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Celebrate 40 Years of Outpost with Decibully and The WhiskeyBelles This Saturday

Everyone knows the drill on local-equalling-sustainable: locally-made items, locally-grown food and locally-created music all builds community. This Saturday, two of those driving forces of sustainability will be teaming up to celebrate forty years of Outpost Natural Foods in Milwaukee, and Outpost found a delicious way for Milwaukee music lovers to join in on the fun. The musical… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Old Earth

Todd Umhoefer (Old Earth) has stories to tell. Like many folk songwriters, passion comes largely into play in terms of songwriting. In the case of Old Earth, this passion is fueled by tragedy, yet the tone of  this tragedy is moreso one of settled reflectiveness. The very first Old Earth release debuted last year: on  Out the spheres of The Sorrowful Mysteries, Umhoefer wrote out… Read more »

See Owen Pallett at Turner Hall Ballroom Tonight, Get a Sweet Poster from WMSE

  This evening brings Canadian composer Owen Pallett (formerly named ‘Final Fantasy’) to Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom – the young musician began writing compositions at age thirteen after years of violin lessons stuck with him. Stuck, so, that Pallett not only continued writing his own compositions, but began spending a great portion of his time arranging and playing strings… Read more »

The Modern Chamber and Henri Dutilleux

words by Jason Wietlispach WMSE’s classical music program, The Modern Chamber [hosted by Jason Wietlispach] is a musical tribute to the typical pastoral nature of Sundays. From 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Wietlispach sheds light on one of the oldest and most beautiful genres, timeless in its no-frills instrumentation. Classic woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion go… Read more »

Mac Lethal: Rhymes and Reason

David McCleary Sheldon (Mac Lethal) may have an acclaimed release on the famed  Minneapolis indie hip hop label called Rhymesayers (11:11) like label mate Brother Ali, but the connection ends there. Mac Lethal’s style is all his own, his homegrown, Midwestern-by-way-of-Kansas-City accent and unbarred geographical and personal culture expose makes for some unique composition. Lethal fits unusual rhymes with… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: No Sleep For the Bear

Since 2007, Milwaukee’s rock quartet No Sleep for the  Bear have been playing all over the city, taking their energies from past projects (Perry, Albert Einstein, Free Ride and Uncanny Valley) and building these up into one solid, working band. Willing to be uniquely versatile, No Sleep for the Bear has shared stages with everyone from the Sandy… Read more »

Wye Oak @ Mad Planet Tonight w/ Shearwater, Hospital Ships

The Brewers may be on everyone’s mind right about now, but at the end of the day, music nerds are music nerds. What better way to end a day of near-perfect weather and baseball by seeing some live music? Tonight, the Mad Planet welcomes a trio of indie rock awesomeness to its stage: Shearwater (Austin), Wye Oak (Baltimore) and Hospital Ships (Kansas). Shearwater… Read more »

Soulful Thursdays

Call it Spring Fever, call it ants in our pants, we’re not all too sure, but at WMSE, we’re complete suckers this week for anything that’s got that extra pep in its proverbial step. Two releases we just got have us particularly fevered: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings’ I Learned the Hard Way and Mark Sultan’s $ just arrived in… Read more »

Sigur Ros’ Jonsi Previews His New Solo Album at the Pabst This Friday

For all attending tomorrow night’s Joanna Newsom performance at the Pabst Theater (if that isn’t enough of a treat in of itself), there will be a special sneak preview of another fellow artist in ethereality. Sigur Ros’  Jonsi (Jon Thor Birgisson) will release his first solo effort Go on XL Recordings later this month. Known for his childlike and otherwordly, artistic compositions nearly as much… Read more »