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Monday, June 25, 2012

Graceland: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Legacy)

Despite the misnomer—2012 is actually the 26th anniversary of Graceland—this two-CD/two-DVD set places Paul Simon's seventh and finest album in greater context. Inspired by a cassette tape the singer-songwriter received featuring the street music...
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Monday, June 11, 2012

London (Kscope) & March of Ghosts (Kscope)

Years ago, rock bands released an album a year, sometimes more. In a throwback to another era, Norway's Gazpacho issued three records in 18 months—including the double-disc live set London and the character-driven seventh studio album...
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Monday, March 19, 2012

A Moment in Chiros (Nightmare Records)

Metal vocalist Lance King has come a long ways since his days of playing T.A. Vern's in the early '90s with the Minneapolis-based band Gemini. Over 21 years, he has fronted several other bands (most notably, Balance of Power)...
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Monday, March 12, 2012



I'm not sure why Craig Walkner adopted the Moo moniker for his first ambient solo project, but the title of this album sure makes sense. Introversion's dark electronica, subtle melodies and surrealistic tones suggest complete immersion and self-reflection...
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Strange Land (Barsuk Records)

Yellow Ostrich singer-guitarist Alex Schaaf, who recorded 2011's The Mistress alone in his Appleton bedroom, is the kind of guy who once relied only on his boyish voice and a drum machine to make one EP (Fade Cave) and drew lyrics exclusively...
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Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

Something Warm

This much is certain: Katie Mack, the powerhouse vocalist for Milwaukee rockers Rectifier, can (and no doubt will) kick your ass. The first line out of her mouth on Something Warm's opening track “Get What You Get”—“Woke up this morning with...
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Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Anubis Gate (Nightmare Records)

Heavy metal—with its countless sub-genres and broad musical definitions—rarely escapes being maligned in some musical circles. But then along comes a group like Anubis Gate. Although considered a “prog/power-metal” band by its four...
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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

This Is How the Story Goes

Former Milwaukee singer-songwriter Dustin Lee moved to Minneapolis two years ago when his wife accepted a new job, but he still wrote a song about our fair city for his second album, This Is How the Story Goes. “It took your city to believe/ You put...
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Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

Warriors of Ice (Sonic Unyon Metal)

Thrashy Canadian headbangers Voivod are enjoying an unexpected career resurgence. In 2009 the band released Infini, an album containing the final music recorded by late guitarist Denis “Piggy” D'Amour, and in 2010 the group was named Metal Band...
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Monday, Oct. 24, 2011

Green Naugahyde (ATO Records/Prawn Song Records)

If you've never really been a fan of the zany, whimsical world of Primus, Green Naugahyde—the band's first studio album in 11 years—probably won't change your mind. Commandeered by bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, Primus circa 2011 consists of...

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