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10 great records of 2019

Published Jan. 13, 2020

They may not be the best, but these were the records that meant something to me; that provided the soundtrack to my 2019. Some were played so much that I'm surprised the CD player's laser didn't cut a circular groove clear through the plastic, others got less air time but were still memorable.

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Lavish CD/vinyl releases make perfect gifts of music

Published Dec. 5, 2019

The holidays can be a time of giving and what better to give a loved one than a gift they'd love but would never buy for themselves, thinking it too extravagant? You might even argue it's that one time of the year when you can give yourself an extravagant gift ... like one of these impressive reissues.

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10 great records of 2018

Published Dec. 24, 2018

This year would have been my 30th or so voting in the respected annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. Despite the fact that the Voice ceased publication this summer, I will make my list for 2018 and check it twice.

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One man's holiday wish list, 2018

Published Dec. 14, 2018

I know you didn't ask, but that's OK, I know you're looking for the perfect gift for me, so here is what's at the top of my holiday wish list this year. And, hey, if you know someone that loves music and wine and bourbon and books and being warm, I bet you can apply these ideas to that person, too.

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Paul McCartney adds Madison date in June

Published Aug. 31, 2018

Paul McCartney's new record, "Egypt Station," is officially out on Sept. 7 and that's the same day that tickets go on sale for the first announced dates of Macca's upcoming "Freshen Up Tour 2019." One of those shows is in Madison.

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You have to see this replica of the Beatles' Cavern Club

Published Jan. 16, 2018

In an unassuming low-slung office building adjacent to a strip mall in suburban Hartland, Wisconsin, local technology entrepreneur and veterans' rights activist Dave Meister has built his own replica of Liverpool's Cavern Club, the Beatles' early hometown incubator.

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Third time's a charm for this McCartney fan

Published July 27, 2017

So what if the set Paul McCartney played Wednesday night at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, southwest of Chicago, was nearly identical to the one performed last year at Summerfest? I drove 2.5 hours each way on a weeknight to see a Beatle I'd seen twice before and, you know what? I'd do it again.

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LISTEN: Summerfest, Brewers, Bucks and other musings

Published May 17, 2017

In episode 29 of OnMilwaukee's podcast, The Postgame Tailgate, Jimmy Carlton and Matt Mueller run through a rambling array of topics, including Sheriff David Clarke, Summerfest's 50th celebration, the Brewers' early success and the Bucks' draft outlook. Tune in!

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Mike Benign Compulsion celebrates a new CD of "mostlys"

Published May 15, 2017

The Mike Benign Compulsion has just released its fourth CD. You can celebrate with the band and with the reunited Ball Turret Gunners on Friday, May 19 at Red Dot in Wauwatosa. Cover is a mere $5.

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Urban spelunking: Shank Hall

Published March 9, 2017

When James McCartney returns to Milwaukee to perform at Shank Hall on Friday, April 14, he'll be part of a circle that few people realize even exists. That's because the 28-year-old rock club has a "secret" musical history that almost nobody remembers.