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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 »

Tune In: A Performance with Milwaukee’s Fellowship of the Strings

Fellowship of the Strings is a group of eight young string musicians from Wauwatosa West High School and Whitman Middle School. They spun off from the Center Street Fiddlers, a group led by David Topolovec at Wauwatosa Whitman Middle School. Whereas the Center Street Fiddlers played primarily Irish fiddle tunes, the Fellowship of the Strings… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Adelyn Rose

Since 2010 or so, Eau Claire, Wisconsin band Adelyn Rose has joined the ranks of pastoral, chamber-y folk music that the area seems to exhale naturally. The group — headed by vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Addie Strei (the band’s namesake) — released a beautifully still debut in 2012; Mezzanine, showcasing Strei’s effortless vocals, shimmering guitars… Read more »

Local/Live: February 18 – The Revenge Society

The Revenge Society is a sweet and sour armistice between melody and dissonance; Amber Ruthe’s sweet but sinewy vocals are juxtaposed with hack and slash guitar hooks from Josh Paynter, fuzzed out bass from Chris Holoyda and a breakneck rhythm section (oomphed up from drummer Steve Vorass), all contributing to a feeling that is enjoyably… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: MC Oneself

On The Fool, Milwaukee’s MC Oneself makes it apparent that his ultimate goal as a musician is to enjoy the process and the output — the seventeen-track album released on Bandcamp late last month is filled with divergent sounds that pull from both close and opposite corners of soul, funk, blues, 60s rock, hip hop,… Read more »

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 »

Listen: Benjamins “Corvette Summer”

It’s been almost 13 years since Milwaukee’s Benjamins released The Art of Disappointment on Drive-Thru Records, and more than a decade since the band toured with Reel Big Fish and hit the Warped Tour circuit.  The band had a good run of things around the turn of the century, but ultimately had an early demise in… Read more »

Local/Live: January 14 – Logic & Raze

Logic & Raze (now going by ‘LandR’), Milwaukee’s hip hop heavyweights, have a new, self-titled album out which has been called “gripping” and “ambitious” by the Journal Sentinel. The duo’s chemistry is undeniable, unafraid to bend, twist, break or blend genres. LandR pile on elements of experimental, classic rock, pop, electronica and lots and lots… Read more »

Watch: Porterfield’s and Sanborn’s “Pale Rider”

Alverno Presents has made it a point to give Milwaukee artists a platform to create experiences for audiences that expand upon what they already to artistically. Through this lens, AP collaborated with Duke University to commission a long-time Milwaukee musician who has since relocated to North Carolina, Nick Sanborn (Decibully, Megafaun, COCOB, Made of Oak,… Read more »

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 »