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10.27.2014 | 89 days ago | Posted at 01:15 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
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, ...
10.03.2014 | 113 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
As the Milwaukee electronic duo Deletah, Justin Richter and Jeff Alberts never go to long without releasing new music. Every month the two post new tracks to their Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages, including unusual remixes and covers of artists including Michael Jackson, The Jungle Brothers and, most unexpectedly, Van Morrison. This week they posted their most substantial release yet, their album Am...
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DJ Shadow headlines the producer battle’s 2013 finale

 When Jordan Lee, aka DJ Madhatter, started the Miltown Beat Down in 2005, Milwaukee’s hip-hop scene was as segregated as the city itself, divided by geography, race and culture. For years the chasm between East Side rap
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
 It’s hard to listen to the hushed, minimal pop of The xx’s debut album without feeling like you’re eavesdropping. When guitarist Romy Madley Croft and bassist Oliver Sim trade verses with each other...