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Local/Live: February 11 – The Viper and His Famous Orchestra

Burdened with four strings and the truth, The Viper and His Famous Orchestra deliver a powerful blend of street-corner jazz, front-porch country, and meeting-hall agitprop. Their lineup includes the eponymous Viper on ukulele, Rob Henn on trombone, Riley Broach on upright bass, John Peacock on toy piano, stylophone, and melodica, and Edward Burch on suitcase…. Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Disguised As Birds

Disguised As Birds are experts at pummeling from all angles, those angles being Shane Hochstetler’s drums, Kris Endicott’s guitar and backing vocals, Tony Ciske’s bass and Chris Chuzles’ anguished vocals. All cut a clear line of forceful rock that uses searing guitars to add melody as an embellishment and percussion as the main driving force behind the music…. Read more »

Local/Live: February 4 – Shroud of Despondency

Shroud of Despondency is a progressive-minded, extreme metal band from Milwaukee. Having existed for fifteen years as a one man project of Upper Michigan native Rory Heikkila, the last four years have found Heikkila working with Jon Liedtke (guitars), Tyler Okrzesik (bass) and Ron Blemberg (vocals) in order to take the project live and to… Read more »

Watch: Blessed Feathers on Local/Live – “Hey All You Floridians”

On December 10th we invited out pals High Frequency Media into the WMSE studios to shoot video of Local/Live featuring Blessed Feathers. The session was also covered by Piet Levy for a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Tap Milwaukee piece he wrote about our efforts to revamp and expand Local/Live. Watch, enjoy, and expect more videos going forward. Details: Recorded:… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Whips

Whips play rock music founded on a deep history of time spent in Milwaukee bands (and otherwise), both old and new. Ashley (Chapman) Smith (Red Knife Lottery), Christian Hansen (Hot Coffin), Andrew Mrotek (Last Place Champs, The Academy Is…), Tyler Chicorel (Call Me Lightning, Space Raft) made their “Year One” debut release a hard-hitter, trading cues from both the… Read more »

Local/Live: January 28 – Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs

Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs is a quartet made up of fellow Midwesterners Chris Weller on tenor sax, Jay Mollerskov on guitar, John Christensen on upright bass and drummer/composer, Devin Drobka.  Having recently moved back from living in New York City, Devin wanted to put a band together of friends to help navigate some new… Read more »

Local/Live: January 21 – The Erotic Adventures Of the Static Chicken

The Static Chicken began their weekly Tuesday performances at Milwaukee’s Jazz Estate on the East Side “700 Tuesdays ago”. Those 700 Tuesdays have now come and gone for the Chicken as they celebrated their final Tuesday night Estate gig this past New Year’s Eve. The Jazz Estate, currently owned and operated by Brian Sanders, will… Read more »