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Concert Reviews
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 9, 2009

Much has been made about Alejandro Escovedo's battle with hepatitis C and how the disease almost took his life in 2003. In fact, it seems that the singer-songwriter's bout with illness often threatens to overshadow his work, as fans and music critics alike seem intent on viewing his body of work through the spectrum of sickness. It is quite difficult to argue with such...
Album Reviews
Monday, March 23, 2009

Vicious Circle (Secretly Canadian)

Originally released in 1982, the Zero Boys' Vicious Circle is one of the best punk-rock records you've never heard. The Zero Boys didn't have much going in their favor in the early '80s: They were from Indianapolis (not exactly a hotbed of early punk activity) and sounded little like contemporaries such as Black Flag or Dead Kennedys. Instead, the Zero Boys-behind the blazing guitar work of Terry Hollywood-embraced...
Concert Reviews
Monday, March 23, 2009

March 19, 2009

There is something timeless about a D.I.Y. punk show. As the world seemingly falls apart all around us, I take some comfort in the fact that kids are still wearing studded leather jackets and Minor Threat T-shirts, turning out to support touring hardcore punk bands and wearing their musical influences on their sleeves. In many ways, the time...
Local Music
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

Hardcore’s greats reborn at the Cactus Club

Being something of a perpetual adolescent, I remain a fan of both Halloween and hardcore punk. To me, the holiday and the musical genre are emblematic of unfettered youth, of the appeal of danger and of letting your guard down and fully enjoying the moment. They are also both things that many older people still just do not seem to "get" (and often actively campaign against)-a reality that, 20 years removed from my teenage years, rekindles my love of rebelliousness and disregard for authority. The folks at Sky High Skateboard Shop also seem to note the potential...
Local Music
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008
   Listening to "Rev," the first song on the Elusive Parallelograms' new album and everything changes, one's immediate reaction is to get up and dance around the room. It's an incredibly fun song, one meant to immediately grab the listener's attention. I could easily see the band playing a Factory Records party circa 1991, as their psychedelic-tinged rock would have fit in nicely with such acts as The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. At the same time, the Elusive Parallelograms also seem to share the anything-goes approach to songwriting that marked the Manchester music scene throughout the late-1980s and early 1990s. From the mellow...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

Oct. 3, 2008

   To many indie rock purists, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has committed a most grievous sin: He has infected the scene with a sort of jam-band aesthetic. And, based upon their recent sold-out show at the Riverside Theater, such cr...
Local Music
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

Burbank Cartel seeks to nurture the Milwaukee scene

Without Translation, the new album from Milwaukee's Burbank Cartel, is the album I've been waiting for the band to make. It is an album that sounds remarkably modern, remarkably self-assured: It sounds like alternative rock should sound in the early 21st century.
Local Music
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008
It's been a while since anything in the world of hardcore punk surprised me, but I was genuinely taken aback by the lyrics on Herds' recently released 7-inch EP. With an almost haiku-like simplicity, vocalist Mike Priehs lays out the story of an erupting volcano in "Katmai": "Katmai made the sky turn to ash/ Isolated eruption/ The Valley of 10,000 Smokes." The juxtaposition of such a strange subject for a hardcore song with the sonic wallop that...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

   Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce named his band's newest record Songs in A&E, a reference to his recent stay in an "accidents and emergencies" ward in his home country of Great Britain. Based on his haggard appearance, i...

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