A swan song for Duck
In the last month, saxophonist Andrew Love, one half of the Memphis Horns, died, and today, more bad news - Duck Dunn, the bass player for that stellar band, passed away in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo.
Musician Mark Shurilla dies
Mark Shurilla, an intimate part of the music scene in Milwaukee, died today. Heart problems is all I know. This world is a sadder place with Shurilla gone. He helped a lot of musicians in this town and was always full of optimism and spirit, two qualities in notable short supply in the world of music.
Mustangs turn to country music Friday night
On Friday night the Milwaukee Mustangs hope not only to gain new fans but start a new music tradition similar to the Admirals'. Country music's Justin Moore takes the stage after the game.
A hip-hop "Blister in the Sun"
This morning, OnMilwaukee.com contributor and all-around pal J.C. Poppe hipped us to this news about a local hip-hop cover of the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun."
Milwaukee Mafia still has it
If anybody ever asks you if there is great music in Milwaukee, send them to see the Milwaukee Mafia in action.
Juniper Tar's final Foster show
In anticipation of their April 27 album release concert at Turner Hall, Juniper Tar and friends played a special residency gig series at The Hotel Foster. This past Wednesday was the final show.
Lil Kim to heat up the Riverside
Lil Kim is making her way to Milwaukee, and she's coming to the Riverside Theater for a live show May 27.
Win the two-CD "Marley" soundtrack
A new Bob Marley documentary film is on the way and so is a two-CD soundtrack, also available on three vinyl LPs. They're released tomorrow but you can enter to win a copy of the CD set right here.
The WAMIs award a new group of Wisconsin music greats
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry held its 32nd annual WAMI Awards Sunday, April 15 at the Fox Cities Performing Center in Appleton.
Wisconsin State Fair announces final two main stage acts
Wisconsin State Fair officials announced the final two Potawatomi Bingo Casino Main Stage headlining acts for this year's Wisconsin State Fair today.
Riverside audience smitten with Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab for Cutie played tonight at The Riverside Theatre with the Majik*Majik Orchestra for a sold-out audience. The show was a melancholy, energetic delivery of songs from past and present with an extremely dramatic ending.
Inside the residency with Juniper Tar: Week Three recap
Most everyone knows that we are extremely fond of Old Crow bourbon, and over the past seven years we've accumulated enough Old Crow bottles to build a small hut. Last night was, however, the first time that we'd ever been asked to sign one! Yeah, it was one of those nights.
Exclusive entertainment on Record Store Day
This year's Record Store Day is Saturday, April 21, and The Exclusive Company will have free performances all day at its shops on the East Side (1669 N. Farwell Ave.), in Greenfield (5026 S. 74th St.) and in West Bend (144 N. Main St.).
Lollapalooza announces 2012 lineup
Summerfest may be Milwaukee's premier music festival, but it isn't the only gig around. Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park Aug. 3-5 with a full lineup of bands, which the festival announced today.
Mason Jennings shows his range at Turner Hall
Mason Jennings may be from Minneapolis, but he made it clear Saturday night that he felt at home in front of a supportive Turner Hall Ballroom crowd.
Inside the residency with Juniper Tar: Week Two recap
Wow, Wednesday night was a blast. Again, we are amazed and humbled at the amount of people willing to come out and experience what we're doing during these Wednesday night stays. I'm pretty confident that by the end of this little shindig, we are going to each walk away with a handful of really great new pals.
Cool Record Store Day goodies from Pawelski's Omnivore
The annual Record Store Day is on the horizon, taking place on April 21, 2012. The event seeks to drive traffic to indie record shops, and most labels unveil a series of gems each year to drive customers.
Inside the residency with Juniper Tar: Week One recap
Why should you care about what you are about to dive into? Well really we don't expect you to, but we really love Milwaukee and have gotten an opportunity to see our city in a different light, one that has us really freaking excited. So every week, we will share some things with you about our music residency happening at the Hotel Foster on the East Side of our city. Buckle in, there are English majors in this band. (They didn't all graduate, but that's neither here nor there.)
America is reading our Field Report
A few weeks after Counting Crows' Adam Duritz was singing praises of Milwaukee's Field Report (formerly Conrad Plymouth) all over Twitter, the Milwaukee group is hitting the road for a West Coast and down South tour with Megafaun, and takes a couple tracks national via Spin Magazine.
WAMI adds "Downtown Alive" to Appleton awards event
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry has announced its first music series, "Downtown Alive," to be performed the evening of April 14, 2012, the night before the WAMI's 32nd annual awards show at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
Milwaukee music videos keep getting better: Altos and Logic & Raze
Just because Milwaukee UP is done doesn't mean that I'm completely going to fall off of the face of the earth. When I come across something that I think is cool, I'm going to share it with people, because that is still something that I feel is worthwhile.
Revamped Allis After Hours presents American Roots series
The Charles Allis Art Museum's musical series, Allis After Hours, will host an American Roots Music Series every Thursday this May. The condensed music series will feature a selection of local musicians working in the genre of American roots.
The Dukes of September arrive this August
Classic rock musicians Donald Fagan, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs bring their supergroup, The Dukes of September to the Riverside Theater, Monday, Aug. 20.
First impression: Jaill's "Traps"
"Traps," Jaill's second disc for Seattle's Sub Pop Records is due out June 12. Here's our first impression.
Jane's Addiction wasn't shocking, but definitely rocking
Expectations were high tonight for the Jane's Addiction show at the Eagles Ballroom. No one needs or wants to see a tired nostalgia show with bloated ticket prices and deflated entertainers. But no worries, folks, this was not at all the case with this evening's performance.