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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 »