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Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

Oct. 2, 2011

When the Maryland-based post-rock band Trans-Am released Futureworld, which featured the first use of vocals by the group, in 1999, American culture was in the throes of self-congratulation. In hindsight, the album should have served as the perfect s...
Local Music
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
There is much fanfare surrounding the final show of Milwaukee-based noise-rock act Death Dream, which is a bit strange considering that the band, despite being together for two years, has yet to put out a record of any kind. In fact, the only aural...
Concert Reviews
Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 29, 2011

The line-up for Summerfest 2011 features a number of contemporary heavy hitters: Kanye West, Britney Spears, the Flaming Lips, and Florence + the Machine, to name a few. And while Milwaukee's annual music festival will never be as hip as other gatherings such as Chicago's Pitchfork Festival and the...
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...
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...

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