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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 »

Rummage o’ Rama!

sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!!! Er…we couldn’t resist. We at WMSE have been admittedly picking up a  bit of the reverby, arena, audio-tron voice of Station Manager Tom Crawford you’ve been hearing in our WMSE and Friends Rummage Sale Blowout spots. Kinda catchy? Yes, but what’s even more catchy is the event, itself. This Sunday, deal hunters and music lovers, both, will… 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 »

Free Bad Religion Live Album

words by Dwellephant This Spring, punk rock’s elder statesmen are celebrating 30 years by hitting the road and recording their performances. And eventually, said-recordings will be pared down to the best of the best, and released as a live album. Which is — as the title of this post says — free for you and me. All… Read more »