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Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Jan. 14, 2010

In every Rural Alberta Advantage write-up, three details always seem to overwhelm their image: their Neutral Milk Hotel-influenced sound, their storied album history and their Canadianism. Let's set those aside, because this tightknit three-piece s...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009

Sept. 11, 2009

The widely shared critique of Common's 2008 album Universal Mind Control is that it contradicts the artist's hip-hop revivalist past, but even though the Chicago rapper renounced his virtuous lyrics for misogynistic, amoral lines, his beats are as forward-thinking as ever, and they pumped an extra kick into his University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Pantherfest show at the Marcus Amphitheater...
Local Music
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009
Every band’s life span varies. Some buzz bands garner hype even before releasing their debut album, only to burn out after an underwhelming follow-up. Other, more established groups feel the strain of heavy touring, eventually breaking up for divisive creative reasons. And many outfits don’t survive more than a few...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

May 19, 2009

With all three members behind synthesizers, as Merriweather’s trippy cover art lined the stage’s background while a hanging, giant white orb projected thoughtful images, Portner (aka Avey Tare), Lennox (Panda Bear) and Weitz (Geologist) resembled dance club DJs at Tuesday’s sold-out show at the Riverside Theater.
Local Music
Monday, May 4, 2009
David Greenberger met Herb on a trip to Palm Springs, Calif., when he was in his 20s, and their encounter changed his life. Herb wasn't like anyone Greenberger had ever met, and they quickly hit it off. Although Herb was more than three times Greenberger's age, Greenberger didn't view him as just some octogenarian. He saw him as a friend.
Local Music
Friday, April 17, 2009
"Fully Bonded," the opening track off Disguised as Birds' 2008 rock record Seeds, epitomizes the band's dual singers' lyrical cohesiveness. Not only do the dueling Christophers, Chris Chuzles and Kris Endicott, harmonize concurrently throughout most of the record's tracks, they also collude on song crafting duties as well...
Local Music
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009

Rock ’n’ roll basics, rock-star excesses

In May The Delta Routine confronted a pressing dilemma that would completely change the face of this raw, Milwaukee rock group. A car accident that injured the band's bassist left the group a week to find a replacement before its show at RiverSplash. With just three days until the gig, Evan Paydon stepped up, quickly learning three hours of set-material and eventually becoming a permanent member of the trio. "I didn't think he could do it," recalls lead singer and guitarist...

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