For nearly twenty years, Milwaukee's Cactus Club has been among the finest live music venues in the Midwest, featuring such acts as The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie, The Sword, High On Fire, The Faint, Bright Eyes, Eyedea & Abilities, Red Fang, Sylvan Esso, Redd Kross, Sharon Van Etten, Polica, Russian Circles, King Tuff, and countless other national, international, and local bands. We open at 3pm daily. We are located at 2496 S. Wentworth Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207. Click here for directions. tel. 414.897.0663

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Call Me Lightning, May 2008. All photography by Jenny Bohr.


Fri. 11/30 | 10:00PM

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"Nothing beats a surprise, especially when it comes in the form of a fully realized, fully loaded new band. Take Milwaukee’s Canopies, for instance: On the band’s self-titled debut EP, the synth slingers burst out of the gate with five tracks of terrific, infectious electro-pop. It’s an album clearly indebted to a proto-new-wave past full of murky ’80s dance clubs, but still shot through with a spirit of post-millennial dance parties. It’s also one hell of an opening salvo..... this all-to-brief EP stands as a thrilling introduction to a wholly unexpected new talent." The Onion AV Club review


"Remix albums can be tricky things—for every successful collection of re-imagined, blip- and bloop-laden tracks (think anything from Radiohead), there’s yet another tiresome and perplexing version of a Björk album you didn’t bother listening to in the first place. At their best, remix albums shine a new light on band; at their worst, they simply slather perfectly good songs with some lousy club beats.

Happily, a new remix album from Milwaukee synth-pop outfit Faux Fir is anything but inessential, and a surprisingly good introduction to the band. The appropriately titled Second Pass features re-worked versions of songs originally found on the group’s 2010 self-titled EP. Among the remixers are local knob-twiddlers Made Of Oak, The Glamour, Adoptahighway, and The Harvey Girls. The songs range from gauzy and atmospheric (“Work Suite”) to bouncy and poppy (“Baggage Claim”) to gauzy and atmospheric again (“Rose Colored Glasses”).

We’ll be honest: We missed the original Faux Fir album the first time around, but are seriously digging Second Pass. Both albums can be streamed on the group’s Bandcamp site, and are also available as free downloads." The Onion AV Club


"There’s an easy way and a hard way to make a synth-pop album in the 21st century. The easy way, of course, would be to embrace the genre’s synthetic origins and record and release the entire project digitally. One-woman synth act Stacian—a.k.a. Milwaukee’s Dania Luck—elects for the hard way. Stacian’s new Songs For Cadets was first recorded on a four-track cassette recorder, and then transferred to a computer for final editing and release on Moniker Records. That extra analog step may seem like a case of working harder and not smarter, but it lends Cadets an unexpected—and welcome—DIY warmth." The Onion AV Club


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  • The Onion A.V. Club

    The Onion A.V. Club on CANOPIES, FAUX FIR, STACIAN @ Cactus Club

    over 2 years ago

    Since bursting out of the gate with a terrific self-titled EP in 2011, Milwaukee’s Canopies have established themselves as the city’s premiere synth slingers. more at

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