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Concert Reviews
Monday, May 16, 2011

May 15, 2011

On their first two albums (2006's Settle Down City and 2008's Old Wounds), Young Widows proudly wore their influences on their collective sleeve. The Louisville, Ky., veterans drew liberally from such seminal bands as the Jesus Lizard, Helmet and the Melvins, but they approached such touchstones with...
Concert Reviews
Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 18, 2011

In the wrong hands (and perhaps feet), the array of electronic devices and pedals that Brooklyn-based Parts and Labor employed during their stellar set at the Cactus Club Monday night would have only drawn attention away from the songs themselves...
Books
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jefferson Cowie provides back-story to current political maneuvers

As the assault on organized labor continues in Madison, protesters and observers alike have had great difficulty in explaining why many members of the state's working class voted for Scott Walker back in November—and why some still support him even...
Concert Reviews
Monday, April 4, 2011

April 2, 2011

Late last week, the blogosphere buzzed with the news that longtime Milwaukee rockers Decibully would be going on hiatus following their April 2 performance at the Cactus Club. Band co-founder Ryan Weber was set to leave the city for a stint in the Peace Corps...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bold actions raise money for good causes

In less than a year, the Milwaukee-based group Extreme Moms has made a name for itself by doing incredibly intense things to raise money for charity: They've rappelled down the side of the Downtown Hilton for the Special Olympics and jumped from an airplane for Adaptive Action Sports, to name just two. Founding members Sarah Anne Minella, Christal Meredith-Korfhage, Rachel Neal...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Feb. 24, 2011

If the protesters still congregating at the state Capitol in Madison need a house band, let me be the first to suggest The Blasters. "I know a motherfucking scab when I see one," vocalist/guitarist/legend Phil Alvin said in greeting a capacity crowd at Shank Hall, "and Scott Walker is a motherfucking scab." Alvin would spend much of the night returning...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
Liz Phair’s musical career has been marked by moments of intense transformation, even outright rupture, with the vulnerable (albeit highly sexual) singer/songwriter of 1993’s Exile in Guyville morphing into the pop artist behind such chick-flick-friendly tunes as 2003’s “Extraordinary” and even taking a turn as a hip-hop performer on the 2010 track “Bollywood.” For many longtime...
Local Music
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010
The story never gets old: Kids discover hardcore punk. Kids decide to start a band. Kids pour all of their heart and soul into songs that mean everything to them. Kids play these songs with a passion that is absolutely infectious, one that reminds even the most jaded of listeners of the power of music. It’s this narrative that keeps me going...