Music

Sam Smith tops MTV's 2014 'best artist ' list

Written by AP Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:04

This year’s breakthrough new singer, Sam Smith, went from an artist to watch to MTV’s best artist of 2014 and beat out megastars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

Billy Gilman adds his voice to gay country artists’ ranks

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:38

Singer Billy Gilman. — PHOTO: Courtesy

National Coming Out Day is in October, but two country music artists waited until late November to share their good news. Ty Herndon was the first one out of the gate on Nov. 20, followed shortly thereafter on the same day by Billy Gilman, who cited Herndon’s announcement as an inspiration to him.

Shakey Graves builds on DIY folk skills

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 02:06
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Shakey Graves. — Photo: Big Hassle

It’s not easy to impress the alternative music community with something they haven’t seen before, but a kick drum made out of an old suitcase might qualify. So might the man behind that unique instrument, Shakey Graves, who made a memorable impression on the scene in 2011 with his raw vocals, acoustic guitar skills and that suitcase drum.

Conductor De Waart makes most of streamlined MSO

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:37

Edo de Waart — Photo: Bert Hulselmans

Edo de Waart, music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has logged a lot of miles in the past few months. Yet the 73-year-old maestro remains remarkably vibrant and ready to take on his share of the MSO’s 2014–15 season.

The Get Down brings New Year’s grooves back to Turner Hall Ballroom

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 23:24

The Get Down on New Year's Eve. — PHOTO: Courtesy

On New Year’s Eve, Milwaukee musician Andy Noble will be doing what he loves best: introducing fans old and new to his collection of classic soul and funk 45 rpm records at The Get Down, Turner Hall Ballroom’s traditional end-of-the-year dance party.

Flashback 2014: Top albums of the year

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:32

The cover of Songs of Innocence. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Pop Album of the Year 

Present Music again a reason to give thanks

Written by Kirstin Roble,
contributing writer
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:34
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Present Music has produced no shortage of successful collaborations and commissions, but one of the standouts is always the annual Thanksgiving concert. Held this year on Nov. 23 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Present Music’s latest version of the concert gave audiences another reason to be thankful this season.

Roches’ mother-daughter harmonies to fill Shank Hall

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:33

Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche. — PHOTO: Courtesy

To their many fans, the surnames Roche and Wainwright imply musical royalty. Their intertwined family tree has created two generations of accomplished folk musicians connected by blood and marriage.

Ty Herndon ‘extremely happy’ to finally live an authentic life

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:42

Ty Herndon. — PHOTO: Courtesy

National Coming Out Day is in October, but two country music artists waited until late November to share their good news. Ty Herndon was the first one out of the gate on Nov. 20, followed shortly thereafter on the same day by Billy Gilman, who cited Herndon’s announcement as an inspiration to him.

U2 announces 19-city tour

Written by The AP Monday, 08 December 2014 09:06

U2 says it will hit the stage in Vancouver next May to open a 19-city tour, playing indoor arenas after a decade of larger outdoor shows.

Promoter Live Nation announced the rock band’s “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour last week. Tickets go on sale today. The tour swings through North America next summer before heading to Europe in September 2015.

MSO's 'Scheherazade' merges music and storytelling

Written by Julie Steinbach,
contributing writer
Monday, 17 November 2014 13:28
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This weekend, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performed a program of works that not only lived up to the ambitious nature of their season, but even surpassed expectations through evocative, escapist storytelling.

‘Fidelio’: Beethoven’s struggle, Madison Opera’s reward

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:27

Beethoven, painted by Joseph Karl Stieler. — Photo: Wikimedia

Talking to Kathryn Smith, general manager of the Madison Opera, it’s clear how much she loves her medium. And how challenging a medium she’s picked.