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Concert Reviews
Monday, Feb. 7, 2011

Feb. 5, 2011

The Decemberists are a seasonal band. That's not to say they're suited to only one particular season, but that their songs are rife with divergent climates. It was fitting, then, that their sold-out show Saturday at the Riverside Theater came a few d...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010
One unassuming Monday morning last month, Girl Talk posted a free download of his latest record, All Day, only hours after completing it. The record was promoted with little more than a press release and a couple of tweets, but demand for it nonetheless exceeded the server space his label allocated, crashing its website almost immediately. Music news outlets...
Concert Reviews
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Oct. 30, 2010

Halloween weekend couldn't have been a more fitting time of year to see Mumford & Sons—not because the English quartet plays ghoulish horror punk like The Misfits or sprays fake blood and murders effigies onstage a la GWAR, but because of Mumfo...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

Oct. 22, 2010

Ever since LCD Soundsystem's 2002 debut single, "Losing My Edge," James Murphy has been a connoisseur of cool, and, with three consecutive essential records, his ensemble has arguably been the best band of the last eight years. That's why i...
Concert Reviews
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 1, 2010

With their forceful classic-rock riffage and affable stage presence, The Hold Steady has deservedly earned the title “world’s greatest bar band.” They're exactly the type of group that inspires you to lift a beer in appreciation and buy a round for the guys after the set. And don’t those same qualities make them Summerfest’s greatest band, too? Nothing's better than listening to loud music and drinking among...
Concert Reviews
Monday, April 5, 2010

April 3, 2010

Talk about hype. Little more than a year ago, people associated Passion Pit with a little known '80s skin flick. Nowadays, it's the moniker for a critically acclaimed '80s disco, hipster dance outfit selling out venues across the country. With the ...
Concert Reviews
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010

Feb. 17, 2010

Annie Clark must have a thing for Milwaukee. The St. Vincent starlet has stopped here three times since June. "You are the shining gem of the Midwest," Clark told the city—charm is a quality that comes easy to her. Her latest gig We...