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08.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
My wrap up of 2009�s Lollapalooza festival is up. In a nutshell, I thought the  supporting headliners upstaged the curiously lackluster headliners, and that the festival had better luck with dance and electronic-leaning artists than it did alternative rock ones, but all in all, it was an excellent weekend. Some stray thoughts: * TV on the Radio was a revelation live. I hadn�t seen t...
08.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Though they didn't upstage the headliner, last night's Lykke Li concert at the Turner Hall Ballroom benefited from a pair of nice openers: Esser and Miike Snow, two acts with far fuller live shows than their recordings suggest. Esser was the more disposable of the two, a British singer with Vanilla Ice's hair and Terry Hall's voice, which only further highlighted The Specials accents in ...
07.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The challenge for Elvis Costello: Whether to spend his hour show playing his old hits or his ample recent material. The solution: Spend two hours playing both. Anybody hoping to hear a particular song at Costello�s super-sized set Sunday night at Summerfest�s M&I Classic Rock Stage probably walked away happy. Among the highlights: �Everyday I Write the Book,� �Clubland� �I Hope You�re Happy No...
07.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
So here's the thing about wedding disc jockeys: They're usually right. Much as the more discriminating members of the wedding party may loathe hearing ABBA's "Dancing Queen" or an Elvis mega-mix, wedding disc jockeys play these songs because they get the biggest response. So don't hound these DJs to play R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" or that old Junior Senior jam you and your friends remember ...
06.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Rancid was modern-rock radio�s gateway in the mid-�90s from punk revival to ska, and it sometimes feels like they�re punished for that. While their contemporaries Green Day re-emerged as the improbable voice of the next generation, Rancid saw their agreeable old hits slowly purged from alternative radio, even though those singles have aged well��Roots Radicals,� �Salvation,� �Time Bomb� and �Ruby ...
04.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Friday's Los Campesinos! concert was every bit as euphoric as the band's albums would have you believe, but the venue didn't do the show any favors by filling the dancefloor with... cocktail tables. Lots and lots of cocktail tables, cumbersomely placed so that much of the crowd stood toward the back of the hall while mostly empty tables ate up the good spots. Sadly for the passive observers, t...
09.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I've lavished some almost recklessly lavish praise on Okkervil River over the years, but I still stand by it all. After releasing two of the defining albums of my college years, the vibrant Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See and the lovely Down the River of Golden Dreams, the group wowed me with some of the most frenzied live shows I've ever seen. It turns out that those shows, as Will Sheff...
08.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
More than most, I understand that vocals are a matter of taste. I can barely listen to great albums by great bands like The Decemberists, The Hold Steady and Twilight Sad simply because those bands' respective singers make me cringe. So those who can't get into Jaguar Love because of singer Johnny Whitney's, uh, "unorthodox" voice have my sympathy. Whitney's girlish, helium ...

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