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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Spoy

An eclectic night of local music hit X-Ray Arcade Sunday night; pop sensation 9 A.M., indie folk rockers Bug Moment, and experimental-noise rockers Spoy all took the stage. Spoy consists of vocalist/guitarist Jack Lange, bassist/vocalist Harry Willow, guitarist Keegan Phillips, and drummer Graham Collings. We talked to Lange after the show, first asking him how the band came to be.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Gorilla Knifefight, X Harlow

A smorgasbord of talented acts took the stage at Cactus Club on Sunday night. Milwaukee solo project Gorilla Knifefight kicked things off followed by New York-by-way-of-Milwaukee artist X Harlow, Chicago-based EBM project Club Music, and Cincinnati post-punk band The Serfs. Gorilla Knifefight is the hardcore punk project of Matt Glassel, where he sings with backing tracks. Glassel is known to

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Argopelter

Improvisational song trio Argopelter returned to Boone & Crockett for the first time in over a year and a half as part of their monthly residency there. Joining them for the evening was singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Caley Conway, who did a few Joni Mitchell tunes. Argopelter consists of guitarist Chris Porterfield, bassist Barry Paul Clark, and drummer Devin Drobka. The

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Complex Machine

Eclectic singer-songwriter Cullah held his “Spooktacullah” Halloween Costume Party at The Back Room at Colectivo on Sunday, playing with the Cosmonauts for this live iteration (he’s got several). Also performing were Nile (who brought up LaFond to perform two of her original songs), Funk Summit Bass Team, and Complex Machine. Complex Machine is an indie rock band consisting of vocalist/guitarist

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Grace Weber

R&B songstress Grace Weber began her “The Beautiful Space” tour in her hometown of Milwaukee Friday evening at The Back Room at Colectivo, drawing a sold-out show. Opening for Weber was R&B artist Reggie Becton of LA, whom she collaborated with on the song “Ghost” last year. “It was literally perfect,” Weber said after the show. “I got so many

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: 9 A.M., SSAANN, Jacob Slade

An eclectic night of young talent took place at Anodyne on Thursday night; 9 A.M., SSAANN, Social Cig, and Jacob Slade all performed to a warm reception. Halloween costumes were of course involved. 9 A.M. is the solo electro-indie pop project of Phatanoune Douangvilay (known as PD), who also plays in indie rock band Negative/Positive. This was their first show

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Sterling, Man Alive

The Oscillator Lounge is a new DIY venue located on Milwaukee’s East Side. This past weekend they hosted their second show, featuring Milwaukee bands Sterling and Man Alive as well as Green Bay-based Radio for Pets. Sterling consists of vocalist/guitarist Rob Deangelis, vocalist/bassist Paul Meitz, and drummer Marc Reyes. Their sound could be described as emo indie rock with a

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Brad Lee Curtis, Zach Pietrini

Singer-songwriters Brad Lee Curtis and Zach Pietrini came to Anodyne Friday night for an intimate night of folk and rock music; the latter was joined by Nashville-based McKenna Bray, whom Pietrini had released an EP with earlier this year. Brad Lee Curtis is originally from Milwaukee but moved to Nashville about four years ago. He explains why. “Nashville had been

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Astral Hand

LA’s psych-space rockers Hooveriii (pronounced hoover-three) came to Cactus Club Monday evening, enlisting Milwaukee’s Astral Hand as well as Minneapolis’ post-punk shoegazers Cult of Lip for an epic musical odyssey that brought in a packed house. Astral Hand consists of vocalist/synthesizer Al Kraemer, guitarist Vic Buell, bassist Anthony Smith, and drummer Dan Dahl. This was their first show in an

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Joe Crockett, Mark Waldoch & the Hallelujah Ward

Singer-songwriter Joe Crockett and the band Mark Waldoch & the Hallelujah Ward joined Nashville-based dream pop/post-punk quartet Palm Ghosts for a delightful night at X-Ray Arcade on Sunday. Joe Crockett is known as the frontman of dark indie rock band Rx Drugs as well as for psychedelic Americana band The Championship. His set Sunday consisted of songs from various records

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