• Atlas Sound: Lincoln Hall, 3/3/12

    Posted 03/05/2012 by cal

    For a certain sector of the public, Bradford Cox is already untouchable; the only question is whether he’ll experience being a legend in his own time or if history will declare it later. Exhibit A would be the crowd at Lincoln Hall Saturday night, a sold-out but not overcrowded show, featuring lots of people (including the headliner) drinking lots of alcohol. But during the quiet portions of Cox’s set, you did not hear a single person gabbing. Chalk this up also to a spellbinding performance by the man himself; whether out of respect or awe, everyone in the room was struck dumb.

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  • My Favorite Shows Of 2011

    Posted 12/23/2011 by cal

    If I have any perennial list-readers here, most of them probably sighed preemptively as they imagined what would top my list this year, and they’re all correct: U2 (really impossible to choose between the two shows I saw), Phish (night one at UIC being the best of the seven), Secret Chiefs 3 at the Empty Bottle, Animal Collective at Pitchfork, and Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. Oops, ya got me: I have favorite bands. I know music critics aren't supposed to reveal those, but there's no sense keeping it a secret. But rather than blather on about them yet again, it’s probably more productive for me to mention the top ten non-my-favorite-band shows of the year. So here goes. (To keep it interesting, I’m going to gloss over other obvious big names (Wilco, Pearl Jam, Primus, STS9), since they’ve all been covered plenty.)

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  • The Best Music Of 2010: Non-MKE Edition

    Posted 12/29/2010 by cal

    Yes, there was a lot of good music produced in 2010 outside of Milwaukee too; not much in the way of rock and roll, but we'll hold down the fort here in the Brew City while the rest of the world takes care of the dreampop and chillwave and experimental electronica.  I’m so sick of deciding whether or not to harp on the tidal wave of 80s retro I could puke.  But if you dig post-punk and synthpop, 2010 has been a second golden age, despite how derivative it may be (cue the everything’s-a-rerun-since-The-Beatles choir).  It really has been a terrific year for music (particularly for the 4AD label, holy crap), and there are buttloads of really good albums that I won't even mention here, but everything on this list is essential listening front to back.

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