Milwaukee is songwriter's muse
Singer-songwriter Justin Jagler, 21, never set out to write songs about Milwaukee. But like any artist, he was inevitably influenced by his surroundings. "I live in the Milwaukee area; it just kind of happened," he said. "That's where a lot of the situations took place."
Dylan will play BMO Harris Bradley Center
Legendary American singer/songwriter Bob Dylan will perform live at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Nov. 8.
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings return to Milwaukee at last
Forgoing an opening act, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings took the stage at the Pabst Theater just after 8 p.m. Monday night.
Journey to stop at BMO Harris Bradley Center
Rock band Journey is coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center Friday, Nov. 16, and they're bringing special guests Pat Benatar and Loverboy with them.
Enemy Star launches 2-night, 2-city "female-fronted" music fest
Local hard rock outfit Enemy Star is preparing to launch a new two-night "female-fronted" music festival in September with dates in Milwaukee and Madison.
Ride and rock for the kids
The Blue Pig, 5036 S. Packard Ave. in Cudahy, will host the fourth Ride for Dime Wisconsin, a day-long charity fundraiser for Little Kids Rock, Saturday, July 21.
Jimmy at the Riverside with Chuck Garric
I arrived at my desk this morning to find a little gift from Milwaukee band Jimmy at the Prom. The hard-hitting local rock (with a capital R) quartet has a blood red-vinyl 7" out with two tracks recorded at the Riverside Theater. The platter marks the emergence of the first material - namely "Escape" and "Fist of Doom" - produced by Chuck Garric.
The Frogs' Dennis Flemion dies
Dennis Flemion will be missed but he will be remembered among local musicians as a friend and as an innovator on the local scene.
Back to the '80s with Rich Mars at WMSE
I'm a firm believer that even in a lean period (sure, that's an Orange Juice reference, why not?), there's always great music to be found. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder for it. Thanks to my go-to record shops - Zig-Zag, Bleecker Bob's and others in my old town and Atomic, Earwaves and Rush-Mor in my current one - I was able to easily get the best of the best in the 1980s. I'll play some of the music I mined in those places Wednesday night on WMSE.
Acme Records coming to Bay View
Though it's been in the works for a little while, Ken Chrisien, also known as Shopkeeper Ken, has officially announced the opening of his new Bay View record shop.
Keane dazzles The Pabst with a full spectrum of sound
In front of a near-capacity crowd at The Pabst Theater on Saturday night, British band Keane delivered an impressive performance that spanned its whole catalog.
Llanas steals the show at America concert
Thursday night America played to a sold-out crowd at The Pabst Theater. Former BoDeans front man, Sammy Llanas, opened. I was unaware of Sammy opening up, and it turned out to be a more than fantastic surprise.
Eric Hutchinson lights up Turner Hall
In Thursday night's show at the Turner Hall Ballroom, Eric Hutchinson delighted his fans and managed to have an encore that overshadowed his set.
Elvis Costello booked into the BMO Harris Pavilion
Milwaukee World Festival officials have booked Elvis Costello & The Imposters for a headlining show at the new BMO Harris Pavilion Saturday, Sept. 15.
Jackson Browne brings fall tour to The Riverside
Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne is scheduled to perform at the Riverside Theater Oct. 21 as part of his 2012 U.S. acoustic tour.
The songs of summer
Oh the joys of summer songs! The more I think about it, the more I want to start a list. These are some of my favorites, in no particular order.
St. Vincent and David Byrne join forces at the Riverside
Singer/songwriter St. Vincent (Annie Clark) and Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne will team up for a live performance Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Riverside Theater.
Milwaukee's Field Report signs to Partisan Records
Milwaukee-based band Field Report has signed with Brooklyn record label Partisan Records. The band is scheduled to release their self-titled debut album Sept. 11.
Beach House sets up at The Pabst
Sub Pop Records has announced Beach House's "Frightened Eyes" 2012 tour, in support of the Baltimore band's great new record, "Bloom, out now. Included is a return to Milwaukee.
Eric Church sets October date at BMO Harris Bradley Center
Eric Church's "The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour" isn't over yet, and the fall leg of the tour will include nearly 50 stops including BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Gotye to play The Riverside
Alt rock artist Gotye will play the Riverside Theater Saturday, Aug. 25.
Irish Fest brings music to the marina
Milwaukee Irish Fest heads to the lakefront a little early this year as it presents the first Music at the Marina fundraiser Friday, July 20.
WAMI wants you
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry is looking for the state's top talent for its eighth annual WAMI Youth Showcase at this year's Summerfest.
Milwaukee hip-hop videos galore: Dana Coppa, Prophetic, Gerald Walker, Dope Folk
While I've been off the grid, lots of stuff has been going on in the Milwaukee hip-hop scene. New projects have dropped, new singles have been released, and new music videos have been exploding all over the interwebs.
You think you know Alice? Win an Alice Cooper "Strange Case" DVD
If you're an Alice fan, you can celebrate your Coop knowledge by answering a few simple (well, not that simple) Alice Cooper questions and win a copy of "The Strange Case of Alice Cooper - Live 1979 - Madhouse Rock Tour" for your efforts.