Student Voice


February 5, 2023



Matthew Loosbrock

08 May 2008

Tolerance, appreciation required for all types of music

If music be the food of love, play on/Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting/The appetite may sicken, and so die.” Though written nearly 400 years ago, Shakespeare’s famous lines ring as true today as “All you need is love,” […]

01 May 2008

Poetic lyrics take center stage on Destroyer’s latest album

Sometimes, what’s left unsaid is more powerful than stumbling on words. Daniel Bejar, Destroyer’s singer and frontman, understands this better than anyone.  “A woman by another name is not a woman / I’ll tell you what I mean by that […]

24 Apr 2008

R.E.M. adds to impressive resume with new album ‘Accelerate’

Michael Stipe shouts like an apocalyptic gospel on “Living Well is the Best Revenge:” “It’s only when your poison spins / Into the life you’d hoped to live / And suddenly you wake up in a shaken panic now.”  “Living […]

16 Apr 2008

B-52’s still strong with new album 30 years after debut

It’s hard to believe that after 30 years the B-52’s can still kick it like they did in 1979.  Don’t believe me?  Take “Pump” for a spin, the surfer/disco romp that pops as Kate Pierson growls “I’m in it, I’m […]

10 Apr 2008

The Raconteurs rock out with new release

If reality had a say, The Raconteurs should have crumbled in 2006 with their glam-pop debut, “Broken Boy Soldiers.” Think about it. Garage rock bluesy master Jack White joining forces with the power pop of Brendan Benson and complimented by […]

03 Apr 2008

Gnarls Barkley back on the scene with ‘addicting’ new album

When “Crazy” hit airwaves during the summer of 2006, audiences were entranced by its smooth vibes and self-destructive lyrics just as they were by Gnarls Barkley, the eccentric duo who dressed as gladiators and Star Wars characters for live performances. […]

27 Mar 2008

Eccentric, bizarre lyrics central to Be Your Own Pet’s sophomore album, ‘Get Awkward’

For a brief moment, Be Your Own Pet’s deepest song, “Creepy Crawl,” resembles Charlotte Perkins’ famous short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Desperation, loneliness and insecurity are abundant as Jemina Pearl, BYOP’s provocative front woman, sings, “It’s the same four walls […]

13 Mar 2008

‘Genuine’ 4th album from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

When indie rock heroes Pavement broke up in 1999, fans and critics alike took it to heart. As one of the most prominent acts in the 1990s, the split left people wondering where each member would venture. Mark Ibold dabbled […]

06 Mar 2008

The Raveonettes’ dark, pop style evident on latest album

The Raveonettes are like a midnight alley in a pale moonlight: it’s frightening, it’s cold and probably dangerous.  Yet, there’s a mystery which draws you to explore it again and again. Of course, nothing less could be expected of them. […]

28 Feb 2008

Drive-By Truckers’ new album breaks typical country mold

Let it be known that modern country is not my favorite type of music. Too often it sticks to stale formulas, afraid of its own shadow and of actually coming out of its skin and tossing away the slide guitar. […]

Matthew Loosbrock

Matthew Loosbrock is a student at UW-River Falls.