Review: R.E.M.’s ‘Accelerate’ Stalls Out As Comeback
2008 / Music

Review: R.E.M.’s ‘Accelerate’ Stalls Out As Comeback

Years of bad albums and sagging sales have eroded R.E.M.’s standing in the rock world from alternative-rock giants to rock star has-beens. The group’s new album, “Accelerate,” kicks into high gear the effort to reverse this trend, but then it grinds to a screeching halt. Continue reading

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Concert Review: X Performs Exhilarating Nostalgia Act
2008 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: X Performs Exhilarating Nostalgia Act

With 40-year-old soccer moms and bohemian punk-rock lifers moshing together at the front of the stage, Los Angeles punk legends X returned to Madison on Friday night for what might have produced a snide snicker in their late ’70s scene: a reunion tour. Continue reading