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Concert Reviews
Friday, June 17, 2011

June 16, 2011

Many bands earn praise as must-see live acts through prolific touring and lengthy, improvised sets—add a couple psychedelic guitar freak-outs here, a few 10-minute songs there and throw in some long hair for good measure, and that'll have peopl...
Cover Story
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Milwaukee is enjoying a bike-friendly makeover

Though the city is renowned for manufacturing motorcycles, Milwaukee also boasts an active bicycling subculture. With so many local bike clubs and group rides popping up around the city, it's not difficult to find one to suit any cycling niche. And now, as the city takes...
Concert Reviews
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 25, 2011

Wearing a Wu-Tang Clan T-shirt so stretched that the original owner could only have been Rick Ross, Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis and his guitar-mate Jimmy Smith ripped through freaked-out solos, conducting a frenetic rave Monday night at Turn...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Feb. 7, 2011

Feb. 5, 2011

The Decemberists are a seasonal band. That's not to say they're suited to only one particular season, but that their songs are rife with divergent climates. It was fitting, then, that their sold-out show Saturday at the Riverside Theater came a few d...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010
One unassuming Monday morning last month, Girl Talk posted a free download of his latest record, All Day, only hours after completing it. The record was promoted with little more than a press release and a couple of tweets, but demand for it nonetheless exceeded the server space his label allocated, crashing its website almost immediately. Music news outlets...
Concert Reviews
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Oct. 30, 2010

Halloween weekend couldn't have been a more fitting time of year to see Mumford & Sons—not because the English quartet plays ghoulish horror punk like The Misfits or sprays fake blood and murders effigies onstage a la GWAR, but because of Mumfo...
Concert Reviews
Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

Oct. 22, 2010

Ever since LCD Soundsystem's 2002 debut single, "Losing My Edge," James Murphy has been a connoisseur of cool, and, with three consecutive essential records, his ensemble has arguably been the best band of the last eight years. That's why i...
Concert Reviews
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 1, 2010

With their forceful classic-rock riffage and affable stage presence, The Hold Steady has deservedly earned the title “world’s greatest bar band.” They're exactly the type of group that inspires you to lift a beer in appreciation and buy a round for the guys after the set. And don’t those same qualities make them Summerfest’s greatest band, too? Nothing's better than listening to loud music and drinking among...