Local Reviews: Going Second

Local Reviews: Going Second
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As I’m growing out of my pop-punk phase, it’s getting harder and harder for these types of bands to impress me.  Going Second has caught my ear though.  This band has managed to incorporate all the aspects that make a pop-punk band good, while most bands nowadays seem to only focus on one.  … read more

Local Reviews: Paul Jacobsen and the Madison Arm

Local Reviews: Paul Jacobsen and the Madison Arm
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I first heard Paul Jacobsen a while back on the Slowtrain compilation, Around The Bend, and fell in love with his featured track, “Lung.”  When I got my hands on the full-length and figured out why that opening track was so familiar, I kept my fingers crossed and kept listening.  Not only does Jacobsen deliver, he exceeds my expectations.   … read more

Local Reviews: To The Death

Local Reviews: To The Death
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Now, as high as that equation set your expectations, take a minute and come down a little.  I’ll admit, at first I was ready to write this band as of yet another alt-rock/pop band, but ironically while most bands put their best tracks first and last, all the good ones are hidden in the middle.  … read more

Localized: The Furs

Localized: The Furs
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This month’s Localized, on October 12th at the Urban Lounge, features two bands who push the envelope when it comes to trying something new, whether it’s mixing styles (and their

Localized: Cavedoll

Localized: Cavedoll
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This month’s Localized, on October 12th at the Urban Lounge, features two bands who push the envelope when it comes to trying something new, whether it’s mixing styles (and their

Regina Spektor Show Review

Regina Spektor Show Review
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Relaxing is not the first word that jumps to anyone’s mind when describing your typical show at In The Venue. But, then again, Regina Spektor has proved time and time again that she is anything but the typical performer.  … read more

Nightwish/Paradise Lost Show Review

Nightwish/Paradise Lost Show Review
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To say Nightwish put on the best show I’ve ever seen would be a gross understatement. This Finnish metal band with the majority of their US fanbase seemingly underground has made their way into the states for the first time in their 11-year career, and it’s all due to a recent member change that has left the group stronger than ever. … read more

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend
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Shame on any of you who considered going to this show and then made some lame excuse about the weather. Sure, there was the large possibility of your tin-can car dying, or better yet, crashing on unplowed roads. Sure, you’d rather stay warm in bed than huddle around the fire pit or cram into the shack at Kilby. … read more

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s
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About a year ago, my office manager, Greg, and I swapped music libraries for the day. He flipped open a huge notebook filled with CDs and handed it to me with particular care and said, “This… this one is amazing.” He introduced me to Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos after learning how much I loved Death Cab For Cutie and a few other similar indie bands. … read more

Local Reviews: City Weekly Compilation

Local Reviews: City Weekly Compilation
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If the indiscreet wordplay hasn’t already tipped you off, the 2007 Slammys are City Weekly’s equivalent of the local Grammy Awards, selecting winners in every genre the city has to offer. Although the compilation boasts a wide array of artists, labeling gets a little blurred from time to time (example: Best Rock/Pop, Best Acoustic/Folk, etc.), leaving artists who could have filled the counter-genres unaccounted for.  … read more