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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 »