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Album Reviews
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
 Otto & The Elevators is the great, lost Milwaukee album from the ’70s. On this 40th anniversary reissue of the vinyl LP (with a CD tucked into a plastic sleeve), the most remarkable thing—aside from the A-plus songwriting—is the timelessness. Gary Tanin’s writing and production synthesized
Film
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Bruce Dern finds his pot of gold as an old man on a mission

 Nebraska opens on a gray, wintry day, with dead grass poking through patches of snow, as an old man trudges on the shoulder of a highway. Each step is a hurdle for the old timer, until a police car pulls over and a friendly policeman escorts him to a hospital. Woody (Bruce Dern) may
Film
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Christian Bale tops an excellent cast

 Russell (Christian Bale) usually keeps a level head, whether working with a welding torch at the steel mill, caring for his dying dad or trying to talk sense to his irresponsible kid brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck). Even when he’s sent to prison for manslaughter after a drunken car accident
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
 When The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill began investigating civilian deaths in an off-the-books U.S. night raid in Afghanistan, the thread of clues led to a startling conclusion. A secretive military force reporting directly to the White House, the Joint Special Operations Command, has been conducting an
Books
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Local photographer brings perspective to the landmark

 If Milwaukee photographer Paul Bialas chose a characteristic Milwaukee subject for his book of photos, he shows it from surprising angles. A handsomely designed volume (complete with a CD of recollections from former Schlitz employees), Schlitz Brewing Art is no mere scrapbook but a
Books
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

From rock to jazz, books for music fans

 Everyone knows of The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, but less attention has been paid to Epstein’s partner, Joe Flannery. Flannery hopes to redress that in his autobiography. The danger of growing up gay with artistic inclinations in rough, working-class Liverpool is at the center of his
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Along with Tiki lounges came “exotica,” a 1950s genre whose easy listening, high-fidelity distillation of Polynesian and other ethnic music greeted the dawn of the stereo age. In many ways, Mr. Ho represents a further distillation, filtering out any suggestion of kitsch and nudging those lush sounds
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
 In reputation, Boz Scaggs’ career trajectory seems an odd evolution from gritty bluesman to urbane R&B performer. But hearing the early tracks on Scaggs’ two-disc career overview proves that it all makes sense. Scaggs’ 1969 debut album for Columbia was a soul review setup, with intimations