Soundbytes: Pop Music’s 5 Best Halloween Songs
2010 / Halloween / Music / Top 10

Soundbytes: Pop Music’s 5 Best Halloween Songs

When it comes to celebrating Halloween, it’s film — not music — that is the popular art form that has best defined and shaped this most spooky of holidays. Ask anyone to name a scary theme from Halloween and the smart money says they’re most often drawing on ideas and motifs popularized in the movies. Continue reading

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Concert Review: Dylan Doubleheader Delivers Surprises, As Expected
2010 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Dylan Doubleheader Delivers Surprises, As Expected

Bob Dylan underscored his trouble-making philosophy countless times during two back-to-back sets at Overture Hall in downtown Madison on Monday night. Throughout both concerts, he demonstrated many times how his unpredictability can reveal the breadth of his genius. Occasionally, however, it also showed his mischievousness. Continue reading

Review: The National’s ‘High Violet’ Makes Case For Rock Greatness
2010 / Music

Review: The National’s ‘High Violet’ Makes Case For Rock Greatness

Building on the critical success of 2007’s “Boxer,” Brooklyn-based the National toss down the gauntlet for rock album greatness with their new disc, “High Violet.” In a time when iTunes singles are the new normal, here’s a body of indie-rock anthems that while thoroughly modern, invite a return to the best of the album era. Continue reading

Concert Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Stubbornly Stick With Sound, Fury
2010 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Stubbornly Stick With Sound, Fury

When the definitive star-making moment came for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in 2001, the group’s big chance slipped away. No matter. During Wednesday night’s concert in Madison, Wis., the band emphasized that they’re going to continue to persevere and do the hazy, distorted music even if they never make it big. Continue reading