Posts Tagged ‘The Chain’


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?



Review: The Chain CD release @ Mad Planet (7/23)

July 24, 2009

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Review by Michael V. Comerford III, Esq.

It’s a warm Thursday night in Milwaukee. On a night where there are several hot spots to see local music, Mad Planet has crowned themselves as “the place to be” with a CD release show for the Chain. Along with Minneapolis’ Brute Heart, an experimental female trio that comprises drum, guitar and violin, the evening is teeming with rhythmic instrumental music that manages to reach the marrow of bones without difficulty or reservations. There are lots of booties shaking, heads bobbing and uncontrollable convulsions succinct with the beat. (more…)

TGIT: Our Weekend Picks

July 23, 2009

image by Peter Barrickman

image by Peter Barrickman

 Thursday, July 23rd

The Chain (EP release) + Brute Heart @ Mad Planet (533 E. Center), 10 p.m.

‘Mysterious’ is the one word used most often to describe Milwaukee’s psych-dance outfit The Chain, but the definition of mysterious in this case really equals no MySpace page (gasp!), no photos (double-gasp!) and no recordings…until now. Catch your breath, youngster. The Chain is planning to document their recorded materialization with an official EP release party at the Mad Planet tonight along with Minnesota’s Brute Heart. The band’s worldly-inspired music from a bygone era will finally be available to have mini dance sessions in the comfort of your own home.

photo courtesy of MySpace

photo courtesy of MySpace

Retribution Gospel Choir + Into Arcadia, Group of the Altos @ Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior), 9 p.m.

Those anxiously awaiting another album from Minnesota’s minimalist folk-rockers Low, don’t necessarily have to wait too much as long as Alan Sparhawk continues to crank out songs in the same vein with his alternate outfit, Retribution Gospel Choir.

photo courtesy of MySpace

photo courtesy of MySpace

Kings Go Forth (CD release) + JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound @ Turner Hall Ballroom (1032 N. 4th), 8 p.m.

Kings Go Forth’s timeless sound has created a natural buzz around the ten-piece combo, all on its own. Milwaukee has had no trouble gravitating to KGF’s sweet retro dish-outs, which would have given Curtis Mayfield a run for his jingle-jangling musical money back in his heyday. Now that the rest of the world is perking up their ears (lately, David Byrne of Talking Heads/the Luaka Bop label fame), Milwaukee should revel in having the supergroup all to themselves for the moment.


image courtesy of MySpace

image courtesy of MySpace

The Flips + Cry Coyote, Eva Grubb aboard The Iroquois (101 W. Michigan), 8:30 p.m.

The Flips bring all the best about girl groups from the 50s and 60s back to the forefront of the current scene with loads of fun and style. So, what could possibly be more fun than adding a boat show into the mix? Not too much, right?  The band on a boat set-up is something the Milwaukee Boat Line is pro at doing, and The Flips, undoubtedly, will make a splash with fans of the alluring combination of sound waves and water waves.

TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

April 16, 2009
photo by Jim Sponholz

photo by Jim Sponholz

We aren’t exactly trying to be escapists, but this weekend in Milwaukee music is pretty overwhelming (but overwhelming equals good, in this case). To attempt to pick the usual pick-three-or-four-shows-out-of-x-number-of-shows-going-on would be pretty tough, because ‘x’ equals about twenty this time around. So, with that, here is a tribute list to the multitudinous things one should consider forking it over for because you are too broke to go to Coachella, or think that Coachella is for losers (it’s either one or the other). Milwaukee-dwellers, here’s the wind-up, and the pitch:

Thursday, April 16th

Turner Hall Ballroom: 1032 N. 4th: (“no-buck show”) The Parlor Mob + Invade Rome, 8 p.m.

Linneman’s: 1001 E. Locust: Robert Sarazin Blake + Jonathan Burks, 9 p.m.

Friday, April 17th

Linnemans: 1001 E. Locust: The Maze, The Vega Star, Cedarwell, 10 p.m.

Shank Hall: 1434 E. Farwell: Adrian Belew Power Trio, 8 p.m.

Frank’s Power Plant: 2800 S. Kinnickinnic: Rapid Adapter, Mechanics of Romance, The Empty Faces, 10 p.m.

Sugar Maple: 441 E. Lincoln: Jed Bishop

Stonefly: 735 E. Center: Fresh Cut Collective, 10 p.m.

Turner Hall Ballroom: 1032 N. 4th: Gallery Night Fashion Show with Codebreaker, The Etiquette, Perfect Little Monster, Kid Millions, King Hell Bastard, Chalice in the Palace, No Request, The Glamour

(Gallery Night)

Saturday, April 18th

Exclusive Co.: 1669 N. Farwell: Record Store Day, details *here*, additional story *here* 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Alverno’s Pitman Theater: 3431 S. 39th: Rachid Taha, 8 p.m.

Cactus Club: 2496 S. Wentworth: Somebody Talked (last show!), Year of the Scavenger, 10 p.m.

Shank Hall: 1434 N. Farwell: Pezzettino (Lion CD release) + Jentri Colello, Miles Nielson

Mad Planet: 533 E. Center: Kings Go Forth, NXMW DJs (northern soul DJs from around the Midwest) 10 p.m.

Turner Hall Ballroom: 1032 N. 4th: Jeff Beck, 8 p.m.

Art Bar: 722 E. Burleigh: Quinn Scharber, 9 p.m.

Frank’s Power Plant: 2800 S. Kinnickinnic: Tina Sparkle, Grand Disaster, The Aimless Blades, 10 p.m.

BBC Upper Level: 2022 E. North: The Saltshakers, Slo-Fi, Maudlin, 9 p.m.

Riverhorse: 701 E. Center: Architects of the Aftermath, RAZORFIST, Party by the Slice, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 19th

Cactus Club: 2496 S. Wentworth: Extra Golden + The Chain, 10 p.m.

Borg Ward: 823 W. National: Yellow Crystal Star, Child Bride, Blessed Sacrifist, 7 p.m.

Carroll College: 100 N. East: Death Cab for Cutie, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot, 8 p.m.