Violent femmes


DeLorenzo offers Femmes fans an Easter egg with "Trancephone" EP

Published March 18, 2020

It's been a while since Victor DeLorenzo released a solo album. One of the founding members of the Violent Femmes, and now half of the duo Nineteen Thirteen, DeLorenzo has put his attention toward the former: a unique blend of drums and cello that you have to hear to believe. But the itch to record something with more than two instruments brought DeLorenzo back into the attic studio behind his East Side home.


The Killers test the foundation at new Fiserv Forum's first concert

Published Sept. 5, 2018

The Killers' Brandon Flowers didn't want to blow the roof off of the city's new $524 million dollar arena, but he sure wanted to test the foundation a little during the arena's first concert on Tuesday night. Lucky for Milwaukee, the building held up just fine while The Killers put on a fittingly memorable performance for the special night.


MKE Band Camp: The Killers at Fiserv Forum

Published Sept. 4, 2018

The Killers are christening the brand new Fiserv Forum alongside a Milwaukee gem, the Violent Femmes, this Tuesday, Sept. 4. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Here's everything you need to know going into this historic show.


VIDEO: Femmes' Sparrow rockets back to high school in a big way

Published Oct. 16, 2017

Who says you can't go home again? Violent Femmes drummer John Sparrow is finding his way back to his alma mater, South Milwaukee High School, as part of the band's five-city Viva Wisconsin tour this month. We went back to the school recently to find his old locker.


Milwaukee's Luhrssen writes the book on classic rock

Published April 21, 2017

After writing about everything from secret societies to Milwaukee punk rock, the Shepherd Express' Dave Luhrssen has now written the "Encyclopedia of Classic Rock." We asked him about what went into writing this authoritative tome with Michael Larson.


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.


Barenaked Ladies start slow, pick up steam, end with big bang

Published July 10, 2016

By the time we were nine songs in, I was ready to give the Barenaked Ladies a solid grade of "Meh," but after that, the band hit their stride. They kept up that enthusiasm, the crowd kept up theirs and the show as a whole became more entertaining.


Violent Femmes serve up more than nostalgia at Summerfest

Published July 8, 2016

The thousands of us who came to the Violent Femmes' show Thursday night at Summerfest were attracted for many of the same reasons. But mostly, we came to connect with the trio that made Milwaukee music famous.


That time Prince gifted the Violent Femmes a song

Published April 21, 2016

Shortly after Prince's sudden and tragic death early this afternoon, OnMilwaukee met up with Victor DeLorenzo, who had a fun story and a few thoughts to share about the late musical icon.