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Once, Twice, Three Times the New, Local Releases

Total WMSE Music Department mailbox score X three today: new, local stuff from Drugs Dragons (7″), the Can’t Stop Knowing CD from The New Loud and Kings Go Forth’s Don’t Take My Shadow remix LP, freshly-pressed from Luaka Bop. It’s always nice to have the new, local stuff mixed in with ‘mainstreamers’ such as Alligator, Nacional, Matador and the like. The video for KGF’s single… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Take Solace

What exactly is ‘bluefolk’? Milwauke’s Take Solace has the insider angle on this genre that pairs up bluegrass twang with storytelling folk. The quartet takes this genre even one step further by adding brass to their music that combines singer-songwriter sensibilities with influences of everything from Modest Mouse to Tom Petty and the Weakerthans. Take Solace was… Read more »

HBO is Cable’s Best Jukebox

words by Dwellephant Though I haven’t seen this show yet (How To Make It In America), I’m high-fiving HBO for once again reaching past the mainstream musical muck to find something great to accompany a series of theirs. Not that I’m surprised. They had Tom Waits and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama each do the opening theme for The… Read more »

Fat Tuesday’s Most Appropriate New Album

words by Dwellephant Of the many celebrations happening this coming Fat Tuesday, none is more compact and portable (and for a good cause) than the one the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are throwing: Preservation: An album to benefit Preservation Hall & the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program Incredibly long subtitle, sure. But it saved me from having… Read more »

Farewell to Shoegaze: White, Wrench, Conservatory Plays its Final Show on Sunday

“Oddly enough, we actually have not played Clue together as a band,” White, Wrench, Conservatory percussionist Thom Geibel disclosed to OnMilwaukee.com back in 2007. The Milwaukee band with the board game namesake was interviewing for their then-released, self-titled debut album. Nearly three years later, the three-piece shoegazer comrades with a penchant for new wave has decided to… Read more »

DJ Yoda @ Stonefly – 02/06/10

words by Dwellephant Here’s what you missed: A two-hour, non-stop dance party from DJ Yoda– one of the UK’s premiere DJs (or so the press clippings say). But I have no problem repeating it, because frankly, the clippings speak the truth. He was about as premiere as they come. It was one of only five North American… Read more »

Present Music Welcomes Burkina Electric to Milwaukee

West African sounds with intricate rhythms from the Sahel and Mossi and upbeat Afropop get a little electronic treatment through Burkina Electric, a group hailing from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Burkina Electric will play Milwaukee at the Turner Hall Ballroom this Saturday. The group employs German (Dusseldorf) electronic guru Kurt Dahlke and percussionist Lukas Ligeti to add unique elements to the traditional African foundation provided by Wende K. Blass… Read more »

Dr. Dog Gives MKE a Dose of Sweet Pop This Thursday

words by Shannon Stroud Dr. Dog performs tomorrow at Turner Hall alongside the Growlers. This tightly-knit group of friends often have had their music compared to the classic pop sounds of the sixties, and will have listeners turning off their collective minds and letting go. Their influences include the sunny pop harmonies of the  Beach Boys and also visit elements of the Beatles,… Read more »

Post navigation « » Tonight on Local/Live: Burgundy Ties

This week’s WMSE Local/Live guest is Burgundy Ties, a local quartet who visit the sounds of  blues-y Americana rock, sliding from acoustic guitar-driven folk-balladry to short and sweet rockers. With a vigorous touring schedule for the past five years, Burgundy Ties has honed its live sound and performance. Tonight’s Local/Live tonight will preview material from the band’s soon-to-be-released album, On The… Read more »