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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:16:03 CDT


Summerfest announces a new Uline Warehouse stage

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:31:00 CDT

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and Uline announced today a new capital project that will build a new Uline Warehouse stage at the north end of Henry Maier Festival Park and continue Uline's sponsorship of Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance.

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Why do we love "Weird Al" so much?

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 17:45:00 CDT

Thirty years since "Eat It" and "Like A Surgeon" and "Weird Al" Yankovic continues to retain old fans, attract new ones and sell out venues everywhere, including Milwaukee. What?! How? Why?!

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We went Christmas shopping with local country singer-songwriter Nora Collins

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 19:01:00 CDT

It seemed really appropriate that it was Giving Tuesday when I met up with singer-songwriter Nora Collins and her mom, Jenny, to make a couple of kids' holiday dreams come true by doing some Angel Tree shopping at the Brookfield Target.

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The Pabst Theater adds a second night of "Weird Al" Yankovic on April 9

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:46:00 CDT

After already selling out his upcoming Milwaukee stop on "The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour" on Tuesday, April 10, The Pabst Theater announced that it's added a second show on Monday, April 9, at 8 p.m.

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Milwaukee: Did you know there's a rock star among us and he lives in Bay View?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

When Bay View-based bass player Scott Schoenbeck takes The Rave's stage on Friday night for the FM 102/1 Big Snow Show 12 with his band, Dashboard Confessional, it will be the first time in a while that he's gigged in his hometown.

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11 places to feed your vinyl addiction

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:56:00 CDT

Just in time for Black Friday Record Store Day, here are some of the best places around town to wax musical and feed your PVC addiction.

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Baroques' classic Milwaukee psychedelia gets another spin on vinyl

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:01:00 CDT

The first non-blues or RandB act signed by Chicago's iconic Chess Records was Milwaukee's The Baroques, who released exactly one LP. It's reissued this week for Black Friday Record Store day on electric tapioca yellow vinyl.

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Milwaukee's own Buffalo Gospel warms up a Wisconsin night

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:56:00 CDT

It's reasonable to say my expectations were high as I dropped in to take in Milwaukee-based country act Buffalo Gospel's shortened set opening for The Deslondes Friday night at The Back Room at Colectivo. The group didn't disappoint.

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95.7 BIG FM switches to Christmas music

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:42:00 CDT

Tonight, Milwaukee will go into full holiday mode with the tree lighting and Holiday Lights Festival. And to help you get ready for tonight and the holiday season, 95.7 BIG FM will make its annual switch to holiday music 24/7.

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Rapper Supaman talks Standing Rock and mixing Native traditions with new beats

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:26:00 CDT

Before he takes the MAM After Dark stage Friday night, OnMilwaukee chatted with rapper Supaman about finding his voice between two cultures, his experience at Standing Rock and being a proud Native American in 2017.

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Chris Robinson talks leaving The Black Crowes and being truly happy

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:46:00 CDT

The singer-songwriter-guitarist walked away from megawatt arena spotlights and big paydays of The Black Crowes in 2010 to form The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which will perform at Turner Hall Ballroom on Nov. 17.

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Keith Anderson successfully battles a cold and a crazy crowd at Fire Pit set

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 12:46:00 CDT

"Anybody drinking beer?" asked Keith Anderson six songs into his set Thursday night. And lemme tell ya, people were indeed drinking beer, making for one of the most unbelievable, distracting side shows of entertainment I've seen.

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Bon Iver to play "For Emma, Ten Year" anniversary show at Bradley Center

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:26:00 CDT

Bon Iver and The Pabst Theater Group today announced a special "For Emma, Ten Year" anniversary concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, Feb. 17, celebrating a decade since Bon Iver's major label debut.

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It's Halloween season, so here's a reminder that The Rave is haunted as hell

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:56:00 CDT

There's no lack of supposedly haunted locales in Milwaukee. But ask any musician, and they'll tell you that the creepiest place in the Cream City is undoubtedly The Rave, which is rumored to be haunted by much more than just millennials.

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Miramar founder Bill Stace seeks support for new local music project

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:03:00 CDT

A few months after the landlord declined to renew his lease on the Miramar Theater and Walls Have Ears Studio above it, Bill Stace, who opened and operated both those businesses in that former movie theater for 19 years is seeking funding for another Milwaukee music project.

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Kenny Chesney and country friends play at Miller Park on April 28, 2018

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:29:00 CDT

Kenny Chesney certainly seems to like playing at Miller Park. The country music star will perform at the stadium for the fourth time, and the third headlining show in five years, the Brewers announced, as he brings his "Trip Around the Sun" 2018 tour to Milwaukee on April 28.

