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Posts By: Erin Wolf

Just Announced: The National @ The Riverside August 4th

The world’s favorite drama-rock band the National was just announced to be heading thisaway August 4th to play a show at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater. The five-piece from Brooklyn have been playing together since 1999, but first gained major recognition for their 2007 release Boxer (of which the above video’s song is taken from). Drummer Bryan Devendorf’s urgent percussion, dark classical… Read more »

Monotonix @ the Bay View VFW, 4/20/10

Want to know how the crazy as all get out Monotonix show was at the Bay View VFW last night? Just take a look at the above photo from last night (singer Ami Shalev is in the middle with the drum). A picture is worth a thousand words, indeed. Israeli rockers brought a raucous and high-energied set… Read more »

Listening Party Tonight at Burnhearts for New Pornographers “Together”

A new New Pornographers album is enough to get a lot of us at WMSE super excited. The Canadian pop mavens have morphed and changed over the years, adding new members and saying goodbye to old, but the band stands out for two good reasons: A.C. Newman and Neko Case, two talents of their own accord, are  consistantly phenomenal-sounding together. Bouncy beats, vocal harmonies and a diehard… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: Worrier

Dance-punk is still alive and kicking in Milwaukee’s Worrier. So much so, the three-piece is planning on ‘kicking it’ straight over to Japan to play a string of shows starting this Thursday. The band has a small, but dedicated following here stateside, but undoubtedly, they have an even bigger following overseas. The band is set to… Read more »

Celebrate 40 Years of Outpost with Decibully and The WhiskeyBelles This Saturday

Everyone knows the drill on local-equalling-sustainable: locally-made items, locally-grown food and locally-created music all builds community. This Saturday, two of those driving forces of sustainability will be teaming up to celebrate forty years of Outpost Natural Foods in Milwaukee, and Outpost found a delicious way for Milwaukee music lovers to join in on the fun. The musical… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Old Earth

Todd Umhoefer (Old Earth) has stories to tell. Like many folk songwriters, passion comes largely into play in terms of songwriting. In the case of Old Earth, this passion is fueled by tragedy, yet the tone of  this tragedy is moreso one of settled reflectiveness. The very first Old Earth release debuted last year: on  Out the spheres of The Sorrowful Mysteries, Umhoefer wrote out… Read more »

See Owen Pallett at Turner Hall Ballroom Tonight, Get a Sweet Poster from WMSE

  This evening brings Canadian composer Owen Pallett (formerly named ‘Final Fantasy’) to Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom – the young musician began writing compositions at age thirteen after years of violin lessons stuck with him. Stuck, so, that Pallett not only continued writing his own compositions, but began spending a great portion of his time arranging and playing strings… Read more »

The Modern Chamber and Henri Dutilleux

words by Jason Wietlispach WMSE’s classical music program, The Modern Chamber [hosted by Jason Wietlispach] is a musical tribute to the typical pastoral nature of Sundays. From 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Wietlispach sheds light on one of the oldest and most beautiful genres, timeless in its no-frills instrumentation. Classic woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion go… Read more »

Mac Lethal: Rhymes and Reason

David McCleary Sheldon (Mac Lethal) may have an acclaimed release on the famed  Minneapolis indie hip hop label called Rhymesayers (11:11) like label mate Brother Ali, but the connection ends there. Mac Lethal’s style is all his own, his homegrown, Midwestern-by-way-of-Kansas-City accent and unbarred geographical and personal culture expose makes for some unique composition. Lethal fits unusual rhymes with… Read more »