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Local/Live: January 26 – The Pukes

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“The Pukes came together during the spring of 2015 in a fit of spontaneity. Guitar player, Jules Frank, crawled from the swamps of Florida where he was raised by alligators and relied heavily on the native gar fish and snails for sustenance. First meeting the often elusive Sam Sharkey at the West Allis Karaoke State… Read more »

Local/Live: January 19 – Fox Face

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“Milwaukee quartet Fox Face plays weird punk rock with brooding rhythm and creepy guitar tones. Their witchy lyrics and fierce sound will make you want to groove. Or hold a seance.” Tune into WMSE on Tuesday, January 19th to hear tunes from Fox Face before they take on FemFest on Friday, January 22nd. WMSE.org to stream live or… Read more »

2015 into 2016 (Wrapping Up and Tuning In)

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Dear WMSE listeners, As you might well know, even the mightiest of the mighty need to get some rest and reinvigoration for the new year, ahead, so Team WMSE will be changing up a couple of things until that new year. Aside from our holiday-centric programming this week, here’s what to expect ’til 2016! WMSE… Read more »

WMSE Puts the Ho Ho Ho in Holiday Programming

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Ho Ho Ho! Once again, WMSE is looking forward to providing the perfect soundtrack to your holiday season; WMSE Music Director Erin Wolf has pulled thousands of hard-to-find and rare holiday hits for our DJs to comb through and either craft an entire show of festive music or liberally sprinkle the good cheer throughout their playlists…. Read more »

Local/Live: December 15 – Mark Waldoch & Friends @ Club Garibaldi’s

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…Waldochness. What is “Waldochness”, you might ask? Waldochness is what one gets when Milwaukee musician Mark Waldoch (of Milwaukee band The Celebrated Workingman) puts on one of his famously-infamous holiday music shindigs. For those of you who remember his glorious “Merry Cactmus” show a few years back, buckle in… Read more »

Local/Live: November 17 – Midnight Reruns @ Club Garibaldi’s

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On Tuesday, November 17th, at 6pm, join us over the airwaves or as an audience member for the glorious return of WMSE’s ‘Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s’ series, which WMSE introduced this past summer with performances from Jaill, the Rashita Joneses and WC Tank and the Dub Sea Quintet. The glorious return to Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior)… Read more »

Local/Live: October 27 – Dogs In Ecstasy

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Dogs In Ecstasy is a band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The band is a vehicle for songs drawing on great works by The USA Is A Monster, The Rentals, the Breeders and Sparks and exploring characters (real and imaginary), objects (useful and stupid), and facts (true and false). The trio just released a brand new album… Read more »

Local/Live: October 13 – IfIHadAHiFi

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“Formed in 2000 with no sense of when to call it a day, Milwaukee’s pop-noise chaos theorists have recently reconvened after some time on the shelf. “IfIHadAHiFi are a whirlwind of feedback, samples, clanking guitars and de-tuned synths hiding some deceptively catchy pop songs. “Their most recent release was an online-only EP about particle physics… Read more »

Local/Live: October 6 – Chris Rosenau

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  To list out Milwaukeean Chris Rosenau’s current and former groups is to go back to the dusty depths of the late 90s (Vermont) and page through to the ever-morphing and still active projects of Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir. The current state of Rosenau sees him taking a solo flight, but not… Read more »

Local/Live: September 29 – Will It Burn

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Milwaukee’s husband and wife trip-hop duo, Will It Burn think of their music as “upcycling for the ears.” Featuring “Em” on the vocals and “Eight” on the beats, Will It Burn make it their art to take snippets of forgotten musical history and refashion those snippets, recovering lost words, poetry, phrases and decades-old culture by searching… Read more »

Local/Live: September 22 – El Valiente

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El Valiente, fronted by Eric Caldera, a native Texan, grew up playing in Austin and San Antonio. Riding the dusty wave of Texas, Caldera made his move to Madison, Wisconsin and continued his penchant for writing music full of slow-burning and sparkly electric guitars, evoking the vast landscape he had just left. The Onion (A.V…. Read more »

WMSE Partners With KEXP’s Launch of “Under the Needle: the KEXP Sessions”

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WMSE is excited to share with you that it will be one of the very first partners in a new, nationally-syndicated program called Under the Needle. For Under the Needle, Seattle’s non-commercial radio station KEXP recorded over 500 live on-air performances, featuring new and breaking musicians. With Under the Needle, KEXP’s Senior Director of Programming Kevin Cole wanted to… Read more »

Local/Live: September 15 – Phylums

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Like a spore in a petri-dish, Phylums slowly cultivated in the dank basements of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2011. With a common goal of creating stripped-down, primitive rock n’ roll, members of Wisconsin acts Goodnight Loving, Head On Electric and Holy Sh** started banging out three-chord homages to the Sonics, Creedence, the Monks…any band with a… Read more »

Local/Live: September 8 – The Grasping At Straws

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Out of “drinkers’ paradise” Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Grasping at Straws blend the sounds of old Americana, country, and blues with a more modern, dissonant rock energy. With a canon of eclectic and catchy songs, the Straws use the traditional tools of multiple harmonies, banjo, guitar, fiddle and upright bass to create a well-rounded offering. Tune into… Read more »

