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Posts By: Erin Wolf

Hot Chip Makes Our [Happy] Monday

WMSE knows that Milwaukee likes Hot Chip, the Grammy-accoladed electropop band from London — the band made it to our city twice in 2006, their last performance a sweaty,  but fun dance party at Stonefly. These boys have been kicking it around since 2000, releasing scores of catchy and tweak-y pop singles such as “Over and Over”, (Just… Read more »

The Frode Gjerstad Trio Plays the Sugar Maple This Saturday

Milwaukee’s Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln) is a continuous host to musicians of the avant garde realm. This Saturday, the home of both craft brews and untraditional and innovative jazz welcomes the Frode Gjerstad Trio (Frode Gjerstad on alto saxophone and clarinet, Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Nick Stephens on double bass). The Sugar Maple sums it up in… Read more »

Casual Victim Pile: the Sound of Austin

Part of the fun of working in college radio is that you get a whole lotta awesome stuff in the mail — lookee what Matador Records gifted us with: a very cool compilation of Austin’s music scene. Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 features nuggets from the 2008-now Austin music circle, with contributions from Woven Bones, Wild America, the Golden Boys and Lost Controls…. Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Trapper Schoepp & The Shades

As much Pavement as Parsons, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades create lyrical folk-rock for generations coming of age post-Uncle Tupelo. The band’s new album Lived and Moved is not dainty folk music in any regard. It’s full of garage rock tendencies, swagger and grit — tune in this Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Local/Live, to hear a young band… Read more »

Local Folk Catches the Genre’s More Experimental Side

Current folk has been going the way of experimental for a while, and current ‘experimental’ folk rock conjures up references to artists such as Megafaun, Bon Iver and Alela Diane. This experimentation still renders the genre as traditional in the sense that it utilizes the original storytelling songwriting roots, and leaves the compositions both vocal and guitar-centric, as folk songs… Read more »

Jay Reatard Found Dead at Age 29

Sad news today for fans of garage rocker, Jay Reatard. Earlier this morning, Jay Reatard (born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.) was found dead at about 3:30 a.m. in his bed in Memphis. Authorities say he passed away in his sleep. Goner Records says, “It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: the Carpetbaggers

Tune in this Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Local/Live, with this week’s guests, the Carpetbaggers. Comprised of WMSE friend Matt “MF” Tyner and backed by Kent “The Colonel” Knapp and Ja-Bo “Boom Boom” Ciz, the Carpetbaggers run the gamut of true American roots, touching on the blues and old-timey country with the soul of rock and roll. Tune in this Tuesday… Read more »

Elvis, the ‘King’ that Would Have Been 75

The one, the only Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi seventy-five years ago, today, and as far as the history of rock & roll goes, Presley left his musical peers some pretty big footprints to follow. Presley didn’t get his start in the spotlight, though. In fact, he preferred stay away from it — as an abnormally… Read more »

Vampire Weekend’s Contra Listening Party

Well, the votes are in, and critics are loving Vampire Weekend’s release, Contra, set for release on January 12th. The NYC band that has fashioned pop catchiness from mining the earlier wrought African lines drawn by Paul Simon, released their first, self-titled disc just shy of two years ago, and critics, college radio and mainstream radio has fallen… Read more »