People of Earth Hayward Williams is playing Linneman's this Friday
In today Kramp Cast I talk to Milwaukee musician Hayward Williams about his fans across seas, how important his 64 Gibson is to him, how he almost got kicked out of a recent Paul McCartney show, plus hear the debut of a new song called "Beginnings."
The Benders: Never too old to rock 'n' roll
Last week, I wrote about a private reunion of 1960s Milwaukee band The Benders, a band that included Paul Barry, who later became a local musical celeb with his band Barry's Truckers.The reunion took place over the weekend and Barry sent me a note to recap.
Satellite will headline Paxfest 2013
In today's Kramp Cast Steve McMorran of Satellite and I talk about Paxfest 2013, life on the road and how Satellite's debut album "Calling Birds" is a representation of a huge change in his life.
Of love and hip-hop
Time always flies - especially when you get older. A friend's Facebook post reminded me that it's been 20 years since some of the most important music of my life was released. Where does it all go? And, why isn't any better?
Nathanson is ready for the heat at Festa Italiana
In today's Kramp Cast I talk to musician Matt Nathanson about his new album, his love of Italian food, his obsessive/compulsive personality, and whether or not he would liked to get punched in the face by Kinks frontman Ray Davies for writing the song "Kinks Shirt," which appears on his new album.
Sir Paul, from the cheap seats
This isn't a review of last night's Paul McCartney show at Miller Park. For that, I'll direct you to be colleague Bobby's excellent piece that he filed before I even got home. No, this is what it was like to be at my first McCartney show. To see a legend. From the worst seats I've ever sat in.
DeLorenzo explains second ouster from Violent Femmes
As reported yesterday, Victor DeLorenzo has once again been kicked out of the band he co-founded, the Violent Femmes. After three reunion shows to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's first album - including one at Summerfest's Marcus Amphitheater - the Femmes have replaced DeLorenzo with Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione.
Macca's rules and regulations
Paul McCartney takes the stage tonight at Miller Park and, like all mega-events, there's a lot to know. With the help of our friends at the Milwaukee Brewers, here is an A to Zed of answers to questions about tonight's gig and about Sir Paul ...
Ian And The Dream love to live in the moment
Ian Ash of Ian And The Dream joins me to talk about the band, their latest EP and what they've been up to for the three years since I last interviewed him.
Panic! At the Disco, other big names coming to The Rave
This morning The Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., announced exciting concerts for the fall.
Yellow Phone gets $30k grant
The Yellow Phone Music Conference, a four-day conference of artists and music professionals, received a $30,000 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to help with promotion of the event.
Milwaukee's The Belle Weather is ready to play The Pabst Theater
In today's Kramp Cast I talk to The Belle Weather frontman Eric Cox about taking chances, living in Sheboygan, his love for Pearl Jam and he hear him play rocking acoustic version of the band's first single "The Accomplice."
Fire at the Miramar Theatre
There was an electrical fire at the Miramar Theatre last night. The East Side venue is temporarily closed.
Help Cebar kickstart his next record
Paul Cebar has recorded a new full-length disc and the Milwaukee musician has turned to fans, via a Kickstarter campaign, to help "Fine Rude Thing" see the light of day.
The past, present and future of Milwaukee band Fever Marlene
In today's Kramp Cast I talk to Scott Starr of Fever Marlene about his early recordings, his relationship with drummer Kevin Dunphy, the progression of the band's sound and members, the stupid purchases the band has made, and you'll hear a very special acoustic version of "Easy Eyes" off the latest CD, "Medicated Friends."
Kulick talks KISS, Summerfest and more
Ask prolific guitar player Bruce Kulick why being a judge for the School of Rock "Battle of the Bands" June 29 and 30 at Summerfest is important to him and the former member of KISS says that "seeing them be creative or just cover a classic rock tune is truly a joy to me."
Diplo gets Milwaukee moving
Los Angeles-based producer and DJ Diplo took the stage at 10 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis in front of an ecstatic crowd of festival attendees who were eager to kick the summer off with a bang.
Guitar man: Update
The details are falling into place as I work on fulfilling my dream of becoming a first-time guitar soloist on my 70th birthday.
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.