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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Shamewave

Cactus Club hosted Milwaukee’s Shamewave and Winnepeg’s noise punk trio Tunic on Friday night. Shamewave is fronted by Cody Ratley; Nicci Halverson plays guitar and synth, Peter Stanislawski also plays guitar, Ben Wittlinger plays bass, and Matt Weinberger plays drums. Jacob Hornak and Sahan Jayasuriya have played in the band as well. Their sound encompasses shoegaze, grunge, ambient, and alternative

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Dora Diamond, West Nile Crows, Klassik

Cactus Club celebrated 414 Day with an eclectic bill featuring Dora Diamond, West Nile Crows, Funk Summit Bass Team, Diet Lite, and Klassik. The room remained filled with cheer, excitement, and supportive energy all evening. Dora Diamond came up in Milwaukee performing drag and burlesque before her inception into the music scene over the last few years. Her sound marries

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Duckling

Garage rockers Duckling played at Cactus Club on Saturday night along with hardcore punks Peroxide, Madison-based power pop band Proud Parents, and Columbus, OH-based avant-garage rockers Dana. Duckling consists of guitarist Derek Marinello, bassist Jordan Moreno, and drummer Quinn Cory; all three members share vocal duties. This was their first show in two and a half years. “We were super

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REVIEW: Low at Cactus Club

Thursday night I got the last-minute opportunity to see Low at Cactus Club. The sold-out show was booked in collaboration with Chicago-based venue Sleeping Village, who had hosted them at the Metro the previous night. It’d been two months since I last saw live music so what better way to dive back into that world with a pioneering 90’s indie

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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: 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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REVIEW: Algiers, Zen Mother at Cactus Club

I’ve wanted to see Algiers for years now, having been following them since their 2015 debut album. They were originally coming to Cactus Club in April of last year but had to reschedule their tour twice before finally making it here this past Sunday. It ended being a relatively quiet night, with a crowd of 20 people give or take,

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Mudy

Hip hop artist Mudy celebrated her “Ticket” EP release party at Cactus Club on Sunday night, drawing in a full house. She brought a few of her own favorite fellow artists to join the bill including Tye Motives, D. Bridge, Camb, and Lucien Parker. Not only that, she brought merch – and cookies – available for purchase. “My godmother makes

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Tarek Sabbar, Graham Hunt Band

Live music has slowly been making a return at Cactus Club, and a stacked multi-genre bill took the stage on Saturday evening. Hip hop artist Nile, electronic artist Tarek Sabbar, indie rockers Graham Hunt Band, and trip hop wizard Randal Bravery all performed with extravagance. “It’s weird doing shows again,” Sabbar said. “Very surreal and nerve-wracking and I’m still processing

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