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Posts By: Erin Wolf

Sigur Ros’ Jonsi Previews His New Solo Album at the Pabst This Friday

For all attending tomorrow night’s Joanna Newsom performance at the Pabst Theater (if that isn’t enough of a treat in of itself), there will be a special sneak preview of another fellow artist in ethereality. Sigur Ros’  Jonsi (Jon Thor Birgisson) will release his first solo effort Go on XL Recordings later this month. Known for his childlike and otherwordly, artistic compositions nearly as much… Read more »

Overnight Sensations One-Year Anniversary

words by Ryan Schleicher Hey Everyone! Not only does the mad scientist, master gear fixer (how’s that Silvertone coming?) have a wonderful assortment of counter top containers, WMSE DJ Jon Blick also has been spinning a fantastic assortment of tunes for one full year as the program host of Overnight Sensations (Thursdays: Midnight – 3am). Always humble,… Read more »

Hal Rammel’s Way-Back Sound

Our pal in the avant garde and experimental, WMSE DJ (and local musician and music curator for Woodland Pattern Book Center) Hal Rammel (Sundays, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) was recently interviewed for ThirdCoast Digest of Milwaukee as part of TCD’s weekly Milwaukee musician podcast series. Interviewer Mark Metcalf (yep,that Mark Metcalf) speaks with Rammel about “discovering music through the instrument” and his own musical… Read more »

Rummage o’ Rama!

sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!!! Er…we couldn’t resist. We at WMSE have been admittedly picking up a  bit of the reverby, arena, audio-tron voice of Station Manager Tom Crawford you’ve been hearing in our WMSE and Friends Rummage Sale Blowout spots. Kinda catchy? Yes, but what’s even more catchy is the event, itself. This Sunday, deal hunters and music lovers, both, will… Read more »

Sticks N Stones: Gotta Catch Their “Red Light” This Saturday at Club Garibaldi’s

Milwaukee garage-pop trio Sticks N Stones may be relatively shiny-new in band terms, but are hardly anything but in terms other projects; members have been in and currently take part in groups such as the Catholic Boys, The Flips, the Tears, the Teenage Rejects and the Sugar Stems. This Saturday sees the release of their first 7″  [entitled Red Light]… Read more »

Gringo Star Brings Classic Pop-Rock Back to the Mad Planet This Thursday

Gringo Star might raise eyebrows by their name, alone, at first glance — are they or aren’t they trying to be funny? This initial name  impression tends to fade after hearing the band’s earnest and catchy pop tunes. They definitely know how to have fun, but it’s obvious that Gringo Star is a solid pop machine with  just enough of an… Read more »

MKE X SW

SXSW in Austin, Texas is the mother of all music festivals for new, independent bands. According to festival organizers, “The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is… Read more »

Alternating Currents Live Presents: Saalik Ziyad and the Tim Seisser Duo

words by Hal Rammel Saalik A. Ziyad’s singing career began at age seven when he was accepted as a member of the Chicago Children’s Choir. Under the choir’s tutelage he performed with Willie Pickens, Charlie Haden, Amina Claudine Myers, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and toured extensively in the United States, Poland, Russia and South Africa. Saalik’s music studies with the Association… Read more »

Townes Van Zandt Lives on in Song Tonight at Linneman’s

Townes Van Zandt, one of America’s greatest songwriters, unfortunately was one of the most troubled. His early death (at age 52 in 1997) a result of years of battling manic depression, treatment and drug usage. Van Zandt, most famous for songs “Pancho and Lefty” (click photo to listen), “Dead Flowers” and “Tecumseh Valley”, was a… Read more »