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Tune In: A Performance with Milwaukee’s Fellowship of the Strings

Fellowship of the Strings is a group of eight young string musicians from Wauwatosa West High School and Whitman Middle School. They spun off from the Center Street Fiddlers, a group led by David Topolovec at Wauwatosa Whitman Middle School. Whereas the Center Street Fiddlers played primarily Irish fiddle tunes, the Fellowship of the Strings… Read more »

Local/Live: February 18 – The Revenge Society

The Revenge Society is a sweet and sour armistice between melody and dissonance; Amber Ruthe’s sweet but sinewy vocals are juxtaposed with hack and slash guitar hooks from Josh Paynter, fuzzed out bass from Chris Holoyda and a breakneck rhythm section (oomphed up from drummer Steve Vorass), all contributing to a feeling that is enjoyably… Read more »

Download: Shroud of Despondency – “New Trees”

For the metal set, Milwaukee’s Shroud of Despondency performed live at WMSE for Local/Live last night. Shroud does not aim to uplift anyone with their music. They simply channel their human experience – all the good and all of the bad – into pulverizing, but melodic, metal tunes. Download “New Trees” below. Details: Recorded: February… Read more »

Local/Live: February 11 – The Viper and His Famous Orchestra

Burdened with four strings and the truth, The Viper and His Famous Orchestra deliver a powerful blend of street-corner jazz, front-porch country, and meeting-hall agitprop. Their lineup includes the eponymous Viper on ukulele, Rob Henn on trombone, Riley Broach on upright bass, John Peacock on toy piano, stylophone, and melodica, and Edward Burch on suitcase…. Read more »

Local/Live: February 4 – Shroud of Despondency

Shroud of Despondency is a progressive-minded, extreme metal band from Milwaukee. Having existed for fifteen years as a one man project of Upper Michigan native Rory Heikkila, the last four years have found Heikkila working with Jon Liedtke (guitars), Tyler Okrzesik (bass) and Ron Blemberg (vocals) in order to take the project live and to… Read more »

Watch: Blessed Feathers on Local/Live – “Hey All You Floridians”

On December 10th we invited out pals High Frequency Media into the WMSE studios to shoot video of Local/Live featuring Blessed Feathers. The session was also covered by Piet Levy for a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Tap Milwaukee piece he wrote about our efforts to revamp and expand Local/Live. Watch, enjoy, and expect more videos going forward. Details: Recorded:… Read more »

Local/Live: January 28 – Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs

Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs is a quartet made up of fellow Midwesterners Chris Weller on tenor sax, Jay Mollerskov on guitar, John Christensen on upright bass and drummer/composer, Devin Drobka.  Having recently moved back from living in New York City, Devin wanted to put a band together of friends to help navigate some new… Read more »

Local/Live: January 21 – The Erotic Adventures Of the Static Chicken

The Static Chicken began their weekly Tuesday performances at Milwaukee’s Jazz Estate on the East Side “700 Tuesdays ago”. Those 700 Tuesdays have now come and gone for the Chicken as they celebrated their final Tuesday night Estate gig this past New Year’s Eve. The Jazz Estate, currently owned and operated by Brian Sanders, will… Read more »