Kings go forth

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Original International Jet Set lineup reunites for first gig in 25 years

Published Aug. 17, 2015

For a brief period at the close of the 1980s, Milwaukee's East Side was swaying like Kingston in two decades earlier, with bands like Wild Kingdom and International Jet Set packing clubs with their forays into ska and rock steady. On Saturday, Aug. 22, the original lineup of International Jet Set reunites for the band's first gig in 25, playing at the Miramar Theater, 2844 N. Oakland Ave., as part of the Revenge Scooter Club Rally.

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Choir Fight punches at the walls of jazz

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Jazz has never been afraid to dip into pop music for chord changes and melodic inspiration. That same spirit of inclusiveness drives local jazz ensemble Choir Fight, which recently issued a two-track EP for free download.

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Kings Go Forth out into the world again

Published July 20, 2011

Milwaukee's soul regents, Kings Go Forth have announced another European and American tour, the latter of which includes two Milwaukee dates.

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Wake drives De La Buena ensemble

Published May 9, 2011

Even back when keyboardist David Wake was in Recycled Future, he was quietly working away on his Latin outfit De La Buena. The group's recent CD, "La Tortuga," shows that De La Buena is as adept at African-flavored Latin jazz as Wake's other band, Kings Go Forth, is at recreating vintage soul sides.

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My 2010 Pazz & Jop Ballot

Published Dec. 27, 2010

Each year for the past few decades, I've voted in the annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop music critics poll. Here is this year's ballot.

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Seven years of Get Down deserves a mad bash

Published Sept. 6, 2010

Now, Andy Noble, Brent Goodsell and Opiated Black celebrate the seventh anniversary of The Get Down funk and soul dance party on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. at The Mad Planet.

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Weller's creative burst continues with "Wake Up the Nation"

Published July 14, 2010

"Wake Up the Nation" is the first record Paul Weller's made that was born out of the vision of someone else -- producer Simon Dine -- and it also marks the first time Weller has collaborated with The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton since they last played together onstage in Brighton, England in December 1982. Read our interview with BritPop legend Paul Weller here.

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The best CDs of 2010 -- as seen from the halfway point

Published July 7, 2010

For the past 20-odd years I've been a "rock critic" voting in the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop poll of the year's releases. Here's my list so far for 2010. Please tell me what I might be missing.

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

Published June 11, 2010

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.

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Kings Go Forth return home to share long-awaited Luaka Bop debut

Published April 27, 2010

It's been a long time coming, but we Milwaukeeans knew the day would eventually come that we'd have to officially share Kings Go Forth with the rest of the country -- and the world. Read our conversation with vocalist Dan Fernandez and see the band play at Turner Hall Ballroom Friday, April 30.

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100 Great Milwaukee music makers, part 1

Published Jan. 28, 2010

As we enter not only a new year, but also a new decade, it seemed like a good time to reflect on Milwaukee's musical past. Here is a list of 100 great bands and musicians who have created Milwaukee's musical landscape and -- in many cases -- helped the world at large appreciate the cream of the Cream City crop.