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.
It's hard to believe that alt.country chanteuse Neko Case hasn't performed in Milwaukee in five years, but it's true. Wednesday night she returned to the same venue to perform songs from "Hell-On," as well as gems from across her now more than two-decade-long solo career.
With a giant replica of their new album's cover above them on the stage, The New Pornographers delivered a delirious set of extra-large pop during Thursday's Pabst Theater performance.
Another year has come and gone and, as always, it's left a trail of great music, books and movies in its wake...
Kelly Hogan is one of the busiest working musicians around and on Sunday night, she reminded the Pabst Pub audience of why she is so in-demand with a marvelous performance that showcased all of her talents.
Travis' Fran Healy releases his solo debut in October and is on the road to share its songs in advance. He plays at the Riverside tonight, opening for Keane. But, please be on your best behavior, Milwaukee. This Scotsman may be prone to distraction.
From the get-go, Bobby Tanzilo is going to just say right up front that he went to Wednesday night's Jakob Dylan & Three Legs show at The Pabst Theater because of the words "Neko" and "Case." If Dylan was hoping that he'd win over some of their crowd by bringing Case and her sidekick Kelly Hogan along for the ride, he was right in at least one case.
On the second to last night of Neko Case's tour in support of her latest disc, "Middle Cyclone," the alt-country singer performed at the Riverside Theater on Saturday night.
Every now and again I check out the top 10 records of the week, never expecting there to be any overlap with my tastes. There are rare exceptions, however, like this week, when U2 and Neko Case had the top-selling discs. And, in other news, is U2 coming to the B.C.?
Milwaukee seems to get more great concerts than ever these days and despite what people think and say, there is no shortage of good venues here, from Shank to the Pabst to Cactus and The Rave and beyond.
Ben Kweller's been the can-do kid for so long that maybe we've started to take his precocious pop talents for granted. So, it's good that he's reminding us. Kweller, who plays at Turner Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 18 with the fab-o Watson Twins, has a new record that is nothing like you expect and he's keeping the inspiration flowing with his Web series of short works.
Due to high demand, the Neko Case show, scheduled for April 25 at 8 p.m., has been moved from The Pabst Theater to the larger Riverside.
When Chicago's The Redwalls were dropped by a major label, they were lucky to be able to take their new record with them.
Backed by a quintet that included former Bloodshot Records labelmates singer Kelly Hogan and talented pedal steel guitarist Jon Rauhouse, Neko Case offered one reading of her catalog at The Pabst Theater on Thursday night, namely the more introspective and lower-key one.
"We’ve never before been to Milwaukee and look at all of you who came out to see us,” the uber charming Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch says to a completely sold out audience at the Riverside Theater Saturday night.