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WMSE’s 8th Annual Backyard BBQ

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On Saturday, Sept. 2, WMSE will host its eighth annual Backyard BBQ, an incredible day of music and fun at the Humboldt Park Band Shell. It’s the station’s small thank-you to its listeners and members for their continued support. This year’s lineup is a showstopper! Opening the day is Milwaukee rocker Greg Koch with his… Read more »

Alejandro Escovedo Headlines WMSE 8th Annual Backyard BBQ

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The legendary Alejandro Escovedo will headline WMSE’s Backyard BBQ on Saturday, Sept. 2. The renowned songwriter and singer primarily plays the guitar, and has played a variety of rock genres and alternative country. He was named “Artist of the Decade” by No Depression magazine in 1998, and has collaborated with Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown. “We… Read more »

Eaux Claires 2017

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  If you hail from the ‘City of Festivals’ you are most likely more acute to summer festival season than most. Our city has its mainstays that are set aside in schedules far, far in advance for good reason, whether it be Summerfest, Locust Street Festival, Center Street Daze, the PBR Block Party, the WMSE… Read more »

Keeping It Real at Eaux Claires 2016

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It hasn’t been very long since the last note rang out at Foster Farms in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, home to the second annual Eaux Claires music festival, yet to the many festival attendees, it’s still a vivid, woodsy + sonic memory. While the weather was questionable the first evening, the lineup for the festival that… Read more »

Eaux Claires 2016

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“Our mission for Eaux Claires is to create a deeply meaningful experience of togetherness and expression. We feel like everyone, whether interested in the fashion of popularized music or not, will be entertained, moved, and surprised by our festival.  The inaugural edition proved that Eaux Claires can inspire and generate power beyond just the big… Read more »

6th Annual Backyard BBQ

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Thank you to everyone who came out and made it the best day ever! We at WMSE could not be more thrilled with the turnout, the bands and our exceptional volunteers. For those of you who missed it or those that want to relive the fun, this video truly captures the day: WMSE 6th Annual… Read more »

Local/Live: September 1 – Marielle Allschwang + the Midwestern Charm at the Todd Wehr Auditorium

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It’s back-to-school so it’s back to the Todd Wehr Auditorium and Conference Center for WMSE’s next Local/Live. On Tuesday, September 1, not only will we host our special live radio segment with Marielle Allschawang, we’ve added a second band to the bill for the after-show-show – the Midwestern Charm. This concert is all a part… Read more »

Local/Live: August 18 – The Dub Sea Tank Quintet (live at Club Garibaldi’s)

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On Tuesday, August 18th at 6pm, join WMSE’s Local/Live for yet another summertime treat. For this special (and final summer venue edition of) Local/Live, we are again taking the segment to Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior Street) for not only a live radio segment that is free and open to the public to listen to… Read more »

Voix de Eaux Claires: Words On and From the Inaugural Festival

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About 22,000 music fans gathered at the 20-acre Foster Farms in Eau Claire, Wisconsin last Friday and Saturday and the air was expectant, giddy and mellow all at once. The event? Eaux Claires, the debut festival put together primarily by Eau Claire resident (and musician), Justin Vernon [Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, Shouting Matches] along with… Read more »

6th Annual Backyard BBQ Line Up Announced!

We are thrilled to announce the lineup for The 6th Annual Back Yard BBQ happening on September 5th / 4- 11PM. This year’s lineup is incredible. Kicking off the day is world renowned harmonica player Jim Liban with blues legends The Joel Paterson trio. Next on the schedule, local goth-americana band Devil Met Contention, then… Read more »

Local/Live: July 14 – The Rashita Joneses (live at Club Garibaldi’s)

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On Tuesday, July 14th at 6pm, join WMSE’s Local/Live for another summertime treat. For this special Local/Live, we are again taking the segment to Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior Street) for a live radio segment that is free and open to the public to listen to and participate in (21+ only, please!). “Straight from the… Read more »

Local/Live: June 9 – Jaill (live at Club Garibaldi’s)

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On Tuesday, June 9th at 6pm, join WMSE’s Local/Live for a summertime treat. For this very special Local/Live, we are taking the segment to Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior Street) for a live radio segment that is free and open to the public to listen to and participate in (21+ only, please!). Stop by Club… Read more »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Nots

Memphis punk quartet, Nots, bring the noise (and the keys) like a sister from another mister of long-gone 90s band, Six Finger Satellite. The band’s spunky but punky sound is high energy, a bit droll and a lot of fun. WMSE talked to leader of the pack, Natalie Hoffman, before the band invades the small… Read more »

Big Band GRANDSTAND Auction is NOW Live!

Feel free to check out the incredibly cool items, experiences and art that we’ve managed to secure for this onetime event. Be it taking a Blacksmith 101 class, enjoying a meal at the Palomino, or taking part in an incredibly special tour of the Harley Davidson Museum, there is definitely something for everyone. There will… Read more »

Big Band GRANDSTAND – Sunday, November 2nd

Hello Music Lovers! On Sunday, November 2, at 3:30 p.m., WMSE will take you back in time as the historic Turner Hall Ballroom transforms to the era of the big band. The legendary Cab Calloway Orchestra is the main event of the evening. The 14-piece orchestra will transport music fans to the days when they… Read more »

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 »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Odesza

Harrison Mills (aka “Catacombkid”) and Clayton Knight (“BeachesBeaches”) took a school-based bond (they attended the same university) and turned it into a musical project, working together cohesively as producers to, in turn, produce a sound together that is a gauzy dreamscape of melody and beat, working their Pacific Northwest environment into songs filled with wistful… Read more »