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Vanity Plates Delivers Energy to Nausicaa

Indie rock outfit Vanity Plates concluded Friday evening’s bill at Riverwest DIY venue Nausicaa, playing alongside southwest bands Yipee! and Neutral Shift, as well as Milwaukee poet and rapper Dave Kevin Adam. Vanity Plates’ current lineup consists of vocalist/guitarist Alex Shah, bassist Jenna Pepitone, and drummer Shane Timm. Shah’s brother Palmer played guitar and sang with them for this show

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Chicken Wire Empire Plays Anodyne

The popular Milwaukee bluegrass outfit Chicken Wire Empire played with Winona, MN bluegrass band Barbaro Thursday evening, packing the venue-turned coffeehouse full. The two bands played together in full for the final three songs of the night; friend and singer-songwriter Craig Baumann hopped onstage for the final number. The band consists of bassist Jordan Kroeger, fiddler Ernie Brusubardis IV, mandolin

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S.S. WEB Plays Solo Set at Cactus

The prolific “dark roots” Americana-country-punk duo Steering Ships With Empty Bottles only had Henry Berger onstage at Cactus Club Monday night, where he performed to an intimate yet enthusiastic crowd. Following him had been Texas “hillbilly swing” trio Urban Pioneers. Cris Bissell, the other half of S.S. WEB, had been out of town for a prior engagement. “It happens here

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