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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:16:02 CDT


40 years on "Two Sevens Clash" still captures militant zeitgeist of punk, reggae

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:23:00 CDT

It was 40 years ago today that The Clash, Sex Pistols and other like-minded fellow travelers fueled the punk revolution in the U.K. and the Ramones, Patti Smith and others did the same here. It's also 40 years since the release of Culture's "Two Sevens Clash," which helped bring punks and dreads together.

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Local landmarks glow orange to salute Make Music Day

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:02:00 CDT

New York, Chicago, London, Lagos, Milwaukee, Madison and Platteville. These are just some of the dozens of cities in the U.S., U.K. and Nigeria that are celebrating Make Music Day today. Here, a trio of landmarks will glow orange and there will be music, of course.

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8 highlights of the Rolling Stones' "Exhibitionism" show in Chicago

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:02:00 CDT

The Rolling Stones' "Exhibitionism," which runs through July 30 at Navy Pier in Chicago, includes more than 500 artifacts, nearly 200 original artworks, a room full of flamboyant outfits worn by the band members across the years, videos, photographs, concert posters, guitars and more.

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The Killers hit The Rave on Aug. 2

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:36:00 CDT

For those hoping to creep an early peak at the alt-Americana rockers potential Lollapolooza setlist, The Killers announced today that the band will play The Rave on Wednesday, Aug. 2, barely 48 hours before its major Lolla appearance.

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McGraw and Hill show no sign of going stale at their Bradley Center show

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:56:00 CDT

I wondered though, after twenty years of marriage, three kids and multiple tours together, would Tim McGraw and Faith Hill be ... stale? Tired? Old? I shouldn't have even wondered; their "Soul2Soul" stop Friday night in Milwaukee was none of that.

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Talking cats, Nashville and music with Robyn Hitchcock

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:06:00 CDT

British singer-songwriter and cult favorite Robyn Hitchcock will perform in The Back Room at Colectivo, 2211 N. Prospect Ave., on Sunday, June 18.

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Lorde will kick off her new North American tour in Milwaukee in March

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:21:00 CDT

In addition to releasing "Melodrama," the much-anticipated sophomore follow-up to her hit debut album, "Pure Heroine," Lorde also announced tour dates for the North American leg of her upcoming tour - opening right here in Milwaukee on March 1.

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It was 30 years ago today; U2 reprises "The Joshua Tree" at Soldier Field

Sun, 4 Jun 2017 03:02:00 CDT

Two years after Irish quartet U2 played a string of nights at the United Center in support of its "Songs of Innocence," the band returns to the Windy City - to the even bigger Soldier Field - to rekindle the magic of its classic "The Joshua Tree," released 30 years ago.

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Miller Brewing toasts the city with a "Cheers to Milwaukee" surprise concert

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 05:02:00 CDT

For more than 160 years, Miller Brewing has helped supply Milwaukeeans with gallons of tasty suds - and yet today, they're the ones saying thank you, announcing a special free surprise concert hosted at the Riverside Theater on Friday, June 9.

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Musician Bryan Cherry formally - and informally - invites you to "Tea Time"

Wed, 31 May 2017 09:36:00 CDT

Bryan Cherry will play with Bryan Cherry Band member Sean Williamson on Thursday, June 1 at Tea Time, a weekly music series held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sabbatic, 700 S. 2nd St.

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Beck returns to Milwaukee for Riverside show on Aug. 16

Tue, 30 May 2017 12:00:00 CDT

It's been decades since indie alternative icon Beck hit a stage in Milwaukee - a streak that's going to come to a close this summer, as he'll play the Riverside Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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Update: More MSO news, more Warner Grand photos

Tue, 30 May 2017 09:02:00 CDT

As soon as news emerged that the MSO wants to make the gorgeous Art Deco former Warner/Grand movie palace its new home, we took you inside. Now, we're going back in for more! Here's an update on the project and another peek inside.

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Mr. Big defies gravity with new album, tour

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:06:00 CDT

If you only know Mr. Big because of their worldwide hit, the acoustic ballad "To Be With You," then you don't know Mr. Big. But you can get to know them Wednesday night as their new tour starts at the Northern Lights Theater.

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George Thorogood plans a "Rock Party" for The Pabst Theater

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:56:00 CDT

After performing more than 8,000 shows in a career that spans 40 years, it's easy to envision George Thorogood on autopilot when he hits The Pabst Theater stage on Tuesday, May 30. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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Mike Benign Compulsion celebrates a new CD of "mostlys"

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:02:00 CDT

The Mike Benign Compulsion has just released its fourth CD. You can celebrate with the band and with the reunited Ball Turret Gunners on Friday, May 19 at Red Dot in Wauwatosa. Cover is a mere $5.

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Katy Perry announces new tour, BMO Harris Bradley Center stop on Dec. 4

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:16:00 CDT

It's been a good Monday for KatyCats (hey, don't look at me; that's what they're called). First, Katy Perry announced her new album, "Witness." She then followed up that news with the announcement of her new arena tour, hitting the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Dec. 4.

