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Present Music Presents Amir ElSaffar and Istathenople this Saturday at Turner Hall Ballroom

Jazz trumpeter, composer, Iraqi Maqam singer and santoor (the Iraqi hammered dulcimer) player, Amir ElSaffar is held by no bounds in terms of traditional jazz. ElSaffar bends these bounds, leading the only ensemble in the United States to perform the Iraqi maqam as it was traditionally meant to be played. According to his biography, “In 2008, Amir received a commission from the Made… Read more »

Jookabox: the True Mash-Up Artist Pays a Visit to Garibaldi’s This Friday

Asthmatic Kitty Records (the Holland, MI born label run by Sufjan Stevens and his stepdad) already has quite the eclectic roster. Castanets, Fol Chen, My Brightest Diamond, Rafter and Royal City all call Asthmatic Kitty homebase, making good use of the label’s affinity for quirk, oftentimes generously going full-throttle. One of the most interesting of the AK family is Jookabox (formerly Grampall Jookabox), headed by Indianappolis’ David “Moose” Adamson, the brainchild… Read more »

What’s in Season With Scott Lucey: Spring Edition

words by Scott Lucey With spring well underway and summer in the air, the music one listens to often follows suit. WMSE DJ Scott Lucey (Wednesdays, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.), like many in Milwaukee and beyond, are grateful for the latest remarkable crop of pop, soul, rock and electronic releases that are further inspiration for the warm… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: the Friendly Lens

Pop by way of Milwaukee and Chicago is what the Friendly Lens are so adept at bringing to light in the most upbeat of perspectives. The band’s retro-y, keyboard-driven sound stands up to modern pop-punk, making this four-piece a great choice to open for the Smoking Popes this Friday at the Turner Hall Ballroom. The same jangly, bouncy elements that apply to the famed… Read more »

Recap: Get Hip Records on Zero Hour

words by Andy Turner Boasting a catalog full of modern garage, punk and pop classics, Pittsburgh’s Get Hip Records has released more than 600 albums and singles since the mid-80′s. The independent label seems like a more than deserving candidate to be recognized for its contribution to music, which Zero Hour [Fridays, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.] recently… Read more »

Tonight: Irie Vibrations, a WMSE Reggae Vibrations Live Broadcast

If you’re a regular listener of WMSE’s Reggae Vibrations program on Thursday nights (9 p.m. – 12 a.m.) you’ve caught Robert G’s and Irie Vibez’ live at Mad Planet broadcast Irie Vibrations before. Along with DJ E, Robert G. will play MC for R.A.S. Movement, Urbanites and Eltronix and Selector Max of Chalice in the Palace. Catch the energy of… Read more »

The Goodnight Loving Get Some Loving From “The Tripwire”

In continuation with new, exciting news about local music, Milwaukee’s own the Goodnight Loving just got some nice press at The Tripwire, the web site premiering the band’s new single “The Pan” from their forthcoming release The Goodnight Loving Supper Club, slated for a late July release. The band recently gave WMSE two pieces of vinyl: a 7″ (“Nothing Conquers Us”/”Scary Bad”)… Read more »

Sea Changes for Maritime

WMSE pals, Mondo Lucha, were kind enough to remind us about a very cool news item involving the great Milwaukee pop band, Maritime and Dangerbird Records. Dangerbird announced today on the their web site, “We are pleased to announce we have made Milwaukee mainstays Maritime the newest members of our expanding family. The band, which spawned from the ashes of the Promise Ring in 2003, is currently readying… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: So So Radio

Straightforward pop-rock is in the musical blood of Milwaukee’s So So Radio, who capably bring sincerity to their lyrics written around chiming guitars, ambling drums and rolling organs; simple but powerful songs with a Eef Barzelay (ClemSnide) frame of mind in terms of underdog championing and a bare bones in construction, but full in sound, pop… Read more »

Just Announced: The National @ The Riverside August 4th

The world’s favorite drama-rock band the National was just announced to be heading thisaway August 4th to play a show at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater. The five-piece from Brooklyn have been playing together since 1999, but first gained major recognition for their 2007 release Boxer (of which the above video’s song is taken from). Drummer Bryan Devendorf’s urgent percussion, dark classical… Read more »