Caution to the (Freezing) Wind

On Saturday afternoon, Burnheart’s Bar in Bay View will throw caution to the sub-zero, face-numbing February wind when it holds the first-ever Mitten Fest, an outdoor festival featuring live music, barrel-aged beer and local crafts. Despite the frosty conditions, Burnheart’s was able to round up an outstanding trio of bands to perform, most notably local punk heavyweight Call Me Lightning. The band has been relatively quiet since the release of 2010’s When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free, so we swapped e-mails with guitarist Nathaniel Lilley to get up to speed on the band’s recent whereabouts. It’s been…

Beautiful Dreams

The man in the portrait looks forlorn. His clothes are wrinkled. His lips are pursed into an expression that seems to shift momentarily between a smile and a frown. He is the author of some of our country’s most enduring songs, yet he died young, poor and alone after cracking his head on a sink. His name is Stephen Foster, and he is the father of American music. On Saturday night at Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre, Juniper Tar and the Foster Project painted their own portrait of Foster’s life  (which most people probably haven’t heard about) and music (which everyone…

Blast From The Past

A local supergroup will reinterpret the music of Stephen Foster Photo by Kat Schleicher Tuesday, Jan. 29: Down and Warbeast @ The Rave, 8 p.m. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com) Wednesday, Jan. 30: Jordin Baas and Ben Cervenka @ Art Bar, 9 p.m. Two budding local singer-songwriters split this mid-week Art Bar bill. Baas, a talented vocalist, plays radio-friendly pop, most of which is released on her Youtube channel. Cervenka has released two tracks of melancholy lo-fi country via Bandcamp. (722 E. Burleigh St., artbar-riverwest.com) Thursday, Jan. 31: MELT #23 DJ Showcase @ Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. Anyone curious about…

Cash Cologne and Precious Metal

Cash, cologne and precious metals are not exactly the things you think of when you think of “indie music.” And yet, on its new EP, Young Holidays successfully joins those things: the sights (and sounds) of club culture with garage rock grit for three tracks that take a lo-fi approach to electropop.   If Holidays’ 2012 self-titled debut bore traces of dance and electro, Rose Gold more fully embraces those genres, evident in the blown-out disco of “Polo Black” and the skittish beat of “Sugar Rush.” But the electronics are balanced with furious, sometimes sloppy live instrumentation, allowing the band’s…

Review- Paper Holland’s Happy Belated

Paper Holland might as well have stepped out of a time machine. Besides the fact that its debut album – prophetically titled Happy Belated – took four years to complete, the band itself sounds like a late but not unwelcome arrival to a party thrown by Death Cab For Cutie and Nada Surf in the early 2000s. Those bands – with their gentle indie pop and emotionally raw lyrics – are clearly influences, and for that reason alone, Happy Belated feels plucked from the Discman of a heartbroken mid-aughts teenager. Bearing in mind that the songs were written four long…

Walk on the Wild Side

Tuesday, Jan. 15: Outside World with Technicolor Teeth and The Delphines @ Quarters, 9 p.m. Chicago’s Outside World plays sweetly melodic, sometimes noisy alt-rock that sounds as if it’s been beamed in from ’90s rock radio. They’ll be flanked by locals Technicolor Teeth and The Delphines, both of whom balance a dark sound with sharp pop sensibilities. (900 E. Center St.) Also: Slow Walker with The Living Blackouts, Slut River and Sioux City Pete and the Beggars @ The Uptowner (1032 E. Center St.) Wednesday, Jan. 16: The Thriftones @ Tonic Tavern, 8 p.m. A lot of bands borrow from Dylan, but…

Post-2012

Music Notes Show of the Week: Sleepcomesdown Thursday, January 3: Music Under Glass Presents Celebrating the U2 Experience with U2 Zoo at Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), 6:30 p.m. $5/$6.50 No matter the lofty goals you’ve set for yourself this year, you probably will never be able to see the actual U2 play in an actual jungle. Luckily for you, the Mitchell Park Conservatory offers an exciting alternative to that dream scenario with its latest installments of Music Under Glass. Wednesday’s show features one of the world’s premiere U2 tribute acts in U2Zoo, rocking out to all the old favorites…

Best of Music 2012

(Left to right) Cactus Club, Jaill and Klassik It’s easy enough to say that 2012 has been another great year for music in Milwaukee. But what does that really mean? It would take a full-time fanatic to keep track of all the bands, albums, songs and shows foaming forth from every basement and bar in this city, and while we here at Music Notes make it our job to do just that, it’s getting harder every year. To get a look at the whole picture, the width and breadth and cold, hard truth of music in Milwaukee in the year…

Festival of Notes

Tuesday, Dec. 18: Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons and Blessed Feathers at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. Two of the Wisconsin’s finest folk rock groups will make short trips to Turner Hall Tuesday for a night of not-quite-local music. Appleton’s Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons released its second album, Old Believers, in June and appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” in July. Blessed Feathers of West Bend is coming off the release of the excellent Peaceful Beast In An Ocean Of Weeds and a string of gigs in New York City for the CMJ Festival. Both bands are…

Take Note- US MALE

Listen to the premiere of US MALE’s song “Summer of N64”  Summer of N64 Photo of US MALE courtesy of the band’s Facebook page Sink into the couch/ Trying not to think about it/ Trying hard not to see your smile/ The light shines on those earrings you have left here for a while. These are the opening lines of “Summer of N64,” the crunchy debut song from US MALE, and a pretty accurate representation of the band’s profile: sensitive dudes who like to hang out. It is the project of Cassidy DW: certified dude, Fuel Café burrito-slinger and member…