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Farm Aid’s Changing Crusadenew

The benefit concert celebrates its 25th anniversary in Milwaukee.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  10-01-2010  |  Music

The Problem With Independent Hip-Hopnew

I’m reluctant to admit it, but I don’t listen to much independent or alternative hip-hop these days, or at least not nearly as much as I did in college, when Rhymesayers, Def Jux and Stones Throw records were as much a part of my diet as ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  03-12-2010  |  Music

Hayward Williams' Songs From a Long Winternew

Milwaukee’s harsh winters take a well-documented toll on us physically, numbing our limbs, wearing out our backs and testing our immune systems. They can be just as rough on us psychologically. Singer-songwriter Hayward Williams’ latest album was born of this annual seclusion.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  02-26-2010  |  Reviews

Lykke Li Offers Girlish Quirks and Contradictionsnew

Swedish dance-pop singer Lykke Li is a 23-year-old mystery ... she's capricious and full of contradictions, at once plucky and melancholy, sweet and standoffish. She delights in her eccentricities, and though she doesn't lie, per se, she usually doesn't volunteer the whole truth, either.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  08-07-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Polyvinyl to Release Pele Rarities Compilationnew

Polyvinyl Records plans to pay tribute to one of its better fallen acts, Milwaukee's brain-twisting post-rock group, Pele, with a two-hour-plus compilation of rarities and reissues of the group's two full-length albums.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  04-03-2009  |  Music

How Milwaukee Does Itnew

As always, the Shepherd’s Fifth Biennial Sex Survey is an unscientific sample, so it’s best to assume that its large, self-selected sample skews more sexually adventurous than the average Milwaukeean. But kinky as they can be, it seems that at heart Milwaukeeans are a bunch of romantics.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  02-13-2009  |  Sex

Independent Bookshops Chain to Close After 82 Yearsnew

Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops, one of the largest and oldest independent chains in Wisconsin, survived the Great Depression but wasn't able to overcome titanic changes in the retail sector, exacerbated by the current economic crisis.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  01-23-2009  |  Books

The Nightwatchman Gives Tom Morello an Activist Outletnew

As much as Tom Morello enjoyed his stint with Audioslave, the post-Rage Against the Machine band he founded with Chris Cornell, Cornell's scorching, introspective arena-rock left Morello hungry for the activism of his previous band.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  11-10-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Dead Confederate Rebuffs Southern-rock Conventionsnew

Though his band's name seems pretty self-explanatory to him, Dead Confederate bassist Brantley Senn is amazed at how often it's misinterpreted.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  10-03-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Goodnight Loving Gets Nostalgic for Milwaukeenew

Though he cautions that two of his band mates who once lived there might disagree with him, Andy Kavanaugh doesn't have many kind words about Green Bay.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  09-19-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Returning Home with the Celebrated Workingmannew

Mark Waldoch had saved up the necessary money, prepared himself emotionally to leave behind Milwaukee, his home of 15 years, and was ready to start a new life in New York. What he hadn't planned on, though, was developing a kidney stone the size of a golf ball shortly after his arrival.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  08-22-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Humanizing Katy Perrynew

Unlike other artists, who get to gloat about how much of themselves they put into their record, Perry has to field questions about the controversy trailing her hit single—controversy, of course, her promotional team was very much relying on.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  08-01-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Prophetic Bridges Milwaukee's Disparate Hip-Hop Scenesnew

Like just about everything in the city, Milwaukee’s hip-hop scenes are divided by racial and geographical boundaries. Without pandering to either demographic, his upcoming album, Mo Profit, Mo Progress, holds appeal to East Side backpackers and North Side trappers alike.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  06-27-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Call Them Panic at the Disco 2.0new

An interview with Panic at the Disco's Ryan Ross about the band's new direction, why they were ill-prepared for their overnight success, and the sorry state of modern-rock.
Shepherd Express  |  Evan Rytlewski  |  05-30-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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