Blog Posts

They Write, We Link: February 21, 2014

We don’t know everything, so every Friday we’ll scan Milwaukee media sources to find out what our town’s writers and bloggers are writing about. — John Sieger has had Milwaukee Gospel: A Jubilee at The Pabst knocking around his skull for some time. The concert happens tonight, and in this piece, John explains why he… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: REW

Milwaukee ex-pat Ryan Weber (best known for his current collaboration in Eric & Magill and former time spent in Decibully) has just released a solo flight of songs, culled from the downtime during his diverse travels while working with the Peace Corps and his time spent simply traveling, directly after. The project, entitled simply, ‘REW’,… Read more »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Pontiak

Virginia’s band of brothers (literally), otherwise known as Pontiak, have just released another round of psych-laden sludge, compliments of Thrill Jockey Records and Innocence, ironically, is one helluva quagmire in lyricality. “Wasted in the street / Corrupted and I leave” Pontiak howls on their tenth release to-date (since 2005), Van, Lain and Jennings Carney sound readier… Read more »

The [Loft] Office List

By nature of our jobs, the WMSE staff is constantly surrounded by music. We thought you might like to know what we’re currently listening to. Erin: Adelyn Rose, Ordinary Fantasy, S/R Listen Matt: Bayside, Cult, Hopeless Records Listen Tom: Otto Totland, Pino, Sonic Pieces Listen Justin: Ramsay Midwood, Shout Out at the OK Chinese Restaurant,… Read more »

Local/Live: February 25 – Ivy Spokes

In 2011, Ivy Spokes unveiled their unique style of indie pop-rock – dubbed “bio-digital” – with the release of their debut EP, Chaos to Cosmos. The opening track, “In Dreams,” earned the band a Wisconsin Area Music Award (WAMI) nomination for ‘Song of the Year’. Since then, the band has toured the Midwest music scene… Read more »

Weekly Top Airplay: February 18, 2014

WMSE’s program hosts constantly search through the latest releases, and feature the best in all genres on their weekly shows. At WMSE, there is no Program Director creating daily playlists, so what you hear is a reflection of the knowledge, interests, and personalities of our dedicated on-air staff. The albums on the weekly Top Airplay list… Read more »

Out This Week: February 18, 2014

Dear music lovers and WMSE listeners — this is your brief, weekly look at what’s new:   The Notwist, Close To the Glass, Sub Pop Phantogram, Voices, Republic Michael Kiwanuka, You’ve Got Nothing to Lose b/w Waitin’ Round to Die 7″, Third Man Guided By Voices, Motivational Jumpsuit, GBV Inc. Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else, Bloodshot Com Truise, Wave 1, Ghostly Lost In the Trees, Past Life, Anti- Aztec… Read more »

A Look Back: Compound Red Reunion, 2006

A regular feature here at, A Look Back finds us reaching into our bag of video archives, pulling something out and posting it for you to enjoy.  This will take a lot of you back. From the  WMSE-hosted concert featuring reunions from Compound Red, Alligator Gun, and Loomis, we found this great series of videos… Read more »

Tune In: A Performance with Milwaukee’s Fellowship of the Strings

Fellowship of the Strings is a group of eight young string musicians from Wauwatosa West High School and Whitman Middle School. They spun off from the Center Street Fiddlers, a group led by David Topolovec at Wauwatosa Whitman Middle School. Whereas the Center Street Fiddlers played primarily Irish fiddle tunes, the Fellowship of the Strings… Read more »