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Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Holler and Stomp (Blind Pig)

Although almost all of the blues musicians who recorded on Chess and Sun Records in the 1950s are gone, the classic sounds of the era live on in Chicago's The Cash Box Kings. Holler and Stomp includes original members Joe Nosek, Chris “CB” Boeger...
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

Dr. Seuss' subversive fairy tale

By now, several generations of children have been entertained and inspired by the whimsically subversive storybooks...
Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Feb. 25, 2012

It seems almost quaint to think there was a time not that long ago where most Americans thought about rap and hip-hop in terms of an East Coast/West Coast binary. To be sure, even then it wasn't representative of the whole picture, but in the ye...
Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

The Lost Album

Mississippi Cactus' The Lost Album, recorded several years ago, before singer/guitarist Brian Kasprzak's temporary West Coast relocation, finds the Milwaukee band as musically diverse as their club-packing shows were lengthy—and those could run upward...
Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

Bateman and Reynolds Swap Bodies (And Bad Jokes)

What if you could trade your life for someone else's?
09.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
And with one lovely, understated gesture, The Avett Brothers' I and Love and You, Rick Rubin has nearly atoned for destroying Weezer. Lionized though the guy may be, Rubin is an overzealous producer, one whose vision sometimes trumps that of the artist he's recording. He's celebrated for returning Johnny Cash to his roots, but he also fed Cash some truly trite, overblown cover songs ("Bridg...
09.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A guilty pleasure that grows less guilty and more pleasurable with each album, Paramore packs all the thrills of their male-fronted emo-rock peers, but leaves behind none of the slimy residue. The group�s latest, Brand New Eyes, out today, is their tightest and fiercest yet, a Trojan horse of a record with seemingly lightweight punk songs that disguise a whole lot of brute force. Most of the firep...

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