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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
It is often taken for granted that hardcore punk is—and perhaps should be—the domain of the young. Young adulthood is a scary time for most of us, and what better way to express one’s youthful angst than by identifying with a music scene that embraces those feelings of alienation and confusion? I don’t think I would have made it through adolescence with my sanity intact without records like Black Flag’s Damaged and Minor Threat’s Out of Step. Those albums provided me with a useful outlet for my youthful rage and, perhaps more importantly, made me realize that I wasn’t the only one feeling so, well, out of step. At a time when one’s identity is incredibly unstable, any sense of community becomes paramount, and hardcore punk became the one place where I felt truly accepted.
Monday, May 12, 2008

Deluxe Reissues (Twin/Tone/Ryko/Rhino)

OK, so The Replacements hung around for an album too long (maybe even two albums), but their arc is the stuff of legend with good reason. Gather ’round, children, and you will hear stories of the early ’80s, when “alternative” music was still called “college radio” and good old punk rock was still relevant. Well, kinda . . .
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Saturday, May 3, 2008

It is safe to say that anyone who keeps in touch with the ever-growing Milwaukee music scene has, at the very least, heard of Maritime. The group’s critically acclaimed . . .
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Friday, May 2 @ Turner Hall Ballroom

A cursory glance at current events attests that there are fates more physiologically unpleasant than having to endure—without sunglasses . . .
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Bone Shaker does hard rock, Francesca folk

For many people, metal-influenced hard-rock belongs to the past. But Waukesha’s Bone Shaker is looking to bring it back. In the tradition of ’80s icons like Iron Maiden, the band has recultivated a sound that metal maniacs still crave. After two years and two releases, the band has managed to land on some big stages with the scene’s heavy hitters. Performances opening for groups such as Metal Church have put them in front of large crowds, which has helped to grow their following. Band members say that sticking to the old-school formula found in the recordings of favorites like Maiden, Priest and Dio will be their ticket to acceptance from this sometimes fickle fan base.
Sunday, May 4, 2008

Tonight @ Mad Planet - 9 p.m.

“Dead Metal?” Jimmy McNulty asked on a recent episode of “The Wire,” mishearing the name of the band his teenage sons were listening to. “What’s wrong with The Ramones?” Such is the generation gap. Despite Dead Meadow’s proclivity for a little bit of extra noise, and a few longer, spacey tangents, however, there’s . . .
Friday, May 2, 2008

Online Exclusive

As Chris Dangerous tells it, The Hives formed with expiration in mind. “We always had these plans to record three of the best punk albums ever, then just break up,” the group’s drummer says. Of course, those plans changed after their single “Hate to Say I Told You So” became an international hit, making The Hives a bankable commodity—or, to put it in words the infamously self-aggrandizing group would use, one of the biggest bands in the world.
Friday, May 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Marquette University Union Sports Annex - 8 p.m.

Bloomington, Ind.’s Murder By Death has harnessed several disparate muses to create a sweeping, cinematic sound on its fourth full-length, Red of Tooth and Claw. The album finds the four-piece band settling on a more restrained delivery than its previous efforts, with the cacophonic drums and violent bursts of . . .
Friday, May 2, 2008

Tonight @ Club Anything - 10 p.m.

Minneapolis’ All The Pretty Horses provide plenty of spectacle—they’re a transsexual rock band that dresses in dramatic goth and bondage gear, and even features a pair of creepy back-up dancers—but underneath all the gothy novelty, they’re actually one hell of a glam-rock band, capable of kicking out dramatic . . .
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Saturday, April 26 @ The Cactus Club

As many critics noted upon the release of Seattle band The Cave Singers’ debut album, the band members’ musical pedigrees suggest they’d be unlikely to attempt—much less succeed at—acoustic American roots music. Nonetheless, guitarist Derek Fudesco (of the now disbanded Pretty Girls Make Graves), vocalist Pete Quirk (of post-punk quintet Hint Hint) and drummer Marty Lund (of Cobra High) released their acclaimed Invitation Songs in September 2007.

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