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WMSE’s 5th Annual Backyard BBQ News!

Dearest WMSE listeners and supporters, It’s like we can almost taste the BBQ in the air here at the Mighty 91…those sweet tunes will also soon be wafting into our ears like the smell of BBQ in our nostrils. WMSE is very much looking forward to you joining us at Cathedral Square Park tomorrow afternoon… Read more »

Local/Live: September 9- Ramma Lamma (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

Ramma Lamma is a Milwaukee Rock n Roll supergroup consisting of members of Bleed, The Chinese Telephones, The Flips and The Kill-a-watts. They have been around a few years now. They have a fantastic new album out called Ice Cream. It’s a rock n roll party record with various styles of 1970’s Rock n Roll… Read more »

Local/Live: September 2 — Heavy Hand

Since the summer of 2011, Heavy Hand has been playing post-noise pop in the vein of bands like The Thermals, The Minutemen and Sebadoh. Their debut EP Confusion is Body Parts is out now (digital). Heavy Hand’s short, punchy songs cover satirical themes of wildlife, karate movies, wizards, American Pride (but not white power), sprinkled… Read more »

Local/Live: August 26 – Light Music

Light Music is an electronic rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Exploring a grand scope of influences from classical nocturnes, to psychedelic­ pop, to euro­house, Light Music crafts rock opuses underscored with poly­rhythmic beats, fierce guitars, spacious synthesizers, each song effervescing to a unique destination. Tune into WMSE to hear live songs from the band’s forthcoming… Read more »

Local/Live: August 19 – The Midwestern Charm

You think everything’s good, everything’s fine…and then you wake up the next day and you’re on fire. The Midwestern Charm are experts at those sharp, lovable pop tunes drenched in feedback and found in the basement with a fifth of Jack. Influenced in equal parts pinball machines, the Lemonheads, pizza and the Replacements. Just add booze…. Read more »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat sounds like it could be a kids’ television program, but Ed Schrader unwittingly strips the upbeat title and associations of  typical kids fodder from his band’s music pretty naturally; leaving it plenty full of hang-all, punkish outbursts. Schrader (the namesake) and Devlin Rice create a bunch of racket with just a… Read more »

Local/Live: July 29 – Body Futures

Body Futures combine flawless pop sensibilities with full-speed-ahead rock dynamics, punctuated with insanely catchy choruses and utilizing unconventional instrumentation (effect-driven autoharp?) to produce a sound at once naggingly familiar and indefinable. Vocalist Dixie Jacobs (who doubles on the aforementioned autoharp and synthesizer) provides crystal-clear vocal melodies, offset by drummer D.J. Hostettler’s slightly more unhinged call-and-response… Read more »

Local/Live: July 22 – The Quiet Time Band

Milwaukee alternative rock trio The Quiet Time features Jordin Baas (vocals/guitar/synth) and John Doyle (drums/percussion) and JR Hendrickson (bass). The band formed in 2013, deriving from influences of punk to indie, blues and synth rock. Originally conceived as a two-piece, the group has added JR to expand on their sound. Follow: Facebook Listen: ReverbNation  … Read more »

Local/Live: July 8 – New Red Moons

The New Red Moons are an all-original, energetic rock trio who combine sparse, punchy instrumentals with soaring melodies and lush harmonies. Grabbing inspiration from 60s rock, old-timey folk and modern lo-fi, the New Red Moons have been building a fan-base in Milwaukee and the Midwest with five years of breathtaking performances and two full-length albums…. Read more »

Local/Live: July 1 – Apollo Vermouth

Apollo Vermouth was born from the somber remains of cloudy memories, personal psychedelics, and suburban decay – operating as a distant siren out of Milwaukee’s experimental underbelly. Her transmissions point skyward as allusive sonic memoirs, slowly floating back to the earth as testaments of a much larger context: hope, honesty, and love for those trapped… Read more »

Listen to an Interview with Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s Before They Play Milwaukee

Excited as we are to see the Old 97’s on their tour for Most Messed Up? To preview their Milwaukee tour date (this Sunday at Turner Hall Ballroom), Jonny Z had Rhett Miller call him up on WMSE’s Chicken Shack program this morning to chat about the album, his influences and even name-dropped Milwaukee band, Trapper Schoepp &… Read more »

Local/Live: June 24 – Lisa Ridgely & the Fainting Room

Lisa Ridgely, founder and leader of her Fainting Room crew, started performing as a solo singer-songwriter in 2009, and started her solo career collaborating with local musicians including Sigmund Snopek and Chris DeMay, among others. Her solo efforts grew into a full band in 2011 (Lisa Ridgely & The Fainting Room); an acoustic singer-songwriter meets Americana… Read more »

Local/Live: June 17 – M-Nat

M-Nat is a rapper/songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nat’s earliest musical experiences consisted of him playing instruments such as the trumpet and violin. Son of two Indian immigrants and socially reserved, Nat always had difficulties assimilating and fitting in at school. His parents operated a small convenience store in the inner city of Milwaukee and would… Read more »

On WMSE: The Shivvers

The Shivvers are one of Milwaukee’s most well-known and beloved bands, who left a lasting impression amidst the vibrancy of power pop at its height. Jill Kossoris, Jim Richardson, Mike Pyle, Jim Eannelli, Richie Bush, Scott Krueger and Breck Burns all made a name for themselves as the Shivvers in the late 70s and early… Read more »

Local/Live: June 10 – Calamity Janes & the Fratney Street Band

On a snowy evening in February 2013, over tea and coconut muffins, folk-bluegrass outfit Calamity Janes and the Fratney Street Band was born. From their first kitchen floor practice to an avalanche of performances throughout southeastern Wisconsin, Calamity Janes FSB center their original music around breathtaking three-part female harmonies. Coupled with the band’s upright bass,… Read more »

Today On WMSE: Frankie Lee

Tune into the Tom Wanderer Radio Experience today for a visit from touring musician, Frankie Lee. Lee hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and delves nice n’ easy into country, folk, honky-tonk and twang with a built-in, lived-in style that speaks to his Midwestern roots. Lee’s home city of Minneapolis recently dubbed him the “Best Songwriter of… Read more »

Local/Live: May 27 — Calliope

Calliope is a blues-y psych-rock quartet forged between the forces of the sun and the moon in a dingy basement sometime during the year of our lord, 2011. Their organ heavy self-titled debut [2013] showcased their reverberated garage rock vibe and was hailed as “a rollicking collection of retrofitted psychedelic blues songs.” Since then, Calliope… Read more »

Local/Live: May 20 – Reynaldo Jenkins & the Teardrops

With an energetic live show and classic sounds inspired by doo wop and rockabilly, Reynaldo Jenkins & the Teardrops – lead by Joshua Kristopeit – is plenty full of swagger, playing to Roy Orbison’s croons, Jon Spencer’s strut and the Black Lips’ rowdy, devil-may-care attitude. The group formed in 2010 and inspired Kristopeit to turn… Read more »

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 »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to: The Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers have weathered much since their startup in the mid-90s, and holding it down and together, engagingly, are vocalist/guitarist Mike Cooley and vocalist/guitarist Patterson Hood. The two songwriters met in college and bonded on the basis of music and their origination from the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama. While in college, the two called… 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 »