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Posts By: Erin Wolf

This Saturday, James Chance live on WMSE

James Chance, the former Milwaukeean with various monikers (his birth name is James Siegfried, but he was also known as James White), was an important figure in the genre of No Wave, adding his jazz saxophone background and experience into his music of choice, art-punk, in the late ’90s in bands such as Teenage Jesus & the… Read more »

WMSE Picks of 2009

Yup. 2009 is pretty much come and gone. What else is there for music geeks to do but compile their lists of favorites and anxiously await the next year in music? Not too much, and the DJs and staff at WMSE have done that and then some. Take a peek at what’s been freaking us… Read more »

Hip Hop Hooray for WMSE’s Holiday Programming

WMSE’s specialty programs are a great testament to our DJs’ great personal record collections and to their creative minds: Dori’s ‘W’, ‘M’, ‘S’, ‘E’ shows, Shopkeeper Ken’s ‘back to school’ themed show, Radio Drill Time’s audio collections of  Scottish pop and Alien Andre’s alphabetized programs are all well-thought out and fun ways to absorb both new and old… Read more »

It’s The Lab Partners

words by Dwellephant I really want to swear, but I can’t (rules being rules and all). I want to swear in that way where you mean nothing but the best. The way you swear when you see something amazing– like a 96-yard punt return with six seconds left on the clock in the final moments of… Read more »

Shine a Light: Mulatu Astatke

WMSE’s broad spectrum programming is renowned: folk, jazz, blues, alternative, hip hop, classical and more is what one can expect on any given day, but we at WMSE realize you can’t catch it all. That’s why we’re here to shine a light on some of the best and most intriguing new sounds that you might hear… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Innocent Civilians

For many musicians, certain time periods and genres of music really hit home and never leave the ‘favorites’ section. Whether it’s old-school swing, 50′s rockabilly or 70′s punk, paying homage to a specific sound while giving it a new revamping is an age-old way to discover new sound without alienating an audience stuck on a… Read more »

Jail(l) Goes to WMSE

  So. There’s a new band that’s been ushered into the Sub Pop fold. And they’re from Milwaukee. If you’re immersed somewhat in the local music scene, you might have heard that local band Jail (from now on, ‘Jaill’ for legal reasons) has signed to the west coast grunge and indie pop label monarch, Sub Pop Records (the announcement… Read more »

Bay View Brewhaus Goes ‘Pop’ This Friday

Two pop bands with local ties are joining up this Friday at Milwaukee’s newest spot to see live music — the Bay View Brewhaus — for a show that will showcase lots and lots of new material. Champaign, Illinois’ Headlights, promoting their latest release, Wildlife on Polyvinyl Records, has given its fans another hit of their trademark sweet pop filled with plenty of… Read more »