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Post navigation « » Alternating Currents Live Presents Charlotte Hug, Jacques Demierre and Urs Leimgruber This Sunday

words by Hal Rammel This week’s Alternating Currents (Sundays, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on WMSE), has WMSE DJ Hal Rammel airing Alternating Currents Live’s third and final concert of the season featuring Urs Leimgruber, Charlotte Hug and Jacques Demierre.  Leimgruber will perform on tenor and soprano saxophones, Hug on viola and voice and Jacques Demierre on toy… Read more »

Verge Gives Milwaukee a Weekend Full of Local and National Music

Summer never seems officially summer in Milwaukee until we live up to our “City of Festivals” nickname. Kicking off the mother of all festival seasons, Verge Music Festival, a new ‘mini-Summerfest’ showcases its potential this weekend. Verge has high hopes with it’s two-day, twenty-eight band format, of giving the city’s younger set a more independent-leaning music… Read more »

The Bad Plus Makes Good Tonight at Jazz in the Park

The Bad Plus is one of those musical anomalies that for jazz lovers, appeal and amuse with their rock tendencies and for the rockers, appeal because of their sense of humor and capability to pull off covers of Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Heart. The trio eeks themselves into that jazz territory that is deemed ‘okay’ (say, Tortoise)… Read more »

The One Whose Name Cannot Be Spoken

Ontario’s Holy F*** probably make the loudest impression by their name, alone. For an instrumental/electronic-leaning band, they most-likely picked their names in hopes that it might inspire natural musical awe for their choice to not dabble in the usual laptop electronica their recordings suggest upon first-listen. To understand and be awed by the uniqueness of the band, one must see… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: West of East

Sara Moilanen and Tim Suchocki may follow in the footsteps of folk-twang artists such as Neil Young, Lucinda Williams and John Prine, but manage to carry their own weight in the genre by shifting the emphasis to Molianen’s more soulful vocal style and their  introspective-yet-uplifting lyricism. The duo, known as West of East, have been performing… Read more »

Paul Host Celebrates 30 years on WMSE this Saturday

words by Ryan Schleicher We looked for a really good picture of Paul, but for some reason, this one just makes sense. Paul’s not a fancy guy, nor does he much care for the limelight. He just goes about his business, working hard to dig deep into music’s vast history, always exploring what is important… Read more »

Arcade Fire’s New Singles

The latest songs from Canadian drama-popsters, the Arcade Fire, are officially out in 12″ LP format (“The Suburbs”, b/w “The Month of May”), and the music journalism world had the tracks on wax  in audio-stream form  for fans to listen to as of yesterday. The two songs created such a listening frenzy that most blogs that had posted the… Read more »

The Black Keys – “Tighten Up”

words by Dwellephant Oh, were you expecting this dinosaur video? Not me. I knew The Black Keys wouldn’t play us like that. No, my friends. This video (click the photo) is THE official video for this extremely superior tune. And if this video doesn’t make you want to buy the new Black Keys album, Brothers, well, at the… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Ian Olvera and the Sleepwalkers

After a  few stop-start lineup changes, the official standing  of Ian Olvera and the Sleepwalkers is set and the Green Bay-by-Oshkosh-by-Milwaukee band is ready to tour behind their solid Milwaukee-created recordings, planned to be released later this year. The trio of Ian Olvera on guitars and vocals, Connor Lamue on bass and vocals and Nikolas Davidson on drums (with the… Read more »

Final Pledge Drive Crunch Time!

As WMSE listeners very well know, we’re down to the wire with our spring pledge drive! This means very entertaining radio for you: pepped up WMSE staff, volunteers and visiting musicians (Mike Mangione and The Union just played a killer set on Andy Turner’s Zero Hour show). Get ready to hear chainsaws and chickens in between the… Read more »