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14 dead and buried East Side rock clubs

Published March 1, 2018

Previously, I wrote about some of Downtown's dead and buried rock clubs. But because there were so many places you wanted me to mention that were outside the geographical constraints of that article, I present this East Side edition...

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Urban spelunking: Schlitz tied houses, like Dehne's Upper 90 Sports Pub

Published March 2, 2017

Tied-houses - taverns built and owned by breweries - helped make Milwaukee a city of corner bars. More than a century after the tied-house boom in Brew City, these structures have become an iconic architectural feature of the city, too. Here we look at some Schlitz taverns.

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What's shakin' with The Shivvers?

Published June 17, 2014

One of the bands in late '70s/early '80s Milwaukee that seemed most primed to succeed on a bigger stage was The Shivvers, a melodic pop rock band that featured the distinctive voice of lead singer Jill Kossoris. Part Blondie, part Rapsberries, The Shivvers released a single back then, but the group's long-playing power pop masterwork -- the eponymous "The Shivvers" would have to wait years to see release. Now that it's out on wax, we caught up with Kossoris to check in.

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"Cease is Increase" documents alternative music scene

Published July 11, 2013

Sadly, little has been written about some of the most fertile periods in Milwaukee rock and roll history. Now, Steve Nodine, who was part of the scene during that era as a member of Dark Facade, has self-published "Cease is Increase: An Oral History of Milwaukee's Punk and Alternative Music Scene."

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The Cease Is Increase: Remembering Milwaukee's punk past

Published Dec. 1, 2012

If you searched punk or punk rock on Google, you wouldn't find many photos that look like Steve Nodine. However, ask him one or two questions about punk and Milwaukee's punk history, and it's easy to see a passion and excitement that hasn't aged a day or lost a step.

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Milwaukee's pop Shivvers get a new lease on life

Published May 19, 2006

Imagine writing a song so memorable that 20 years later a record label appropriates the title for its name. That's what happened to long-defunct Milwaukee band The Shivvers. With a retrospective CD out, the band is finding overdue success in America and abroad.