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Jonathan Burks Comes to Circle A This Sunday Armed With New Songs

Jonathan Burks is a man with a lust for life, but his equally lusty, down and dirty country drinkin’ songs contain this energy not just because of what they’re fueled by. Burks’ energy lies solidly in his playful take on life, his lyrics full of colorful  local characters and locales, revolving around a social-centric, thrifty and innovative lifestyle with a bit of… Read more »

The Frode Gjerstad Trio Plays the Sugar Maple This Saturday

Milwaukee’s Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln) is a continuous host to musicians of the avant garde realm. This Saturday, the home of both craft brews and untraditional and innovative jazz welcomes the Frode Gjerstad Trio (Frode Gjerstad on alto saxophone and clarinet, Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Nick Stephens on double bass). The Sugar Maple sums it up in… Read more »

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 »

Jail(l) Goes to WMSE

  So. There’s a new band that’s been ushered into the Sub Pop fold. And they’re from Milwaukee. If you’re immersed somewhat in the local music scene, you might have heard that local band Jail (from now on, ‘Jaill’ for legal reasons) has signed to the west coast grunge and indie pop label monarch, Sub Pop Records (the announcement… Read more »

Bay View Brewhaus Goes ‘Pop’ This Friday

Two pop bands with local ties are joining up this Friday at Milwaukee’s newest spot to see live music — the Bay View Brewhaus — for a show that will showcase lots and lots of new material. Champaign, Illinois’ Headlights, promoting their latest release, Wildlife on Polyvinyl Records, has given its fans another hit of their trademark sweet pop filled with plenty of… Read more »

Stop by Hot*Pop This Friday for Hot and Fresh Local Vinyl

Release shows are naturally celebratory, but local musician Pezzettino (Margaret Stutt) knows more than anyone that all that hard work warrants a total party — especially when vinyl is involved. This Friday, Stutt releases her first wax tracks, with special attention going to her new single, “You Never Know”, of which the song (and video above), documents… Read more »

Milwaukee Pays Tribute to Brian Barney this Saturday

The Milwaukee music scene has its standout members — those who are in it for the love of music, itself, and nothing more. Brian Barney was one of those persons. Barney was both involved in local music as a drummer, guitarist and vocalist for bands such as The Buggs and Guidos Racecar (aka Lane Klozier) and also took the… Read more »

Mashing it Up With the Hood Internet

The way of the mash-up is something that Milwaukee is familiar with judging by the huge turnout for the in-the-limelight, one-man-show of Girl Talk’s 2008 election night gala. The crowd not only came and saw, they participated in Girl Talk’s high energy mixing, hovering and dancing over and around the skinny  kid in the sweatband as he… Read more »

Tonight at Mad Planet! The King Khan & BBQ Show!

  Fresh out of hot water and into the delightfully cool environs of Milwaukee and the Mad Planet, the King Khan & BBQ Show will be making a near-ending tour stop tonight in celebration of their latest release Invisible Girl. The duo, known as much for their combination of doo-wop and garage-rock as for their stage antics and extracurricular shenanigans, have… Read more »

The Gold Watch Trio: This Sunday at Woodland Pattern

What: The Gold Watch Trio, performing at Woodland Pattern Book Center  Who: The Gold Watch Trio=Glenn Kotche (drums), Jason Roebke (double bass), John Corbett (guitar) When: Sunday, November 29th @ 7 p.m. Where: Woodland Pattern Book Center is located at 720 E. Locust Street. More info at Woodlandpattern.org. Why: -Before Glenn Kotche became involved in Wilco (he’s currently their drummer), he was… Read more »

Tonight: AA Bondy (Oh, and Jesus Lizard and Electric 6, too)

  Tonight couldn’t get much busier for the fine folks at WMSE Radio (we’re sponsoring not one, not two, but THREE shows!): the Jesus Lizard is at Turner, Electric 6 is at Mad Planet and AA Bondy will be at Club Garibaldi’s. How do we manage to be in three places at the same time? Magic, my friends. Magic. Whichever show you choose to see tonight, make sure to… Read more »

