• R.I.P., CWM

    Posted 02/16/2013 by cal

    I’m glad I’m not going to be at Cactus Club tonight.  When a band I love announces four days in advance that its next show will be its last, and it’ll be an opening set for that Alan Sparhawk side project band [NOTHING AGAINST RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR], I (apparently) feel somewhat relieved that I already have tickets to a different show.  It’s not even a band I like nearly as much as Celebrated Workingman, but it’s a good band that’s not about to end itself.  What, with a fill-in bassist [NOTHING AGAINST SCOTT SCHOENBECK] and who knows what kind of intra-band drama at the root of the breakup, is the likelihood that tonight will be the best show Celebrated Workingman ever plays?  Even if it is, I can’t live in that moment; it would only make the (let’s face it: not-so-)sudden demise of the band that much harder to take.  It’s hard enough from a distance.

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  • "The First Waltz" Residency, Night 4

    Posted 04/19/2012 by cal

    Was it just me, or were fewer people gabbing during last night’s residency finale?  Even though it was, appropriately, the most celebratory-feeling show of the run, people seemed to be paying attention.  Maybe it was because most of the curious-onlookers and make-the-scene-sters had been filtered out and the room was full of people who wanted to be there and loved the music.  Or maybe it was just really loud, and I was close to the stage.  Whatever the case: gratitude.

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  • My Favorite Shows Of 2011

    Posted 12/23/2011 by cal

    If I have any perennial list-readers here, most of them probably sighed preemptively as they imagined what would top my list this year, and they’re all correct: U2 (really impossible to choose between the two shows I saw), Phish (night one at UIC being the best of the seven), Secret Chiefs 3 at the Empty Bottle, Animal Collective at Pitchfork, and Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. Oops, ya got me: I have favorite bands. I know music critics aren't supposed to reveal those, but there's no sense keeping it a secret. But rather than blather on about them yet again, it’s probably more productive for me to mention the top ten non-my-favorite-band shows of the year. So here goes. (To keep it interesting, I’m going to gloss over other obvious big names (Wilco, Pearl Jam, Primus, STS9), since they’ve all been covered plenty.)

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  • Decibully: Farewell Show, Cactus Club, 4-2-11

    Posted 04/05/2011 by cal

    With almost no warning and little fanfare, last Saturday brought what may have been the final Decibully show ever.  After ten-plus years and four albums (a fifth, self-titled full-length hit the interwaves today), you might’ve expected some sort of big announcement or bigger party for one of Milwaukee’s most beloved acts, but for whatever reasons, the band chose to sneak up on us like one of its trademark dynamic roars, then fade suddenly into our memories.

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  • The Best Shows Of 2008

    Posted 02/04/2009 by cal

    When I started brainstorming this list, I was thinking "who the heck did I even see this year besides SC3?" As it turns out, as I've perused the archives, that's due to the dominant awesomeness of SC3 and NOT the lack of good shows this year. I had a brutal time trying to decide what meant more to me than what else, but here's how it all shook out…

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  • Milwaukee's Best 2008

    Posted 01/21/2009 by cal

    I seriously struggle with the notion that I might be biased just because I live here, and then I go see Decibully play at the BBC and wonder how the hell this band is not playing auditoriums across the country.

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  • THE ONION'S 5 lbs of Christmas featuring Decibully, 12-13-08

    Posted 12/24/2008 by cal

    The day of the show, I discovered that Decibully’s as-yet unreleased album, World Travels Fast, was streaming on The Onion’s website. The group got dumped by Polyvinyl Records (is Kevin Barnes sinking the label into bankruptcy?), but they wanted fans to hear it. The future of WTF is up in the air at this point, but what really matters is that the band has all these amazing new songs to play live.

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  • MSE Fest: Decibully, The Championship, The Celebrated Workingman

    Posted 09/04/2008 by cal

    If you had a good amount of free time one weekend prior to the big bike brouhaha, you could’ve caught a very nice smattering of bands that are contributing to making the Milwaukee music scene swell with excitement these days. I’m not going to say “if you had the money;” for the entirety of MSE Fest, which featured 29 artists at seven venues over the course of four days, you only had to fork over twenty bucks. Sadly, I was only able to make time for three of these artists, one night only.

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