Blog Posts

They Write, We Link: February 14

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. — This week’s Rock Roundup from Matt Wild competes with Tyler Maas’ weekly show picks (or do they complement one another?). Both talk about All Messed Up. Did you know Pete Seeger… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Adelyn Rose

Since 2010 or so, Eau Claire, Wisconsin band Adelyn Rose has joined the ranks of pastoral, chamber-y folk music that the area seems to exhale naturally. The group — headed by vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Addie Strei (the band’s namesake) — released a beautifully still debut in 2012; Mezzanine, showcasing Strei’s effortless vocals, shimmering guitars… 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: Lucinda Williams, S/T (25th Anniversary Reissue), Thirty Tigers Listen Matt: Crosses, ttt, Sumerian Records Listen Tom: Rainer Veil, New Brutalism, Modern Love Listen Justin: Peals, Walking Field, Thrill Jockey… Read more »

Local/Live: February 18 – The Revenge Society

The Revenge Society is a sweet and sour armistice between melody and dissonance; Amber Ruthe’s sweet but sinewy vocals are juxtaposed with hack and slash guitar hooks from Josh Paynter, fuzzed out bass from Chris Holoyda and a breakneck rhythm section (oomphed up from drummer Steve Vorass), all contributing to a feeling that is enjoyably… Read more »

Weekly Top Airplay: February 11, 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 11, 2014

Dear music lovers and WMSE listeners — this is your brief, weekly look at what’s new:   Tinariwen, Emmaar, Anti- Yellow Ostrich, Cosmos, Barsuk Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar Eagulls, Eagulls, Partisan Neil Finn, Dizzy Heights, Lester Sun Kil Moon, Benji, Caldo Verde Milagres, Violent Light, Kill Rock Stars El Ten Eleven, For Emily EP, Fake Records Casket Girls, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale,… Read more »

A Look Back: Sarah Borges Live at WMSE, 2009

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.  Following the end of her longtime touring band, the Broken Singles, Sarah Borges recently released a Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) produced album titled Radio Sweetheart. Long before either… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: MC Oneself

On The Fool, Milwaukee’s MC Oneself makes it apparent that his ultimate goal as a musician is to enjoy the process and the output — the seventeen-track album released on Bandcamp late last month is filled with divergent sounds that pull from both close and opposite corners of soul, funk, blues, 60s rock, hip hop,… Read more »