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Day 1: Daft Punk Killed Lollapalooza

August 4, 2007


I mean that in the non-literal, yet literal sense of the word of course, in that after their set you felt like it would be OK to go to heaven. It was a great big party, that’s hard to describe in words, so here are photos. Lovers were kissing everywhere you looked at Grant Park. […]

Dappled Cities at the Pabst

July 30, 2007


The gig 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 30 Genre alt-pop Where Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St. How much $10 Info Here’s another reason you should go to the Pabst tonight: it’s a night where the British Empire rules again. The Fratellis are Scottish, the Switches are from England and Dappled Cities are Australian. So […]

Doowop-ing with The Fratellis

July 20, 2007


The gig 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 30 Genre alt-pop Where Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St. How much $10 Info Doo-wop the Monday blues away, here’s three things you didn’t know about the Fratellis! One You may know these Scottish boys aren’t brothers at all, but the Fratellis (Jon/John Lawler on vocals and guitar; […]

Pitchfork Music Festival: Aesthetically Pleasing in More Ways Than One

July 16, 2007


The fact that the Pitchfork Music Festival 2007 sold out, partnered with ATP, and had a lineup that was every snotty indie music nerd’s wet dream meant that there was a lot of pseudo-intellectual music analysis overheard this weekend. If I carried a recorder while walking through the crowds I could’ve remembered a lot of […]

My Very First Summerfest Experience

June 29, 2007


There’s a reason my Summerfest blog took so long to post. In fact, I am still processing the whole experience right now. I got to see John Mayer in the rain, fireworks, Built to Spill, Son Volt and the Old 97s. I drank a lot of $4.50 beer and paid $15 for parking MORE THAN […]

Feist: ‘in the pocket’

June 20, 2007


My favorite musical term is “in the pocket.” Musicians I love and respect can always play in the pocket, and it’s beautiful to watch. It’s hard to explain, so I’m going to let jazz musician Tyra Neftzger define it for you: “In music, the pocket isn’t a place where the musician holds something — it’s […]

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts at Pridefest

June 12, 2007


You know what? Unlike the person above, I am not a Joan Jett fan. But Erika was, so she dragged me along to Joan Jett and The Blackhearts’ headlining show Sunday night at the Summerfest grounds. No, it’s not 1987 anymore, but Joan Jett die-hards weren’t hard to come by. Now I understand why; Jett […]

The Hold Steady bassist has an uber-cool mom

May 18, 2007


what The Hold Steady when 8 p.m. tonight, May 18 where Stage Door, Orpheum Theatre, 216 State St. Madison how much $16, sold out At last night’s awesome The Hold Steady show, I met bassist Galen Polivka’s mom, Faye. Galen’s family was out full force to support the band’s Wisconsin dates (they perform in Madison […]

Coachella 2007: Rage Reunites to Crowd Paranoia and Paris Hilton, But Hold Back the Tears, There’s Always Next Year. (Day 3)

May 3, 2007


For many music fans, Coachella is better than Christmas. So when I found out that the festival was expanding to three days, I was ecstatic. Then I got really upset when it sold out in February. I was lucky; I got a ticket eventually. But although this year isn’t a big mad rush to see […]

Top 15 of 2005

January 8, 2006


Here are bands that blew me away in 2005 1. Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene They demolish the audience with their sonic army, and shoot out the music with subtle waves of sound and blasts of guitar…ewan. arte. I interviewed Kevin once. “Come backstage after the show,” he said. I would’ve, but then I […]