Music

Spotify’s Top 10 viral tracks

Written by AP Saturday, 29 August 2015 06:18

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Aug 14, to Thursday, Aug. 20, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

3rd time charms again for Testa Rosa

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:48

Testa Rosa. — PHOTO: Courtesy

“Pretty” is not an adjective that tends to apply to the Milwaukee music scene, but it’s one that has been leveled at — and embraced by — pop rock band Testa Rosa more than once. Betty Blexud-Strigens and Damian Strigens, the couple who lead the band, haven’t lost any of that shine as they gear up for the release of their third album. But the appropriately titled Testa Rosa III is tempered by a deeper, darker and denser sound than Testa Rosa has dabbled with in the past.

Steven Tyler to perform at Pilgrimage with country band

Written by The AP Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:30

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will be performing with country band Loving Mary next month at the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Tennessee. 

The two-day festival will be held Sept. 26-27 on a horse farm in Franklin. Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Wilco, Weezer and The Decemberists will also be featured. 

The Sets List:
Tigernite, Mötley Crüe, Charli XCX and Bleachers, Diana Krall

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 30 July 2015 08:09

Tigernite Album Release Spectacular 

9 p.m. Aug. 1 at Cactus Club, Milwaukee. $8. cactusclub.dostuff.info.

Present Music celebrates Mozart’s modern successors

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:09

Milwaukee’s Present Music ensemble helps kick off another year of fine arts, with a season-opening concert that will bring together the largest ensemble Present Music has ever hosted. It’ll also be bringing together the company’s love for chamber music’s classical roots and its passion for contemporary works.

The Sets List: Meat Puppets, Dirty Heads, Jeremy Messersmith and more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:43

Meat Puppets. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Is there a better way to celebrate the end of summer than by listening to some “face-melting” rock ’n’ roll by the Meat Puppets?

The Sets List:
Michael Jackson tribute, Al Jarreau, Dusty Medical anniversary and more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:07

You can always count on a Majestic ‘80s vs. ‘90s party being a blast, but when it’s a Michael Jackson-themed anniversary bash? It’ll be thrilling, dangerous and “bad” — in the best way. DJs Nick Nice and BROOK will square off with a combination of Jackson’s discography and those of his contemporaries, as well as hosting a moonwalk competition and happy birthday singalong at midnight. Single white glove optional.

Singer/songwriter Paul Anka still does it ‘his way’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 30 July 2015 05:15

Paul Anka, songwriter for artists including Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Michael Jackson, will perform at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater.
—PHOTO: Annie Leibovitz

Every career has its watershed moments, times when the nature, direction and fortunes of a life change forever. Singer/songwriter Paul Anka says one of his was a 1968 meeting with Frank Sinatra. 

Mika stops hiding with ‘No Place in Heaven’

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:55

Mika is one of pop music’s most uniquely talented artists. The Anglo-Lebanese singer burst into the spotlight with his superb debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion, which has sold nearly 6 million copies since its release in 2007. 

Music reviews: Wilco, Rob Thomas, Carly Rae Jepsen, Beach House

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:36

Wilco's latest. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Ever wondered what Wilco would sound like if they simply walked into the studio and let the tape roll? Now you can find out, thanks to their new album Star Wars, a self-released, super-DIY record that sounds even better than many of the band’s more intricately constructed past works. In the midst of all of the fuzzy guitar and avant-pop rhythms, there is an elegant grace that keeps you listening. “You Satellite” is one of the most beautiful tracks Wilco has ever written, and the buzzing flood of guitars on top of drums that chaotically roll off the rails by the end makes the song even more striking. While the album has more introspective moments, it is the rollicking sound of noisy tracks like “Random Name Generator” and “Pickled Ginger” that will stick in your mind.

New music
Dr. Dre, Luke Bryan, Ivy Levan, Grace Potter

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:02

Just as hip-hop legend Dr. Dre announced that Detox — the legendary album he’s been working on for more than 15 years — had finally been scrapped, he released a whole new project: Compton, named for the LA neighborhood he calls home. He’s also promised it will be his last. The new release coincides with the upcoming biopic Straight Outta Compton, which tells the story of Dre’s legendary hip-hop group N.W.A. The biggest question about Compton is whether Dre still has the goods after so many years. The answer is yes. Compton isn’t groundbreaking in the manner of Dre’s solo debut The Chronic but it’s well worth hearing — and, with frequent appearances by fellow Compton artist Kendrick Lamar, it feels like a passing of the torch too.

New music
Jill Scott, the Bird and the Bee, Titus Andronicus, Benjamin Clementine

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 20:04

The talented R&B vocalist Jill Scott has taken a long, roundabout path to her fifth studio album, Woman. But it is worth the wait. Never content with the grooves of conventional R&B, she smooths things out on “Fool’s Gold,” digs deep into gospel wailing on “You Don’t Know,” and explores Prince-influenced territory on the slinky “Beautiful Love.” “Closure” gets irrepressibly funky, a kiss off to a former love. If there is a thread that holds the entire album together, it is the exploration of love and sex in all its forms. Jill Scott is wise and experienced, and her voice is a treasure.