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Verge Gives Milwaukee a Weekend Full of Local and National Music

Summer never seems officially summer in Milwaukee until we live up to our “City of Festivals” nickname. Kicking off the mother of all festival seasons, Verge Music Festival, a new ‘mini-Summerfest’ showcases its potential this weekend. Verge has high hopes with it’s two-day, twenty-eight band format, of giving the city’s younger set a more independent-leaning music… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: West of East

Sara Moilanen and Tim Suchocki may follow in the footsteps of folk-twang artists such as Neil Young, Lucinda Williams and John Prine, but manage to carry their own weight in the genre by shifting the emphasis to Molianen’s more soulful vocal style and their  introspective-yet-uplifting lyricism. The duo, known as West of East, have been performing… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Ian Olvera and the Sleepwalkers

After a  few stop-start lineup changes, the official standing  of Ian Olvera and the Sleepwalkers is set and the Green Bay-by-Oshkosh-by-Milwaukee band is ready to tour behind their solid Milwaukee-created recordings, planned to be released later this year. The trio of Ian Olvera on guitars and vocals, Connor Lamue on bass and vocals and Nikolas Davidson on drums (with the… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Collective Neurosis

“I am proposing the word ‘musicreating’ to describe the process of playing/performing music in a manner which is spontaneous, improvised, of-the-moment, in other words, music making/playing which is created/composed ‘on the spot’, quoth the raven, otherwise known as Carl [Raven] on his musical project known as Collective Neurosis. Raven, the percussionist of Collective Neurosis, along with Frank Marquardt on saxophone and… Read more »

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 »