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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...
Books
Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

Samuel Zipp documents the conflict over saving New York City

For much of her life, architectural critic Jane Jacobs was seen as the leading figure in the movement to stop urban renewal efforts in cities around the world. Her classic 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, is often seen as ground zero for the public campaign that...
Local Music
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
It would be easy for Milwaukee-based hardcore band No Future to play the scenester card and have everything happen for them rather quickly. After all, the five band members—Andy Silverman, Brad Clifford, Kenny Siebert, Eric Alonso and Ryan Smith—have been in such noted acts as Since By Man, Decibully, Seven Days of Samsara, Poison the Well and Red Knife Lottery. Yet band members cringe...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

Nov. 4, 2010

If there were any justice in the world of rock ’n’ roll, Richard Thompson would be worshipped as a full-on guitar god. Yet such a title would inevitably disagree with the man himself, who, based upon the dour sense of humor he displayed i...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010
Much has been made about Coliseum’s recent jump from metal-heavy Relapse Records to more indie-friendly Temporary Residence. The move is seen as symbolizing a transition for the Louisville-based band, an attempt to become more than just a loud—if innovative—hardcore punk band. June’s House With a Curse, as this narrative continues, is the band’s stab...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July 17, 2010

Unlike many punk pioneers, former X frontman John Doe has managed to remain both alive and relevant. In fact, Doe’s output has increased as he has gotten older. The 21st century has seen him release six albums, the latest being 20...