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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

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In Living Commentary

What started out as Michael Angelakos' 2008 solo project has grown into a full-fledged band that packed The Riverside Theater recently.

In Living Commentary

You'd be hard-pressed to match the sound quality provided by Olympus' WS500-M digital recorder.

In Living Commentary

Sure, the movie was good. But why not take some time and re-read the original classic story.

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The turkey burger at The Cheesecake Factory -- I know I'm kidding myself. Ordering a turkey burger isn't markedly more healthy than partaking of the ground beef variety, particularly when it is slathered in grilled onions and a delicious aioli like TCF's version. No sense kidding myself about the health benefits. This is a strong burger that stands up to many restaurant burgers. -- Drew Olson

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes -- I really enjoyed the recent "Sherlock Holmes" movie, so it (and my new iPad) led me to download the classic book "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." It's, of course, a collection of twelve stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring the famous detective. Published in England in the late 1800s, it's a fun and even mildly challenging and thought provoking read. Sure we all know Sherlock Holmes' "story," but reading or re-reading this classic is well worth your time. -- Jeff Sherman

Passion Pit -- "Manners" Deluxe Edition (Frenchkiss/Columbia) -- What started out as Michael Angelakos' 2008 solo project has grown into a full-fledged band that sells out three nights in a row in New York and packs the Riverside here. Songs like "The Reeling," "Sleepyhead," "Moth's Wings" and "Little Secrets" helped the first full-length, "Manners," sell nearly 140,000 copies over the past year and debut at No. 51 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart. This deluxe edition has new artwork and three bonus tracks: stripped down versions of "Sleepyhead" and "Moth's Wings" and a cover of The Cranberries' "Dreams" that has been delighting audiences at gigs. Here at the Riverside, it had sections of the crowd singing along. So, they've got ya. Even if you already own "Manners," you might wanna get this one, too. -- Bobby Tanzilo

Olympus WS-500M digital recorder -- In nearly 15 years of being a reporter, I've gone through a number of recording devices. I've had the full-sized tape records, a couple of microcassette recorders, a few MiniDisc models and, a few years ago, I made the jump to digital recorders. After trying out a number of different models over the past few years, I think I've finally found perfection in this Olympus offering. Small and lightweight, the WS-500M has plenty of room for storage (2 gigs) and can also serve as an MP3 player or flash drive, thanks to it's built in USB2 connection. The sound quality (it records in MP3 format with a free firmware download) is second to none. Whether you need to record an interview, meeting or even a recording session ... you'll be very pleased. -- Andrew Wagner

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