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Listen Back: Local/Live with Estates

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On WMSE’s Local/Live this week, we welcomed Estates, who are awaiting the release of a brand new album on Flannel Gurl Records — It’s Great to Be Alone. The band regaled us with their preferred gear to create their heavy sound, musicians that influence them (everyone from The Eagles to Earl Sweatshirt and Metallica) and… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with the Scarring Party

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Local/Live this week featured Milwaukee’s The Scarring Party, who have been through quite a bit in their ten-plus year career, making a pretty indelible impression with their vast array of instrumentation (tuba, glockenspiel, accordion, marimba, typewriter, etc.)., all sewn together with the carnival barker quality of ringleader, Daniel Bullock’s, classic microphone. The band bids the… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Devil Met Contention

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Local/Live this week featured Milwaukee’s Devil Met Contention, a former solo project of band leader Ehson Rad. Rad gathered up a solid crew to help him flesh out his songs filled with lots of Cash-esque swagger and Waits’-inspired gravel and growl. The band’s latest EP, American Times, is filled with twangy guitar and sneaky percussion,… Read more »

Local/Live: April 14 – Klassik (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

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Milwaukee’s young soulful rapper Klassik already has some pretty big things to cheer about: in 2014, he was named as a “Top 10 Wisconsin Artist to Watch” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and won a Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for “Hip Hop Artist of the Year” in 2013. He  has opened for artists such… Read more »

Local/Live: February 10 – Dead Horses (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

Dead Horses is a young acoustic band with a cultivated folk sensibility well beyond their years. Hailing from a small Wisconsin town made world famous by a pair of overalls, the Oshkosh, WI based troupe craft powerful coming of age narratives sung by the alluring golden-haired songstress Sarah Vos. “Dead Horses has a sound equally beautiful and effortless.” -Stephanie Elkins, “Simply Folk” on Wisconsin… Read more »

Local/Live: January 13 – Mortgage Freeman (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

Formed a little more than 4 years ago, Mortgage Freeman have no ends. Heavy outer space funk in full dynamic polyphonic stereo. They play it like is and what it is is this: be alive to realize that Mortgage Freeman can help you survive. Jam on it. Tune into 91.7 FM on your radio dial… Read more »

Community Day at Whole Foods Market Milwaukee

WMSE will be at Whole Foods Market on Prospect Avenue today (Wednesday, December 10th) from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Today only, 5%of all sales at Whole Foods will go to benefit  your favorite community-powered radio station, WMSE. Today only, too, WMSE DJ Paul Cebar will be hosting his radio program, live from Whole Foods from 9… Read more »

Local/Live: December 9 – Five Card Studs Holiday Extravaganza and CD Release Party (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

(3-word description): Vegas-styled Schmaltzy “Entertainmentsplosion”. Milwaukee’s Five Card Studs is the kitschy, Las Vegas-styled revue performing overthe-top versions of ’60’s/’70’s/’80’s hits from their ever-increasing playlist, putting emphasis on the A-sides (and B-sides) by the likes of Humperdink, Diamond, The Spinners and Tom Jones and literally running the gamut of songs from each decade. Showing ace-musicianship… Read more »

Local/Live: November 11 – Extra Crispy Brass Band (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

The Extra Crispy Brass Band (or EC Brass Band or ECBB) plays New Orleans-style brass band music inspired by the great contemporary bands such as the Dirty Dozen, Hot Eight, Rebirth, and New Birth Brass Bands as well as traditional outfits such as the Olympia and Mahogany Brass Bands. The EC Brass Band’s repertoire includes… Read more »

Local/Live: October 14 – Aluar Pearls (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

The Aluar Pearls are a nine-piece, full of soul-explosive Afro-beat and Creole sounds from the gritty heart of Milwaukee. The Aluar Pearls were formed in mid-2013 by Bryan Rogers and Matthew Wilson, musical collaborators for more than a decade, as a songwriting outlet to explore a shared love of West African Highlife music and Afro-beat…. Read more »

WMSE’s 5th Annual Backyard BBQ News!