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Martha Wainwright returns to Milwaukee for a Shank Hall show

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:03:00 CDT

Here's a fun chat with Martha Wainwright who performs at Shank Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee's soulful talent Mark Waldoch opens the show.

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VIDEO: Femmes' Sparrow rockets back to high school in a big way

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Who says you can't go home again? Violent Femmes drummer John Sparrow is finding his way back to his alma mater, South Milwaukee High School, as part of the band's five-city Viva Wisconsin tour this month. We went back to the school recently to find his old locker.

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Herbie Hancock's big break: Curro's, Milwaukee, 1960

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Living musical legend Herbie Hancock - who plays at The Pabst Theater on Oct. 20 - credits his second professional gig, which took place in Brew City with really launching his career. We delve into the history of that December 1960 gig.

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Remembering Tom Petty: Honest, humble and anything but average

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 11:46:00 CDT

I've heard more than a few people refer to Tom Petty, who died Monday evening of cardiac arrest, as a "regular guy." I believe Tom Petty was humble and honest. But the rock and roll legend certainly wasn't regular.

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Phoenix, Paramore and more headed to FM 102/1's Big Snow Show 12

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:56:00 CDT

FM 102/1 announced the lineup for Big Snow Show 12, the radio station's twelfth annual holiday concert. This year's three day event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30; Friday, Dec. 1; and Saturday, Dec. 2.

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Graham Nash talks about his path to music and where it leads now

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:06:00 CDT

Graham Nash's latest album, "This Path Tonight," was released in 2016. His current path will lead him to The Pabst Theater on Oct. 15, but before then, Nash talked with OnMilwaukee about his journey to music.

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MSO's "Gershwin!" promises an unforgettable night of lively entertainment

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:56:00 CDT

Friday night, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, I had rhythm, I had music and I had my man - in this case, "my man" is George Gershwin, as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra impeccably presented "Gershwin!" for an enthusiastic audience.

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Surf's up: The Exotics wave goodbye to the Milwaukee summer at Red Dot

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:02:00 CDT

Though it will already be autumn by the time Milwaukee's premier surf guitar rockers The Exotics take the stage at Red Dot Tosa, 6715 W. North Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, it'll still be warm enough to go surfing out on Lake Michigan, should the spirit move you.

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Blues Brothers tribute band hits all the right notes

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:08:00 CDT

Kieron (Elwood Blues) Lafferty and Wayne (Jake Blues) Catania don't just look and sound like the Blues Brothers - they melt into the characters. At first, I felt like was looking for reasons to remind myself they weren't the real deal, but by "Rubber Biscuit," I embraced it.

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Hanke brings his acclaimed vinyl podcast home to Milwaukee

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Once and again Milwaukeean Jim Hanke started his Vinyl Emergency podcast a year and a half ago while living in Chicago. But now that's he's back in Brew City, he's brought the respected music podcast with him.

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Robin's picks: 7 days of Milwaukee live music musts

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:16:00 CDT

I often get asked - by out of towners and locals alike - what is there to do here? So I've decided to share my weekly picks of cool happenings in and around our lovely city. Here are my places to be for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

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WCM drive aims to get musical instruments into the hands of Milwaukee kids

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 18:02:00 CDT

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1584 N. Prospect Ave., is holding a musical instrument drive from Sept. 22 through 24 to help get playable instruments into the hands of Milwaukee children who need them most.

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Rock The Green act Barns Courtney talks breaking out, breaking his foot

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:06:00 CDT

It's been an exciting time of big breaks for English rocker and Rock the Green performer Barns Courtney - quite literally, as the singer-songwriter broke his foot last time he was in town, leaping off the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest.

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50th anniversary set offers chance to reconsider maligned Rolling Stones disc

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:02:00 CDT

When the Rolling Stones released "Their Satanic Majesties Request" in 1967, says music writer Rob Bowman, "it was maligned as a poor man's 'Sgt. Pepper,' and as a colossal failure in the group's catalogue." A deluxe reissue helps us decide if that still seems true today.

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Two Gufs set "reunion" show at Colectivo Back Room

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 16:17:00 CDT

Two members of The Gufs have announced a reunion show of sorts for Oct. 27 at The Back Room at Colectivo on Prospect.

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Violent Femmes announce five-city Viva Wisconsin tour

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:01:00 CDT

On the heels of the band's recent live album release, "2 Mics and The Truth: Unplugged and Unhinged in America," the Violent Femmes have announced a five-city tour of Wisconsin in October.

