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Matthew Loosbrock

Matthew Loosbrock is a student at UW-River Falls.

February 7, 2008

Vampire Weekend creates buzz, excitement with debut album

On their self-titled debut, Vampire Weekend has become quite the buzz band. While a portion of their first effort was leaked onto the internet back in September, they still manage to impress and amuse with creative sound influenced by Western Classical, Afro-pop, reggae and New Wave. It will make you grin, or perhaps smirk, with […]

December 13, 2007

A look back at the best albums of the year

2007 has been host to a variety of great music. To make it easier, here’s a list of ten albums that you can’t afford to miss. 10. Gogol Bordello – Super Taranta!: You won’t know what to make of Gogol Bordello at first, but then you’ll love them. Their gypsy-punk style brings less electric guitar […]

December 6, 2007

Junk Science’s hip-hop beats, weak vocals don’t mesh well on new album

Sometimes, things are better together:  peanut butter and jelly, Abbot and Costello, movies and popcorn. Music has always been pioneered by pairs; Lennon and McCartney have written some of the best songs ever to grace our ears, Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brian have redefined what a guitar is, hell, even Milli Vanilli revealed the dark […]

November 29, 2007

The Hives maintain unique sound

Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, The Hives’ eccentric and out of control front man, never seems to shut up. From shouting, “Tick, tick, tick, tick, boom!” on their explosive new single, to hollering “Giddy up!” on a tune of the same title, Almqvist never gives your ears a break. Yet, when The Hives’ latest, The Black and […]

November 15, 2007

Icelandic band follows own path

In a land of music, where almost anything goes, Sigur Rós does not stand above all others. Instead, they float along on their own strange island at sea, not to be mistaken for their native country, Iceland.  The group is familiar in the styling of Coldplay, Aqualung and Radiohead, but you’ll still find it hard […]

November 8, 2007

Chicago’s Umphrey’s McGee releases jam-packed live album

Jam band fanatics: you can rest easy now. The departure of Phish was a sad realization, and no one will ever live up to the standards set by The Grateful Dead, but the tradition of the jam band lives on through Umphrey’s McGee’s Live at the Murat. The lads from Chicago have the charisma, style […]

November 1, 2007

Carl Platou’s Frozen Eve full of warm emotions

Carl Platou is an interesting dude. The proclaimed “king of dark pop” (by his own Web site, no less) exhales a deep, relaxed tone through his vocal pipes. He has the nature of someone who obviously has a lot to say, but could care less if you listened. His instrumental abilities are similar to those […]

October 25, 2007

R.E.M.’s first ever live album worth the wait

Is there anything R.E.M. can’t do? Their new live album (their first in their 20-plus year career) is a blast of energy, charm and a much needed kick in the teeth since the music industry started its slow decline. The double CD/DVD set comes down like a hand of God, full of wit and wisdom, […]

October 19, 2007

Controversial band’s latest album fails to live up to hype

Controversial, as described by the all-knowing Webster’s Dictionary, is defined as “of, subject to, or stirring up debate.”  Why does Caeser Pink and the Imperial Orgy describe themselves in the same way?  The answer: their music is too boring to attract any attention. Their publicists are obviously trying to attract music listeners’ ears by mentioning […]

October 11, 2007

Springsteen’s latest album full of tricks, ‘Magic’

On Magic’s opening song, “Radio Nowhere,” Bruce Springsteen cries out: “I want a thousand guitars…I want pounding drums…I want a million different voices speaking in tongues.” At first listen, the song sounds like a simple question about the state of rock music and its decline since the late 1990s. But there’s a sense of loss […]

October 4, 2007

Local band, Jesters Panic, drops sophomore album

My Book Report On Life, Jesters Panic’s sophomore effort, is a solid attempt to create an album that tries to make sense of everything that occurs before death. While it can be argued that summing up one’s life in nine songs is somewhat vague, the album does not try to prophesize and teach. It is […]

September 27, 2007

The Go! Team’s eclectic new album shows versatility

Like a dance record on speed, The Go! Team’s newest album, Proof of Youth, continues their unique, brit-hop sound. And what a sound it is. Take your favorite TV show theme songs, add a fury of cheerleaders, mix in a marching band, multiply it with some 70s funk, and that’s approximately what The Go! Team sounds like.