Archive for August, 2008

The Trusty Knife: See what the new album will sound like..

August 29, 2008

Video courtesy of YouTube

The Trusty Knife have a new album out sooner than soon, but for the time being, a bit of an album appetizer is on our plates for proper appetite whetting. “It’s All Built In”, performed by the band:  Zack Pieper, Brock Gourlie, Ross Bachhuber, Spectron and Annie Killelea and shot by Annie, herself, is a full-plate of dance moves and sunny pop in an equally sunny Milwaukee setting. Catch another course at their show this Saturday at the Bremen Cafe (901 E. Clarke Street) at 10 p.m. Bon appetit!

TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

August 28, 2008

Activities are not just something to participate in — they are also a local collective!

Friday, August 29th
Quinn Scharber and The Hussy/Roses @ Stonefly, 10 p.m.
(735 E. Center Street)

As hordes of revving engines and bearded and booted men and women swarm the City of Milwaukee like leather-clad locusts, two fearless bands have chosen to play amidst the mayhem, battling rev’s with reverbs and wheelies with spritely two-steps and wind-milled power chords, Quinn Scharber and co. and Roses are a brave pop army, indeed.

Saturday, August 30th
Activities Records Presents:  Audio/Visual Pt. 1 @ Bremen Cafe, 9 p.m.
(901 E. Clarke Street)

Activities Records is one of those intense-in-a-good-way entities. Experience this good intensity on Saturday when they present a multimedia presentation featuring 16 mm short films, live music and new illustrated works by Travis Hi, Liz Brophy and Kathryn Wilson at 9 p.m. as the opener. Stick around for the most bands to play on one of the smallest stages in our city:  Farms in Trouble, The Trusty Knife, The Clams, Nothing in That Drawer and Dear Astronaut. Go also to catch news about The Trusty Knife’s upcoming new album…a sneak peek for everyone on Friday!

Sunday, August 31st
Sunday Survivor Fest, 2 p.m.-
(corner of Fratney and Locust, Riverwest)

Now, doesn’t that sound nice? Survive whatever you choose this weekend, but the prize is the same for everyone:  awesome live music. Here’s the lineup:

4 p.m. Jon Burks Band (members of John the Savage)


Audio: one, two, three…ACTION

August 28, 2008

Video courtesy of YouTube

Milwaukee’s Sleepcomesdown are a true Renaissance band, adding film to their already full resume of musical, art and design experience. Recently, the band completed and helped debut a score for the short film, Damed & Lost by Aurum Design for the Milwaukee 48 Hour Film Project. Check out the final project, above. Check out more information about the 48 Hour Film Project *here*. Check out Sleepcomesdown when they play Y-Not III (1854 E. Kenilworth) with Disguised as Birds, Masonry and Ampline on Saturday, September 6th.

Who Has the Guts to Leave The Temple?

August 27, 2008

Words by Brian Whitney

Being an East-Coaster, I have a very different perspective of the Midwest than many native Wisconsinites. To those of us who are from the coasts, our mental picture of America consists of New England, California, and a large, grey blob in between. I recently went home for a family visit, and bumped into some friends who asked me how living in “Michigan” was going. It seems like a lot of booking agents have a skewed view of the Midwest, having bands hit up Chicago and Minneapolis, but leaving out Milwaukee. Sometimes bands will even make a stop in Madison and not Milwaukee, which is completely frustrating considering the already considerable cost of seeing a national touring band (thanks, Ticketmaster).

Enter Deerhoof, a fearsome San Francisco foursome whose music defies explanation. Seriously, the way that “Primus” was a genre on WinAmp. This video might help:

Video courtesy of YouTube

Anyway, as I guess you’ve figured out by my adolescent gushing, Deerhoof is one of my favorite bands, and one of the few current “rock” bands (quotes, because I’m not sure how much you can really call them a rock band) that I believe to still be doing something worthwhile.

One morning, in the pretty recent past, I was making my normal music blog rounds, when the following item came to my attention:

Deerhoof: 10/15 @ Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

Oh, how my heart doth sing! The mighty ‘Hoof will be coming to town. Our town! And for a measly twelve bucks! Seriously, I haven’t seen a more ‘worth it’ show come to Milwaukee since, well, probably Flight of the Conchords, and I missed out on that one. I will not be making the same mistake twice with this show.

Anyone else who enjoys a really excellent live band that will give you an outlet for your crummy job, significant other, lack of a significant other, family, etc. for an hour, and has twelve dollars floating around should take this opportunity. You will not be disappointed.

Tonight @ Jackalope Lounj

August 25, 2008

image courtesy of Myspace

Hip hop hits the Jackalope Lounj, 345 N. Broadway, for a free show presented by Asiatic Empire, starting at 10 p.m. DJ Kid Cut Up heralds tonight’s show in this manner…

“Calling all Hiphop Heads…


Members of Project Blowed in the house, all the way from LA!”…

Take advantage of the last few days of summer freedom, while it’s here — exercise your seasonal and musical rights.