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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.


Empire of the Sun @ The Showbox [Seattle] - 6/18/2019

Empire of the Sun @ The Showbox [Seattle] - 6/18/2019

Empire of the Sun brought all the costumes, set props, and backup dancers you know and love for three-night, completely sold-out stop at The Showbox in Seattle, all in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut album Walking on a Dream.


The North Country @ Dwell [DC] - 6/7/2019

The North Country @ Dwell [DC] - 6/7/2019

Through thick and thin, The North Country prevails. This fact bore out time and time again, with this particular again being the addition of Margot MacDonald to their shifting lineup. A favorite in the DC music scene and member of the (unfortunately) now defunct The El Mansouris, MacDonald’s solo music displays not just the power of her voice, but her mastery of vocal loops and effects. She is, to put it mildly, multifaceted.

In fact, the entire ensemble that leader Andrew Grossman has assembled can lay claim to such musical diversity, with most members juggling multiple musical projects (Bal Boheme, Near Northeast, California Accent, and Lotion Princess, just to name a few) outside of their residency in The North Country. They are, with no hyperbole, DC's premier indie-pop supergroup.


Wild Moccasins @ DC9 [DC] - 6/5/2019

Wild Moccasins @ DC9 [DC] - 6/5/2019

Houston synth-pop trio Wild Moccasins are destined to wow you. The group, recently off a trip to SXSW, recently released their first record in four years, Look Together. The album was made in the aftermath of a breakup between singer Zahira Gutierrez and guitarist Cody Swann. Instead of breaking up the band, they crafted a powerful aural attack that demands your attention, easily seen in songs like “Boyish Wave,” one of the highlights of the night.  


Jamila Woods @ Union Stage [DC] - 6/4/2019

Jamila Woods @ Union Stage [DC] - 6/4/2019

"Oh, I'm different, I'm a cup of mild sauce" isn't just Jamila Woods's opening line on LEGACY! LEGACY! or how she began her sold-out show at Union Stage Tuesday night, but it's indicative of what she has to offer through her music and stage presence. LEGACY! LEGACY! , her latest album is unapologetically black, an embodies black excellence by plucking inspiration from African-American greats as seen in her track listing.


Marian McLaughlin Ensemble / Near Northeast @ Dupont Underground [DC] - 6/6/2019

Marian McLaughlin Ensemble / Near Northeast @ Dupont Underground [DC] - 6/6/2019

Marian is a Baltimore-based folk songwriter who leans to enunciating precise details of botanical and zoological fables over fingerpicked classical guitar. At the Dupont Underground she was able to bring her full ensemble of bandmates and collaborators to create the nuance and richness of her latest ecological record Lake Accotink.


Fantastic Negrito @ Union Stage [DC] - 6/3/2019

Fantastic Negrito @ Union Stage [DC] - 6/3/2019

Grammy Award and Tiny Desk NPR winner Fantastic Negrito (Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz) performed in Union Stage touring behind 2018's Please Do Not Be Dead, delivering an energetic and passionate set that exposed his life through songs. Leaning heavily on the sounds of modern blues, Negrito's stories both entertain and inspire people from all walks of life. Songs like "A Cold November Street," "An Honest Man," and the very personal "Dark Windows" all performed at his set in D.C. illustrate why he is one of the most moving-soul artists of the moment.


Florence and the Machine / Blood Orange @ Huntington Bank Pavilion [CHI] - 5/23/2019

Florence and the Machine / Blood Orange @ Huntington Bank Pavilion [CHI] - 5/23/2019

On the opening night of Northerly Island’s annual concert series at the Huntington Bank Pavilion outdoor amphitheater, Florence and the Machine brought the High as Hope tour to a city finally broken from a merciless winter.