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Local/Live: July 7 – Filter Free Rodeo

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“Filter Free Rodeo is a chocolate cake with three sprinkles. Iced with scuzzy vanilla and complimented with ice cream served from the floor of a garage…it’s like that movie you once saw.” Listen to the sweetest tunes from Milwaukee’s Filter Free Rodeo on WMSE’s Local/Live this Tuesday, July 7th — tune your radio dial to 91.7… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Lord Fredd33

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Lord Fredd33 stopped by WMSE for Local/Live with some fellow Milwaukee musicians who currently collaborate in and form the local collective, New Age Narcissism. Lord Fredd33 and crew played two live sets and chatted about their collaborative spirit, working on dissolving genres in local music and their upcoming show at Summerfest this Friday. Lord Fredd33’s… Read more »

Local/Live: June 30 – Lord Fredd33

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  Creator of the “Godspel,” songwriter/performer Lord Fredd33 compels listeners with his deep, hypnotic drawl and mantra-style storytelling. His winding narratives depict life experiences abstracted and amplified as they run through his psyche. He has been quoted as saying “I’m doing this to save my soul,” explaining further that “music and performance are just as… Read more »

Local/Live: June 23 – Testa Rosa

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  “Testa Rosa once again applies the amped-up drama of classic girl-group records to dreamy ballads that brazenly pull at the heartstrings, only this time with some extra muscle, courtesy of producers Beau Sorenson and Shane Hochstettler. Blexrud-Strigens’ vocals remain the focal point, reaching new heights of sweeping majesty on the “you’ve done me wrong”… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Brett Newski

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World-traveler, Brett Newski, was WMSE’s most recent guest on Local/Live; the Milwaukee-via-Madison globetrotter regaled us with his stories as a traveling, one-man band, who picked up an actual band in Saigon and went on to play everywhere from South Africa to Europe. Now, he’s back on his home soil and back as a one-man outfit,… Read more »

Local/Live: June 16 – Brett Newski

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Brett Newski moved to Vietnam after becoming jobless, band-less, and girl-less in 2011. There, he wrote nearly 100 power-folk songs in the steaming city of Saigon for his latest release American Folk Armageddon. Newski now tours 200+ dates per year and has been featured in The Boston Globe, NoDepression, Rolling Stone S Africa, Guitar World,… 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 »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Sun // Decrease

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This week on WMSE’s Local/Live, we hosted improv trio, Sun // Decrease, who were born out of Unrehearsed MKE, a collective that throws local musicians together to write music spontaneously in a live setting. Utilizing that same Unrehearsed MKE mentality, Sun // Decrease takes the improv process one step further by adding inspiration from the… Read more »

Local/Live: June 2 – Sun // Decrease

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At the foot of the mountain, the joyous lake: Sun//Decrease is the sound of a cliff extending outward as you walk off.  It is a new collaborative trio consisting of WC Tank (Antler Antennas, Stumblesome), Barry Paul Clark (adoptahighway, Tontine Ensemble) and Devin Drobka (Bell Dance Songs, Lesser Lakes Trio, Lady Cannon). The idea for… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Kia Rap Princess

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This week, WMSE welcomed Kia Rap Princess to Local/Live for an energetic and inspiring radio set. Kia, fresh from releasing “her baby” of an album, No Limits, gave that partiuclar album extra special attention on the WMSE airwaves, joined by DJ Moses for her two sets and interview. Kia draws from influences far and wide:… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Estates

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On WMSE’s Local/Live this week, we welcomed Estates, who are awaiting the release of a brand new album on Flannel Gurl Records — It’s Great to Be Alone. The band regaled us with their preferred gear to create their heavy sound, musicians that influence them (everyone from The Eagles to Earl Sweatshirt and Metallica) and… Read more »

