Posts Tagged ‘The Candeliers’

Reviewed: The Candeliers: s/t

September 14, 2009
image courtesy of Activities Records

image courtesy of Activities Records

Words by Allen Cote

To say that The Candeliers’ self-titled debut is ambitious is a drastic understatement: from the very first track, “St. Joan Antida,” no fewer than three seamless time signature changes – coupled with pleasantly woozy brass and string countermelodies – signal a departure from the same old two-chord vamp, wall of sound approach often favored by self-styled orchestral bands with more ear than ability.


TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

August 13, 2009

photo by John Knappe

Thursday, August 13th

Haz Solo + Philthy @ Stonefly (735 E. Center), 10 p.m.

Haz Solo has been throwing down his skills at Stonefly for quite some time, making it the place to see the Milwaukee MC/producer in his element. Lyrical prowess and fluid jazz-y hip hop showed that Haz Solo is a hip hop artist to reckon with and watch at the recent Miltown Beatdown. Catch Haz, solo, as he presents live versions of his popular mix tapes. 

Friday, August 14th

Daniel Johnston + The Candeliers @ Turner Hall Ballroom (1032 N. 4th), 8 p.m.

An enigma of a man, Daniel Johnston made the musical world sit up and take notice with his simplistic genius and intensely troubled personality. The 48-year old began writing music as a teen on piano and organ, armed with a boombox as a recording device. Johnston brings a local element to his performance on Friday night by including The Candeliers as not only his opener, but backup band.


photo by David J. Cubberly

 Saturday, August 15th

Sleepcomesdown + Zebras, Daydreams, Worrier @ The Borg Ward (823 W. National), 8 p.m.

Sleepcomesdown does stage effects like no other band in Milwaukee. Swirling and flashing lights compliment the discordant, frenetic wash of effects, loops and sometimes-dual percussion on the artsy post-rockers’ songs. Expect to hear some new material at The Borg Ward on Saturday as the band is currently working on a follow-up full length to their EP release from last spring.

TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

August 6, 2009
photo of Javelin from MySpace

photo of Javelin from MySpace

Thursday, August 6th

Javelin + Leo Minor, Juiceboxxx, Club Nutz DJs @ Y-Not III (1854 E. Kenilworth), 10 p.m.

Hailing from New York, Javelin makes good use of their record crates, digging in for the hidden dub, pop and psych deliciousness that  leaves their  live audience more than eager to eat up more. Leaving digital track trails across the Internet to complete their full-length Jamz n Jemz, Javelin’s cast of recycled characters, mainly comprised of George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk, will undoubtedly will be two DJs that will inspire the materialization of pens and notebooks.

photo of The Misfits from MySpace

photo of The Misfits from MySpace

Friday, August 7th

The Misfits + Speedfreaks, Get Rad, Self Destruckt @ The Modjeska (1134 W. Mitchell), 8 p.m. (all-ages)

The Misfits, the old-school, horror-punk band from New Jersey, will be in Milwaukee Friday to play alongside Milwaukee’s own hardcore heroes, Speedfreaks and Get Rad. Best associated with former front man Glenn Danzig (now, the band is lead by bassist Jerry Only), the Misfits made popular songs such as “Die, Die My Darling” and “Halloween” and played  alongside The Damned and Black Flag. Their skull logo, ripped from a 1940s film poster, is still their call-image to this day.


photo of Sleeping in the Aviary by Mike Krol

photo of Sleeping in the Aviary by Mike Krol

 Sleeping in the Aviary + the Candeliers, Amo Joy @ the Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

Madison’s Sleeping in the Aviary has recently released a split 7″ with fellow Madisonian punkers The Hussy, which contains the pumped up track “Automatic (for Krol)”. This Friday, they hit the stage with Milwaukee’s “kitchen-sink pop” band The Candeliers, demonstrating that they fit right in between rambunctious pop and punk quite nicely.

photo of King Hell Bastard from MySpace

photo of King Hell Bastard from MySpace

 Saturday, August 8th

KingHell Bastard  + Exotic Matter, The MVs, SLDSUC, DJ Butta Tooth @ Stonefly (735 E. Center), 10 p.m.

With a name stolen from the pages of Hunter S. Thompson, it’s obvious that KingHell Bastard is as smart as they come. The local hip-hop mavens, when alongside local funk/jazz pros, Exotic Matter, KHB is an unstoppable force. The two join forces at Stonefly this Saturday as they bring down the house with The MVs and SLDSUC (Logic and Eddie Nygma).


photo of Red Knife Lottery by Chris Stingl

photo of Red Knife Lottery by Chris Stingl

Rockerbox 2009: Center Street: The Wildbirds, Red Knife Lottery, Speedfreaks, The Fatty Acids, Battle Royale, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Go for the bikes, stay for the bands. While custom bikes are the main attraction at the seventh-annual celebration that is Rockerbox  (dreamed up by Scott Johnson of Fuel Cafe), the event hasn’t overlooked the celebratory aspect of the event, inviting local bands to play the Rockerbox stage every year. This year features performances by The Wildbirds and Red Knife Lottery. The event runs from 11: 00 a.m. – 7 p.m. with bands playing sets between 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Candeliers’ Debut CD: Tonight at Linneman’s

May 22, 2009


photo courtesy of MySpace

photo courtesy of MySpace

The Candeliers, Milwaukee’s answer to the popular baroque pop groups in the 60s, finally have their own take on a classic sound committed to recording. Nearly three years in the making, their self-titled album debut is filled with strings, brass and the boy/girl harmonies that make it so reminiscent of a certain bygone era. Add banjo and a few electronics, and the Candeliers’ sound manages to stand alone,  unfaded. 

The album will be played in the full tonight at Linneman’s, giving the audience a bit of a ‘listening party’ before they pocket their own copies. Catch a song, below, before heading out tonight. Also playing: Heidi Spencer & the Rare Birds and The Goodnight Loving. Linneman’s is located at 1001 E. Locust. 10 p.m. 

The Candeliers, “Junebug Park”