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Local/Live: May 13 – GGOOLLDD

“GGOOLLDD is awesome, if you’re into that sort of thing.” From the airwaves of WMSE, to the posts of CMJ, newbie Milwaukee group GGOOLLDD has been turning up a lot of praise for their electro-pop ditties. Tune into WMSE’s Local/Live at 6pm on Tuesday, May 13th to hear for yourself. Follow: Facebook Listen: Bandcamp

Local/Live: May 6 – Zach Pietrini & the Broken Bones

Zach Pietrini & the Broken Bones  walk the fence between worlds:  grit and optimism, old and new, folk and roots with a rock libido.  Although Americana at its core and crafted from blues, Pietrini and the Broken Bones offer up a world of comfortable influences that are delightfully familiar; American roots music, outlaw country, and… Read more »

Local/Live: April 29 – Tim Schweiger and the Middlemen

Tim Schweiger & the Middlemen play a Midwestern blend of indie pop and classic rock. Tim is the guy that plays guitar for Tommy Stinson [the Replacements, Guns N Roses, Soul Asylum], Paul Collins [the Beat, the Nerves], Peter Case [Plimsouls, the Nerves], the Midwest Beat and Trapper Schoepp & the Shades and writes his… Read more »

Download: In-Studio Performances

It’s been a little while since we posted up recordings from in-studio and Local/Live performances, so today you’re getting a nice little batch of recordings to stream or download from both local and international artists. Band: The Midwest Beat Song: “High Life” Recorded: March 18, 2014 Program: Local/Live Location: Bob & Genie Friedman Live Performance… Read more »

Local/Live: April 15 – I’m Not a Pilot

Milwaukee indie rock band I’m Not a Pilot takes its name from frontman Mark Glatzel’s musings on the idea of the control, or lackthereof, that one has over life. With intricately melodic songs about this uncertainty, Mark, with brother Matthew Glatzel on bass, drummer Steve Vorass Jr. and cellist Peter Thomas, the group pulls off dark… Read more »

Local/Live: April 8 – Nomad Palace

Nomad Palace is the superhero name for Nate Zabriskie, who makes largely instrumental electronic music.  Among his biggest genre-influences are hip hop, world music, IDM, ambient, and experimental.  Accompanying Nate in the studio will be fellow computersoundmaker Erik Schoster, a.k.a. He Can Jog.  Erik and Nate make up two thirds of the band Cedar A.V…. Read more »

Local/Live: April 1 – Burning Sons

Milwaukee’s Burning Sons spent the last four years playing metallic- tinged hardcore punk with a string of records released on California’s legendary Mystic Records label and vocalist Dillon Hallen, guitarist Carl Steinhagen, and drummer Dan DuChaine have accumulated over one hundred shows, to date (pretty busy guys, eh?). Along with newcomer bassist Ed Knecht, Burning… Read more »

Local/Live: March 25 – Bright Kind

Bright Kind is the answer to the question, “Is there room for one more sonic layer?” In 2012, longtime bandmates Jeanna Salzer, Harrison Dole, and Alex Bunke decided to take their sound in a new direction, forming Bright Kind. Based on their love for thrift-store synthesizers, a good hook, and driving rhythm, they recruited keyboard player Eric… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: The Sharrows

Madison’s the Sharrows do roots rock in an dusty, easygoing whirlwind, much like early Neil Young, Wilco, North Mississippi All Stars and all others who have spun yarns long, and sepia-toned. Employing a bucket of acoustic instrumentation and throwing a bit of keys in to messy things up, the Sharrows sway back and forth between “good-time… Read more »

Local/Live: March 18 – The Midwest Beat

Sweethearts of the Milwaukee Rodeo, The Midwest Beat rides again! Sidestepping the perils inherent in being a gaggle of upper Midwestern, plaid shirt wear-ers with an ear cocked towards the Americana side of the spectrum, The Midwest Beat manages to fuse the disparate elements of punk, twang, power pop and Bakersfield-esque country rock into a… Read more »

Local/Live: March 11 – Yo Dot

Rapper Demetrius Bennett–aka Yo Dot–is a Milwaukee native who has come to prominence as part of the Umbrella Music group, alongside such local hip-hop mainstays such as Prophetic, Kash and Tay Butler. Growing up on Milwaukee’s Northwest side, Dot used hip-hop music as an outlet to escape the troubles and temptation that plague inner-city neighborhoods… Read more »

Tune In: A Performance With Goitse

Goitse is a flourishing, highly talented five piece band, fast making a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish traditional music. Their fast-paced energetic playing has seen them enjoying a growing fan base through show-stopping performances in Ireland, America, Finland, Denmark and even Africa. Goitse performs at… Read more »

Local/Live: March 4 – The Mike Benign Compulsion

The Mike Benign Compulsion is led by the one and only Mike Benign… Joined by Milwaukee musical veterans Joe Vent, Brian Wooldridge and Mike Koch, this collective group has written and played with local acts such as Blue in The Face, The Wooldridge Brothers, The Yell Leaders, Arms & Legs & Feet, The Joker’s Henchmen,… Read more »

Local/Live: February 25 – Ivy Spokes

In 2011, Ivy Spokes unveiled their unique style of indie pop-rock – dubbed “bio-digital” – with the release of their debut EP, Chaos to Cosmos. The opening track, “In Dreams,” earned the band a Wisconsin Area Music Award (WAMI) nomination for ‘Song of the Year’. Since then, the band has toured the Midwest music scene… Read more »

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 »

Local/Live: January 14 – Logic & Raze

Logic & Raze (now going by ‘LandR’), Milwaukee’s hip hop heavyweights, have a new, self-titled album out which has been called “gripping” and “ambitious” by the Journal Sentinel. The duo’s chemistry is undeniable, unafraid to bend, twist, break or blend genres. LandR pile on elements of experimental, classic rock, pop, electronica and lots and lots… Read more »

Watch: A Very Studly Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Why ever today is meaningful for you and yours, it’s simply good that it is meaningful. Today we hope to make your day even more meaningful, that is, if your idea of meaningful is sitting at your computer watching YouTube videos of dudes (and a lady) with names like Cesar… Read more »

Local/Live: December 17 – Five Card Studs’ Holiday Extravaganza

(3-word description): Vegas-styled Schmaltzy “Entertainmentsplosion”. Milwaukee’s Five Card Studs is the kitschy, Las Vegas-styled revue performing overthe-top versions of ’60’s/’70’s/’80’s hits from their ever-increasing playlist, putting emphasis on the A-sides (and B-sides) by the likes of Humperdink, Diamond, The Spinners and Tom Jones and literally running the gamut of songs from each decade. Showing ace-musicianship… Read more »