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Just Announced: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

WMSE WELCOMES – NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Live at Milwaukee Theater Friday, June 20 – 8pm On sale: This Friday, November 22 at 10am Presented by ACG To say we are excited for WMSE to exclusively welcome Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to Milwaukee is a giant understatement. Nick Cave is an artist… Read more »

Tune In: Milwaukee Children’s Choir on Modern Chamber

This past Sunday, November 10th, the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, under the direction of Artistic Director Marco Melendez, performed a Veteran’s Day concert at Milwaukee’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. WMSE sound engineer Billy Cicerelli was on hand to record the entire concert. Tune in to The Modern Chamber with host Jason Wietlispach this Sunday at 3pm to hear… Read more »

Watch: Porterfield’s and Sanborn’s “Pale Rider”

Alverno Presents has made it a point to give Milwaukee artists a platform to create experiences for audiences that expand upon what they already to artistically. Through this lens, AP collaborated with Duke University to commission a long-time Milwaukee musician who has since relocated to North Carolina, Nick Sanborn (Decibully, Megafaun, COCOB, Made of Oak,… Read more »

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 »

Superchunk Get Ready to do Some Majestic Shredding in a City Near You

WMSE recalls and realizes Superchunk as one of the most definitive indie rock bands to carve a strong identity into the genre in the 90′s, helping make a name for both their label-homes of Matador and Merge, so imagine our excitement in seeing this announced. Happy summer, indeed! Chicago, here we come. Re-posted from Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal: “Indie rock vets Superchunk are almost finished… Read more »

Catch Matt Pond PA Twice Today

Matt Pond PA, best known for summery, AM radio pop, have been busy making good use of the wave of sounds that Josh Rouse, Matthew Sweet and Brendan Benson brought into play in the late 90′s/early 00′s. Together since 1998, the band (Matt Pond on guitar/vox, Chris Hansen on keyboard/guitar, Leslie Sisson on guitar, George… Read more »

Present Music Presents Amir ElSaffar and Istathenople this Saturday at Turner Hall Ballroom

Jazz trumpeter, composer, Iraqi Maqam singer and santoor (the Iraqi hammered dulcimer) player, Amir ElSaffar is held by no bounds in terms of traditional jazz. ElSaffar bends these bounds, leading the only ensemble in the United States to perform the Iraqi maqam as it was traditionally meant to be played. According to his biography, “In 2008, Amir received a commission from the Made… Read more »

Jookabox: the True Mash-Up Artist Pays a Visit to Garibaldi’s This Friday

Asthmatic Kitty Records (the Holland, MI born label run by Sufjan Stevens and his stepdad) already has quite the eclectic roster. Castanets, Fol Chen, My Brightest Diamond, Rafter and Royal City all call Asthmatic Kitty homebase, making good use of the label’s affinity for quirk, oftentimes generously going full-throttle. One of the most interesting of the AK family is Jookabox (formerly Grampall Jookabox), headed by Indianappolis’ David “Moose” Adamson, the brainchild… Read more »

Just Announced: The National @ The Riverside August 4th

The world’s favorite drama-rock band the National was just announced to be heading thisaway August 4th to play a show at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater. The five-piece from Brooklyn have been playing together since 1999, but first gained major recognition for their 2007 release Boxer (of which the above video’s song is taken from). Drummer Bryan Devendorf’s urgent percussion, dark classical… Read more »

Monotonix @ the Bay View VFW, 4/20/10

Want to know how the crazy as all get out Monotonix show was at the Bay View VFW last night? Just take a look at the above photo from last night (singer Ami Shalev is in the middle with the drum). A picture is worth a thousand words, indeed. Israeli rockers brought a raucous and high-energied set… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Sticks N Stones: Gotta Catch Their “Red Light” This Saturday at Club Garibaldi’s

Milwaukee garage-pop trio Sticks N Stones may be relatively shiny-new in band terms, but are hardly anything but in terms other projects; members have been in and currently take part in groups such as the Catholic Boys, The Flips, the Tears, the Teenage Rejects and the Sugar Stems. This Saturday sees the release of their first 7″  [entitled Red Light]… Read more »

