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Skyscraper is an online music and arts magazine that aims to provide insightful cultural criticism - in the form of reviews, interviews, articles, and columns - on a broad range of topics in popular culture.



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Black Sabbath FAQ

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:07:17 +0000

In the pantheon of contemporary musical greats, there are but a select few bands that can truthfully lay claim to birthing a genre. Black Sabbath number in that elite group, and as such are musical icons. These facts no sane person can dispute. Everything else, the average music fan can and will probably debate at […]



LAKE

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:48:56 +0000

I was just looking at the bio for LAKE and trying to pin down the year that I would have seen them, and it seems that it has to have been their second or third year together. They formed in 2005-6 in Olympia, WA, and I probably saw them in 2007 or 2008 in Ana […]



Sweet Tooth – Vol. 3, Animal Armies

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:03:00 +0000

Gus finally seems to be catching a break. In this third volume of Jeff Lemire’s Vertigo series Sweet Tooth, the human/animal hybrid at the heart of the story gets rescued, reunited with the comic’s other main character, and set on a new path. Before all that happens, however, Gus spends the bulk of the six […]



Helado Negro

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 18:12:16 +0000

Roberto Lange laid down the tracks for his sophomore album Canta Lechuza entirely in Spanish. He lives in Brooklyn, was raised in Florida, was born of Eucadorean immigrants, and he recorded this album in Connecticut. So, I guess we can consider him an East Coast kinda dude. Judging from this chill, dignified release, you could be […]



Shabazz Palaces

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:54:23 +0000

Black Up is a slippery beast: challenging but not antagonistic, seductive but not out to impress. On the surface, the new project of Ishmael Butler (he of Digable Planets and more recently, Cherrywine) scans as occupying the same kind of abstract headspace as hip-hop acts like Anti-Pop Consortium, El-P, Dabrye, and others who break and […]



Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:46:08 +0000

As a fan of the music of Prince Rogers Nelson for 32 years (“I Wanna Be Your Lover” was my formal introduction), I’ve read a number of books that have covered his complex and unique world, but not in a way that covers all the bases.  Author Jason Draper makes an attempt at just that, […]



Hit The Ground Stumbling

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 16:00:49 +0000

When you talk about bastions of the Twin Cities punk scene, there are few people this side of Patrick Costello that can claim more Minnesota scene cred than Nate Gangelhoff. Coming up initially in the much loved turn of the century punk rocktet Rivethead (with Ryan and Zack of current TCSU franchise Off With Their […]



Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, The List, And the Spirit of Southern Music

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 20:01:33 +0000

From the Archives: this review first appeared on the old Skyscraper Magazine site in April 2010. It is being republished here for your reading pleasure. When Rosanne Cash began working on her 2009 country covers album, The List, she gave veteran music writer Michael Streissguth unprecedented access to her recording world and freedom for openhearted, […]



People Like Us

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:38:35 +0000

Sampledelica – that pure craziness of giving up on linearity and letting music run as a land – is a category that has already acquired its classics. The Grey Album is capable of bringing up all the contradictions in copyright law and the brilliance of mash-ups, but as a field copyleft is perhaps better defined […]



Foo Fighters

Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:02:49 +0000

Listeners can (and do) associate music with just about everything. Whether it’s on purpose or a result of random factors, many times music ends up soundtracking personal memories, seasons, moods, situations, and just about everything else in life. I’m not going out on a limb by making such statements. It’s just that, this past summer, […]