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Slackers, Relatives, Gorillaz and a Cow

words by Dwellephant We may not get health care, jobs, or hover-boards in 2010, but we are getting some pretty great new albums. Or at least they seem great based on what little’s been leaked out so far. And I have four of ‘em to tell you about today. Most recent releases at the bottom… The… Read more »

The Mad Bloggers Do MKE Hip Hop Justice

words by Ryan Schleicher We’ve been hearing a lot about the state of hip-hop in Milwaukee recently. Instead of spinning those same wheels, we’ll just continue doing what we always do: spin it and support it, praise it, book it, partner with it and now, join forces with a blog with zero ties to Milwaukee to present a… Read more »

Red Stuff’s Surf n Drag: Listen at The Palm Tonight

“Surf and Drag” is what Milwaukee’s Red Stuff categorizes themselves as, drawing from the influence of Link Wray, Miss Toni Fisher, the Quarter Notes and Curtis Mayfield. Formed in the winter of 2007, Red Stuff plays energetic, classic-style surf, tempered with electric autoharp, reverb-y and scuzz-y guitars and requisite organ and old-school percussion. Fronted by WMSE DJ Tom Wanderer [Thursdays, 3… Read more »

Tonight on WMSE: Jon Blick Shines Some Light On the Musical Side of The Simpsons

words by Ryan Schleicher When the clock strikes midnight tonight, Jon Blick’s Overnight Sensations show (midnight – 3am) has a real treat in store for you: a Simpsons tribute on WMSE! Even after twenty one seasons, a guest appearance on The Simpsons is still a sought-after celebrity gig (and we all know there have been some great ones).  On… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: Todd Richards

Todd Richards has been a man on the Milwaukee scene for a long time, having performed in bands such as Recycled Future, Buffalo, the Afro Drum Ensemble,the Tropics and Brazzaville, of which he’s been a collaborator for Brazzaville’s recent 21st Century Girl. Richards has brought a worldly, yet distincly  roots-rock flavor to his past psychedelic and dub-based outfits, and is… Read more »

The Chicago Underground Duo @ Woodland Pattern This Sunday

words by Hal Rammel Chicago Underground – in its various manifestations from duo to quartet to orchestra – was formed by Rob Mazurek in 1995. The ensemble has numerous recordings on the Chicago-based Thrill Jockey label (most recently the duo CDBoca Negra) has brought the group much attention not only as improvisers and composers in the world of post-rock as well… Read more »

New Release Thursday: Juniper Tar at Club Garibaldi’s

Released nearly two years ago, Juniper Tar’s To the Trees impressed listeners with its quiet deliberateness. The local folk-rock group makes good use of solid vocal harmonies (having two singing siblings in the band doesn’t hurt) and dynamics to hit the hush on the right spots to highlight the weighty lyrics; but when it comes time to turn… Read more »

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 »