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06.17.2014 | 105 days ago | Posted at 10:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Like many of us, Liam Murphy was feeling pretty beat down this winter. Murphy had just relocated to Milwaukee from Binghamton, N.Y., with his wife last fall to study anthropology at UWM, and the weather did everything in its power to make them regret that decision. And so when he wasn’t working, he passed the cold winter days by writing songs for his bedroom recording project Bordercholly, inclu...
03.12.2014 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee’s rock scene is by and large a dirty, disheveled little thing, and we like it that way: Our clubs aren’t literally smoky anymore, but the smoke is still implied, and even our relatively polished musicians usually look like they just finished a long shift and/or are battling a lingering hangover. The Royals, then, are outliers. The clean-cut five piece band plays pop music in the true...
06.06.2013 | | Posted at 04:35 PM

Spin debuts the new track

By Evan Rytlewski
A sister duo with a gift for sticky, maple-glazed guitar-pop, Milwaukee's Vic and Gab next month will release their first full-length, Love of Mine—a follow-up to last year's Bridges and Guns EP—and today Spin premiered the a new track from that record, a shuffling, prolonged sigh of a pop song called "Come and Stay." Click on through to Spin's site to give it a listen, and hope local radio pi...
Friday, April 12, 2013

Carry On (Rhino)

 Although Stephen Stills sometimes seems overshadowed by his frequent collaborator, Neil Young, the new four-disc career retrospective offers ample reminders that Stills, a gifted and often imaginative songwriter, was integral
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Burden of Proof (MoonJune Records)

 Soft Machine Legacy reads like a dubious proposition: a band with neither original members nor anyone from even the second or third lineups. But they sound great on Burden on Proof, carrying on the trajectory of the psychedelic
Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Dominoes (Splunge Communications)

 While he may not go out of his way to make the claim, Clancy Carroll has been a key player in the local alternative scene since its beginnings. In a sense, this CD documents Carroll’s personal history. Guitarists Carroll and Gerard
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
 If there’s a bellwether to determining a buzz band’s future, it lies in the sophomore record. Poor responses to follow-up albums have sunk many promising careers (look at Clap Your Hands Say Yeah or Tapes ’n Tapes)
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
It’s often hard to like amazingly talented bands. Talent can breed pretentiousness, and pretentiousness can breed assholes. That’s why bands like Appleton-based Tenement are so noteworthy: They put out great...
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012

The return of classic Americana rock

The '80s and '90s were special for Milwaukee music—an era when bands grounded in classic pop-rock songwriting (and often with an Americana accent) thrived on the city's East Side alt scene. One of the best, Sugarfoot, is returning to the stage...

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