Marquette Wire

DJ ‘Will’ pumps up the crowds

Joe Carey

October 14, 2010

Filed under Featured, News

The typical DJ Will Brady event features the young disc jockey with his right arm in the air moving to the music while the left controls the tempo of the song. The crowd dances while Brady squints at his gear, picking out the...

Power: Open your ears to different musical experiences

Aloysia Power

October 12, 2010

Filed under Featured, Viewpoints

I was instantly intrigued by the guitar playing. The fingers of the guitarristas descended down the octave, and the music transformed from high-speed individual note plucking to rhythmic strumming and a flurry of notes all at once. ...

Unruly Music breaks sound barriers

Sarah Elms

October 7, 2010

Filed under Featured, Marquee

Some call it postclassical, some call it avant-garde and some call it experimental. And some might say it’s all of the above. Unruly Music, a production of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts and the Marcus Cent...

Annex concerts to refocus on student musicians

Jennifer Zahn

October 7, 2010

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You’re at the Annex on a Friday night, chilling with a few friends. There’s a plate of fried chicken wings in front of you, and you’re devouring the savory goodies without hesitation. The thought occurs to you: Is there anything tha...

Debo Band brings Ethiopian-American musical fusion to Milwaukee

Sarah Elms

September 23, 2010

Filed under Featured, Marquee

Take Ethiopian ’70s pop. Add some American funk. Toss in an accordion, saxophone, strings. The result: an unlikely, yet brilliant synthesis. Debo Band. This Boston-based Ethiopian rock band will combine forces with native Ethiopian group Fendika to showcas...

Weezer’s “Hurley” as lovable as original

September 23, 2010

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If you’ve been searching through lists of new music and come upon a picture of “Lost’s” Hurley, aka Jorge Garcia, don’t worry: You haven’t wandered into the DVDs. You’ve just stumbled upon “Hurley,” the eighth and newest album from alternative rocke...

Craigslist creation plays Milwaukee

Erica Breunlin

April 29, 2010

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For a band that traces its start back to Craigslist, Blane Fonda knows how to attract a striking crowd and bridge the gap estranging generations. Blane Fonda, comprised of lead singer Mark Wetzel, drummer Dave Fine, guitarist Charlie Nadler, ...

The Naturals and Gold ‘N Blues work in perfect harmony

Matthew Reddin

April 22, 2010

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It’s hard to defy the temptation to instinctively view pairings of people and things as warring rivals — even if they’re not. Cats and dogs, Jennifer and Angelina, and even paper or plastic have been misconstrued as the...

Who will be the next Air Guitar hero?

Sarah Elms

April 15, 2010

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Airness: the extent to which a performance transcends the imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form in and of itself. It’s the skill all air guitarists strive to master, especially if they want to be competitive. And the...

Barenaked Ladies get serious but lose their appeal with ‘All in Good Time’

Matthew Reddin

April 8, 2010

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Everyone needs to grow up eventually — even rock stars. But when you’re the members of a band named Barenaked Ladies, switching to a more serious and mature sound might not be the best career move. Hugely popular in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Barenaked Ladies made a...

Time to shine

Sarah Elms

March 25, 2010

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The time has finally come. You voted, (or at least a handful of you did), and these are your six finalists for the third annual Marquette Superstar airing on MUTV. If you haven’t seen Marquette Superstar yet, think “American...

Ironically, Neon Trees’ debut effort doesn’t stand out

Erica Breunlin

March 25, 2010

Filed under Featured, Marquee

Neon Trees flaunts all the attributes of the next breakout band.  Couple a female drummer steeped in heavy eye makeup with a lead singer who rarely hawks his Mohawk, frame them with a guitarist on either side, and wait for the crowds to come roaring. With the March 16 rele...