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Say it ain't so! New NO/NO album and a farewell show

Published Aug. 30, 2019

As if the album was meant to mirror trajectory our too-short time with the group, the final song, "A Constant State of Flux," arrives quickly and ends abruptly, reminding us that nothing lasts forever.

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Simple Minds' Charlie Burchill previews Saturday's Pabst show

Published Oct. 11, 2018

Simple Minds hasn't plated in Milwaukee in a long, long time, but that changes Saturday. We caught up with original member Charlie Burchill for a preview. He says he's very happy to be back in the states for this tour, which he admits is long overdue.

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A Flock of Seagulls rained out four songs in

Published July 1, 2018

It didn't look good 10 minutes before the alleged 4 p.m. showtime. With the new video board at the U.S. Cellular stage warning us "SEVERE WEATHER APPROACHING," all the keyboards were covered with black tarps. Thunder clapped in the distance, and I wondered if I should run. Run so far away.

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Milwaukee's most influential punk bands, according to the experts

Published Feb. 9, 2017

Four folks with roots in the local music scene banded together to create "Brick Through The Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984," an exhaustive tracing of the scene in Milwaukee from its earliest gasps for air.

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Squeeze closes Summerfest with amazing set of old New Wave hits

Published July 9, 2012

For a band that's been together off and on for almost 40 years - they played Summerfest in 1980, for goodness' sake - Squeeze sounded tight, and the crowd soaked up the performance. On a lovely, finally cool evening at the lakefront, this show was a wonderful way to close out another busy Summerfest.

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1979: an unbeatable year for music

Published Oct. 6, 2006

OK, I've been a music fan for a long time now and I've lived through some good years for music and some lean ones. And I've dug back into the music of the past, too, so I feel pretty confident in deciding that 1979 was perhaps the pinnacle of pop music so far.

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Codebreaker finds the warp zone

Published Feb. 19, 2002

No shoe-gazing at the Codebreaker show at The Social last weekend. It was all "Beach boys meet Kraftwerk at a Falco orgy," in the words of one awed spectator.