Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
It’s getting down to the last days of 2010 and I cannot believe the year went by so quickly! I always enjoy reading peoples lists of their top or favorite things for the year and I figured I would try my hand at it. Here are my top 3 concerts from 2010.
1. GAYNGS at Turner Hall
Who doesn’t love a slightly tongue-in-cheek indie-rock super group? I’m not sure about you, but that is right up my street. Particularly if this super group boasts members from Megafaun, Bon Iver and The Rosebuds. If you can get past the fact that the band feels like it was hatched after a long night of rolling joints and listening to 80s records and live in the moment of the music, I feel like this is a sensual and fun band to listen to. Their live show featured around half of the two dozen band members clad in white on stage, most wearing sunglasses and all definitely enjoying themselves. GAYNGS is possibly hit or miss but simply from the talent alone, they’re worth checking out. Honestly, since seeing them in September, I have been in a GAYNGS induced haze
2. Tallest Man On Earth at the Pabst Theater
Taking a cue from the previously mentioned golden touch Justin Vernon, I picked up an album by Tallest Man On Earth per his praise. Boy, was I glad I did. Kristian Matsson, who goes by the moniker Tallest Man On Earth came out with his second album earlier this year called The Wild Hunt. I was instantly hooked on his stark lyrics and crooning voice, I just HAD to check out his show at the Pabst. I was completely blown away by how such a small man, alone on stage with nothing but his guitar and a large antique chair could belt out such emotive and energetic songs about love and life. Despite his somewhat awkward stage presence (ie I’m super glad I wasn’t in the front row to catch his intense and somewhat creepy eye contact), Kristian Matsson is an artist worth seeing live.
3. LCD Soundsystem at The Rave
Fans found out earlier this year that This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem’s most recent album and their tour to support it was allegedly the band’s last go before an official hiatus. In October, Milwaukee was fortunate enough to be a stop on this tour. I saw LCD Soundsystem over the summer at Pitchfork music festival in Chicago and despite the sweltering heat, the show was perfect. Seeing them in Milwaukee was a very different vibe though and there was a better opportunity to see their fabulous light show and seeing any band on home turf is always cool. I was surprised that the show was as wonderful as it was considering it was at The Rave in the ballroom which has somewhat shoddy acoustics but the great energy of the crowd made this show a memorable.
Monday, December 6, 2010
I know quite a few college football fans whose only wish this holiday season was to see their beloved Wisconsin Badgers make it to the Rose Bowl. Looks like Wisconsinites got their wish and will smell the roses in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. This will be the Badger’s first appearance in 11 seasons while opponents TCU are the first team from a non-AQ league in the BCS to play this prestigious game. Despite TCU being bowl “virgins”, the teams are pretty evenly matched up, both tying for fourth nationally and scoring 520 points. TCU has a tight defense but the Badgers are great on the road and have a strong offensive line. We unfortunately won’t be making it out to Pasadena to show our Bucky pride in person but you better believe we’ll be rooting for the Badgers from home!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Rip Tide, another restaurant with a view of the Milwaukee River, recently closed its doors for good.The eatery had been in business for almost six years and had they offered up better menu selections than pulling carp out of the Milwaukee Harbor, they might still be around. Despite the flop, this space is way too close to the Summerfest grounds/Marcus Amphitheater to remain empty for too long. I’m not sure what will be put in next but a casual place with affordable meals and great drink specials will certainly get business during the warmer summer months because of their outdoor patio. What would you like to see in place of Rip Tide?