Concert Review: Glorifying Americana, Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch Excel As Roots-Music Missionaries
2015 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Glorifying Americana, Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch Excel As Roots-Music Missionaries

Although the members of the Dave Rawlings Machine took the stage in Madison Friday night dressed as every rural American archetype, the reason wasn’t to get a start on Halloween trick-or-treating. This Appalachia-loving string band was just getting in character to do what musical evangelist do best: Bring the fire to the people. Continue reading

Concert Review: Slint Resurrects ’90s Masterpiece With Cold, Calculating Precision
2014 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Slint Resurrects ’90s Masterpiece With Cold, Calculating Precision

More than 20 years after releasing their seminal album and then breaking up, post-hardcore band Slint has temporarily reunited to highlight a box-set version of the record. But at the group’s recent show in Chicago, the combo proved they could still execute the music’s bold vision, but not with anything approaching a visionary’s passion. Continue reading

Concert Review: Neutral Milk Hotel’s Return Is Bonafide Second Coming
2014 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Neutral Milk Hotel’s Return Is Bonafide Second Coming

After years of self-imposed exile from music-making, Jeff Mangum and his underground-rock group Neutral Milk Hotel have seen cult-like audiences grow in their absence — one that sees the group as indie-rock messiahs. Their concert in Madison on Saturday night was a second coming that proved miracles really do happen. Continue reading