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Mike Holloway was the music editor for The Wisconsin Gazette until it ceased publication in Sept. He currently writes for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Record and Urban Milwaukee.

Escaping the modern world – my interview with The Bottle Rockets

Social media has made it more difficult than ever to temporarily escape from the outside world. Political arguments, clickbait articles, and an ever-changing lineup of memes are just a phone app away at all times. The Missouri-based alternative-country band The Bottle Rockets knows this, and its new album Bit Logic, released on Oct. 12 via Bloodshot Records, explores what happens when you try and mute the world around you.

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