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Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
When Timothy Showalter decided to title his latest Strand of Oaks album HEAL, he didn’t type it in all caps as a gimmick. That title is a mission statement, a command to strip away all artificiality
07.10.2014 | 133 days ago | Posted at 10:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Those were different days back in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, when DJs on commercial radio stations played the music they actually wanted to hear and took requests from listeners. Back then, major record companies spent money promoting new and unknown artists in the hopes of hitting the jackpot. Record stores were everywhere and the people behind the counters knew something about music—they may...
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

(Dusty Medical Records)

It's really rather impressive how swiftly Milwaukee act Space Raft has taken off, going from playing their first gigs around town to being easily one of the city’s most talked about bands in the spa
04.08.2014 | | Posted at 10:00 AM

Stream the trio's new "Knockin'" EP

By Evan Rytlewski
The early 2000s garage rock revival burned fast and bright. Given the insane amount of attention the scene attracted, it wasn’t a wonder that the public quickly tired of bands with “The” in their names and leather jackets on their scrawny frames. A decade later, though, it’s impressive how well so many albums from that era have held up. This stuff still sounds good.The itchy, slickly produ...
Monday, March 31, 2014

March 30, 2014

Tim Kasher has never recorded a concept album where he literally sleeps with his mother, kills his father then blinds himself, but he's come pretty damn close at least two or three times. Unfolding
03.24.2014 | | Posted at 02:40 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Tailgate weather isn't even here yet, but Milwaukee already has an early grill-out album of the year frontrunner in Space Raft's upcoming self-titled debut for Dusty Medical Records, an effusive guitar-pop record in the tuneful spirit of '70s rockers like Big Star and Slade. (Among Space Raft's other qualities: It's also a vaguely sci-fi concept album with the good sense not to rub your nose in al...
03.17.2014 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee rockers Dogs in Ecstasy sound like the type of musicians who are always heading to libraries and coffee shops because they don't have their own Internet connection at home, so it's somewhat ironic that the group's latest single, "I Google Myself"/"I'm a Man," is a treatise on online culture. Regardless of whether the word Google is taken literally or as a double entendre, each of these s...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
 For rock songwriters, middle age is the topic less taken. Great novelists have long made the subject their own, but rock still perceives itself as a young person’s game—even if many of the bestselling touring acts haven’t seen the sunny side of 40 in years
01.30.2014 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee will never lack post-hardcore bands that sound like Fugazi—at any point there are at least a handful of visible ones playing multiple shows each month—but Disguised as Birds, a quartet that announced their break up this month after nearly 10 years together, was one of the few that genuinely captured the excitement of Fugazi. Remember that incredible footage in Instrument where Ian Ma...

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