Musician John Grant is the "greatest you're ever gonna meet"
In today's Kramp Cast I talk to John Grant about his new CD "Pale Green Ghosts," the cursing in his songs, music that inspires him and his love for horror movie soundtracks. Grant plays in Milwaukee Wednesday, June 26, at The Pabst Pub.
Portugal. The Man delivers high-energy performance
Portugal. The Man has always been a difficult band to classify, as its influences are vast and identifiable, but it proved Friday that it has found a unique voice of its own that is worth more than the sum of its parts.
Jewel is back in town with her greatest hits and stories
In today's Kramp Cast, I talk to singer/songwriter Jewel about growing up in Alaska, hitting the road at the age of 15 and the influence her family and musical icons like Bob Dylan have had on her career.
Present Music announces 2013-14 season
Present Music has announced its 2013-14 season, continuing a tradition of unique performances in creative and non-traditional venues. These seven concerts will also feature a variety of collaborations.
John C. Reilly, friends fill Miller Caves with music
I went into Sunday night's John C. Reilly & Friends show at the Miller Caves with no expectations at all. I'd never heard Reilly's music before - unless you count "Boogie Nights" and "Walk Hard," but I'm a big fan of his work as an actor. I'd never seen a show in the Miller Caves (and nor had anyone else) but I remember being impressed with the space on brewery tours in the past.
Kanye West projects in Milwaukee
Kanye West continued his creative kick Friday night in Downtown Milwaukee and 21 other North American cities with projections of himself on buildings.
Ethan Keller releases his new cd at Club Garibaldi
Award winning solo artist Ethan Keller is joined by some amazing musicians on his new cd "Goin Down In HIstory, Goin Down In Flames." The CD release show is Friday at Club Garibaldi in Bay View. Hear a special acoustic track and his take on the Milwaukee music scene as he sits in on today's Kramp Cast.
Kramp will talk about '90s bands for $$$$
I can't work in radio in Milwaukee so I need to use my knowledge of '90s bands to make some money elsewhere. I decided to hit the streets of Milwaukee to see if I still have what it takes.
Summer shows I'm psyched to see
I'm not sure if summer is really concert season anymore, but each year, it certainly seems like my favorite shows fall when it's hot, hot, hot. This summer, I'm looking forward to a several.
They Might Be Giants impress in a big way
Over the past 30 plus years, They Might Be Giants has consistently entertained with their catchy melodies and quirky lyrics. On Friday night at Turner Hall Ballroom, their strong command of their catalog was greatly appreciated by an adoring audience.
She & Him coming to The Riverside
She & Him - or Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward - are coming to The Riverside on June 28.
Bloc Party gets out of control
At the end of a 2007 performance, Bloc Party vowed that it would return to Milwaukee. On Wednesday night at The Pabst, the British band delivered on that promise but also came off a little too rehearsed at times.
Inspired by Aimee Mann, Ben Smith salutes The Bronze Fonz
More melodious love for the Bronze Fonz has arrived from afar. Yesterday, West Chester, Pa.-based singer and songwriter Ben Smith wrote to share one of his tunes with us. It's one that pays homage to the Bronze Fonz, says Smith.
Italian prog rockers appear tomorrow night in Milwaukee
If one were to imagine a location for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a legendary Italian progressive rock band in an extremely intimate setting, I doubt that Superior Street in Bay View would make the list. But Friday night brings the Italian Progressive Rock band Il Castello di Atlante to that very venue.
New Eric & Magill song debuts
Milwaukee's Eric & Magill, who released an EP called "Two Travelers" in February, will follow it up with a second full-length record this summer. Ryan Weber and Eric Osterman release "Night Singers" on July 23. You can hear the song, "Baggage and Clothes" now.
Enemy Star goes supernova
Local hard rock outfit Enemy Star has called it quits, according to guitarist and founder Paris Ortiz, who wrote in today to say the band will play two final gigs this weekend, including one at Club Anything with a special surprise guest.
Ten minutes with Il Divo singer Sebastien Izambard
Of all the artists to sing in the proverbial house that Bocelli built, Il Divo has probably made the biggest splash. Tonight, they bring their latest tour, "The Best of Il Divo," to the Riverside Theater. OnMilwaukee.com chatted with French singer Sebastien Izambard about the tour, his favorite music and how he keeps his kids grounded despite his worldwide fame.
Does the waltz die with George Jones?
Rest in peace, George. You've got wings now, but you always sang like an angel, anyway.
Hogan again proves herself as a Wisconsin gem
Kelly Hogan is one of the busiest working musicians around and on Sunday night, she reminded the Pabst Pub audience of why she is so in-demand with a marvelous performance that showcased all of her talents.
Les lives on with new Les Paul Artist Advisory Board
This week, the Waukesha County Museum announced the creation of the Les Paul Experience Artist Advisory Board.
Blake Shelton performing in Milwaukee
Blake Shelton is coming to Milwaukee. The 2012 CMA Entertainer of the Year and member of NBS's hit show "The Voice" will be performing at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Sept. 13, 2013 with special guests Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer.
15 big ones from 1976
As Record Store Day and its accompanying vinyl avalanche nears, and as talk has turned to McCartney concerts and a reissue of "Wings Over America," I've found myself transported to the dawn of my vinyl obsession.
McCartney plays Miller Park on July 16
Today, Live Nation and the Milwaukee Brewers announced the date of the upcoming Paul McCartney concert at Miller Park.
Another look at the Avant Garde Coffee House show
Despite the fact that we had Dan Ball - a member of the legendary Velvet Whip - write about the new Avant Garde Coffee House show at UWM's Inova Gallery in the Kenilworth Building, 2155 N. Prospect Ave., I stopped in last week to get a tour from organizer John Stropes.
Cory Chisel, Field Report, Alex Wilson and more win big at WAMIs
The 33rd annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards were held last night at Turner Hall Ballroom, honoring this year's top musicians and industry notables in the state. See the winners here.