Gringo Star Brings Classic Pop-Rock Back to the Mad Planet This Thursday

Gringo Star might raise eyebrows by their name, alone, at first glance — are they or aren’t they trying to be funny? This initial name  impression tends to fade after hearing the band’s earnest and catchy pop tunes. They definitely know how to have fun, but it’s obvious that Gringo Star is a solid pop machine with  just enough of an… Read more »

Alternating Currents Live Presents: Saalik Ziyad and the Tim Seisser Duo

words by Hal Rammel Saalik A. Ziyad’s singing career began at age seven when he was accepted as a member of the Chicago Children’s Choir. Under the choir’s tutelage he performed with Willie Pickens, Charlie Haden, Amina Claudine Myers, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and toured extensively in the United States, Poland, Russia and South Africa. Saalik’s music studies with the Association… Read more »

Townes Van Zandt Lives on in Song Tonight at Linneman’s

Townes Van Zandt, one of America’s greatest songwriters, unfortunately was one of the most troubled. His early death (at age 52 in 1997) a result of years of battling manic depression, treatment and drug usage. Van Zandt, most famous for songs “Pancho and Lefty” (click photo to listen), “Dead Flowers” and “Tecumseh Valley”, was a… Read more »

Night of a Thousand Shows

Weekends in Milwaukee seem to be musically  busier than they’ve ever been — with several different shows to pick from each night, who has time for karoke or bowling? This particular Friday night, every venue in Milwaukee will be playing host to every genre imaginable. Throw in  LP releases, reunion shows, art + music shows… Read more »

The Chicago Underground Duo @ Woodland Pattern This Sunday

words by Hal Rammel Chicago Underground – in its various manifestations from duo to quartet to orchestra – was formed by Rob Mazurek in 1995. The ensemble has numerous recordings on the Chicago-based Thrill Jockey label (most recently the duo CDBoca Negra) has brought the group much attention not only as improvisers and composers in the world of post-rock as well… Read more »

New Release Thursday: Juniper Tar at Club Garibaldi’s

Released nearly two years ago, Juniper Tar’s To the Trees impressed listeners with its quiet deliberateness. The local folk-rock group makes good use of solid vocal harmonies (having two singing siblings in the band doesn’t hurt) and dynamics to hit the hush on the right spots to highlight the weighty lyrics; but when it comes time to turn… Read more »

Farewell to Shoegaze: White, Wrench, Conservatory Plays its Final Show on Sunday

“Oddly enough, we actually have not played Clue together as a band,” White, Wrench, Conservatory percussionist Thom Geibel disclosed to OnMilwaukee.com back in 2007. The Milwaukee band with the board game namesake was interviewing for their then-released, self-titled debut album. Nearly three years later, the three-piece shoegazer comrades with a penchant for new wave has decided to… Read more »

DJ Yoda @ Stonefly – 02/06/10

words by Dwellephant Here’s what you missed: A two-hour, non-stop dance party from DJ Yoda– one of the UK’s premiere DJs (or so the press clippings say). But I have no problem repeating it, because frankly, the clippings speak the truth. He was about as premiere as they come. It was one of only five North American… Read more »

Present Music Welcomes Burkina Electric to Milwaukee

West African sounds with intricate rhythms from the Sahel and Mossi and upbeat Afropop get a little electronic treatment through Burkina Electric, a group hailing from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Burkina Electric will play Milwaukee at the Turner Hall Ballroom this Saturday. The group employs German (Dusseldorf) electronic guru Kurt Dahlke and percussionist Lukas Ligeti to add unique elements to the traditional African foundation provided by Wende K. Blass… Read more »

Dr. Dog Gives MKE a Dose of Sweet Pop This Thursday

words by Shannon Stroud Dr. Dog performs tomorrow at Turner Hall alongside the Growlers. This tightly-knit group of friends often have had their music compared to the classic pop sounds of the sixties, and will have listeners turning off their collective minds and letting go. Their influences include the sunny pop harmonies of the  Beach Boys and also visit elements of the Beatles,… Read more »