Local/Live: May 19 – Estates

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Estates are a three-piece alternative/emo band from Milwaukee. The band consists of Mike Carini, Charles Markowiak, and Matt Tomashek; the group’s new album It’s Great to Be Alone will be released on Flannel Gurl Records on May 26th. Over two years ago, Milwaukee punk trio, Estates released their first album, reveling even more in the sweet… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with the Scarring Party

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Local/Live this week featured Milwaukee’s The Scarring Party, who have been through quite a bit in their ten-plus year career, making a pretty indelible impression with their vast array of instrumentation (tuba, glockenspiel, accordion, marimba, typewriter, etc.)., all sewn together with the carnival barker quality of ringleader, Daniel Bullock’s, classic microphone. The band bids the… Read more »

Local/Live: May 12 – The Scarring Party

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If you are from Milwaukee, you know them…but not for long. The Scarring Party might be hard to classify, but everyone who does know them has not forgotten their very specific sound. The key audio components: banjo, tuba, glockenspiel, accordion, oddball percussion and one very unique microphone with frontman Daniel Bullock to back it up,… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Devil Met Contention

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Local/Live this week featured Milwaukee’s Devil Met Contention, a former solo project of band leader Ehson Rad. Rad gathered up a solid crew to help him flesh out his songs filled with lots of Cash-esque swagger and Waits’-inspired gravel and growl. The band’s latest EP, American Times, is filled with twangy guitar and sneaky percussion,… Read more »

Local/Live: April 28 – Gauss

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Formed in 2012, Gauss is Eddie Chapman, Andy Grygiel, James Brickner and John Larkin. They take their name from Carl Friedrich Gauss, a 19th century German mathematician whose impact can be seen in numerous scientific disciplines. Inspired by his exploration of electromagnetic fields, the band uses their songwriting to manipulate sonic tendencies, drawing from and… Read more »

Local/Live: April 14 – Klassik (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

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Milwaukee’s young soulful rapper Klassik already has some pretty big things to cheer about: in 2014, he was named as a “Top 10 Wisconsin Artist to Watch” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and won a Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for “Hip Hop Artist of the Year” in 2013. He  has opened for artists such… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with the Brian Wurch Band

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Local/Live this week brought WMSE listeners tunes from Milwaukee’s rock veterans , the Brian Wurch Band. Remember the days of the Psychobunnies? Yeah, we do, too… The Brian Wurch Band released the excellently sappy Say Yes last year and it’s a couple parts Tom Waits, a couple parts Lou Reed and some sweetness from Paul… Read more »

Local/Live: April 7 – The Brian Wurch Band

“The Brian Wurch Band started out as ‘The Gigolo’s” playing on Water Street in the 90’s for tips and laughs. Phil the “human jukebox” Baldus aka Pilo B lead the way on lead vocals and Dennis “Daredevil” Dykstra on drums and vocals, Brian on guitar and vocals, Add Tom “Ironman” Plutshack on the bass. “Brian… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Soup Moat

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Local/Live this week brought WMSE listeners the sludge-y goodness of Milwaukee quartet, Soup Moat. The band is celebrating a new release — Enjoy Your Hobbies — on Milwaukee’s Triple Eye Industries and has been out and about on the Milwaukee scene, playing shows at Cocoon Room, Borg Ward and more, recently. Thanks to the band for swinging… Read more »

WMSE to Release Field Report 7″ on Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 18, Milwaukee music fans will flock to their local record store to pick up WMSE’s first ever vinyl release, Live from the WMSE Studios, Field Report.  Field Report’s Chris Porterfield said, “WMSE is the bedrock of Milwaukee music. Foundational. From DJs to engineers to fundraisers to music director to listeners, everyone cares deeply… Read more »

Local/Live: March 17 – Ara

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Ara is a four-piece progressive/technical death metal band, featuring members of the bands Northless and Concentric. Ara began in early 2012 as a culmination of the desires of one Jerry Hauppa and Erik Stenglein to play in a death metal project that borrowed from their influences, without being mere carbon copies. Both Jerry and Erik have/had… Read more »