Minneapolis’ The Melismatics seem content to be a noisy, bouncy power-pop band; even on sadder numbers, the group’s playful songwriting and screechy guitars make it a good fit for small, cozy venues. Not that it doesn’t tend to sound like a polished update of The Replacements—but it’s fun enough to get away with such bald imitation. The Melismatics’ follow-up to 2006’s Turn It On EP, 2009’s The Acid Test, offers the simple yet undeniable pleasures of beer-friendly—if a bit too slick—Midwestern rock ’n’ roll. The crew’s LP MANIA!
The post-punk surf-rockers of Orca Team may have moved from Portland to Seattle, but perpetual gray skies haven’t dampened their eternal-summer sound. Frontman Leif Anders’ faraway croon still layers over bass grooves that pack songs with reverb-soaked ’60s nostalgia, and while the band may refer to its songwriting as minimalistic, its lyrics have a distinct surfer-dude simplicity. Choruses like “Gonna dance all night and stay up real late” are concerned with nothing but riding the chill times for as long as they roll.
Washington singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson is yet another remarkable Internet success story: After legal squabbles benched his 2003 debut with Madonna’s Maverick Records, Hutchinson soldiered on with the self-released Sounds Like This in 2007. Somehow, the album found its way into the ears of Perez Hilton, who helped propel it to the No. 7 spot on iTunes’ most-downloaded list. Not surprisingly—though a bit ironic—that success turned into a contract with Warner Bros, which put out 2012’s Moving Up Living Down.
A product of the bountiful Columbus, Ohio music scene, Mount Carmel steers clear of the pitfalls that commonly plague bluesy power trios. The group’s fuzzy, Cream-indebted, classic-rock sound is well-honed, and frontman Matthew Reed’s vocals conjure up the weary debauchery of John Lennon’s infamous “Lost Weekend.” Mount Carmel’s sophomore album, Real Women, was released earlier this year, and contains strutting, balls-out rockers (“Swaggs,” “Oh Louisa”), as well as slinkier numbers that could give The Black Keys a run for their retro-indebted money.
Soulful guitarist Evan Christian has long been a popular draw in area clubs, particularly The Jazz Estate, where his fluid flamenco picking at the head of the Evan Christian Jazz Quartet matches perfectly with the sultry allure of the Estate’s silky environs. Unfortunately for his local fans, Christian frequently is out of the area on various tours that take him to places outside of the country, including Europe, where he’s played extensively.
This gig is all about playing great music and raising money to help support Sweet Water Foundation in Bay View (for more see below).
Sample a Variety of Polish beers and enjoy hors d'oeuvres catered by Jack Norman Catering. Receive a free commemorative glass. Patrons must be 21 or older.
$22 in advance
Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum and omTown Yogis, this monthly class is open to all skill levels. Pre-registration and early arrival is recommended. Bring your own mat. Walk-ins allowed if space is available. $15 recommended donation (Includes museum admission for the day).
June 20 2012
On this week’s New Music Wednesday, (06/20/12), we have new music from Dirty Projectors, The Heavy, Allen Stone, and Grizzly Bear .
June 20 2012
The Center for Veterans Issues here in Milwaukee recently received two grants totaling in $500,000 and they will help provide job training for homeless military vets.