Archive for May, 2009

Farewell, Partisan

May 29, 2009

photo of Partisan courtesy of MySpace

Milwaukee’s Partisan is one show away from dissolving: this Saturday, May 30th marks their last performance. Bassist/harmonium player/vocalist Katie Knaebe explains.

“Partisan is coming to an end for a couple of reasons: the catalyst was the drummer, Scott’s, decision to move to Philadelphia. While Scott is the newest addition to the band, we’ve changed our sound significantly since he joined. We’re loud and electric, now, whereas we had started off as two acoustic guitars and one electric with un-mic’d voices. Scott’s drumming really influenced the way we wrote songs, so it would really take something to continue on with no drummer or a different one.

“The other reason is fatigue. We know our sound is esoteric; we’re not going to win over everyone, and it can be a challenge to play out. [I am] pretty immersed in [my] real-life job as a nurse. For [me], having the creative outlet is awesome, but the more mundane realities of band-dom will not be missed. Frank and Charlie, both guitarists and singers, have been working on projects outside of Partisan throughout the band’s existence. Frank has been playing bass with Dear Astronaut and making noise with Sonic Typewriter. Charlie has gone out solo as Buster and the Spur. Both enjoy being in bands, but think that the entity that is Partisan has run its course.

“As for future plans, Charlie and Frank have tentative plans to start a new band together. Even [I have] considered learning to drum for this hypothetical band, but [have] some reservations. Scott will have an awesome time in a new city with new people. His ultimate plan is grad school, although music will certainly factor in.

“The show will be free, although donations for the Borg Ward (not the bands) will be accepted. Show starts at 8 p.m. We are opening, so people better come in a timely ashion. All our bands are local and are personal friends and favorites of Scott’s (and Partisan). This is his big going-away party.”

More on Partisan in this previous *interview* with the band. The Borg Ward is located at 823 W. National.

Partisan, “Whisper Campaign”

Partisan, “Black Hole”


Thunder Jam #5: Juiceboxxx

May 28, 2009

Juiceboxxx’s newest single “Thunder Jam #5 (and #6)” is raw and real, out now in 7″ form. The digital version is kicking a sweet, exclusive remix by Chavy Boys.

The above video, was shot at a recent Milwaukee show by Frankie Latina. Play the game: how many people do you recognize? 

More info on Thunder Jam #5 and Juiceboxxx at Vicious Pop Records.

TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

May 28, 2009

photo of Fire On Your Sleeve courtesy of MySpace

Friday, May 29th

Fire On Your Sleeve +the Delta Routine, So So Radio @ Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m

Milwaukee’s Fire On Your Sleeve is adept at running the gamut of blues, rock, country and folk , never letting their audiences drift into a state of recognition. The Delta Routine unapologetically delivers straight-up blues-rock, laying down old-school riffs reminiscent of the Stones, but keeping it distinctly contemporary, joining the ranks of such local acts as Invade Rome.


photo of Partisan courtesy of MySpace

Saturday, May 30th

Partisan + Dear Astronaut, Quest for Fire @ The Borg Ward (823 W. National), 8 p.m. 

Partisan have brought their dynamically intense performances to Milwaukee’s less-dominated stages for quite some time, but Saturday brings their last hurrah. Sometimes stark and somber, sometimes squalored and distorted, Partisan recalls the most chilling and cranked moments of fellow amped-up folk rockers, Low.


photo of Terrior Bute courtesy of MySpace

Terrior Bute + Jail, Zebras, Squidbotz @ Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

This city likes its music night/day: either it’s tough as nails or it’s all Pixy Stix. Saturday, Cactus plays host to the sweeter variety with the day and night-glo pop of Terrior Bute, who’ve just released their delicious Realm Dwellers. Adding to the sugar buzz are Squidbotz, Zebras and Jail.



photo of the Uptown Savages courtesy of MySpace

The Uptown Savages @ Frank’s Power Plant (2800 S. Kinnickinnic), 10 p.m.

Greasy rock and roll gets a little bit purtier when flowers are added to the mix at The Uptown Savages’ 3rd Annual Luau. Slug back a Malibu & Pineapple or a Red Stripe and hit the dance floor. Just not too hard.


image courtesy of MySpace

Red Knife Lottery + the Bangkok Taxi Pimps, Wizard of Cause @ Mad Planet (533 E. Center), 10 p.m.

Red Knife Lottery is still kicking…and screaming, as a proper hardcore rock band is bound to do. Representative screamer, Ashley Chapman hasn’t lost her vim, switching from throat-rattling to soulful swoon on the turn of a vocal dime. The group is looking forward to releasing some of their most churning, vehement tunes yet: Soiled Soul & Rapture is due out in July.


image courtesy of MySpace

 Sunday, May 31st

Hot Dog! Classic Country Spin @ Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan), 5 p.m.

When will you get your next chance to hear Hank Williams, Rick Nelson, Nancy Sinatra and George Jones besides at a family holiday get-together? This time around, it’s way better: no weird relatives and the beer just got 75% more delicious. The Hot Dog! Classic Country Spin is celebrating it’s one year anniversary at Burnhearts with DJs Kevin and Austin playing the classics and dishing up a potluck dinner and complimentary country compilation for each buckaroo present.

The Milwaukee Sound: John the Savage

May 26, 2009


Fan-belt collabs with our good pals Third Coast Digest to record *The Milwaukee Sound* podcast at 91.7-FM WMSE. Fan-belt editor Erin Wolf chatted with six members of John the Savage, who are leaving for a quick, three-state mini-tour later next month.

The Dim Suns

May 22, 2009

photo by Mark Dawursk

Words by Erin Wolf

Now, hitting the thirties and forties means a gravitation towards the practice space for musicians who once thrashed it up in damp basements, sweaty, smoky clubs long-gone, and on road trips, documented with only a few dog-eared photos. More and more scene veterans are becoming less nostalgic and making it more official. Start a band and play a show: that’s the way it goes.

For the Dim Suns, comprised of Milwaukee 80s/90s rock vets Jon Lyman, Franz Buchholtz, Mike Allen and Andy Reis (namely of Compound Red and Sometime Sweet Susan fame) it’s something that fell into place with minimal effort. Fan-belt talks to Reis about the magnetization towards practice space, new material and the stage as the four musicians prepare for their show together as the Dim Suns at the Cactus Club this Saturday.

The Dim Suns, “Selby Ligres”