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Twenty Seventeen brings two new Nineteen Thirteen songs

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee duo Nineteen Thirteen has launched a pair of new tracks, which made their world premieres on Aug. 31 at

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Fagen's gigs - like upcoming one here - mix music of Steely Dan and solo era

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Donald Fagen - a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Steely Dan - brings his new band The Nightflyers to Milwaukee on Tuesday, Aug. 29 for an 8 p.m. show at the Riverside Theater. Expect a mix of music from Fagen's four solo records and Steely Dan's oeuvre.

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Odelay: Beck brings back his fun side in long-anticipated show

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:09:00 CDT

Beck Hansen's music has always been a Venn diagram of art, with balls-out unironic rap occupying one circle, and beautiful melodic folk in the other. Right in the middle is when Beck rocks, and it was super cool to see all slices of him a live performance.

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10 great Beck samples

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:28:00 CDT

Even though it's almost as rare as a solar eclipse, Beck is known to play an amazing show when he comes to Milwaukee or Chicago. Amazingly, he finds a way to replicate some of his great samples, but live, in concert. However, those catchy loops are part of what made his early records great.

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Idina Menzel's vocals and personality shine at the Riverside

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:06:00 CDT

After hearing Idina Menzel's emotive and expressive performances Sunday night at the Riverside Theater, I - and I'm sure my fellow audience members - can honestly say that "I have been changed for good."

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Wooldridge Brothers describe "Starts at Dusk," track by track

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Wooldridge Brothers - a band with deep roots in Milwaukee, where most of its members are still based - have a new record on the horizon. This one arrives via a unique partnership with Anodyne Coffee.

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Dawes brings its musical journey to The Pabst Theater

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:06:00 CDT

Currently touring behind 2016's "We're All Going To Die," Dawes' upcoming Milwaukee show on Tuesday night brings them to The Pabst Theater for "An Evening with Dawes," featuring no opener and allowing the band to showcase its brand in full.

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Here's the lineup for the eighth annual WMSE Big Backyard BBQ

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:56:00 CDT

The WMSE Big Backyard BBQ, hosted Saturday, Sept. 2 from noon until 8 p.m. at Bay View's Humboldt Park, recently announced its lineup of musical entertainment, headlined this year by Alejandro Escovedo.

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Made in Milwaukee: 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:06:00 CDT

In late June, massive crowds gathered in Downtown Milwaukee and its surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the anniversary of an essential Brew City musical establishment, the soundtrack to the city - no, not Summerfest 50, but 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

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Third time's a charm for this McCartney fan

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:03:00 CDT

So what if the set Paul McCartney played Wednesday night at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, southwest of Chicago, was nearly identical to the one performed last year at Summerfest? I drove 2.5 hours each way on a weeknight to see a Beatle I'd seen twice before and, you know what? I'd do it again.

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Can you remember every song of the summer since 1982?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:06:00 CDT

It may feel like we're now closer to the end of summer than the beginning, but that doesn't mean the fun in the sun has to stop. And, to help, here's a quick video playlist of the song of the summer across more than three decades.

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Christina Aguilera comes to town for private Northwestern Mutual performance

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:59:00 CDT

Pop diva and "The Voice" coach Christina Aguilera is in Milwaukee today, gearing up for a private concert for Northwestern Mutual at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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Jason Aldean and company bring it home on Day Four of Country Thunder

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:06:00 CDT

Jason Aldean took the stage nearly on time - a good thing, too, because the Thunder Bowl was packed, and the Country Thunder crowd was ready to party. And party they did, for nearly an hour and a half to close out the rockin' weekend.

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Country Thunder hosted the ultimate hillbilly hitch-up

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:56:00 CDT

After Day Two's incredible happenings, it was hard to imagine that Day Three of Country Thunder could get any better. But by only 1 p.m., the day has already seen the penultimate of weddings: hillybilly, Country Thunder style.

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Thomas Rhett and company blaze through Day Three of Country Thunder

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:46:00 CDT

With Day Three's lineup at Country Thunder every bit as packed as the day before's, we were drooling with anticipation - and Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and the rest of the lineup did not disappoint.

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Keith Urban and the rest of Day 2 roar through the rain at Country Thunder

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:59:00 CDT

It's a good artist that can push through weather to create a decent set. It's a great artist who can embrace the weather and create an epic set. Enter Dan + Shay and Keith Urban at a rainy Country Thunder Day 2.

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Guns N' Roses sets BMO Harris Bradley Center show for Nov. 7

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:46:00 CDT

The forecast will call for some "November Rain" this fall, as Milwaukee welcomes iconic '80s/'90s hard rock band Guns N' Roses and its "Not In This Lifetime" tour to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Billy Currington brings energy to Country Thunder's opening night

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:21:00 CDT

I completely anticipated a mellow first night of Country Thunder. People are still moving in, adjusting to tent life, and some people still have to work Friday. But instead, there was a pumped-up Billy Currington and a raucous crowd.

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