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Tonight on Local/Live: the Friendly Lens

Pop by way of Milwaukee and Chicago is what the Friendly Lens are so adept at bringing to light in the most upbeat of perspectives. The band’s retro-y, keyboard-driven sound stands up to modern pop-punk, making this four-piece a great choice to open for the Smoking Popes this Friday at the Turner Hall Ballroom. The same jangly, bouncy elements that apply to the famed… Read more »

The Goodnight Loving Get Some Loving From “The Tripwire”

In continuation with new, exciting news about local music, Milwaukee’s own the Goodnight Loving just got some nice press at The Tripwire, the web site premiering the band’s new single “The Pan” from their forthcoming release The Goodnight Loving Supper Club, slated for a late July release. The band recently gave WMSE two pieces of vinyl: a 7″ (“Nothing Conquers Us”/”Scary Bad”)… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: So So Radio

Straightforward pop-rock is in the musical blood of Milwaukee’s So So Radio, who capably bring sincerity to their lyrics written around chiming guitars, ambling drums and rolling organs; simple but powerful songs with a Eef Barzelay (ClemSnide) frame of mind in terms of underdog championing and a bare bones in construction, but full in sound, pop… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: Worrier

Dance-punk is still alive and kicking in Milwaukee’s Worrier. So much so, the three-piece is planning on ‘kicking it’ straight over to Japan to play a string of shows starting this Thursday. The band has a small, but dedicated following here stateside, but undoubtedly, they have an even bigger following overseas. The band is set to… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Old Earth

Todd Umhoefer (Old Earth) has stories to tell. Like many folk songwriters, passion comes largely into play in terms of songwriting. In the case of Old Earth, this passion is fueled by tragedy, yet the tone of  this tragedy is moreso one of settled reflectiveness. The very first Old Earth release debuted last year: on  Out the spheres of The Sorrowful Mysteries, Umhoefer wrote out… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: No Sleep For the Bear

Since 2007, Milwaukee’s rock quartet No Sleep for the  Bear have been playing all over the city, taking their energies from past projects (Perry, Albert Einstein, Free Ride and Uncanny Valley) and building these up into one solid, working band. Willing to be uniquely versatile, No Sleep for the Bear has shared stages with everyone from the Sandy… Read more »

Hal Rammel’s Way-Back Sound

Our pal in the avant garde and experimental, WMSE DJ (and local musician and music curator for Woodland Pattern Book Center) Hal Rammel (Sundays, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) was recently interviewed for ThirdCoast Digest of Milwaukee as part of TCD’s weekly Milwaukee musician podcast series. Interviewer Mark Metcalf (yep,that Mark Metcalf) speaks with Rammel about “discovering music through the instrument” and his own musical… Read more »

Sticks N Stones: Gotta Catch Their “Red Light” This Saturday at Club Garibaldi’s

Milwaukee garage-pop trio Sticks N Stones may be relatively shiny-new in band terms, but are hardly anything but in terms other projects; members have been in and currently take part in groups such as the Catholic Boys, The Flips, the Tears, the Teenage Rejects and the Sugar Stems. This Saturday sees the release of their first 7″  [entitled Red Light]… Read more »

MKE X SW

SXSW in Austin, Texas is the mother of all music festivals for new, independent bands. According to festival organizers, “The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is… Read more »

Night of a Thousand Shows

Weekends in Milwaukee seem to be musically  busier than they’ve ever been — with several different shows to pick from each night, who has time for karoke or bowling? This particular Friday night, every venue in Milwaukee will be playing host to every genre imaginable. Throw in  LP releases, reunion shows, art + music shows… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: White Problems

Every Tuesday, WMSE presents Local/Live at 8 p.m. The newest in local music, from across the genre spectrum, is performed live over the airwaves and engineered by WMSE’s very own Billy Cicerelli. Tonight is a venture into two-minute rock blasts with wry lyrics, compliments of Milwaukee’s White Problems. “The idea here is that the band is funny, so… Read more »

Red Stuff’s Surf n Drag: Listen at The Palm Tonight

“Surf and Drag” is what Milwaukee’s Red Stuff categorizes themselves as, drawing from the influence of Link Wray, Miss Toni Fisher, the Quarter Notes and Curtis Mayfield. Formed in the winter of 2007, Red Stuff plays energetic, classic-style surf, tempered with electric autoharp, reverb-y and scuzz-y guitars and requisite organ and old-school percussion. Fronted by WMSE DJ Tom Wanderer [Thursdays, 3… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: Todd Richards

Todd Richards has been a man on the Milwaukee scene for a long time, having performed in bands such as Recycled Future, Buffalo, the Afro Drum Ensemble,the Tropics and Brazzaville, of which he’s been a collaborator for Brazzaville’s recent 21st Century Girl. Richards has brought a worldly, yet distincly  roots-rock flavor to his past psychedelic and dub-based outfits, and is… Read more »