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Who stole the show: Hall and Oates or Tears For Fears?

Sat, 13 May 2017 23:31:00 CDT

Such an unlikely pairing. The blue-eyed soul of Hall and Oates, or the Brit pop of Tears For Fears? Who was better Saturday night at the Bradley Center? Depends who you're asking.

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"Music enthusiast" inspires urban youth to create their own music

Sat, 13 May 2017 11:56:00 CDT

Kiran Vedula, known as "Q the Sun" in the band New Age Narcissism, has worked in Milwaukee's music scene for the past 12 years as a musician, composer and producer, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Country star Maren Morris returns to The Rave in October

Mon, 1 May 2017 13:26:00 CDT

The Rave announced today that country music star Maren Morris will return to Milwaukee, bringing her "The Hero Tour" to the Eagles Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 6., at 8 p.m.

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Local soul-pop singer Lex Allen keeps his music and mission movin'

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:36:00 CDT

Lex Allen wears his emotions on his sleeves - as anyone who knows him or has seen the Vogue-ready photos from his upcoming album, the man knows style - but possibly even more so in his songs. He'll bring those to the Colectivo Back Room Sunday night.

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Brit breakthrough Bishop Briggs brings her big vocals to Turner Hall Ballroom

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:01:00 CDT

For some musicians, it can take years churning out records in the hopes of scoring even just a moderate breakthrough hit. In the case of dark pop singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs, it took just the second song to her name: the soulfully stormy "River."

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7 questions for local rapper Vincent VanGREAT

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:56:00 CDT

Before he hits the stage for Arte Para Todos Saturday night, we chatted with Milwaukee rapper Vincent VanGREAT about looking back at his last album, looking ahead to what's next, his crazy night with comedian Eric Andre and more.

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Fly your freak flag Friday night with D'Amato at Arte Para Todos

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:56:00 CDT

With a 1 a.m. set time, it will be Saturday morning when D'Amato takes the stage at Arte Para Todos. But if you were looking for a performer primed to take on such an imposingly late slot, the Milwaukee rapper would make the shortlist.

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Tigernite talks Arte Para Todos and being "kind of like Wiccan Lisa Frank"

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:02:00 CDT

There are many ways to describe the essence and style of Tigernite, which will help crack open Arte Para Todos tonight. Post-glam power pop. Psychedelic fantasy-fueled rock. But, really, there's only one correct answer: Wiccan Lisa Frank.

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88Nine names headliners for its 10th anniversary block party

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:00:00 CDT

88Nine Radio Milwaukee has announced that rapper Noname, Strand of Oaks and Milwaukee's Field Report will headline its 10th anniversary block party, slated for Saturday, June 24 outside the station's Walker's Point headquarters at 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave.

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Here are the 2017 WAMI Award winners

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:06:00 CDT

Wisconsin's top musicians and industry notables were recognized for their contributions to the state's diverse music scene at the 37th annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards Show, held Sunday night at Turner Hall in Milwaukee.

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Peter Mulvey to release 17th album at Colectivo

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:05:00 CDT

After recording with And DiFranco in New Orleans, Milwaukee's Peter Mulvey is ready to release his 17th album on Saturday, April 29 in The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee.

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Here are Summerfest's U.S. Cellular Connection Stage headliners

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:30:00 CDT

Last week, Summerfest followed up its massive headliner lineup announcement with a daily stage-by-by schedule release. And this week starts no differently, with the Big Gig announcing the 2017 headliner lineup for the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage.

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11 places to feed your vinyl addiction

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:56:00 CDT

Here are some of the best places around town to wax musical and feed your PVC addiction.

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Talking the old days with Billy Bob Thornton

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:36:00 CDT

I've gotten away from using the phone. So when I am with the likes of a Billy Bob Thornton, as I was Wednesday before his Monday night show at Shank Hall, I not only think it's cool, but I find myself commiserating about the old days.

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Milwaukee's Luhrssen writes the book on classic rock

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:03:00 CDT

After writing about everything from secret societies to Milwaukee punk rock, the Shepherd Express' Dave Luhrssen has now written the "Encyclopedia of Classic Rock." We asked him about what went into writing this authoritative tome with Michael Larson.

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Brian Wilson and crew give "Pet Sounds" a warm final bow

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:56:00 CDT

Now that "Pet Sounds" is celebrating its 51st birthday, the Beach Boys are traveling the world and celebrating the album one last time. That included a stop at Riverside Theater on Wednesday night, where they filled the auditorium with their smooth, melodic tunes.

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Music legend Diana Ross will play the BMO Harris Pavilion on July 14

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:02:00 CDT

Music icon Diana Ross will perform at the BMO Harris Pavilion this summer, bringing her "In the Name of Love" tour to the stage - with special guest Rhonda Ross - on Friday, July 14.

