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Bill’s Show of the Week: Jason Charles Miller, Scattered Hamlet and Bradley Fish in Madison

Wednesday night at The Frequency in Madison, Wisconsin, three great acts Jason Charles Miller, Scattered Hamlet and Madison’s own Bradley Fish are coming together to put on a good ol’ fashioned rock show. I highly recommend that all fans of true down-home rock n’ roll check out this incredible triple bill. Advanced tickets are available here.

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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Music

 

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New To Me: Pianorquestra

Music Doer Bill presents a new feature to the blog, “New To Me” where he highlights great music that he discovers in his travels as Brown Paper Ticket’s Music Doer. This week he highlights Pianorquestra from Brazil.

I was contacted by the management for the group Pianorquestra a couple weeks ago. They were looking for help in getting more performances outside of Brazil. Before the meeting, I took a look at the links and videos and was, frankly, blown away. These guys are wonderful. I have heard of “Prepared Piano” before (where a piano has its sound altered by placing objects on the strings, hammers or dampers) but I have never seen it like this.

I am very excited to work with these guys and bring them to the U.S. next year. Keep an eye out for them. They are definitely worth the price of admission.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Doers, Music, Music

 

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The Land Before Goth Rock – 45 Grave Are Back Again!

Before the terms Goth Rock, Death Rock or Horror Punk were popular, 45 Grave were spreading their eerie horror-movie-punk sounds around the scene. Based in Southern California, their heyday was 1979-1985 and I remember seeing them countless times, always thinking they were going to “make it big” due to their theatrical, larger-than-life stage show. This was not common in the stripped-down, DIY punk scene. While I had more of an affinity with the sociopolitical side of punk, teenage Bill couldn’t resist Dinah Cancer covered in blood with smeared makeup, fishnet stockings and black leather.  What teenage boy could? Other bands had a similarly dark, theatrical approach to punk rock (Bauhaus, Siousxie And The Banshees, etc.), but 45 Grave took it to the next level (6 feet under).  I never imagined that this strange sub-genre of punk rock would have the impact it has, flourishing and thriving for almost three decades. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Music

 

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Doo-Wop Hero Fred Milano Dies at 72

Singer-songwriter Jonny Meyers, grew up in Queens listening, imitating and eventually becoming friends with members of legendary doo-wop group The Belmonts. He put this obituary for Freddie Milano together and sent it to me for inclusion in the Brown Paper Tickets blog. I agree that Mr. Milano is an unsung hero who has influenced many genres of popular music. His passing is truly sad news….

With great sadness, rock-n-rollers worldwide mourn the loss of Fred Milano, backup tenor and founder of the Dion & The Belmonts. Freddie passed from complications due to lung cancer on New Years Day, 2012. His contribution to rock-n-roll history is best known by the seamless harmonies that defined the Bronx, New York doo-wop sound in hits such as “A Teenager in Love” and “Where or When,” which reached #5 and #3 respectfully in the 1959 Billboard charts.

When Dion left the group in 1960 for a solo career. Freddie continued on, reaching the Billboard Top 30 with “Tell me Why” in 1960 and “Come on Little Angel” in 1962. The Belmonts continued to make records and to perform up until Freddie’s recent passing. He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, his son and daughter, and his ten grandchildren. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Music

 

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Bill’s Top Ten Musical Discoveries of 2011

Our music Doer Bill Geoghegan knows his music. He’s been making music since the early 80s, runs his own record label and plays in a number of ska/reggae bands. His work as a musician and as a doer for Brown Paper Tickets has him out on the road a lot of the year and he comes across tons of bands in his travels.

Bill put together this list of ten bands that caught his ear in 2011. While some of these bands have been around for years, they’re new to Bill and possibly to some of you out there. So while these may not be “new” bands, they’re, as Bill says “new to me.” I hadn’t heard of any of the bands on the list so there’s a good chance they might be a new discovery for you as well. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Music

 

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Bill’s First Night in Austin

Music Doer Bill was recently down in Austin for SXSW and sent us this report from his first night at the festival. Enjoy!

SXSW 2011 was all it was cracked up to be: music, beer, food, beer, Pee Wee Herman and a gazillion others coming to get a taste of the “Live Music Capitol Of The World.” I arrived early to be a part of the interactive and film portion of the festival, but on my first night there, I could not resist an invitation to go see some real “local” music in a not-so-well-known spot.

I followed the directions: “…when you’re standing in front of The Continental Club, walk North to the end of the building. Go in the unmarked glass door and walk upstairs.” When I got upstairs I found a small room (maybe 40 capacity), with a very small bar and a few couches. On one side of the room was a Hammond B-3 organ and a small P.A. system. It was 8:25pm and I was the only person there besides the bartender and a couple musician types. I took one of the few bar stools and settled in next to the bay window that gave a great view of the newly reshaped Austin skyline and overlooked the ever-trendy South Congress Blvd. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in Music, Music, Venues

 

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Music Doer Bill on Record Store Day – Saturday, April 16, 2011

It’s one day before Record Store Day and I find myself carrying a box of 150 assorted 12″ and 7″ records three and half blocks to a small record store in Madison, WI. As I struggle with the box, getting it to the next trash can or newspaper machine to rest on, I start to think about its contents and some of what these little (heavy, but pretty small) round vinyl discs have meant to me over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Music, Music, Seasonal

 

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