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Jon Lyksett

Jon Lyksett is a student at UW-River Falls.

April 11, 2013

Custodial changes raise sustainability discussions

Beginning last month, the Custodial Services began replacing old cloth roll towels in restrooms across the UW-River Falls campus.

October 25, 2012

Student Senates state-wide discuss unifying constitution

On Oct. 6, 2012, representatives from 17 of the 26 University of Wisconsin System Schools met in Eau Claire to discuss a unifying constitution.

December 9, 2010

Beatles’ iTunes arrival transforms music downloads

Just about a month ago, Apple finished a deal that would bring the biggest band of all time to iTunes. The Beatles discography is finally available in the iTunes catalogue. This is huge news. Massive news. Why? Because it’s the freakin’ Beatles, that’s why! It’s an argument we’ve heard before: they are the best band […]

November 18, 2010

Columnist calls on fans to revive sagging indie music

I might as well be signing my own death certificate by writing this: modern indie music is boring. Okay, I know that there are a lot of independent bands and plenty of variety within independent music that makes for some pretty enjoyable music; I’m not ruling every single band or artist out, as there are […]

October 28, 2010

Wausau band creates unique identity

When discussing music, a “hipster” friend once told me, “nothing is original anymore. It’s all just variations on the same old stuff. Every band sounds just like the last one; the only original artists are the ones that start new genres! Any new band sounds just like their influences, and only like their influences.” This […]

October 21, 2010

Powerful female vocalist draws inspiration from past

I love female vocalists, especially when they are in rock ensembles. From better known artists like Joan Jett or the more obscure Vincent Shadow. “Truth or Dare” is Automatic Loveletter’s second studio album, and it is an impressive one. Twenty-four-year old Juliet Simms has one of the best voices in rock. Period. She is on […]

October 7, 2010

Album addresses current political issues facing society through words, action

It was about five years ago, that a friend of mine told me that protest albums and songs of the past are dead. “We’ll never have another protest album like we had in the 60s, because musicians today aren’t like Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul and Mary or John Lennon. They don’t care about humanitarian issues […]

September 30, 2010

Delta Saints bring back the jazz, blues music from down south

Sometimes it is hard to believe that all different types of music that we know and love today originate from the blues. Back in the 20s‚ and 30s‚ blues and jazz started setting the stage for rock and roll music. Bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and later ZZ Top and Aerosmith were heavily influenced […]

September 23, 2010

Bronze Radio Return is superb

We’ve all got at least one friend who loves “that old time music.” You know the guy; he’s the one that goes out and spends $750 on old Beatles, Stones and Zeppelin albums in vinyl, hell, you might even be that guy. Don’t get me wrong, I would like to be that guy, but frankly, […]

September 17, 2010

Band captivates diverse audience

I’ll admit it; I’m a sucker for gimmicks. Be it a holographic image on an album cover, or a see-through CD, I’ll fall for it right away. Open up the casing for “Couch Dictators”, the Ocean Band’s sophomore release, you’ll find a CD designed to look just like an old vinyl record. Needless to say, […]

November 19, 2009

Neglecting ‘keep off grass’ signs creates problems for landscapers

Several weeks ago, I drew a comic for the voice depicting a man being held up by a police officer for crossing a section of turf with a “keep off the grass” sign. Obviously it was a satirical statement about those of you readers who might just happen to “not see” the signs (even though […]