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miltown_beat_down
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Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
For nearly a decade, Milwaukee’s Miltown Beat Down has been bringing producers from the local hip-hop scene together—then pitting them against each other in beat battles judged before a live crowd. When the battles started in 2005, Milwaukee hip-hop scene was a good deal more segregated than it is now, separated by both neighborhood and race. The Beat Down helped bridge some of those divides, ...
the_disclaimer
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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly rap session with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're taking a look at the state of album reviews. Many major labels are doing away with the long-standing practice of sending out early review copies of albums to critics. Is that a sign that they no longer view album reviews as an effective promotional strategy? And how do readers engage with record rev...
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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
These days it’s just assumed that every once-popular (or even once-only-kind-of-popular) band will reunite eventually, but that’s not to say that a reunion announcement can’t occasionally truly surprise you. Last week the seminal riot grrrl trio Sleater-Kinney announced that despite its members’ many outside commitments it was regrouping for its first new album in 10 years, No Cities To Lo...