Blog Posts

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 »

Elvis, the ‘King’ that Would Have Been 75

The one, the only Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi seventy-five years ago, today, and as far as the history of rock & roll goes, Presley left his musical peers some pretty big footprints to follow. Presley didn’t get his start in the spotlight, though. In fact, he preferred stay away from it — as an abnormally… Read more »

Vampire Weekend’s Contra Listening Party

Well, the votes are in, and critics are loving Vampire Weekend’s release, Contra, set for release on January 12th. The NYC band that has fashioned pop catchiness from mining the earlier wrought African lines drawn by Paul Simon, released their first, self-titled disc just shy of two years ago, and critics, college radio and mainstream radio has fallen… Read more »

This Saturday, James Chance live on WMSE

James Chance, the former Milwaukeean with various monikers (his birth name is James Siegfried, but he was also known as James White), was an important figure in the genre of No Wave, adding his jazz saxophone background and experience into his music of choice, art-punk, in the late ’90s in bands such as Teenage Jesus & the… Read more »

WMSE Picks of 2009

Yup. 2009 is pretty much come and gone. What else is there for music geeks to do but compile their lists of favorites and anxiously await the next year in music? Not too much, and the DJs and staff at WMSE have done that and then some. Take a peek at what’s been freaking us… Read more »