Words by Jamie Baird
Archive for October, 2008
‘Yikes!’ is the only fitting word to use when describing this weekend in Milwaukee — holiday-centric shows and non-holiday-centric shows alike, the next few days should be packed with enough costume/music combination opportunities that the era of costumey glam rock will pale in comparison. For this reason, the weekly Fan-belt calendar is going to be in skim-mode in order to make room for the ‘more’ that is Milwaukee’s show lineup this weekend. Pay attention to the Halloween-dedicated post by Jamie Baird today for a few of her hand-picked holiday-specific shows, and check out this week’s TGIT to round out the rest. So, rockers, lace up those Chuck’s and shotgun a Coca-Cola, because you’re going to need to ride on that extra caffeine buzz to catch up to all that your city has to offer…
Thursday, October 30th
Cougar Den (CD Release), Call Me Lightning, Akimbo, Crocodiles, Novel, 7 p.m. @ The Borg Ward (623 W. National Ave)
Cougar Den sounds exactly what their name might bely. Hardcore mayhem, but calculated chaos, at that. New release keepondrifter will be available at the show. Also, word is, is that Call Me Lightning will be unleashing some new material of their own…
Friday, October 31st
Industrial Halloween: Von Iva and the DEMIX, 9 p.m. @ Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior)
Experience the dark side of Halloween with San Francisco’s New Wave inspired Von Iva and Milwaukee’s ‘electronic mash-core’ of the DEMIX. Dance with the shadows over these mix-masters’ sleek and sullen beats. Creepy never sounded as chillingly smooth…
12 oz. Prophet, Sleep Tight Co., Quinn Scharber and the…, 9 p.m. @ Darling Hall (601 S. 6th Street)
These three Milwaukee bands are attending this Halloween party at Darling Hall as themselves, but undoubtedly, their audience will be hitting the costumes harder. Runny face-paint? Rash-y rubber masks? Eye-poking wings and lip-piercing fangs? No problem! This is one dance-party that will make all this disappear as ‘pop’ goes Halloween.
Saturday, November 1st
Masonry, Test-Site, Fahri, 10 p.m. @ Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.)
Had enough Halloween head-banging? Venture over to the Cactus Club to absorb the tuneful rock of Fahri. Cure your Halloween music hangover with effervescent melodies with a tough-as-nails undercurrents. With Masonry and Test-Site.
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, Wild Sweet Orange, The Celebrated Workingman, 8 p.m. @ Turner Hall Ballroom (1032 N. 4th St.)
A band named after the nine-fingered character in The Royal Tenenbaums could only be classified as quirky, and Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s indeed lay the claim to quirky pop. They grace the Turner Hall Ballroom stage along with Alabama’s Wild Sweet Orange and Milwaukee’s pop princes, The Celebrated Workingman.
The Goodnight Loving, Vancougar, Stolen Minks, Sugar Stems, 9 p.m. @ Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior)
The garage hits Club Garibaldi’s stage for a show not to be missed — Milwaukee’s Goodnight Loving and Canada’s Vancougar are both showcasing fresh, new releases. It’s totally the girls of Vancougar versus the boys of GNL on this one, but it’s not entirely sure what the prize is — most exuberant band wins everyone’s Halloween candy? It’s a possibility…
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Words by Brian Whitney
It’s hard to really sing the praises of a quality garage band, mainly because the qualities that make the good ones good (playful sloppiness, singing-into-a-hairbrush level vocals, playing as fast as possible) are the same qualities that make the bad ones unbearable. The wheat is wheat, the chaff is chaff, and usually it’s pretty easy to spot the difference.
Milwaukee’s Possible Fathers definitely embody the positive end of the spectrum on their recently released EP, Doing The Dad Thing. The band consists of Freight bassist Jake Cohen on drums, with Willy Dintenfass and Tony Dixon of Big Fun alternating between guitar and bass. Although technically a side project, the group feels more like a legitimate entity than a diversion, and the band is as entertaining as the bands its members comprise. What follows is a frank discussion of music, food, and life.
Fan-Belt: Tell us about how the band started.
Jake: (eating vegan cheesesteak, inaudible)
Tony: Well, five months ago, we had our first practice…Yesterday we had our fifth practice, and today we played our first show.
Willy: Somewhere in there we found the time to record our first EP.
F-B: What’s the EP called?
Willy: Doing The Dad Thing.
F-B: What inspired the Dad theme of your band and record?
Willy: Having kids. (Laughter)
Tony: I’d just like to say, for the record, that I don’t like kids at all.
F-B: What do you prefer, kids or cats?
Tony: I guess kids. I have a nephew that’s pretty cool.
F-B: What bands have served as inspiration for Possible Fathers?
Willy: Actually, based on last night’s practice, I think Freight that be a little too mathy for your drum skills.
F-B: What about favorite foods?
Tony: Frozen Pizza.
Jake: Mashed Potatoes.
F-B: Wait, ginger?
Willy: Yeah, I have some right here, actually. (produces bag from coat of sugar coated ginger treats) These are fantastic. I just put this coat on for the first time since last winter, and I found them in the pocket.
Story by Jamie Baird
Sunday night’s Of Montreal show at the Pabst Theater was the first time I had seen the band in eight years, since attending a show at a dive bar in Lawrence, Kansas. Touring as Of Montreal and Marshmellow Coast, the lyrical whimsy and play-acting was in full force, though more grade school-esque and DIY.
I had no idea how popular they had become. The packed house for this show was delightfully varied amongst age and lifestyle, and a large population formed up front to dance and catch every detail of the carnival on stage. Kevin Barnes is a truly a born performer – whether playing guitar, drums, dancing, screaming, preening or stripping; vocal control and instrumentation was executed as effortlessly as breathing.
Smart numbers like “Gallery Piece” and old favorites like “Gronlandic Edit,” “She’s A Rejector” and “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games” kept the show pumped with constant, sexy and buoyant energy (although I can’t hear “Wraith” any more without wanting an Outback steak!) A few too many slow psych-jams that didn’t translate well to stage almost lost me as an enthralled witness. The closing cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was brutal and I’d love to see more rawness like that in the main set.
A constant barrage of video, monitor cameras and constumed performers populated almost every song, showing a nice balance of fun home videos and cartoons that featured the artwork of David Barnes and Nina Barnes, which made for interesting, beautiful and relevant enhancements to the show. Other play-pieces throughout the show were more distracting and bizarre than welcome. For any shortcomings perceived, Of Montreal delivered a tight, professional and fun party that looked spontaneous and crazy, and left more than a few minds blown, I’m sure.
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