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Emo-Core, No More: Joe & Pete’s Last Show

    What do the dynamic duo of endless trivia and alacritic wit have up their sleeves for their final hurrah? Pete has mused on devoting his entire hour and a half to the Pixies, and undoubtedly, Joe has thought about the same rock-block format (only Joe leans more towards stuff like the Sword). How can one… Read more »

Jonathan Burks Comes to Circle A This Sunday Armed With New Songs

Jonathan Burks is a man with a lust for life, but his equally lusty, down and dirty country drinkin’ songs contain this energy not just because of what they’re fueled by. Burks’ energy lies solidly in his playful take on life, his lyrics full of colorful  local characters and locales, revolving around a social-centric, thrifty and innovative lifestyle with a bit of… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Cry Coyote

Twangy garage punk with plenty of swagger is what Milwaukee’s Cry Coyote is into dishing out, creating a smokily macabre environment that is more blasting and energetic than spooky music has a right to be. It works. Songs like “Behind Her” bring an edgy twist ala the Black Lips’ “Cold Hands” to their own dark lyrics and songcraft.  “Blood Red Eyes”… Read more »

Hot Chip Makes Our [Happy] Monday

WMSE knows that Milwaukee likes Hot Chip, the Grammy-accoladed electropop band from London — the band made it to our city twice in 2006, their last performance a sweaty,  but fun dance party at Stonefly. These boys have been kicking it around since 2000, releasing scores of catchy and tweak-y pop singles such as “Over and Over”, (Just… Read more »

The Frode Gjerstad Trio Plays the Sugar Maple This Saturday

Milwaukee’s Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln) is a continuous host to musicians of the avant garde realm. This Saturday, the home of both craft brews and untraditional and innovative jazz welcomes the Frode Gjerstad Trio (Frode Gjerstad on alto saxophone and clarinet, Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Nick Stephens on double bass). The Sugar Maple sums it up in… Read more »

Casual Victim Pile: the Sound of Austin

Part of the fun of working in college radio is that you get a whole lotta awesome stuff in the mail — lookee what Matador Records gifted us with: a very cool compilation of Austin’s music scene. Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 features nuggets from the 2008-now Austin music circle, with contributions from Woven Bones, Wild America, the Golden Boys and Lost Controls…. Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Trapper Schoepp & The Shades

As much Pavement as Parsons, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades create lyrical folk-rock for generations coming of age post-Uncle Tupelo. The band’s new album Lived and Moved is not dainty folk music in any regard. It’s full of garage rock tendencies, swagger and grit — tune in this Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Local/Live, to hear a young band… Read more »

Local Folk Catches the Genre’s More Experimental Side

Current folk has been going the way of experimental for a while, and current ‘experimental’ folk rock conjures up references to artists such as Megafaun, Bon Iver and Alela Diane. This experimentation still renders the genre as traditional in the sense that it utilizes the original storytelling songwriting roots, and leaves the compositions both vocal and guitar-centric, as folk songs… Read more »

Jay Reatard Found Dead at Age 29

Sad news today for fans of garage rocker, Jay Reatard. Earlier this morning, Jay Reatard (born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.) was found dead at about 3:30 a.m. in his bed in Memphis. Authorities say he passed away in his sleep. Goner Records says, “It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: the Carpetbaggers

Tune in this Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Local/Live, with this week’s guests, the Carpetbaggers. Comprised of WMSE friend Matt “MF” Tyner and backed by Kent “The Colonel” Knapp and Ja-Bo “Boom Boom” Ciz, the Carpetbaggers run the gamut of true American roots, touching on the blues and old-timey country with the soul of rock and roll. Tune in this Tuesday… Read more »