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Beatles goodies perfect for Record Store Day hunting

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:02:00 CDT

Since we're talking Record Store Day this week, I thought I'd rave about two new, high-end Beatles-related gems that emerged recently.

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4 things to look forward to at Eric Church's Friday night show

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:56:00 CDT

It's teed up to be one of the best shows this year, and judging from the buzz, reviews and what I'm hearing from FM 106's Kerry Wolfe - Eric Church's "Holdin' My Own Tour" - that rolls into the BMO Harris Bradley Center Friday night - will rock Milwaukee's Good Friday night with nearly 40 tunes and 3+ hours of music.

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Summerfest gathers Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and more for closing night show

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:56:00 CDT

This morning, Summerfest announced the Outlaw Music Festival - a special music festival within the festival, a first for the Big Gig - will close out this year's edition on Sunday, July 9, featuring Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and many more.

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Violent Femmes, Echo and the Bunnymen headed to the BMO Harris Pavilion in July

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:36:00 CDT

The BMO Harris Pavilion and The Pabst Theater Group announced today that signature '80s rock groups Violent Femmes and Echo and the Bunnymen will co-headline the lakefront venue on Friday, July 21, as a part of their summer tour.

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The Blinding Lights is back and this time Harrington is all-in

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Seven years after The Blinding Lights' first disc, an EP called "Sanctify," has followed and we caught up with frontman Jeff Harrington to ask about what's changed over that time that has led him to not only keep the band going, but to quit his day job and devote his energies to music full-time.

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Milwaukee Talks: Miller Park organist Dean Rosko

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 19:06:00 CDT

The great American pastime would be nothing without its soundtrack - and for the past 14 years, organist Dean Rosko has contributed to its beloved orchestra, playing an integral part of the Miller Park experience.

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Arte Para Todos announces its 2017 lineup

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:56:00 CDT

Today, Arte Para Todos - the four-day local music extravaganza meaning "art for everyone" - released its official schedule, featuring almost 100 performers playing across more than 20 locations and four neighborhoods for one great cause.

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The Final Four: Who will be the final Summerfest headliners?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:16:00 CDT

Last summer, we here at OnMilwaukee compiled a "wish list" of acts we thought would be perfect for celebrating a half-century of the Big Gig in Milwaukee. So far, we're batting .000. But there's still time for us to bloop one into short center.

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Summerfest announces The Chainsmokers as July 4 headliner

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:00:00 CDT

This morning, Summerfest announced that EDM/pop duo The Chainsmokers will headline the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 4.

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Dave Matthews' label releases Jerry Garcia live CD recorded in Milwaukee

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:02:00 CDT

Thanks in part to an energetic Milwaukee crowd, the Jerry Garcia Band played a double-CD-worthy gig at the Bradley Center in 1991. That concert is now available in a nice set from Dave Matthews' ATO Records.

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Alpine Valley won't host any concerts this year

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:59:00 CDT

Turns out the prominent "That's All Folks! See you in 2017" graphic on the Alpine Valley website is only half right. According to, Live Nation says that Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy will not host concerts this season, due to a paucity of available artists.

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Summerfest teams with Historical Society for 50th anniversary exhibit

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 CDT

Summerfest and Milwaukee County Historical Society have teamed up to create an exhibition in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the World's Largest Music Festival that celebrates five decades of bringing Milwaukeeans together and making musical memories.

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UPAF 50th fund drive: A look at the Milwaukee Children's Choir

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:03:00 CDT

UPAF has launched its 50th year of raising funds for performing arts groups in Milwaukee. OnMilwaukee will feature each of the 15 member groups during the 15-week campaign drive. This week, it's the Milwaukee Children's Choir.

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State Fair adds Pentatonix, Kip Moore to Main Stage lineup

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:56:00 CDT

Today, the Wisconsin State Fair announced two more Main Stage headliners for its upcoming 2017 edition this summer: a cappella craze Pentatonix and country star Kip Moore.

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Jazz in the Park announces its 2017 lineup

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 14:56:00 CDT

The warm nights of summer are just around the corner - and as a helpful reminder, Jazz in the Park today announced its lineup for its upcoming 26th annual festival, returning to Cathedral Square Park from June 1 through Aug. 31.

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Kaye, Daugherty reflect on Patti Smith's "Horses"

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 21:56:00 CDT

The legendary Patti Smith takes the Milwaukee Theatre stage on Thursday, March 9 to perform her 1975 album "Horses." Recently, her guitarist and drummer chatted with Blaine Schultz about making the record and visiting Milwaukee.

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Satisfy your fast food and metal cravings with Mac Sabbath, Mockstrosity Tour

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 16:06:00 CDT

"What is this that stands before me?" is the ominous opening lyric to "Black Sabbath." Milwaukee metal heads will be thinking the same thing should they venture out to Thursday's Mockstrosity Tour at Turner Hall Ballroom. But venture they should.

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