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Album Reviews
Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

People Change

Milwaukee has intermittently hosted punk polka since the '70s. But for the past decade, it is Oshkosh that has been home to the accordion-based wonderment of Copper Box. Though the squeezebox isn't the sole basis of their globally gallivanting sound...
Album Reviews
Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

The Jailbreak (Anamoly)

If you have been waiting for a '90s revival, check out Milwaukee's Jake Paul Band. That decade never left their hearts, if The Jailbreak is any indication. The group's trick is that they don't take any one style from that time in wholesale form, but instead...
Album Reviews
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Various Artists

Another year brings another Launchpad, Wisconsin's statewide battle-of-the-bands competition for high-school students. When Launchpad is good, it's a thrill to hear fledgling teen combos work out their muses. Last year's finalists come from an...
Album Reviews
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

“You Can't Take a Train”

Milwaukee folkie and bluegrass bandleader Mud River Lee takes a break from his usual style for this CD single, a pissed-off tune lamenting Gov. Scott Walker's nixing of tax funds for the high-speed passenger railroad between the Badger State's two most...
Dining Out
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

Short Orders

Strictly speaking, bistros and buffets are different dining concepts, but Tazinos Pizza & Salad Bistro provides the intimate impression of the former while maintaining the self-serve approach of the latter. The Wisconsin-based chain has three locations...
Album Reviews
Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Leftover Monsterface (Kribber Krown)

The second record from the Milwaukee four-piece The Fatty Acids has the ambitious scope of a concept album, though it could just be an especially inspired stream of consciousness. Somewhere between The Flaming Lips' epic neo-psychedelia...
Album Reviews
Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Seven Sins

Milwaukee hard rockers The Heroes Lie follow up last year's debut album with six songs on a trajectory toward rock radio's mainstream. Funny as it may be to say about a band that could easily enough play Ozzfest, The Heroes Lie's most endearing...