Dearest WMSE listeners and supporters, It’s like we can almost taste the BBQ in the air here at the Mighty 91…those sweet tunes will also soon be wafting into our ears like the smell of BBQ in our nostrils. WMSE is very much looking forward to you joining us at Cathedral Square Park tomorrow afternoon… Read more »

Local/Live: September 9- Ramma Lamma (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

Ramma Lamma is a Milwaukee Rock n Roll supergroup consisting of members of Bleed, The Chinese Telephones, The Flips and The Kill-a-watts. They have been around a few years now. They have a fantastic new album out called Ice Cream. It’s a rock n roll party record with various styles of 1970’s Rock n Roll… Read more »

World Music Monday Instrument of the Week: Gamelan

Each week, tune into World Music Mondays on WMSE (Mondays from 9am – 11:30am CST) to not only listen to world music, but to learn about a different instrument each week, curated by program host, Ruadhan Ward, an Ethnomusicology student and WMSE DJ. Read up on this week’s instrument, here… Gamelan is a collection of metallic instruments… Read more »

World Music Monday Instrument of the Week: the Bagpipes

Each week, tune into World Music Mondays on WMSE (Mondays from 9am – 11:30am CST) to not only listen to world music, but to learn about a different instrument each week, curated by program host, Ruadhan Ward, an Ethnomusicology student and WMSE DJ. Read up on this week’s instrument, here… The bagpipe, most famous for its use… Read more »

World Music Monday Instrument of the Week: the Theremin

Each week, tune into World Music Mondays on WMSE (Mondays from 9am – 11:30am CST) to not only listen to world music, but to learn about a different instrument each week, curated by program host, Ruadhan Ward, an Ethnomusicology student and WMSE DJ. Read up on this week’s instrument, here… The theremin was invented in 1928 by… Read more »

World Music Monday Instrument of the Week: the Mbira

Each week, tune into World Music Mondays on WMSE (Mondays from 9am – 11:30am CST) to not only listen to world music, but to learn about a different instrument each week, curated by program host, Ruadhan Ward, an Ethnomusicology student and WMSE DJ. Read up on this week’s instrument, here… The mbira is a traditional instrument from… Read more »

World Music Monday Instrument of the Week: the Shamisen

Each week, tune into World Music Mondays on WMSE (Mondays from 9am – 11:30am CST) to not only listen to world music, but to learn about a different instrument each week, curated by program host, Ruadhan Ward, an Ethnomusicology student and WMSE DJ. Read up on this week’s instrument, here… The shamisen is a traditional, three-stringed instrument… Read more »

World Music Monday Instrument of the Week: Harmonium

Each week, tune into World Music Mondays on WMSE (Mondays from 9am – 11:30am CST) to not only listen to world music, but to learn about a different instrument each week, curated by program host, Ruadhan Ward, an Ethnomusicology student and WMSE DJ. Read up on this week’s instrument, here… The harmonium is an instrument that situates… Read more »

Tune In: Milwaukee Children’s Choir on Modern Chamber

This past Sunday, November 10th, the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, under the direction of Artistic Director Marco Melendez, performed a Veteran’s Day concert at Milwaukee’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. WMSE sound engineer Billy Cicerelli was on hand to record the entire concert. Tune in to The Modern Chamber with host Jason Wietlispach this Sunday at 3pm to hear… Read more »

Tonight: Irie Vibrations, a WMSE Reggae Vibrations Live Broadcast

If you’re a regular listener of WMSE’s Reggae Vibrations program on Thursday nights (9 p.m. – 12 a.m.) you’ve caught Robert G’s and Irie Vibez’ live at Mad Planet broadcast Irie Vibrations before. Along with DJ E, Robert G. will play MC for R.A.S. Movement, Urbanites and Eltronix and Selector Max of Chalice in the Palace. Catch the energy of… Read more »

The Modern Chamber and Henri Dutilleux

words by Jason Wietlispach WMSE’s classical music program, The Modern Chamber [hosted by Jason Wietlispach] is a musical tribute to the typical pastoral nature of Sundays. From 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Wietlispach sheds light on one of the oldest and most beautiful genres, timeless in its no-frills instrumentation. Classic woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion go… Read more »

Epcot Makes the Rounds in MKE With BTS.WRKNG

Tune into 91.7 FM, WMSE starting at 9 p.m. tonight to catch exciting and fresh sounds on the BTS.WRKNG show (9 p.m. – 12 a.m.) as he welcomes DJ Epcot for a co-DJ’d set. Epcot, from San Francisco, is in it to win it in Milwaukee — over the last couple of days, Epcot has made appearances at venues such… Read more »