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Local/Live: February 10 – Dead Horses (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

Dead Horses is a young acoustic band with a cultivated folk sensibility well beyond their years. Hailing from a small Wisconsin town made world famous by a pair of overalls, the Oshkosh, WI based troupe craft powerful coming of age narratives sung by the alluring golden-haired songstress Sarah Vos. “Dead Horses has a sound equally beautiful and effortless.” -Stephanie Elkins, “Simply Folk” on Wisconsin… Read more »

Local/Live: January 27 – Building On Buildings

Building on Buildings is a five-piece band calling Madison, Wisconsin home. Like a cloudy afternoon, sun-punched in just the right places, they find a smile in sadness, never neglecting the sadness in the smile. It’s the sound of black coffee with a brandy chaser. Of corduroy and cashmere. Of sparse sonic spaces and electroplated shimmer,… Read more »

Local/Live: January 13 – Mortgage Freeman (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

Formed a little more than 4 years ago, Mortgage Freeman have no ends. Heavy outer space funk in full dynamic polyphonic stereo. They play it like is and what it is is this: be alive to realize that Mortgage Freeman can help you survive. Jam on it. Tune into 91.7 FM on your radio dial… Read more »

Local/Live: December 16 – Canopies

Canopies’ debut album Maximize Your Faith is a cerebral nudge pressing you to take that next cosmic leap, whatever it may be. Built upon a foundation of propulsive drums and layered atop crystalline synths and warping guitars, the songs have a natural sonic trajectory of outward motion, pushing and stretching themselves to their limits. To… Read more »

Local/Live: December 9 – Five Card Studs Holiday Extravaganza and CD Release Party (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

(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 »

Local/Live: December 2 – Whips

Whips is a Milwaukee-based indie rock quartet, formed in late 2012. Comprised from both former and current members of Red Knife Lottery, Space Raft, Hot Coffin, The Academy Is, and Call Me Lightning, Whips features Ashley Smith, Christian Hansen, Tyler Chicorel and Andy Mrotek, who bring loud guitars and aggressive vocals and percussion to the… Read more »

Local/Live: November 25 – Greetings From the Imposter

We are a DJ duo. We are a recording trio. We are a multi-person, multimedia live rock n’ roll experience. We are what we wanna be. The Shepherd Express writes “[Greetings From The Imposter] goes beyond being a band into a grander scale of entertainment enterprise”. Dance music styles come and go and come around again… Read more »

Local/Live: November 18 – Hideous Replica

Hideous Replica is Dan Hintz and Frank Rose, a Milwaukee noise duo. Hideous Replica heavily amplifies very quiet field recordings, in order to reveal the hidden structures found within near-silence. The result is typically a sublime howl or drone. Tune into 91.7 FM WMSE on Tuesday, November 18th to hear a live set from Milwaukee’s… Read more »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Nots

Memphis punk quartet, Nots, bring the noise (and the keys) like a sister from another mister of long-gone 90s band, Six Finger Satellite. The band’s spunky but punky sound is high energy, a bit droll and a lot of fun. WMSE talked to leader of the pack, Natalie Hoffman, before the band invades the small… Read more »

Local/Live: November 11 – Extra Crispy Brass Band (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

The Extra Crispy Brass Band (or EC Brass Band or ECBB) plays New Orleans-style brass band music inspired by the great contemporary bands such as the Dirty Dozen, Hot Eight, Rebirth, and New Birth Brass Bands as well as traditional outfits such as the Olympia and Mahogany Brass Bands. The EC Brass Band’s repertoire includes… Read more »

Local/Live: November 4 – Cavewives

The Cavewives is a soulful, psychedelic rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Forming in early 2013, the band anticipates the release of their debut album, Be The Dog, on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn. The album skillfully meanders through multiple genres, such as the blues-fusion synthesis pioneered by artists like Cream and Hendrix,… Read more »

Local/Live: October 14 – Aluar Pearls (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

The Aluar Pearls are a nine-piece, full of soul-explosive Afro-beat and Creole sounds from the gritty heart of Milwaukee. The Aluar Pearls were formed in mid-2013 by Bryan Rogers and Matthew Wilson, musical collaborators for more than a decade, as a songwriting outlet to explore a shared love of West African Highlife music and Afro-beat…. Read more »

Local/Live: October 7 – Stacian

STACIAN is the minimal synth project of Milwaukee native Dania Luck.  Employing a barrage of analog and digital drum machines and synthesizers, STACIAN could be described as cold wave, synthpop or, more simply, dark electronic dance music.   Influences lay within the spheres of post-punk, industrial, no-wave, kraut rock, 80’s style synth pop, and experimental… Read more »

Local/Live: September 30 – Castle Thunder

Castle Thunder is the brainchild of Milwaukee songwriter Cory Gorman. The now-quintet has been subject to several comings and goings of bandmates though out its career; the current line up, and best to date, displays heft of maturity and a more refined soundscape. Filling out the line up is Ryan Rupprecht on keys, Evan McAllister… Read more »

Local/Live: September 23 – Joseph Huber

“Singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joseph Huber is a founding member of, and also had spent 6 years of playing banjo and heavy touring with the Milwaukee, Wisconsin “streetgrass” group, the .357 String Band — a group that, despite it’s abrupt break-up, still continues to gain popularity, is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent… Read more »