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Eric Bescak

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Eric Bescak

A crooner of idealized loves and commonplace countretemps, Jens Lekman handily endeared the UW Music Hall's full house Sunday night. It was proof that his pop aesthetic increasingly written off as "precious," a close relation to the maligned "twee" deserves its praise. more

Mar 31, 2008 3:27 PM MUSIC

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Eric Bescak

"I love it when people say 'yay!' for sad songs," bubbled Canadian chanteuse Basia Bulat midway through her Madison premiere at the High Noon Saloon on Friday night. Her enthusiastic embrace of emotional paradoxes was welcomed by the endeared crowd. more

Feb 9, 2008 6:19 PM MUSIC

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Eric Bescak

Ra Ra Riot indisputably deserved their place at the top of the band order hierarchy, competently headlining Saturday night's show at Club 770. The venue which is no club at all, but a cafeteria at Union South can make you feel like you're crashing a junior high lock in. It wasn't until the six piece from Syracuse started playing their top shelf orchestral pop that you could tell you were at a real show. more

Feb 3, 2008 6:16 PM MUSIC

A tour for an album that hasn't been released comes with risk. But for The Walkmen, who unapologetically avoid playing their most popular songs, it is not a task they shy away from. A packed crowd came out in frigid temperatures to the High Noon Saloon on Saturday night. Announcing that the New York group was in full support of Green Bay in the NFC Championships, singer Hamilton Leithauser made an unconvincing attempt for the crowd's support. more

Jan 21, 2008 2:07 PM MUSIC