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10.16.2014 | 107 days ago | Posted at 08:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Milwaukee Record editor Matt Wild and I, we're joined by Testa Rosa's Betty Strigens, curator of this week's "Smith Uncovered" Alverno Presents program. Along with her bandmate Damian Strigens, she previews the event, sharing her perspective on Patti Smith and testifying to the singer/songwriter/poet's creative longevity. Then ...
10.23.2014 | 101 days ago | Posted at 04:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
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...
10.30.2014 | 94 days ago | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly crossfire with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're joined by Jordan Lee (AKA DJ Madhatter), who previews what he explains on paper should be the most boring event you've ever attended: the Miltown Beat Down. Of course, in execution the event is anything but boring. Over the last nine-years the producer battle series has hyped crowds while helping to b...
10.09.2014 | 115 days ago | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly half hour of opinions with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we examine the state of film making in Milwaukee. The city produces plenty of short films (usually of the experimental variety), but what's holding it back from producing more feature films? And while we're on the subject of film, Matt ponders how (or if) the Milwaukee Film Festival could improv...
09.26.2014 | 128 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're questioning the wisdom of a prominently displayed billboard touting Milwaukee's arts scene with a photo of six white, middle-aged men in charge of the city's largest live-entertainment institutions. This isn't the image of the city we want to project, is it? Then we talk about one of the limitations holdi...
08.22.2014 | | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Earlier this month, Milwaukee was surprised by the news that Journal Communications plans to merge with Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps, then essentially split off into two separate entities, with newspaper operations remaining here in Milwaukee and broadcast operations moving to Cincinnati. The deal was spun as a win-win that would strengthen the Journal Sentinel in the long run, but is it? This we...

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