Category Archives: Isabelle Novak

Best Coast at Turner Hall: A Review

Oh, Best Coast. You are so dreamy. I can’t quite remember when I first heard their music, but I think my sister described the California-raised indie pop duo as “a girl who smokes weed all day and loves her cat.” Cue angels singing. Of course, she was referring to Bethany Cosentino, the singer, songwriter and vocalist of Best Coast, who

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Field Report at Pabst: A Review

“Folk” is not a word I lovingly throw around. A genre that once symbolized American tradition and roots, it now leaves a bad Mumford-ized taste in my mouth, and seemingly, the mouths of many. The ebb and flow of trends, the social and cultural relevance behind the manifestation of them fascinates me. Folk music is no exception, as it has

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Benjamin Booker at Turner Hall: A Review

Benjamin Booker is not a wholesome folk singer. He graces the stage with a toughness. He is aloof, he smokes cigarettes, and he is unafraid to spew some obscenities toward drunken crowd members begging for recognition. What initially intrigued me about Booker was his subtle mesh of influences. I’ve heard him described as punk, blues and folk, but none of

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Cold War Kids at Pabst: A Review

On Sunday, Feb. 1, Cold War Kids graced snowy Milwaukee with its presence at the Pabst. When I say snowy, I mean I had doubts about the show even going on. Mere hours earlier, I had spent a disgusting amount of time unburying my Civic with a stranger’s shovel, frozen fingers and some momentary remorse for ever moving back from

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Instrumental Rock: A Quick Dip

Far be it from me to ever call words overkill, but instrumental music has captured my heart and ears during these cold, cold months. I’ve always dipped my toes in various, usually pretty specific music genres, but you can bet nearly all of them have included the word rock. You probably won’t catch me two-stepping anytime soon, but hey, four

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Glass Animals at Turner Hall: A Review

In light of its debut album “Zaba”, Glass Animals did Wisconsin the honors of playing at Turner Hall in Milwaukee on Sept. 8. The four strapping, young British talents took the stage following Rome Fortune, a blossoming rapper from Atlanta who donned blue facial hair and dished punching, introspective lyrics. People love to categorize emerging artists, perhaps rightfully so. You

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Transition music happens

It’s easy to pass time without recognition of routine impulses. As an avid creature of habit, I like to consider greater purpose when my standard large coffee with a splash of cream or running route through the neighborhood gets revised. “An extra shot of espresso? What does it mean?” Ok, it probably just means I got an hour less sleep.

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Music is personal; let’s talk about it

If I’ve learned anything from trial and error in exhausted pursuit of conquering social etiquette, it’s that there are steadfast conversational murky waters. Tread at your own risk—and if I may—tread gently with music. “So, what kind of music do you like?” Blame it on my naivety, inept social graces, or inclination toward painful sincerity, but I used to ask

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