now, they're touring the nation alongside the former Disney star. It's been a long, odd road to get to this point for the five ladies who were suddenly smashed together into a girl group live on TV and eventually finished in third place on the show.

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Whiskey of the Damned fights monsters with musical ferocity, fun

Published March 16, 2014

Celtic punks Whiskey of the Damned celebrate the release of their full-length debut, "Monsters Are Real" - plus St. Patrick's Day - in their hometown of Milwaukee tomorrow night. Back when the album was first coming together, however, being in Milwaukee felt anything but celebratory.