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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 »

Night of a Thousand Shows

Weekends in Milwaukee seem to be musically  busier than they’ve ever been — with several different shows to pick from each night, who has time for karoke or bowling? This particular Friday night, every venue in Milwaukee will be playing host to every genre imaginable. Throw in  LP releases, reunion shows, art + music shows… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: White Problems

Every Tuesday, WMSE presents Local/Live at 8 p.m. The newest in local music, from across the genre spectrum, is performed live over the airwaves and engineered by WMSE’s very own Billy Cicerelli. Tonight is a venture into two-minute rock blasts with wry lyrics, compliments of Milwaukee’s White Problems. “The idea here is that the band is funny, so… Read more »

Red Stuff’s Surf n Drag: Listen at The Palm Tonight

“Surf and Drag” is what Milwaukee’s Red Stuff categorizes themselves as, drawing from the influence of Link Wray, Miss Toni Fisher, the Quarter Notes and Curtis Mayfield. Formed in the winter of 2007, Red Stuff plays energetic, classic-style surf, tempered with electric autoharp, reverb-y and scuzz-y guitars and requisite organ and old-school percussion. Fronted by WMSE DJ Tom Wanderer [Thursdays, 3… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: Todd Richards

Todd Richards has been a man on the Milwaukee scene for a long time, having performed in bands such as Recycled Future, Buffalo, the Afro Drum Ensemble,the Tropics and Brazzaville, of which he’s been a collaborator for Brazzaville’s recent 21st Century Girl. Richards has brought a worldly, yet distincly  roots-rock flavor to his past psychedelic and dub-based outfits, and is… Read more »

New Release Thursday: Juniper Tar at Club Garibaldi’s

Released nearly two years ago, Juniper Tar’s To the Trees impressed listeners with its quiet deliberateness. The local folk-rock group makes good use of solid vocal harmonies (having two singing siblings in the band doesn’t hurt) and dynamics to hit the hush on the right spots to highlight the weighty lyrics; but when it comes time to turn… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Take Solace

What exactly is ‘bluefolk’? Milwauke’s Take Solace has the insider angle on this genre that pairs up bluegrass twang with storytelling folk. The quartet takes this genre even one step further by adding brass to their music that combines singer-songwriter sensibilities with influences of everything from Modest Mouse to Tom Petty and the Weakerthans. Take Solace was… Read more »