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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...
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...

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