Present Music lets its ‘Nation’ pick its latest program

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Friday, 22 May 2015 19:26

Present Music Nation will conclude the company’s 33rd season.

This June, Present Music will end its season with a great evening of music. The twist? None of the audience members have any idea what they’ll be coming to see.

The Weepies turn a year of struggle into a powerful return to form

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:15

Married duo Steve Tannen and Deb Talan will kick off their new tour in Madison.
— PHOTO: Robert Sebree

Celebrated folk-pop duo The Weepies, composed of married couple Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, will kick off their latest concert tour May 29 at Madison’s historic Majestic Theatre. It’s a tour in support of "Sirens," their first new full-length studio album in five years. And it’s been a hectic five years. 

Stones' ‘Satisfaction’ born 50 years ago in Florida

Written by JAY CRIDLIN,
Tampa Bay Times
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:17

The pool is still there. It’s shrouded by palm fronds and heavy gates, but it’s there. Stand on Pierce Street, beyond the walls of the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, and you can hear families splashing, even smell the chlorine.

Close your eyes and picture this pool a half-century ago. Picture the Rolling Stones, then a scrum of scrawny Brits in lounge chairs, smoking cigs and scratching out a song that would change the course of music.

The Sets List
Dylan, Tame Impala, Hullabrew and more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 May 2015 23:15

Yes, we know this show has been sold out forever. But if you’re a fan of Dylan who missed your chance to get in, take solace in the knowledge that one of the greatest folk musicians of our time will be in the same state as you, perhaps even the same city or the same ZIP code, for the duration of this concert. That’s not anywhere near as good as hearing the legend perform songs from his new album of Frank Sinatra covers or classics from his nearly 60-year career, but it’s something.

David Duchovny talks new record, his feelings on 'X-Files' script

Written by By JOHN CARUCCI,
Associated Press
Friday, 22 May 2015 10:35

Whether you remember him as FBI agent Mulder from “The X-Files” or the womanizing novelist Hank Moody on “Californication,” David Duchovny wants you to know him as something else: The 54-year old actor recently released his first album, “Hell or Highwater.”

The actor-director claims he’s never set out to do pursue a career in music. He credits his children for sending him in a new direction.

New Music: Brandon Flowers, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Paul Weller and more

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:29

Brandon Flowers is best known as lead vocalist for The Killers, but he’s gone solo before, on 2010’s "Flamingo." For his second effort, he enlisted producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who worked with Vampire Weekend on "Modern Vampires of the City." "The Desired Effect" is an album of big pop-rock anthems about questions of morality and ambition.

Early Music Now teaches a clarinet history lesson

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Friday, 08 May 2015 12:41

In September 2013, Milwaukee’s Early Music Now offered audiences a unique history lesson. The subject: the clarinet and how the woodwind instrument evolved over several centuries. 

But if you missed it, don’t worry. Early Music Now has put the class back on the curriculum and re-invited its de facto instructor, Eric Hoeprich, to teach us about the instrument through a wide sampling of music.

Music Reviews:
Josh Groban, The Weepies, Zac Brown Band, Jenny Lewis

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 May 2015 23:04

New music. New reviews.

"Stages" is what Josh Groban’s most devoted fans have been waiting for. There’s nothing experimental: no songs in Portuguese like “Voce Existe Em Mim” on "Illuminations" or strange cover choices like “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” on "All That Echoes." It is simply a collection of beautifully sung and orchestrated songs from Broadway musicals (and two movies, but one is a measured take on “Over the Rainbow” so he gets a pass).

Q&A: Nick Jonas on hit singles, JoBros, Timberlake, acting

AP Music Writer
Friday, 22 May 2015 10:27

Nick Jonas may have become a sex symbol to female fans in the last year, but the singer says his new tour won’t cater just to the ladies. He’s thinking about his male fans, too.

“I don’t think I’ll cater physically to the women so that it’s not polarizing to my male fans,” Jonas said. 

The Sets List:
Lake Street Drive, John Mellencamp, The Mowgli's and more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:25

If you love the Beatles as much as Motown but your musical skills run more to jazz, you might be in Lake Street Dive. This quartet has been performing together off and on for more than a decade, but it’s only in the last few years that they’ve prioritized this work over their other bands. It’s paying off: They’ve learned to put together a heck of a live show, backed by enviably groovy tunes. The Congress, another rock and roll act known for strong live shows, will open.

Big brass, big legacy
Chicago co-founder Robert Lamm says ‘Now’ isn’t the time to slow down

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 08 May 2015 12:37

When the band Chicago hits the stage at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater May 18, it will be the latest opportunity to see one of the most successful pop-rock bands of all time. The group’s second only to the Beach Boys among American bands on the pop charts, selling more than 100 million records and registering 21 Top 10 singles. 

More impressive is the band’s longevity. The band has been performing consistently since 1967, a 48-year stretch, and still has four of its original co-founders playing. One of them is keyboardist Robert Lamm, one of Chicago’s lead singers and songwriters. We can credit him with such classics as “Saturday In the Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “25 or 6 to 4.”

Orchestras welcome a month of ‘May-thoven’

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 May 2015 12:02

Something classical must be in the Wisconsin water supply. This May, Beethoven-lovers practically can’t walk out of the house on a given weekend without stumbling on an orchestra performing one of the composer’s epic, groundbreaking symphonies.