Posts Tagged ‘Cactus Club’


December 31, 2009


photo of the Get Down from MySpace


Alright. It’s after 3 p.m. on the eve of New Year’s, and either you’ve settled in for a quality evening with the Star Wars trilogy, are preparing party snacks or are sitting on the proverbial fence of where to spend your last moments of 2009 that will be memorable, fun, slightly sane and won’t leave you with an ‘uh-oh’ empty wallet. Here are a few options for the final evening of the year that will offer all these things if you don’t have a house party to call home or a place to crash out and wait until it’s all over; because, after all, it’s just another night like any other, right?



Father Phoenix Set to Fly Out of Milwaukee

December 23, 2009

After the recent release of a new EP, local psych rockers Father Phoenix are calling it quits with singer/vocalist Kris Maedke-Russell heading out to Georgia, leaving behind not only one band, but two, (Maedke-Russell is also bassist for Call Me Lightning).

Maedke-Russell will be replaced in the latter group, but the disbandment of Father Phoenix is a solid, and unfortunately so. Fan-belt was pretty stoked to hear their new material last summer (read *here*) after featuring them in our ‘Localized’ segment earlier in the year, and is hoping that despite the distance, they’ll manage a reunion here and there as most local disbanded bands eventually do.

Since it’s not goodbye quite yet, catch them one, last time at Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth) at 10 p.m. tonight as they open for Call Me Lightning.

Heavy metal cello descends on Cactus Club tonight

November 27, 2009

Alison Chesley, aka experimental/metal cellist Helen Money, is probably the only soundscape-producing, amplified racket-producing classical instrumentalist who can lay claim to working with artists as diverse as Bob Mould, Japenese post-rockers Mono, and Anthrax (yep, Helen Money–one degree of separation from the Married With Children cast and the WCW roster of the 1990s). If that’s not enough reason to check her out tonight at the Cactus Club, let’s sweeten the pot with local “surly high school orchestra” Group of the Altos and our favorite genius percussionist, Jon Mueller. ART! It all goes down tonight at the Cactus Club and starts around regular Cactus Club time (which probably means you’ll be able to catch some of the show after Mondo Lucha, so don’t let your attendance there stop you!).

Wanna be in a video? Dance to The New Loud’s “Don’t Dance”

November 23, 2009

Words by DJ Hostettler

Making music videos seems like self-indulgent wankery to some. On one of his comedy CDs Lewis Black once said “music is like a drug; when you hear it, you have a vision. If you’re watching a music video and that video is exactly the same as your vision, kill yourself.” What Black and other video haters don’t get, though, is that making music videos is fun!

The New Loud are giving all of us a chance to share in that fun by inviting us all to a shoot for their video for the song “Don’t Dance.” According to the event invite on Facebook, the band and their director (one Jack Packard of King’s Horses and‘s Almost Twins fame) need folks “To dance your ass off as an extra.” Ah, dancing to “Don’t Dance!” God, the kids, they love the irony these days.

The song itself, which you can listen to on the band’s Facebook page, is textbook New Loud, all groovy new-wave bass and synth lines that give way to noisy electroclash blasts and guitar feedback, only to charge right back into the dance beats. Remember when The Faint didn’t suck? It’s kind of like that.

Head down to the Cactus Club tonight at 8 PM if you want to be a music video star for a night. The band will rip through the song a few times, and treat us to a few other New Loud hits as well. And you will dance and jerk around like an idiot. For art!

We Are Your Father is Coming for a Visit

November 20, 2009

photo of We Are Your Father from MySpace

Words by Erin Wolf

Controlled discord takes skill and We Are Your Father are pros. The local three-piece shreds messily, distortion and fuzz cranked up to the utmost, quickly snapping their haphazard melodies back into tight, harmonic alignment. Blues, funk and straightforward rock rattle the covers of their recently-released, self-titled EP.

Recorded last Spring by Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings, We Are Your Father’s collection of songs is melodic but raw, using mid-range guitar sounds and drums heavy on the kick and toms for a relentless energy. Add soulful tenor from guitarist/vocalist Wolfgang, and the swagger created by the instrumentation goes from mere riffing to solid rock songs.

We Are Your Father plays the Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth) this Saturday with At Latl and Common Loon.  10 p.m. 21+

We Are Your Father, “Sarge”