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Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat sounds like it could be a kids’ television program, but Ed Schrader unwittingly strips the upbeat title and associations of  typical kids fodder from his band’s music pretty naturally; leaving it plenty full of hang-all, punkish outbursts. Schrader (the namesake) and Devlin Rice create a bunch of racket with just a… Read more »

Listen to an Interview with Rhett Miller of the Old 97′s Before They Play Milwaukee

Excited as we are to see the Old 97′s on their tour for Most Messed Up? To preview their Milwaukee tour date (this Sunday at Turner Hall Ballroom), Jonny Z had Rhett Miller call him up on WMSE’s Chicken Shack program this morning to chat about the album, his influences and even name-dropped Milwaukee band, Trapper Schoepp &… Read more »

Today On WMSE: Frankie Lee

Tune into the Tom Wanderer Radio Experience today for a visit from touring musician, Frankie Lee. Lee hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and delves nice n’ easy into country, folk, honky-tonk and twang with a built-in, lived-in style that speaks to his Midwestern roots. Lee’s home city of Minneapolis recently dubbed him the “Best Songwriter of… Read more »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Lyla Foy

London’s Lyla Foy may gravitate towards the soft-spoken, but Foy uses that quality well to her advantage in writing music that is delicate, intricate and full of interesting dynamics, not normally present in much current music, brimmed with its full-out sonic sweeps. There’s much to say for subtlety and Foy’s otherworldly pop tunes warrant much… Read more »

Local/Live: April 15 – I’m Not a Pilot

Milwaukee indie rock band I’m Not a Pilot takes its name from frontman Mark Glatzel’s musings on the idea of the control, or lackthereof, that one has over life. With intricately melodic songs about this uncertainty, Mark, with brother Matthew Glatzel on bass, drummer Steve Vorass Jr. and cellist Peter Thomas, the group pulls off dark… Read more »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Yellow Ostrich

Alex Schaaf — like scores of youthfully energetic and inquisitive people before him — have had their brains fired up by science, astrophysics and astronomy (and especially the science, astrophysics and astronomy ideals and studies of Carl Sagan). Schaaf recently stumbled into the writings of Sagan that forged the insight and inspiration that turned out… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: The Sharrows

Madison’s the Sharrows do roots rock in an dusty, easygoing whirlwind, much like early Neil Young, Wilco, North Mississippi All Stars and all others who have spun yarns long, and sepia-toned. Employing a bucket of acoustic instrumentation and throwing a bit of keys in to messy things up, the Sharrows sway back and forth between “good-time… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Caley Conway & the Lucy Cukes

Caley Conway might run on coins from the Rusty Nickel Band much of her musical time, but in solo endeavors, Conway is fueled by her own inspiration as “Caley Conway & the Lucy Cukes“. Conway’s voice is capable of airy flights and soulful yodels, diving into territory explored and perfected by singer-songwriters bygone from the… Read more »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Pontiak

Virginia’s band of brothers (literally), otherwise known as Pontiak, have just released another round of psych-laden sludge, compliments of Thrill Jockey Records and Innocence, ironically, is one helluva quagmire in lyricality. “Wasted in the street / Corrupted and I leave” Pontiak howls on their tenth release to-date (since 2005), Van, Lain and Jennings Carney sound readier… Read more »