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Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

U2

Boy/October/War Deluxe Editions (Island/Interscope)

Leave it to our reliable friends in U2 to respond to the music industry's structural implosion with a triple-shot of pricey extravagance-and the promise of more to come. Who could have foreseen that the guitar wailing of "I Will Follow" from the band's 1980 debut, Boy, was actually the first breath of a larger-than-life juggernaut. To be fair, even when listening with the benefit of knowing...
10.28.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nicole
Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun honored October 28, 2007 | 08:39 PM Prince Fielder was the NL recipient of the Hank Aaron award and the Players' Choice Award for most outstanding NL player this week. The Hank Aaron Award is voted on by the fans and honors the top offensive player in each league. Alex Rodriguez won the AL award. From Reuters.com: Nearly 400,000 votes were cast at MLB.com, the offici...
10.30.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nicole
Geoff Junkins: No longer a Brewer (also, CoCo filed for free agency) October 30, 2007 | 09:55 PM The Brewers finally did what we all figured would happen and declined the $9 million dollar option on Geoff Junkins today. This article has some interesting quotes, but the most important detail is buried way at the bottom. From ESPN.com MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins enjoyed a solid year as the Milwau...
11.20.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Crime of Dispassion The Devil in the Details November 20, 2007 | 08:23 AM Robberies often go wrong but the jewelry store heist at the center of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is about as bad as bad gets. The robber expects an easy time with the old woman behind the counter, never imagining she'd pull a gun and shoot, sending him through the glass front door to die on the pavement among the sh...
Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

(iUniverse Star), by Timothy English

It's been written that there's nothing new under the sun, and the axiom has been proven over and over in the history of rock 'n' roll. Sounds Like Teen Spirit compares and contrasts dozens of familiar songs that bear resemblance to one another. Some of them are obvious thefts, such as the transformation of Chuck Berry's. . .
11.20.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
House of British Television November 20, 2007 | 08:52 AM A strange thought has become widespread, striking many people in the last decade: television has gotten better than the movies! Well, not all television or all movies, but between "The Sopranos," "House" and "Law and Order," it seems that intelligent writing and character development had begun to migrate from big screen to small—especia...
11.21.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Enchanted by Romance Love and the City November 21, 2007 | 08:59 AM Someone mixed up in the production of Disney's Enchanted had at least one interesting idea. Within the constricted boundary of a comedy meant for children and their sitters, Enchanted wants to say something about romance versus rationality in contemporary love. In the battle between mushy heart and clear heads, Enchanted falls ...
Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

There are blues punk bands that only salt their music with the blues, and then there are the bands that bathe their albums in the blues. The Black Keys are the latter. For a band that's often compared to The White Stripes, the difference is, well, black and white. The Black Keys, like ZZ Top, are a blues band playing . . .
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008
You aren't anybody if you aren't recording with the Black Keys. Producer Rick Rubin, himself a somebody, recently tapped the band to back Billy Gibbons for a few songs on ZZ Top's next album. Gibbons and Rubin join R&B legend Ike Turner and super-producer Danger Mouse on a growing list of The Black Keys' recent collaborators.
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

Retro-Spective, Vicodin Sessions (Neven)

Those XCleavers were among the most entertaining and substantial bands from Milwaukee's new wave scene, and probably the most enduring. A reissue of choice material from the 1980s reveals their streamlined super-charged sound as part of their era, yet delivered so winningly that the music has dated hardly . . .

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