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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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Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

4 A.M. (The Way Home) (Inner Knot Records)

The timing of 50-year-old guitarist/vocalist Sam Llanas' departure from the BoDeans, the band he formed with Kurt Neumann more than 25 years ago in Waukesha, could have been better. After all, the BoDeans were just days removed from releasing...
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Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Walk the Walk… Talk the Talk (Niji Entertainment Group)

Hard to believe Walk the Walk… Talk the Talk is the third studio album from the unlikely rockabilly combo of Lemmy Kilmister, Slim Jim Phantom and Danny B. Harvey. Hell, this trio didn't seem destined to last one record, let alone three. But here they...
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Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011

Ordo Ab Chao (Magna Carta Records)

Loaded with songs about secret societies and government experiments, the debut CD from Toronto's The Android Meme also borrows musical references from groups as wide-ranging as Rush and Tears for Fears. If you've read this far, you should know that...
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Monday, Aug. 29, 2011

Glue Works (Cuneiform Records)

As more bands eschew lyrics for increasingly adventurous instrumental albums, Sweden's Gösta Berlings Saga has figured out how to create compelling music without succumbing to unlikable self-indulgence. Glue Works bonds the individual influences of each of this progressive-rock...
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Monday, Aug. 15, 2011

How I Go (Roadrunner Records)

He may have outgrown the “young blues guitarist” tag, but Kenny Wayne Shepherd remains a vital ax-slinger who bridges the gap between blues and mainstream rock. Now in his mid-30s, Shepherd sounds more comfortable than ever on his sixth studio album, How I Go, an accomplished collection of songs...
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Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011

The Fall of Altrusia

Billing themselves as “Wisconsin's Doom Disciples,” the four members of Milwaukee's Sleestak—featuring former members of Sixinch, Atomic Number 9 and Planet Delirium—trudge through the sludge on their second album, The Fall of Altrusia. This concept disc, with “chapters” instead of “tracks,” is based...