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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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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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Variety makes Kid Millions' rap recession-proof

Published Nov. 28, 2009

In August we talked to Kid Millions about his then-new 45, "Victim to the Beat." At that point, Millions promised a new full-length disc in October. OK, so it's November, but the eight-song "Recession Proof Rap" -- available on vinyl, digitally and CD -- is here and Kid Millions celebrates its release with a show on Saturday, Nov. 28 at The Mad Planet.

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Five questions for rapper Kid Millions

Published Aug. 25, 2009

Local rapper Kid Millions -- better known to some as John Kuester, co-owner of Lotus Land Records in Riverwest -- has just unleashed the record of the Milwaukee summer. "Victim to the Beat," co-written with Codebreaker's Sage Schwarm, is a fun and breezy retro hip-hop dancefest with a sound that will send you running for your old Sugar Hill Records 12"s -- or at least the first Tom Tom Club CD.

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"The Super Noble Brothers" gets another showing

Published Dec. 30, 2008

Local artist Mark Escribano's documentary, "The Super Noble Brothers," made its debut at the Milwaukee International Film Festival in 2007. It screens again Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Oriental.

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Lotus Land celebrates 8 years in Riverwest

Published Dec. 6, 2008

The music business might be taking a hit from digital music distribution and illegal downloading, but vinyl fiends help keep local music hot spots like Bull's Eye going. Despite the crunch of the tough economy, Lotus Land, 832 E. Clarke St., celebrates its eighth birthday at The Mad Planet on Saturday, Dec. 20. The free event will feature music, food and giveaways.

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Atomic closing is a sad sign of the times

Published Dec. 5, 2008

I was saddened to see that Atomic Records will close in February, but not entirely surprised. Let's face it, if Tower tanked and Virgin closed a downtown Chicago megastore before there was even an economic crisis, how can we expect Rich Menning to weather the storm?

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Record Store Day reminds us to support local businesses

Published April 18, 2008

Saturday is Record Store Day in the U.S. and in Milwaukee, local shops like Atomic Records, RushMor, Bull's Eye and Exclusive Company celebrate the joys of recorded music stamped into vinyl or encoded onto CDs.

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Lotus Land celebrates seven years

Published Nov. 19, 2007

Riverwest's Lotus Land Records, one of the best record shops in town in a long time, celebrates seven years on Center Street with a party down the block at The Mad Planet on Saturday, Dec. 1.

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Where does the road lead for jazz?

Published March 29, 2007

The Pabst was abuzz with excitement as Ahmad Jamal prepared to take stage and his audience sat ready to be captivated. Jamal is well known to jazz fans and an influence on his peers. But, as popular music moves along, he and the other artists that created classic albums are fading away from the spotlight.

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Milwaukee threesomes make for great nights out

Published Feb. 8, 2005

What could be better than a Milwaukee threesome? Get your mind out of the gutter, buddy, that's not what we mean. A Milwaukee threesome: three great ways to spend the day -- or evening -- with a friend, with a date or, if it's the best you can do, with mom.

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Milwaukee Seen: Dec. 15, 2004

Published Dec. 15, 2004

Be seen in the Milwaukee seen this week at Lotus Land's anniversary bash at Mad Planet on Dec. 16, back at Mad Planet on Dec. 18 for The Benjamins, The Etiquette and The Saltshakers, and at Hi Hat on Dec. 19 for the second Soulful Christmas.