Concert Review: With Attention To Detail, King Crimson Embraces Its Long History
2017 / Live Reviews / Other

Concert Review: With Attention To Detail, King Crimson Embraces Its Long History

Nearly 50 years after they helped usher in the era of progressive rock, King Crimson is continuing to evolve — exploring new musical boundaries, adding new members. At a concert Sunday night in Milwaukee, the band demonstrated just how this combo continues to thrive. Continue reading

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Concert Review: George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic Usher In Party Atmosphere To Weekend Festival
2017 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic Usher In Party Atmosphere To Weekend Festival

George Clinton and the latest lineup of Parliament-Funkadelic headlined Friday night’s beginning of Madison’s annual Brat Fest celebration, demonstrating to those who attended why Clinton and his merry band of funkateers are both beloved and essential in the evolution of pop music despite offering a truly conflicting, confusing performance. Continue reading

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