The Sets List
Who's Bad, Milwaukee Day, Joe Pug, more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 09:38

Americana artist Trapper Schoepp still has stories to tell

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:36

Trapper Schoepp. — Photo: Courtesy

While there wasn’t a specific Milwaukee-focused stage like the unofficial MilwaukeeHome stage at last year’s South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Wisconsin was well represented at 2015’s celebrated industry event by local musicians. Among those performing were one of the state’s best known artists, rock and Americana musician Trapper Schoepp. 

Experimental rockers Foxygen launch farewell tour

Written by Maddy Hughes,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 28 March 2015 15:01

Before 2011, Foxygen was just two kids from California who hadn’t made it big yet. That year, producer Richard Swift discovered them and started a chain of events that turned Jonathan Rado and Sam France into two of the hottest new experimental rock artists in indie music.

The band has released three studio albums since, including 2014’s "...And Star Power," and gained a reputation for both crazy stage antics and backstage feuding. Earlier this month, they surprised fans by announcing that their summer tour, which will take them through Milwaukee on April 7, will also be their last, making the Turner Hall show bigger than ever.

Restoration begins at site of 1st R.E.M. show

Written by The AP Tuesday, 07 April 2015 07:41

Workers are beginning to restore the steeple of the old church in Athens where Georgia rock band R.E.M. played its first show.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that scaffolding is rising around all that remains of the structure — its now-iconic steeple.

Green Bay’s orchestra says farewell after a century of symphonies

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Friday, 27 March 2015 06:44

The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is one of Wisconsin’s longest standing regional orchestras, founded in 1913. In its heyday, GBSO members commuted from across the state and as far away as Chicago to rehearse and perform. Even now, performing at UW–Green Bay’s Weidner Center, the orchestra is a professional company with a dedicated youth symphony orchestra program, filling a vital role in its community.

On April 11, it will perform what may be its final concert. Facing a climate of declining ticket sales and “donor fatigue” — with former beneficiaries who have financially supported the organization throwing in the towel — the organization announced last year that 2014–15 would be the orchestra’s final season.

Music Reviews: Madonna, Van Morrison, Twin Shadow, more

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:46

The cover of Van Morrison's latest. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Van Morrison :: Duets: Reworking the Catalogue

Alverno uncovers music’s Quincy Jones

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 09:30

DJ Jordan “Madhatter” Lee. — Photo: Courtesy

Alverno Presents artistic director David Ravel went to DJ Jordan “Madhatter” Lee last year with a challenge: completely reinterpret the songbook of an American composer. 

Sufjan Stevens’ latest album is worth the time

Written by STEVEN WINE,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 02 April 2015 06:52

Plucked strings and pulsing keyboards dominate the distinctive arrangements on Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, and in the absence of a rhythm section, they serve to keep time.

But time’s not for keeping, and that’s the message.

Nearly 40 years strong, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus sings its own tune

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Friday, 27 March 2015 06:41

Since 1976, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus has been a valued partner to its orchestra, performing alongside it whenever needed. On March 28 and March 29, the stage is their own. In "MSO a cappella," the chorus will perform a series of vocal works without the usual orchestral accompaniment.

“This is not the first time we’ve done a concert like this,” said chorus director Lee Erickson in a recent phone interview. But, he adds, the last such installment was five years ago, making the upcoming concert something of a special occasion.

Review: Modest Mouse ramp up the weird on new album

Written by MATTHEW KEMP,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:39

It’s been eight years since Modest Mouse’s album “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” smashed onto the U.S. charts at No. 1. Will lightning strike twice for frontman Isaac Brock with the long-gestating “Strangers to Ourselves”?

Stranger things have happened.