Archive for January, 2009

The Reckless Hearts

January 30, 2009

 

 

Image courtesy of MySpace

Image courtesy of MySpace

Words by Erin Wolf

The Reckless Hearts are unapologetic about power pop — where many bands (especially now) get more notoriety for being sullen and world-weary, their instruments acting as weapons of discontent, power pop often gets regarded as mere fluff. Songs about cars and girls are probably fluff to some, but they’re totally sweet sounds to this trio’s ears — guitarist/vocalist Thomas Culkin tells us why.

“Yer a Blur”, The Reckless Hearts

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Localized: The Delta Routine

January 29, 2009

 

 

photo courtesy of the band

photo courtesy of the band

Words by Erin Wolf

The Delta Routine has got a bit of cabin fever  just like the rest of us. Perched on the edge of a Spring tour, the blues-rock trio is hoping to get fresh inspiration for some new material. Putting their latest release Donna through the Milwaukee show circuit wringer, they are off to give it a few more turns in different locales before testing the waters with their new material. Before the Delta Routine slows down their local calendar they’ll showcase their ’08 album one last time at Stonefly this Friday, and they’ll have their audience also catching glimpses of their new songs before they officially materialize.

“Little Truth”, the Delta Routine

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TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

January 29, 2009
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Image courtesy of MySpace

Thursday, January 29th

The Paul Collins Beat + Gentleman Jesse & His Men, the Flips, DJ Explode @ Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior), 9 p.m.

The legendary Paul Collins (the Nerves, the Beat) gets all power-pop treacly and punk snarly with his latest release Ribbon of Gold. The down-to-earth venue and the stellar opening acts will make this show one to make the extra effort for, even though it’s a school night.

Image courtesy of MySpace

Image courtesy of MySpace

Curumin + DJ Andy Noble @ Stonefly Brewery (735 E. Chambers Street), 9 p.m.

Melding both heritage (Japanese/Brazilian) into his smooth and skillful DJing, Curumin spins a variety of sounds and beats: hip hop, lounge, funk and electronica; genre-bending and blending to give these sounds and beats an effortless but significant taste of his native Brazil. 

 

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Image of Mother Orchis courtesy of MySpace

 Friday, January 30th

Masonry + Mother Orchis, Dear Astronaut @ The Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

Somewhere in the depths of our hearts, Wisconsinites warm up to all things shadowy and dark in these bleak winter months. Indulge yourselves with this trio of intensely melodic and heav y rockers, as sonically close to being trapped in a blizzard while traveling across a frozen Lake Michigan…except, this time around, you might magically find yourself indoors, and the only frosty thing you’ll be in contact with is a cold beverage.

 

Photo by Joe Kirschling

Photo of the Brief Candles by Joe Kirschling

Saturday, January 31st

Brief Candles + Gospel Gossip, Group of the Altos @ Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s experts on everything sonically gauzy, The Brief Candles are capable of turning crushing distortion into melodic walls thick enough that you just might be able to take your earplugs out, set them free, and they’d hover mid-air.

Miltown Beat Down: Round 3 tonight

January 28, 2009

If you missed round two of the Miltown Beat Down, it’s OK — we got you covered thanks to weekly video updates from D. WooD and Darren Leone of No Request Sound.

Round three is 10 p.m. tonight at the Jackalope Lounj at Broadway and St. Paul in the Third Ward.

Sex, Politics and Religion: Kid Cut Up

January 27, 2009

photo courtesy of the artist

photo courtesy of the artist


Words/Interview by Erika J. Bock

As 1/5 of the seminal Milwaukee hip hop crew known as No Request Sound, there was a chance that a request for an interview with Kid Cut Up would be denied. The guy’s worked with Common, would he give a local blogger the time of day? The answer was “yes,” and then some. Despite battling a wicked cold, Cut Up gave us a healthy dose of his thoughts on sex, politics, and religion in relation to his music production and DJing.


“Hell Yeah I’m So Hood 2,” Kid Cut Up
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