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Matthew Loosbrock

Matthew Loosbrock is a student at UW-River Falls.

May 8, 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,” “The times they are a-changin’” and “Seacrest out!” Seriously, how often are you listening to […]

May 1, 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 / Maybe not in seconds flat / Maybe not today,” he sings in “Blue Flower […]

April 24, 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 Well is the Best Revenge” is perhaps R.E.M.’s angriest song since, well, ever. “All your […]

April 16, 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 on it / Shake that jelly / Rattle them bones / Dance to the rhythm […]

April 10, 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 Yardbirds—inspired Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence of The Greenhornes isn’t normally an equation for success. […]

April 3, 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. With such a mega hit behind them, can they do it again on their second […]

March 27, 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 that have always been / Just sitting in my room that I haven’t lived in […]

March 13, 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 in multiple side projects like Free Kitten, Kim Gordan’s (of Sonic Youth) second band and […]

March 6, 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. Their first single a few years back, “That Great Love Sound,” was a slap in […]

February 28, 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. Most times, modern country artists stay the same, narrow path (Kenny Chesney, anyone?), perform great […]

February 21, 2008

Marshall’s eclectic sound on full display with Jukebox album

Chan Marshall isn’t Bob Dylan.  The iconic song master has written the greatest songs for nearly 60 years, while Marshall, at 36 years old, hasn’t touched half that. So when Marshall covers Dylan’s classic, “I Believe in You,” you would expect that she, like most musicians (with exceptions, like Jack White), would crumble underneath a […]

February 14, 2008

The Mars Volta’s fourth album an ‘experience’

Never heard a man speak like this man before,” snarls Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the singer/lyricist half of The Mars Volta on The Bedlam in Goliath.  It’s like he’s speaking to himself in a thrash of tongues that, according to Volta, were inspired by aggressive spirits infested inside a Ouija board discovered in Jerusalem. Ghosts or not, […]