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06.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I'd dismissed Manners, the debut album for Boston's indie-electro fetishists Passion Pit, after a couple grating initial listens and reading some icy reviews from sources I trust that seemed to confirm my first read. I've been revisiting the record over the last couple weeks, though, swayed by friends who are utterly smitten with it, and sure enough, I've come around to it. I still can'...
06.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Wye Oak introduced themselves promisingly with their 2008 debut If Children, a charming if occasionally overly timid disc plucked from the quaint apple orchard as another co-ed hush-pop duo from Baltimore, Beach House, but Wye Oak's upcoming album, The Knot, is grand improvement�a louder, more purposeful record that refashions Galaxie 500's starry-eyed haze, Among My Swan-era Mazzy Star's acid-was...
06.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Shepherd Express Staff
Spoon last came through Milwaukee as part of their breakthrough year in 2007, touring behind their album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga with a well-received show at Summerfest, then a return to the city that October for a long, heated performance at the Pabst Theater, where they appeared happy to be on the road again after spending the week preparing for their debut appearance on "Saturday Night Live." They slowe...
02.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I'm going to be on FM 102.1's Indie Soundcheck program on Sunday evening at 11 p.m. chatting with Ryan Miller for a bit about the new charity compilation Dark Was The Night, a mostly wonderful, two-disc sequel to the seminal No Alternative CD that sums up the increasingly folky state of indie-rock. For those who haven't heard the album (and it's worth hearing), Ryan will play a healthy sampling. ...
10.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
We last heard this conversation a couple years ago, when !!!-styled dance-punk was in vogue, but with the rise of worldly, tribal-leaning indie bands like Yeasayer and Gang Gang Dance, both of which come through Milwaukee in the next week, it's time once again to take a quick moment to recognize what an underrated band Pigbag was. Odious band name aside, this early '80s British group was an ano...
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...
Monday, June 30, 2008

Today at Cascio Groove Garage

As usual, some of the best bands playing Summerfest today hail from right here in Milwaukee. Among the draws playing the all-local Cascio Groove Garage stage today is alternative-rockers Testa Rosa, country-rockers Juniper Tar and, at 8:30 p.m., The Celebrated Workingman, who throw down happy, hooky indie-rock.
05.15.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
�he�s overrated. His songs are forgettable, his voice is grating, his playing is ostentatious. He�s cocky and pretentious and generally unlikable, part of the NPR-ification of indie-rock. On that note: M. Ward does a just-announced July 19 show at the Pabst Theater. Tickets go on sale May 23 at noon. ...
05.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Talk about persistence. Throughout the course of their 27-year career, The Church have been kicked around, shat on and outright ignored, neglected by both the sales charts and the music press alike. Even their lone Top 40 single��Under the Milky Way��turned out to be more a curse than a blessing, ammunition lazy music writers could use to dismiss them as one hit wonders. Undeterred, however,...
05.06.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
If U.K. '80s guitar-pop bands are like white-button mushrooms�pleasant and abundant�then the Scottish group Close Lobsters are truffles, rare as hell but worth every minute spent hunting them down. They're one of the great groups of the era, but sadly, barely anyone has heard of them. Not helping their legacy is the fact that their entire discography is out of print, but for...

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