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Sea Changes for Maritime

WMSE pals, Mondo Lucha, were kind enough to remind us about a very cool news item involving the great Milwaukee pop band, Maritime and Dangerbird Records. Dangerbird announced today on the their web site, “We are pleased to announce we have made Milwaukee mainstays Maritime the newest members of our expanding family. The band, which spawned from the ashes of the Promise Ring in 2003, is currently readying… Read more »

Listening Party Tonight at Burnhearts for New Pornographers “Together”

A new New Pornographers album is enough to get a lot of us at WMSE super excited. The Canadian pop mavens have morphed and changed over the years, adding new members and saying goodbye to old, but the band stands out for two good reasons: A.C. Newman and Neko Case, two talents of their own accord, are  consistantly phenomenal-sounding together. Bouncy beats, vocal harmonies and a diehard… Read more »

Celebrate 40 Years of Outpost with Decibully and The WhiskeyBelles This Saturday

Everyone knows the drill on local-equalling-sustainable: locally-made items, locally-grown food and locally-created music all builds community. This Saturday, two of those driving forces of sustainability will be teaming up to celebrate forty years of Outpost Natural Foods in Milwaukee, and Outpost found a delicious way for Milwaukee music lovers to join in on the fun. The musical… 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 »

Mac Lethal: Rhymes and Reason

David McCleary Sheldon (Mac Lethal) may have an acclaimed release on the famed  Minneapolis indie hip hop label called Rhymesayers (11:11) like label mate Brother Ali, but the connection ends there. Mac Lethal’s style is all his own, his homegrown, Midwestern-by-way-of-Kansas-City accent and unbarred geographical and personal culture expose makes for some unique composition. Lethal fits unusual rhymes with… Read more »

Wye Oak @ Mad Planet Tonight w/ Shearwater, Hospital Ships

The Brewers may be on everyone’s mind right about now, but at the end of the day, music nerds are music nerds. What better way to end a day of near-perfect weather and baseball by seeing some live music? Tonight, the Mad Planet welcomes a trio of indie rock awesomeness to its stage: Shearwater (Austin), Wye Oak (Baltimore) and Hospital Ships (Kansas). Shearwater… Read more »

Soulful Thursdays

Call it Spring Fever, call it ants in our pants, we’re not all too sure, but at WMSE, we’re complete suckers this week for anything that’s got that extra pep in its proverbial step. Two releases we just got have us particularly fevered: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings’ I Learned the Hard Way and Mark Sultan’s $ just arrived in… Read more »

Sigur Ros’ Jonsi Previews His New Solo Album at the Pabst This Friday

For all attending tomorrow night’s Joanna Newsom performance at the Pabst Theater (if that isn’t enough of a treat in of itself), there will be a special sneak preview of another fellow artist in ethereality. Sigur Ros’  Jonsi (Jon Thor Birgisson) will release his first solo effort Go on XL Recordings later this month. Known for his childlike and otherwordly, artistic compositions nearly as much… Read more »

Overnight Sensations One-Year Anniversary

words by Ryan Schleicher Hey Everyone! Not only does the mad scientist, master gear fixer (how’s that Silvertone coming?) have a wonderful assortment of counter top containers, WMSE DJ Jon Blick also has been spinning a fantastic assortment of tunes for one full year as the program host of Overnight Sensations (Thursdays: Midnight – 3am). Always humble,… 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 »