The Disclaimer: The trouble with indie rock
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Nearly every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher of WMSE, Evan Rytlewski of the Shepherd Express, and Matt Wild of The A.V. Club Milwaukee take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. The half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so titled because none of the sometimes cranky and ridiculous opinions expressed during the show represent those of the three hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon.
Ryan, Evan, and Matt are joined by music superfan C.J. Krawczyk for a spirited discussion on the current state of indie rock. Is the genre stagnant and insular, as Even suggests, or has it simply come of age, as C.J. argues? What are listeners to make of ubiquitous sites like Pitchfork, who now review acts like Justin Timberlake alongside the usual indie suspects? And, most importantly, has indie rock finally reached a point where critics are no longer obligated to pay attention to bands they don’t care about?
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