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Posts By: Erin Wolf

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 »

Tonight on Local/Live: Collective Neurosis

“I am proposing the word ‘musicreating’ to describe the process of playing/performing music in a manner which is spontaneous, improvised, of-the-moment, in other words, music making/playing which is created/composed ‘on the spot’, quoth the raven, otherwise known as Carl [Raven] on his musical project known as Collective Neurosis. Raven, the percussionist of Collective Neurosis, along with Frank Marquardt on saxophone and… Read more »

I Am Trying To Funky Break Your Heart

words by Dwellephant While catching up on the weekend’s Boingboing postings, I stumbled upon this [above video] and immediately fell in love. Don’t know how hardcore Wilco fans are going to feel about this, but as a casual Wilco listener who owns Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (and thus, this song), this cover tune did two things to me: 1. made me a fan of JC Brooks… Read more »

Catch Matt Pond PA Twice Today

Matt Pond PA, best known for summery, AM radio pop, have been busy making good use of the wave of sounds that Josh Rouse, Matthew Sweet and Brendan Benson brought into play in the late 90′s/early 00′s. Together since 1998, the band (Matt Pond on guitar/vox, Chris Hansen on keyboard/guitar, Leslie Sisson on guitar, George… Read more »

Present Music Presents Amir ElSaffar and Istathenople this Saturday at Turner Hall Ballroom

Jazz trumpeter, composer, Iraqi Maqam singer and santoor (the Iraqi hammered dulcimer) player, Amir ElSaffar is held by no bounds in terms of traditional jazz. ElSaffar bends these bounds, leading the only ensemble in the United States to perform the Iraqi maqam as it was traditionally meant to be played. According to his biography, “In 2008, Amir received a commission from the Made… Read more »

Jookabox: the True Mash-Up Artist Pays a Visit to Garibaldi’s This Friday

Asthmatic Kitty Records (the Holland, MI born label run by Sufjan Stevens and his stepdad) already has quite the eclectic roster. Castanets, Fol Chen, My Brightest Diamond, Rafter and Royal City all call Asthmatic Kitty homebase, making good use of the label’s affinity for quirk, oftentimes generously going full-throttle. One of the most interesting of the AK family is Jookabox (formerly Grampall Jookabox), headed by Indianappolis’ David “Moose” Adamson, the brainchild… Read more »