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.
Kings go forth
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.
Milwaukee's soul regents, Kings Go Forth have announced another European and American tour, the latter of which includes two Milwaukee dates.
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.
One of the many cool things about working at OnMilwaukee.com is that you often get asked to do things you most certainly are not qualified for just because your picture is on the Internet.
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.
In an online version of its Sunday magazine The New York Times suggests Milwaukee's own Kings Go Forth may just have what it takes to save soul music.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Kings Go Forth are proud to be from Milwaukee and we should be proud of them, too.
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.
There is so much going on in Milwaukee music these days that it's hard not to feel like we're at a high-water mark right now.
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.