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Jim James and the National Symphony Orchestra @ The Kennedy Center [DC]- 9/4/2019

Jim James and the National Symphony Orchestra @ The Kennedy Center [DC]- 9/4/2019

The captivating frontman of My Morning Jacket teamed up with Abrams and the National Symphony Orchestra to play a few selections from the upcoming album, alongside a few other original pieces.


Balún @ Songbyrd Music House [DC]- 8/19/2019

Balún @ Songbyrd Music House [DC]- 8/19/2019

Seven people on stage can be a recipe for chaos, but Balún have a method to the madness. The band, originally from Puerto Rico and now based in New York City, melds dream pop, IDM, and the Latin sounds of dembow (a musical rhythm very popular in reggaeton music) to create an exciting addition to the Latinx musical canon, a sound they call "dreambow." 


Beck / Cage the Elephant / Spoon @ Merriweather Post Pavilion [DC] - 8/24/2019

Beck / Cage the Elephant / Spoon @ Merriweather Post Pavilion [DC] - 8/24/2019

Who needs Woodstock when Merriweather's got the Night Running Tour, a festival-worthy lineup co-headlined by Beck and Cage the Elephant with a little help from Spoon and Sunflower Bean? Not too shabby.


Daughter of Swords @ Songbyrd [DC] - 8/14/2019

Daughter of Swords @ Songbyrd [DC] - 8/14/2019

Hot off a tour with Appalachian vocal trio Mountain Man (including a stop at this years Newport Folk Festival), Alexandra Sauser-Monnig didn’t waste any time hitting the road again, but this time in support of  debut album as Daughter of Swords.


Rosenau & Sanborn @ Colectivo Back Room [MKE] - 8/9/19

Rosenau & Sanborn @ Colectivo Back Room [MKE] - 8/9/19

Last month the duo of Chris Rosenau (Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, Volcano Choir) and Nick Sanborn (Made Of Oak. Sylvan Esso) released Bluebird (listen to our review here), their improvised collaboration that is part studio wizardry and part magic. And on Friday night in Milwaukee they released the material into the wild in front of a live audience.

The date kicked off a short tour that stopped through Eaux Claires and Minneapolis for the first leg and will conclude in September with two stops: First at the tenth annual Hopscotch Music Festival and finally landing at the legendary Mothlight in Asheville, NC.

Check out the photos from their date in Milwaukee below, and don’t miss your chance to have this powerfully uplifting piece of music move the air around you. With any luck, we’ll be seeing more dates from them soon.


Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers @ Pabst Theater [MKE] - 8/7/19

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers @ Pabst Theater [MKE] - 8/7/19

By all accounts, Bruce Hornsby is having a hell of a year. But if you've been paying attention at all, that's been pretty much every year for the legendary pianist. In the 33 years since fame first found him on 1986's The Way It Is, Hornsby has been a pop star, jazz titan, Grateful Dead member, bluegrass provocateur and more. Suffice to say, this Virginia boy "done good."

Bringing all of that history to the stage is no small feat, but at his recent stop at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee with his band The Noisemakers, Hornsby delivered a dream setlist that spanned from his latest LP Absolute Zero all the way back to his first album and back again with some Hornsby penned (but not recorded) hits thrown in for good measure.


A Giant Dog @ Cactus Club [MKE] - 8/3/19

A Giant Dog @ Cactus Club [MKE] - 8/3/19

Known for their raucous live sets Austin, TX’s A Giant Dog delivered the goods at Cactus Club in Milwaukee over the weekend. Fueled by massive T. Rex sized riffs and the ferocious (and ferociously joyful) thrashings of singer Sabrina Ellis, the group, touring behind 2017’s Toy (out now on Merge Records) made it clear why they are considered by many to be one of the greatest live acts of this generation. 

Check out the shots below from this essential night of rock n’ roll at one of Milwaukee’s most essential venues.


Newport Folk Festival 2019 Recap - 7/26/2019-7/28/2019

Newport Folk Festival 2019 Recap - 7/26/2019-7/28/2019

Sixty years on, there continues to be no other festival that promises unity and unforgettable moments as well as Newport Folk Festival does.