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Posts By: Erin Wolf

Tonight On Local/Live: West of East

Sara Moilanen and Tim Suchocki may follow in the footsteps of folk-twang artists such as Neil Young, Lucinda Williams and John Prine, but manage to carry their own weight in the genre by shifting the emphasis to Molianen’s more soulful vocal style and their  introspective-yet-uplifting lyricism. The duo, known as West of East, have been performing… Read more »

Paul Host Celebrates 30 years on WMSE this Saturday

words by Ryan Schleicher We looked for a really good picture of Paul, but for some reason, this one just makes sense. Paul’s not a fancy guy, nor does he much care for the limelight. He just goes about his business, working hard to dig deep into music’s vast history, always exploring what is important… Read more »

Arcade Fire’s New Singles

The latest songs from Canadian drama-popsters, the Arcade Fire, are officially out in 12″ LP format (“The Suburbs”, b/w “The Month of May”), and the music journalism world had the tracks on wax  in audio-stream form  for fans to listen to as of yesterday. The two songs created such a listening frenzy that most blogs that had posted the… Read more »

The Black Keys – “Tighten Up”

words by Dwellephant Oh, were you expecting this dinosaur video? Not me. I knew The Black Keys wouldn’t play us like that. No, my friends. This video (click the photo) is THE official video for this extremely superior tune. And if this video doesn’t make you want to buy the new Black Keys album, Brothers, well, at the… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Ian Olvera and the Sleepwalkers

After a  few stop-start lineup changes, the official standing  of Ian Olvera and the Sleepwalkers is set and the Green Bay-by-Oshkosh-by-Milwaukee band is ready to tour behind their solid Milwaukee-created recordings, planned to be released later this year. The trio of Ian Olvera on guitars and vocals, Connor Lamue on bass and vocals and Nikolas Davidson on drums (with the… Read more »

Final Pledge Drive Crunch Time!

As WMSE listeners very well know, we’re down to the wire with our spring pledge drive! This means very entertaining radio for you: pepped up WMSE staff, volunteers and visiting musicians (Mike Mangione and The Union just played a killer set on Andy Turner’s Zero Hour show). Get ready to hear chainsaws and chickens in between the… Read more »

Live on WMSE: Call Me Lightning

Warming up now in the WMSE studios is Milwaukee rock trio Call Me Lightning. Drummer Shane Hochstetler, guitarist/vocalist Nathan Lilley and recently-recruited bassist/vocalist Tyler Chicorel are sounding pretty awesome and pretty darn loud. Catch ‘em when they go live on the air in mere minutes (before 1 p.m.) today on Dori’s show. Dusty Medical Records of Milwaukee… Read more »

Superchunk Get Ready to do Some Majestic Shredding in a City Near You

WMSE recalls and realizes Superchunk as one of the most definitive indie rock bands to carve a strong identity into the genre in the 90′s, helping make a name for both their label-homes of Matador and Merge, so imagine our excitement in seeing this announced. Happy summer, indeed! Chicago, here we come. Re-posted from Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal: “Indie rock vets Superchunk are almost finished… Read more »

Ahab’s Ghost Brings the Rock on Buzz’s Garage Tonight

Most likely Milwaukee’s only band to sign a ‘rock n’ roll constitution, Ahab’s Ghost means serious business when it comes to channeling Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and the like. Stated in their ‘constitution’s’ preamble is this: ”We the People of Rock n’ Roll, in order to form a more perfect union of rock, establish and encourage shredding, insure domestic jams,… Read more »

Pitch-Perfect: What’s Going Live on the Airwaves This Week

Tuning into WMSE during 0ur fall and spring pledge drives makes for an always-interesting listen. Along with the music, DJs add plenty of  banter with the WMSE staff, our awesome volunteers and of couse, the visiting musicians, both local and national, who drop by to play over the WMSE airwaves. Already, this week, the station has gotten visits from Matt Pond… Read more »