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07.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It's been a bad week for Milwaukee punk fans: Two of the week's most exciting punk shows were canceled. The Baltimore art-punk group Double Dagger, which channels all the fury of Les Savy Fav and Fugazi with just half the instruments�no guitar; just drums and a really loud bass�ducked out of their Thursday night show at the Borg Ward in order to play Chicago with the Fiery Furnaces. Bad...
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Red Knife Lottery opened their debut EP, So Much Drama, with the plotted rape and torture of Travel Channel personality Samantha Brown, paving the way for five more tales of brutality and murder, penned in the vulgar literary style of Edgar Allan Poe and enacted by the terrorizing screams...
05.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Hat tip to Ryan Miller for introducing me to this track on last night's Indie Soundcheck: NOFX's new single, "Creeping Out Sara," an apparently somewhat true story recounting Fat Mike's run-in with one of the Quin sisters from Tegan and Sara (there's some question as to which one it was). It's a typically snotty NOFX song�there's something reassuring about the way these guys haven't changed their ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Circle Jerks were particularly generous last night, playing a 75-minute set that included a whooping 30 songs (it helps that theyre short). They looked as old as youd expect. Singer Keith Morris is probably a little bit too bald on top to be rocking dreadlocks, and his stage presence was probably sillier than he intended it to be, but he had some serious energy. Wild in the ...
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Milwaukee punk vets celebrate a new record

Dan DuChaine, veteran drummer of the Speedfreaks, has seen it all. Along with vocalist Stephan Tremblay and guitarist Carl Steinhagen, he crashed through the hardcore and punk scenes in the early '80s when shows were "brutal," and not just in terms of sound. These days, "if you see a kid getting beat up in the front line, you stop the show-that's etiquette," DuChaine says. "But violence was a big problem back then." The punk scene itself may be more forgiving, but the Speedfreaks' music remains largely unchanged, filled with raw, positive energy. A quarter...
12.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I was more than a little shocked when I found a copy of Emotional Rescue in my turntable last night, since, as best I can recall, I haven�t listened to that record in years. How did it get there? Did I get drunk one night and cue it up? Unlikely. Do I have amnesia? I hope not. Has the record been sitting on the turntable for years untouched and forgotten, while I�ve meanwhile placed countless othe...
10.21.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nicole
Wiscosnin ready to snap out of it? October 21, 2007 | 01:54 PM According to this article (though who would know since it wasn't televised here) the UW football team finally took the field with some intensity yesterday. It's about damn time. Jonathan Casillas, among others, say in the article that the fire was missing from the team in the past few weeks. That fire has been missing all season, b...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008
It's been a while since anything in the world of hardcore punk surprised me, but I was genuinely taken aback by the lyrics on Herds' recently released 7-inch EP. With an almost haiku-like simplicity, vocalist Mike Priehs lays out the story of an erupting volcano in "Katmai": "Katmai made the sky turn to ash/ Isolated eruption/ The Valley of 10,000 Smokes." The juxtaposition of such a strange subject for a hardcore song with the sonic wallop that...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008
The idea of punk rock as an antidote to bloated, spectacle-ridden rock 'n' roll has become a standard trope in many versions of popular music history. This stripped-down, simplistic style of play, conventional wisdom tells us, came along to cure the perceived excesses of classic rock and rid the world of the fashion-first consciousness of pop.
Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tonight @ Linneman's Riverwest Inn

Orlando, Fla., group Slippery Slopes plays what can best be described as a surf-punk hybrid—but the punk in question is relatively light by contemporary standards, of the user-friendly Stooges brand (their lead singer can often sound like a dead ringer for Iggy). Nevertheless, their nostalgic approach is comfortably...

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