Kings Go Forth played Turner Hall Ballroom earlier this year. Their next Milwaukee show is at Summerfest on June 27.
Kings Go Forth played Turner Hall Ballroom earlier this year. Their next Milwaukee show is at Summerfest on June 27.

Milwaukee music strikes "The New Yorker" and "Vanity Fair"

It seems even outside of this city, Milwaukeean Andy Noble is known as much for his originating role in Kings Go Forth as he is for his old soul, funk and R&B record collecting ways.

In this week’s "The New Yorker," section Editor Ben Greenman tags along as Noble revels in a jovial album swap and debate with Good Records NYC owner Jonathan Sklute.

"Noble, who is thirty-four, went first: he switched on a turntable and played a mid-tempo song from the early seventies by a San Antonio-based soul group led by Charles Russell and his brother Raymond," Greenman writes.

Kings Go Forth played Austin’s "South by Southwest" festival earlier this spring just before releasing "The Outsiders Are Back," the band’s first LP on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. In the wake of these two showings plus a night at New York’s Mercury Lounge, the 10 piece soul contingent is finally getting a taste of national hype well beyond the Midwestern region.

"The Outsiders Are Back" release snatched a review in Vanity Fair’s "Buy It, Steal It, Skip It" music column back in April, garnering a definitive "Buy It" from music critic Bill Bradley.

Bradley writes, "If you’re looking to dance away your pain, Milwaukee’s Kings Go Forth will be your healer."

Find new dates added to the band’s summer tour including shows at Summerfest, in Madison and Chicago. For a full tour schedule, check out the band's Web site.

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Dining in Austin takes it to the streets with hot and crunchy meat in a cone from The Mighty Cone.
Dining in Austin takes it to the streets with hot and crunchy meat in a cone from The Mighty Cone.
Round up western gear at Allens Boots on South Congress.
Round up western gear at Allens Boots on South Congress.
Franks, a new stop in downtown Austin, packs music, coffee, kitchy goods and fine sausages into a restaurant concept.
Franks, a new stop in downtown Austin, packs music, coffee, kitchy goods and fine sausages into a restaurant concept.

Five reasons Milwaukeeans are flocking to Austin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Make the trip south and you’ll run into plenty of Milwaukeeans flocking to Austin, Texas, fulfilling the notion that it is becoming a "transplant" city.

But, we certainly aren’t the only ones.

Last year, the Wall Street Journal referred to Austin, along with cities like Portland and Seattle, as "youth magnets," cities where the lack of employment and booming population did nothing to deter college-educated Americans from making the migratory move.

Between 2005 and 2007, Austin drew nearly 8,500 new university grads contributing to nearly a 30 percent population increase in the last 10 years.  

I, too, recently fell victim to a trip to Austin, and I can honestly say, yes, it is as great as others imagine. So, whether you’re contemplating turning this Texas island of liberal arts and coastal trend into a permanent home or just looking for a break from the bleak Wisconsin winter, here’s a glimpse into what’s triggering such attraction.

"Keep Austin Weird"

In Austin-- the vibe, creativity and  conversations-- all embrace the visionary idealism inside every visitor and encourages the pursuance of the crazy yet genius idea in the back of your mind.

There, the weirder the better. What thrives in cities like Brooklyn, Portland and Seattle, somehow makes inwards to the entrepreneurial mindset of Austinites, urging the creative class to top one idea with another of originality, eccentricity and brilliance.

You’ll find it in every aspect of life, from food to design to events and business. The result? Ispiration, motivation and awe pouring out of restaurants, boutiques, museums, music venues and art galleries.

In short, this love of eccentricty is sparking neighborhoods primed on cooking in the kitchen, getting outdoors and making music.

Food on the go

Sprouting up all over the country in the last 10 years and in thanks to pioneers like Rudy Speerschneider coming out of Portland, Au…

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The Urban Ecology Center's award-winning "green" building houses the main offices, resource areas and classrooms.

Day 10 reveal: Postcards from Milwaukee

Inspired by the urban street photography featured in "Street Seen: The Psychological Gesture in American Photography 1940-1959" at the Milwaukee Art Museum, I've shared a snapshot of a Milwaukee landmark each day for the 10 days leading up to the "MAM After Dark" last night. Hopefully, you made it to "MAM After Dark" last night! Good luck on your last photo!

Yesterday's photo: Urban Ecology Center

If you've wandered your way through Riverside Park, you'd know this Milwaukee wonder. Housing the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Pl., and dedicated to all things green, this building was designed by Kubala Washatko Architects.  The four-story, metal-sided, timber-frame building dons large porches and a rooftop photovoltaic array. 

This award-winning "green" building houses the main offices, resource areas and classrooms. 

Want to participate in today's photo? Taken from unique angles, your task is to figure out which iconic Milwaukee building is in the photograph. The pictures will start out easy but get progressively more challenging, so submit your best guess and check back daily to find yesterday's reveal. Ready to start? Just click here.

Click below to receive a coupon for $2 off admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Participate and you will be entered to win a prize pack featuring two free tickets to the Milwaukee Art Museum and a $50 gift card to Ward's House of Prime. The more you participate, the better chance you have to win.

"Street Seen," on view through April 25, examines post-World War II street photography in New York and offers an unforgettable look into a pivotal moment in our history. For more information, visit mam.org/streetseen.

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Pass over green beer for a tall, frothy Guinness this St. Patrick's Day.
Pass over green beer for a tall, frothy Guinness this St. Patrick's Day.

On the town in Milwaukee: Planning for St. Patty's

Wasn’t it 70 degrees last St. Patrick’s Day? Indeed, spring was here early in 2009. And while we’ve had a slight warmup, you may just have to choke down a few more beers this holiday to keep things hot and festive.

Whether you’re looking for a cozy snug, traditional Irish stew, live Irish ballad or a green beer at 6 a.m., Milwaukee’s got you covered. Take a liking to an authentic Irish pub or find a spot with great "Irish" deals just for the day.

And don’t forget, the bus is free after 6 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day.

All around authentic experience:

There’s a reason bars like County Clare, 1234 N. Astor St., and Brocach, 1850 N. Water St., are insanely packed St. Patrick’s Day. They are the real deal. They dedicate their menu, staff and motif to providing the Irish experience all year long and, as such, St. Patrick’s Day is just the chance to highlight what they’ve been doing for months.

Gaelic Storm, a Celtic band who broke out in the movie "Titanic," plays The Pabst Theater. Tickets are $29.50 and show time is 8 p.m.

Eating the real deal:


True, the Irish aren’t known for their culinary expertise. But I’ve been and I can tell you, they don’t get the credit they deserve. From a stew to a Reuben to the typical Irish breakfast, they’ve taken to tradition and continued it well.

On Saturday, McBob’s, 4919 W. North Ave., shuttles diners and drinkers to the Bluemound Road parade -- but not without feeding them first. Munch from a free baked potato bar, and then order true to the Irish-boiled dinner, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew and Baileys Chocolate balls.

Sit down and swap a Reuben for a Rachel at Brocach, or mow through the Ploughman’s Plate (assorted meats and Irish cheeses) at the bar. Looking to eat at County Clare? Share Brown Bread Dumplings or cheers to ancestry over a plate of Grandma Flanigan’s Guinness Pot Roast.

For those looking to drink early and hard:

How about green beer at 6 a.m.?

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