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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 »

They Write, We Link: March 7, 2014

We don’t know everything, so every Friday we’ll scan Milwaukee media sources to find out what our town’s writers and bloggers are writing about. — PHOX announced they’ve been picked up by Partisan Records, joining bands with Milwaukee ties Field Report and Sylvan Esso. For Evan’s money, Milwaukee’s Estates are one of the best emo… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Caley Conway & the Lucy Cukes

Caley Conway might run on coins from the Rusty Nickel Band much of her musical time, but in solo endeavors, Conway is fueled by her own inspiration as “Caley Conway & the Lucy Cukes“. Conway’s voice is capable of airy flights and soulful yodels, diving into territory explored and perfected by singer-songwriters bygone from the… 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 »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: GGOOLLDD

The name of this particular artist is one of those instances of “good call”; the warmly inviting “electro-pop” of Milwaukee’s GGOOOLLDD shines like its namesake. Making use of the traditionals of the genre — synths and synthetic beats, GGOOLLDD creates an effervescent environment for female vocals that are neither trying too much or too little,… 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 »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: REW

Milwaukee ex-pat Ryan Weber (best known for his current collaboration in Eric & Magill and former time spent in Decibully) has just released a solo flight of songs, culled from the downtime during his diverse travels while working with the Peace Corps and his time spent simply traveling, directly after. The project, entitled simply, ‘REW’,… 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 »