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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Sun, 28 May 2017 11:16:02 CDT


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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Hall and Oates, Tears for Fears team up for Bradley Center show on May 13

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 17:36:00 CDT

The BMO Harris Bradley Center announced today that the impressive throwback double act of Hall and Oates and Tears for Fears will bring their 29-city North America tour to Milwaukee on Saturday, May 13.

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WAMI announces 2017 awards nominees

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:06:00 CDT

Today, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced the nominees for the organization's 37th annual awards show, hosted this year at the Turner Hall Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.

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State Fair's Main Stage turns back the clock to 1985 for Retro Futura Tour show

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:06:00 CDT

The Wisconsin State Fair is headed back to the '80s for the Retro Futura Tour on Thursday, Aug. 3, featuring Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, Modern English, The English Beat, Paul Young and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves.

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The Classic Rock Show delivers a blast from the past at The Pabst

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:01:00 CDT

The genre of classic rock sparks love in people's lives from either growing up in its prime or having the musical influences bestowed upon them by others. Both types were in the crowd that gathered at The Pabst Theater last night for The Classic Rock Show.

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Elvis sets up his "Imperial Bedroom" at the Riverside in July

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:10:00 CDT

While each Elvis Costello record felt like a new and immediate masterpiece when it arrived, everyone could tell there was something extra-special about the baroque Beatles-esque pop of 1982's "Imperial Bedroom." Elvis comes to Milwaukee in July to focus on the record.

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The Classic Rock Show brings beloved rock legends to life

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:56:00 CDT

People dream of seeing legendary rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC and more. Thanks to groups like The Classic Rock Show - coming to The Pabst Sunday night - you can still see these legends and hear their awesome rock anthems come to life.

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Tweed Funk frontman's road to cancer recovery leads back to the stage

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:06:00 CDT

Battling some stage fright is nothing compared to what Tweed Funk frontman Joseph "Smokey" Holman's fought against over the past year: multiple myeloma, an ailment that kept the soulful singer and his band sidelined for over half a year.

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Roger Waters to bring tour to BMO Harris Bradley Center on July 29

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:56:00 CDT

Roger Waters, one of the key original members of Pink Floyd, will bring his solo "Us + Them" tour to Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, July 29.

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Before Riverside show, Ben Folds talks beating up pianos and his fave MKE place

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:56:00 CDT

Before he brings his witty lyrics and whacked-out piano prowess to the Riverside stage Thursday night, we got a chance to chat with Ben Folds about his upcoming show, one of his other passions - photography - and the Milwaukee hot spot he misses most.

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State Fair adds rock legend John Mellencamp to Main Stage lineup

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:05:00 CDT

Today, the Wisconsin State Fair announced it'll bring some R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. to this year's headliner lineup, with heartland rock legend John Mellencamp taking the Main State, presented by Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, on Friday, Aug. 4.

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The real winners and losers at the Grammys

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:16:00 CDT

Adele ended up the champion of Sunday night's diva duel at the Grammys, beating Beyonce in all of their battles and winning a total of five awards at the end of the night. But who were the real winners and losers from last night? Tune in.

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Legendary jazz singer and Milwaukee native Al Jarreau dies at 76

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:03:00 CDT

Milwaukee-raised jazz singer Al Jarreau died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 76. No official cause of death has been reported, but Jarreau had struggled with respiratory problems and last week cancelled all his tour dates due to exhaustion.

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Cloud Nothings prepares to perform its first Milwaukee show at Turner Hall

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:36:00 CDT

Wake up, travel, perform and go to bed. Cloud Nothings live this day by day as they make their trek on their latest tour. Lucky for us, one of the stops for them is at our own Turner Hall Ballroom this Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.

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