Local/Live: September 1 – Marielle Allschwang + the Midwestern Charm at the Todd Wehr Auditorium

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It’s back-to-school so it’s back to the Todd Wehr Auditorium and Conference Center for WMSE’s next Local/Live. On Tuesday, September 1, not only will we host our special live radio segment with Marielle Allschawang, we’ve added a second band to the bill for the after-show-show – the Midwestern Charm. This concert is all a part… Read more »

Local/Live: August 18 – The Dub Sea Tank Quintet (live at Club Garibaldi’s)

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On Tuesday, August 18th at 6pm, join WMSE’s Local/Live for yet another summertime treat. For this special (and final summer venue edition of) Local/Live, we are again taking the segment to Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior Street) for not only a live radio segment that is free and open to the public to listen to… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with SIN BAD

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Local/Live on WMSE this past Tuesday was with the sensational pop-punk pros, SIN BAD. The band indeed, named themselves after the comedian, Sinbad, and recommend his classic, “Houseguest”. SIN BAD jumped onto the Milwaukee music scene about a year ago when they debuted a set of demos that local music media, Milwaukee Record, gave a lot… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Tigernite

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Local/Live on WMSE this past Tuesday was with the tenacious Tigernite. Tigernite is debuting a full-length this week, recently taking demos from their earlier days and polishing them up in the studio. Hits like “Tarantula”, “Wasteland” and “Witch” are familiar to Tigernite fans from their packed show schedule, but the songs are taking on a… Read more »

Local/Live: July 14 – The Rashita Joneses (live at Club Garibaldi’s)

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On Tuesday, July 14th at 6pm, join WMSE’s Local/Live for another summertime treat. For this special Local/Live, we are again taking the segment to Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior Street) for a live radio segment that is free and open to the public to listen to and participate in (21+ only, please!). “Straight from the… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Filter Free Rodeo

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Local/Live on WMSE this past Tuesday was with Milwaukee rock trio, Filter Free Rodeo. The young band, with roots in Waukesha and band-beginnings in Oshkosh, has been touring relentlessly and creating EPs at a pretty steady pace, their grungy leanings leaving them with room to add plenty of extra energy and fuzzy guitar sounds. Their… Read more »

Local/Live: July 7 – Filter Free Rodeo

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“Filter Free Rodeo is a chocolate cake with three sprinkles. Iced with scuzzy vanilla and complimented with ice cream served from the floor of a garage…it’s like that movie you once saw.” Listen to the sweetest tunes from Milwaukee’s Filter Free Rodeo on WMSE’s Local/Live this Tuesday, July 7th — tune your radio dial to 91.7… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Lord Fredd33

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Lord Fredd33 stopped by WMSE for Local/Live with some fellow Milwaukee musicians who currently collaborate in and form the local collective, New Age Narcissism. Lord Fredd33 and crew played two live sets and chatted about their collaborative spirit, working on dissolving genres in local music and their upcoming show at Summerfest this Friday. Lord Fredd33’s… Read more »

Local/Live: June 23 – Testa Rosa

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  “Testa Rosa once again applies the amped-up drama of classic girl-group records to dreamy ballads that brazenly pull at the heartstrings, only this time with some extra muscle, courtesy of producers Beau Sorenson and Shane Hochstettler. Blexrud-Strigens’ vocals remain the focal point, reaching new heights of sweeping majesty on the “you’ve done me wrong”… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Brett Newski

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World-traveler, Brett Newski, was WMSE’s most recent guest on Local/Live; the Milwaukee-via-Madison globetrotter regaled us with his stories as a traveling, one-man band, who picked up an actual band in Saigon and went on to play everywhere from South Africa to Europe. Now, he’s back on his home soil and back as a one-man outfit,… Read more »

Local/Live: June 16 – Brett Newski

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Brett Newski moved to Vietnam after becoming jobless, band-less, and girl-less in 2011. There, he wrote nearly 100 power-folk songs in the steaming city of Saigon for his latest release American Folk Armageddon. Newski now tours 200+ dates per year and has been featured in The Boston Globe, NoDepression, Rolling Stone S Africa, Guitar World,… Read more »

Local/Live: June 9 – Jaill (live at Club Garibaldi’s)

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On Tuesday, June 9th at 6pm, join WMSE’s Local/Live for a summertime treat. For this very special Local/Live, we are taking the segment to Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior Street) for a live radio segment that is free and open to the public to listen to and participate in (21+ only, please!). Stop by Club… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Sun // Decrease

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This week on WMSE’s Local/Live, we hosted improv trio, Sun // Decrease, who were born out of Unrehearsed MKE, a collective that throws local musicians together to write music spontaneously in a live setting. Utilizing that same Unrehearsed MKE mentality, Sun // Decrease takes the improv process one step further by adding inspiration from the… Read more »

Local/Live: June 2 – Sun // Decrease

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At the foot of the mountain, the joyous lake: Sun//Decrease is the sound of a cliff extending outward as you walk off.  It is a new collaborative trio consisting of WC Tank (Antler Antennas, Stumblesome), Barry Paul Clark (adoptahighway, Tontine Ensemble) and Devin Drobka (Bell Dance Songs, Lesser Lakes Trio, Lady Cannon). The idea for… Read more »