Brendan Benson/Cory Chisel Stop at Exclusive Co. Before Playing Turner Hall Tonight

Remember Brendan Benson? Yeah, he’s the dude from The Raconteurs, but before he traded riffs with Jack White and Co. he was penning hook-y pop songs left and right on his own, winning the affections of fans of his own with his super-catchy and big-chorded songs on his early 2000′s releases Lapalco and The Alternative to Love. Benson will be… Read more »

Dinosaur Jr.’s New Era of Rock

  Dinosaur Jr. may have banded together well over two decades ago, but their latest release, Farm, has proven that nothing has shaken loose over that course, despite band mate flip-flops and a brief hiatus in the late 90′s/early 00′s. One of the first bands to make it big in the burgeoning indie alternative scene in the 80′s… Read more »

Local Singers/Songwriters Take the Stage Tonight at Linnemans

Linnemans Riverwest Inn is a regular host to singer/songwriters (their acoustic open mic night on Wednesdays is a testament to this). Tonight, Linnemans throws together some of the best in local indie folk, country and rock in a showcase which shows off local talent in a relaxed and inviting environment. The line up for the evening… Read more »

Casino Versus Japan Tonight @ CMJ

In the final hours of the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, Milwaukee’s (now by way of Kentucky) IDM [‘intelligent dance music’] wizard, Erik Kowalski (Casino Versus Japan) will be performing tonight at midnight at the Cameo Gallery for Carpark Records’ 10th anniversary party. Kowalski got his start sampling music from television shows as a kid and moved onto found sounds, eventually… Read more »

Recap: Bon Iver at The Riverside, 10/11/09

Last evening, the much-heralded, world-traveled Bon Iver [Justin Vernon] returned home to Wisconsin for a cap on an extensive tour. Vernon received a proper celebratory welcome at the vast Riverside Theater. His final song of the evening, “Wolves”, began with shout-outs to his fans and current Volcano Choir collaborators (Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees) and eased into… Read more »

Tonight at Club Garibaldi’s

    Who: Yussuf Jerusalem (Paris, France) What: a show with Thomas Function (Alabama), Sticks ‘n Stones (MKE), Uh-Oh(MKE), the Get Drunk DJ’s When: 10 p.m. Where: Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior) Why: to catch two of the most talented international/national bands in modern garage rock. To catch two of Milwaukee’s most energetic acts. Because Yussuf Jerusalem just played at Glenn Danzig’s house in Nashville last month — what… Read more »

Chris Denny and the Natives, Live on WMSE Today

  Just shy of fifteen minutes (that’s 2:15 p.m.), all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas,Chris Denny and the Natives will be showcasing their tightly-honed twang and sweet squalor over the airwaves on Dori’s show. The band is en route to the Turner Hall Ballroom for a performance tonight at 7 p.m. — part of their Daytrotter Barnstormer tour which is FREE… Read more »

A ‘Jenefit’?

Yes. A Jenefit; as in local hairdresser, Jen Skladanek. As we all know, being a hairdresser requires deftness and dexterity of both hands and arms. Imagine the chance occurance of a broken arm if you are said hairdresser. Not good for business, right? Luckily for Skladanek, she has creative and caring pals to kick both… Read more »

Hope Sandoval at the Pabst Theatre This Sunday…

This Sunday brings Hope Sandoval, the ethereal-voiced vocalist of the 90s’ Mazzy Starto The Pabst for a performance with her group the Warm Inventions. Sandoval has just released her first new album since 2001′s Bavarian Fruit Bread, called Through the Devil Softly, on which she collaborates with drummer Colm O’Ciosig of My Bloody Valentine. NME says that Through the Devil Softly “Sounds like Billie Holiday’s final… Read more »