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April 3, 2020
Throughout rock ’n’ roll history, many cities established their own signature sounds, to name a few, New Orleans and its R&B, San Francisco’s psychedelic rock, New York punk and Seattle grunge.
While not as readily identifiable, Milwaukee also had its distinctive brand...
March 30, 2020
In a “Love in the time of Corona” message published last week on the Eunice, La.-based Cajun music record company Valcour Records website, label president Joel Savoy announced a novel web-only release geared to helping local musicians.
“Since we’re all in quarantine and...
March 29, 2020
Punk Rope's Tim Haft and Shana Brady at Otto's Shrunken Head
As it says on the Punk Rope website, “We give a skip.”
So much so, in fact, that the New York-based jump rope-cum-punk rock exercise program, now unable to hold actual classes during the current coronavirus pa...
March 23, 2020
One of the major tenets of music criticism is that great artists must take risks. By that criterion, there was no greater artist than Kenny Rogers.
The chronology: Houston native Rogers learned guitar and fiddle and played in a rockabilly recording band, The Scholars, i...
New book reflects upon Milwaukee's 'blue-c...
Acadiana's Valcour Records' 'After Hou...
Punk Rope brings jump rope and punk rock to virtua...