Category Archives: Isabelle Novak

Banks at Pabst: A Review

As it goes with a lot of artists, I distinctly remember first hearing about Banks. It was 2014, and I was in my dreaded magazine writing class, a few months from graduating journalism school in Arizona. Word to the wise, not from the wise–wait, what’s that saying? Never. Take. Magazine. Writing. Do listen to Banks. My friend Patrick who’s now

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Deafheaven at Turner Hall: A Review

I read the other day that Deafheaven has faced grief over the vocalist being too attractive. Ok, I kind of get it. George Clarke–save some beauty for the rest of us, please? This criticism, among many other ones Deafheaven has faced from metal “purists,” is the reason the metal scene in general sometimes turns me off. The instinct to bash

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Mayhem at Turner Hall: A Review

There’s something special about seeing a band whose song names alone are enough to scare someone. Mayhem, one of the most iconic black metal bands in history, played at Turner Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 24. With songs such as “Deathcrush,” “Chainsaw Gutsfuck” and “Necrolust,” it leaves you wondering,”Am I bad person for listening to this?” Not in the slightest. This

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Marian Hill at Turner Hall: A Review

Marian Hill played at Turner Hall in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Two openers, SHAED and VERITE, began the night with indie pop that grazed electronic. Although both great performances, there was something missing that turned me into a Will-Ferril-SNL-esque monster, yelling: more saxophone – it needs more saxophone. Cue Marian Hill. I don’t remember when I first heard Marian

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Wye Oak at Turner Hall: A Review

Wye Oak played at Turner Hall Ballroom Tuesday, Aug. 2. It is a band I listened to constantly throughout college, kind of a darker indie rock duo that gained tons of traction through the song “Civilian” on its 2011 album named the same. I want to say it was used in a Walking Dead teaser. Don’t quote me on that.

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Angel Olsen at Pabst: A Review

Angel Olsen performed in Milwaukee for the first time on Thursday, June 16 at the Pabst Theater. She’s one of those artists I had been dying to see live for quite some time, mainly due to her other-worldly set of lungs. Occasionally, I hear a voice so spectacular that I want to witness it live on a stage, for a

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Andrew Bird at The Riverside Theater: A Review

Andrew Bird visited Milwaukee April 18, where he graced The Riverside Theater’s historic, grandiose stage. Fittingly, this was the warmest day of the year thus far, with uncharacteristically high temperatures in the upper 70s. I like to think he flew here for the spring, but maybe that’s a bit presumptuous. Bird is one of those artists that transcends age and

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Jose Gonzalez at Pabst: A Review

Jose Gonzalez preformed at the Pabst Theater on Saturday, March 19, joined by classical sextet yMusic. If the thought of a Saturday night show at the Pabst gives you visions of whiskey cokes, crushed PBR cans and heavy guitar riffs drowned by a screaming crowd, you are deathly (or sweetly) mistaken. Jose Gonzalez put me to sleep on a Saturday

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Bully at Cactus Club: A Review

Bully played at Cactus Club on Tuesday, Jan. 19, accompanied by tour mates Fake Limbs that served as the opener. Perhaps an unlikely pair, as Fake Limbs’ almost theatrically boisterous presence was countered by the paradoxical subdued aggression of Bully. If you’re unfamiliar with Bully, it is a punk-y, grungy alt-rock group formed by audio engineer, vocalist and guitar player

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