Milwaukee duo Nineteen Thirteen has launched a pair of new tracks, which made their world premieres on Aug. 31 at thevinyldistrict.com.
What a long strange trip it was. While theaters like the Downer and Oriental have venerable histories as long-running cinema houses, consider, if you will, the the more varied history of the now-dilapidated State Theater, 2616 W. State St. Originally a movie theater, the State has served a number of purposes - rock venue, prudish dance hall and strip club - in its nearly 100-year history.
Milwaukee's The Delta Routine has a new record out and "You and Your Lion" is the fourth record in about the same number of years - an impressive string for a local band. Fronted by Nick Amadeus, The Delta Routine doses its poppy garage grit with Americana roots to create a thoroughly Midwestern sound, fueled in part by the slashing guitar of local veteran Mike Hoffmann. We recently asked them about making "You and Your Lion."
Making your debut album isn't exactly easy work. Just ask the young Milwaukee folk rockers Antler House. The band began recording its debut "Through The Dirt" in early 2013. Finally, over a year later, the finished product emerged. And for many in the Milwaukee music scene, the wait turned out to be pretty much worth it. Now, for the three-man band out of Shorewood, it's simply a matter of keeping that momentum up.
Summerfest was treated to a three-band Milwaukee reunion extravaganza that included performances by The Wigs, Bon Ton Society and Yipes!
Before Citizen King and the Gufs, before the Bodeans and Violent Femmes, there was Milwaukee's Yipes! The band, which released two LPs as the '70s morphed into the '80s, and toured extensively, reunites for a gig this week at Summerfest. We caught up with them to ask about the band's history and the reunion this week at the Big Gig.
Though nearly a quarter-century passed between the release of Semi-Twang's first record - "Salty Tears," the sole fruit of the band's major label deal with Warner Bros. Records - and its second - the independently released "Wages of Sin," in 2011 - the band is already back with a new disc, "The Why and the What For." We talked to John Sieger about it.
We catch up with Milwaukee's The Delta Routine - singer/guitarist Nick Amadeus to be more specific - which just launched its third disc, "Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares," and is about to head out on a tour covering the East Coast and beyond.
It's been just about a quarter-century since Milwaukee roots rock combo Semi-Twang inked a deal with Warner Brothers Records and headed out to Los Angeles to record its major label debut -- and swan song -- "Salty Tears." This weekend, Semi-Twang releases its sophomore record, "Wages of Sin."
Milwaukee's The Delta Routine launches its new record Saturday, Jan. 22 at Linneman's. "More About You" blends catchy guitar pop with swaggering blues-rooted rock and roll that nods at The Black Crowes, The Who and the Rolling Stones. We asked singer and guitarist Nick Amadeus about the new record and to bring us up to date on the band.
Fifteen years elapsed between the release of Peggy James' new disc, "Joan of Arc," and its predecessor. So, you'll understand why she's doing the release party up right. James launches the 10-song "Joan of Arc," produced by Jim Eannelli, on Friday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Marcus Center's Vogel Hall.
Paul Cebar has been a mainstay -- and a leading light -- in Milwaukee music for years. Starting out in coffee houses playing solo, in a duo with Rip Tenor, with incarnations of his band The Milwaukeeans, and with the R&B Cadets. But despite friends and insiders raving about the quality of his solo demos, Cebar hasn't released a solo acoustic CD until now.
When the talk turns to great Milwaukee bands, most people would agree that the Violent Femmes are the biggest thing ever to come out of this city. But close on their heels are the BoDeans, who are still together, and Semi-Twang, a band that had a big recording contract, incredible critical acclaim and a life that was far too short.
Who knows? Maybe they've all got too much other stuff to do. Maybe they don't get along that well. Maybe they just understand the laws of supply and demand. Whatever the reason, Milwaukee's landmark proto-alt.country rockers E*I*E*I*O play only very infrequent gigs.
The Delta Routine takes pieces of the past -- a bit of the Rolling Stones, a hint of The Who -- and transforms their inspiration into a more modern take on the rawness of the gritty genre.