New Release Thursday: Juniper Tar at Club Garibaldi’s

Released nearly two years ago, Juniper Tar’s To the Trees impressed listeners with its quiet deliberateness. The local folk-rock group makes good use of solid vocal harmonies (having two singing siblings in the band doesn’t hurt) and dynamics to hit the hush on the right spots to highlight the weighty lyrics; but when it comes time to turn… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Take Solace

What exactly is ‘bluefolk’? Milwauke’s Take Solace has the insider angle on this genre that pairs up bluegrass twang with storytelling folk. The quartet takes this genre even one step further by adding brass to their music that combines singer-songwriter sensibilities with influences of everything from Modest Mouse to Tom Petty and the Weakerthans. Take Solace was… Read more »

Farewell to Shoegaze: White, Wrench, Conservatory Plays its Final Show on Sunday

“Oddly enough, we actually have not played Clue together as a band,” White, Wrench, Conservatory percussionist Thom Geibel disclosed to OnMilwaukee.com back in 2007. The Milwaukee band with the board game namesake was interviewing for their then-released, self-titled debut album. Nearly three years later, the three-piece shoegazer comrades with a penchant for new wave has decided to… Read more »

Post navigation « » Tonight on Local/Live: Burgundy Ties

This week’s WMSE Local/Live guest is Burgundy Ties, a local quartet who visit the sounds of  blues-y Americana rock, sliding from acoustic guitar-driven folk-balladry to short and sweet rockers. With a vigorous touring schedule for the past five years, Burgundy Ties has honed its live sound and performance. Tonight’s Local/Live tonight will preview material from the band’s soon-to-be-released album, On The… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Cry Coyote

Twangy garage punk with plenty of swagger is what Milwaukee’s Cry Coyote is into dishing out, creating a smokily macabre environment that is more blasting and energetic than spooky music has a right to be. It works. Songs like “Behind Her” bring an edgy twist ala the Black Lips’ “Cold Hands” to their own dark lyrics and songcraft.  “Blood Red Eyes”… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Trapper Schoepp & The Shades

As much Pavement as Parsons, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades create lyrical folk-rock for generations coming of age post-Uncle Tupelo. The band’s new album Lived and Moved is not dainty folk music in any regard. It’s full of garage rock tendencies, swagger and grit — tune in this Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Local/Live, to hear a young band… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: the Carpetbaggers

Tune in this Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Local/Live, with this week’s guests, the Carpetbaggers. Comprised of WMSE friend Matt “MF” Tyner and backed by Kent “The Colonel” Knapp and Ja-Bo “Boom Boom” Ciz, the Carpetbaggers run the gamut of true American roots, touching on the blues and old-timey country with the soul of rock and roll. Tune in this Tuesday… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Innocent Civilians

For many musicians, certain time periods and genres of music really hit home and never leave the ‘favorites’ section. Whether it’s old-school swing, 50′s rockabilly or 70′s punk, paying homage to a specific sound while giving it a new revamping is an age-old way to discover new sound without alienating an audience stuck on a… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: Salt Creek

“Bad Ass Bluegrass Truck Drivin’ Music” is how Salt Creek describes itself. The local quartet has a definite Bluegrass sound and appeal, but naturally adds different genres from each band members’ experiences and musical roots in every type of outfit from jazz to rock. Founded in the early 00′s, Salt Creek’s members: Colin O’Brien [fiddle, guitars, vocals], Guy Fiorentini [bass,… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: On the Porch

Inspirations of Dylan, Tweedy, Young and Springsteen — some of music’s most notable heavyhitters — come to life in Milwaukee-based trio On the Porch. Scott Hanson, Chris Bausch and Michael Hieb have been creating their folk-rock compositions together for a couple years, but have recently started playing out, joining forces with artists such Heligoats and Bryan Cherry. Hanson, with the aid… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: 2morrow Evr After

Tonight’s guest on Local/Live is 2morrow Evr After, formed from the ashes of famed local legends Woolton Parrish. Power-pop rock is makes it back around again with this five-piece of veteran rockers who have a few more rocking riffs up their collective sleeves, yet. In a recent interview with Info Magazine, vocalist/guitarist Stacy Maloney  mentions that he and his band mates… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Sharapova

Lo-fi music often gets reined into the sub-three minute category, but Milwaukee’s Sharapova has found a way around this outdated idea. The quartet delves into compositions that reach around the five minute mark, exploring intricate drum and guitar patterns, patronizing the minor chord like the proper post-punk/noise group that they are. Don’t expect impromptu tennis matches in… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Rehyn

Local pianist/vocalist Rehyn (Ren) brings a skill and experience to her youthful compositions,  unique to most youthful singer/songwriters, her knack for storytelling from the heart apparent in her 2008 EP A Time to Fly. Rehyn demonstrates her capability to be quite comfortable adding a little brassy soul to her pop, too. Listen to Rehyn, live on WMSE tonight for… Read more »