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Forward Music Fest Recap: Part I

September 23, 2009

 

photo of the New Loud by DJ Hostettler

photo of the New Loud by DJ Hostettler

Words By DJ Hostettler

While doing some shopping at B-Side Records on State Street before the bands started on Saturday, I overheard some of the store employees echoing a sentiment I had been hearing from a few other people regarding this year’s Forward Music Festival in Madison: “where’s the draw this year?” Sure, acts like Andrew Bird and Low are nothing to sneeze at, but when compared to last year’s diverse three-pronged attack of Neko Case, Bob Mould, and local legends Killdozer, this year’s crop of national headliners felt a little less exciting. Add to this the fact that most of the national acts seemed lazily culled from the annals of Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” (Yacht, Antlers, Ra Ra Riot), and my enthusiasm for the trek to Madtown wasn’t what it was last year. Still, I’m a huge fan of the Festival in principle, and want to see a big, multivenue music fest succeed and thrive in Wisconsin, so I hopped in the car and drove west. 

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TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

May 28, 2009
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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Review: Freight + Big Fun + Terrior Bute @ Cactus Club (3/7)

March 10, 2009

Freight's farewell show @ Cactus Club

Freight's farewell show @ Cactus Club

Video, images and words by Brian Whitney

This was it: the final performance by a band that I have loudly and repeatedly claimed to be the best in Milwaukee. I’d get into my feelings on a Freight-less existence but it would probably take several thousand words and it would still seem too short. Regardless, this was Freight’s last show and they were to go out with a bang. (more…)

TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

March 5, 2009
Photo of the Hussy by Sean Owen

Photo of the Hussy by Sean Owen

 Thursday, March 5

The Hussy + Crappy Dracula, The Points!, Zygoteens 

Madison’s The Hussy have been getting a lot of well-deserved attention for their take on the guitar/drummer combo, but they amp up the snotty vocals to gives their music a more Be Your Own Pet angle than White Stripes

Photo of the Bryan Cherry Band by Jessica Perrault

Photo of the Bryan Cherry Band by Jessica Perrault

Friday, March 6

The Bryan Cherry Band + On the Porch, Chris Otepka (Heligoats), Jeannie Mayotte @ Point East (1501 N. Jackson), 10 p.m.

The Bryan Cherry Band’s latest release, Alley Apple is a perfect testament to their funk prowess: smooth soul vocals from Cherry are surrounded by alternately gritty/fluid guitars and percussion from his band mates. Check out Fan-belt’s earlier coverage of the band, *here*

 

 

Photo of Freight courtesy of MySpace

Photo of Freight courtesy of MySpace

Saturday, March 7

Big Fun 4Ever (record release) + Terrior Bute (CD release), Freight (last show), the Emptyheads @ Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

Freight, Milwaukee’s all-out rock, audio-assault is calling it quits: the best ones always do, way too early. Join the Young Widows proteges for a night of furious guitars, mechanically-precise drum crashes and plenty of slightly deadpan and yell-y vocals. Burn off your energy after the rock show with a dance-party provided by Terrior Bute and Big Fun 4Ever: Milwaukee’s Vicious Pop Records poster kids.

Nobunny + The Yolks, the Gut Reactions, Rocktopus, the Get Drunk DJs @ Mad Planet (533 E. Center), 9 p.m.

He’s a man. He’s a bunny. Nobunny is nothing easy to describe, churning out karaoke-style garage rock muffle-shouted out of a bunny head. Nobunny’s album Love Visions has been sweeping the nation and beyond, as his ‘nobunny loves you!’ idealism continues to sweep coast to coast. See for yourself in the above video: even babies love Nobunny.


Is it Saturday yet?

March 2, 2009

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Words by Brian Whitney

Any Milwaukee music lover should circle Saturday, March 7th on their calendar with the darkest, most permanent marker possible. Two heavyweight shows that celebrate Milwaukee’s past, present, and future will be going down, and they’re graduated enough time-wise that you might be able to hit up both. (more…)