The Sets List, February 26, 2015

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:57

Ariana Grande. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Ariana Grande

Arte Para Todos unites musicians and visual artists for arts education

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:34
Arte Para Todos will give 100 percent of its proceeds to 3 arts education programs.

Arts education funding is at its lowest level in years, and hundreds of Milwaukee artists, musicians and advocates are fed up. They're starting a weekend-long benefit concert series that will give 100 percent of its proceeds to three local schools.

Leslie Gore, who topped the 1960s charts with 'It's My Party,' dies at 68

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 16 February 2015 17:46

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, “It’s My Party,” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” died today in New York of lung cancer. She was 68.

The Sets List, Feb. 12, 2015

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 22:31

Music reviews, February 26, 2015

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:50

Imagine Dragons :: ‘Smoke + Mirrors’

Imagine Dragons is known for a joyfully bombastic stage performance and sophomore album Smoke + Mirrors is its perfect translation. The band retreads the most successful musical ideas from Night Visions — “Gold” is as anthemic as “Radioactive,” and the first single, “I Bet My Life,” recalls the band’s first hit, the neo-folk-rock “It’s Time.” The band also stretches in new directions, trying on Coldplay’s sound in “It Comes Back To You” and embracing pop and EDM on “Summer.” Through it all, Imagine Dragons retains its skill in moving from whispers to screams, even within a single song.

Jimmy Page revels in new Led Zeppelin re-masters

Written by GREGORY KATZ,
Associated Press
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:12

Jimmy Page started the project because he couldn’t believe how bad Led Zeppelin sounded.

The legacy of the band he’d devoted much of his life to was being muddied by the way its classic studio albums sounded when reproduced on the ubiquitous MP3 players that are popular today.

Joshua Radin’s musical journey travels ‘Onward’

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 12:18

Joshua Radin. — Photo: Shore Fire Media

Most singer-songwriters start early, taking up instruments in their teens or early 20s and using them and their voices in tandem to forge their path in the music business.

Music reviews: Dylan, Krall, Hozier, Ezra

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:23

Bob Dylan : ‘Shadows In the Night’: Casual listeners may see Bob Dylan recording an album of Sinatra songs as a shock. 

Madison Symphony highlights classic film music exiles

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:43

Violinist and film music fan Daniel Hope will perform with the Madison Symphony.
— PHOTO: Harald Hoffmann

In the 1930s, Europe’s loss of artists and intellectuals fleeing the rise of Nazi persecution and anti-intellectualism proved to be America’s gain. Some of the greatest contributions to American culture came in the form of Hollywood film scores, with European exiles raising the symphonic standard of movie music for generations of film fans to come.

Music Review: Drake silences the jokes with cold, dark album

Written by MELANIE J. SIMS,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:40

For as long as Drake’s been around, almost everything about him — his Mr. Sensitive image, his sweater collection, his cheesy photos with various professional athletes — has been the subject of a never-ending stream of Internet memes.

Still, Drake and his talent are no joke, and the Grammy winner’s surprise album, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” dares critics to say otherwise. Released six years to the day that Drake debuted his super successful “So Far Gone” mixtape, the Toronto native’s latest set finds him in a serious space, not asking for respect, but demanding it.

Opera’s Kurt Ollmann returns for a Milwaukee cabaret

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 11:07

Lyric baritone Kurt Ollmann. — Photo: Courtesy Wilson center

Singing the role of Riff in Leonard Bernstein’s “operatic” 1984 recording of iconic musical West Side Story is a highlight that pretty well sums up lyric baritone Kurt Ollmann’s career: a balance of musical theater and opera performances that adds up to quite the impressive legacy.

Overby pursues ‘Higher Ground’ of world music

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:43

Jonathan Overby hosts Higher Ground.
— Photo: WPR

It’s not unusual this time of year for Wisconsin residents to escape the state’s wintry weather for the Caribbean’s sunny climate. Milwaukee native Jonathan Overby is no different, but the ethnomusicologist is traveling with a purpose greater than mere tourism.