Violent Femmes

Viva Wisconsin

November 23, 1999

Alternative Pop/Rock

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Few bands have captured the angst, sexual frustration, and repressed rage of youth better than the Violent Femmes. The Wisconsin trio captures nearly two decades of post-punk smarminess with Viva Wisconsin, a live retrospective recorded during a one-week tour of their home state in October 1998 that boasts a depth of song choices and performances.

- Theresa E. LaVeck

Built to Spill

You in Reverse

April 11, 2006

Alternative/Indie Rock

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While not as universally hooky as their impeccable Keep it Like a Secret, Built to Spill's sixth studio album still contains its share of standout tracks, showcasing Doug Martsch's winding and soaring guitar lines. The album's highlight is the meandering and riffy mini-opus "Conventional Wisdom" in which Martsch asks "why we're all embracing conventional wisdom in a world that's just so unconventional."

- Zac Johnson