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A Look Back: Compound Red Reunion, 2006

A regular feature here at wmse.org, A Look Back finds us reaching into our bag of video archives, pulling something out and posting it for you to enjoy.  This will take a lot of you back. From the  WMSE-hosted concert featuring reunions from Compound Red, Alligator Gun, and Loomis, we found this great series of videos… Read more »

Tune In: A Performance with Milwaukee’s Fellowship of the Strings

Fellowship of the Strings is a group of eight young string musicians from Wauwatosa West High School and Whitman Middle School. They spun off from the Center Street Fiddlers, a group led by David Topolovec at Wauwatosa Whitman Middle School. Whereas the Center Street Fiddlers played primarily Irish fiddle tunes, the Fellowship of the Strings… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Adelyn Rose

Since 2010 or so, Eau Claire, Wisconsin band Adelyn Rose has joined the ranks of pastoral, chamber-y folk music that the area seems to exhale naturally. The group — headed by vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Addie Strei (the band’s namesake) — released a beautifully still debut in 2012; Mezzanine, showcasing Strei’s effortless vocals, shimmering guitars… Read more »

Local/Live: February 18 – The Revenge Society

The Revenge Society is a sweet and sour armistice between melody and dissonance; Amber Ruthe’s sweet but sinewy vocals are juxtaposed with hack and slash guitar hooks from Josh Paynter, fuzzed out bass from Chris Holoyda and a breakneck rhythm section (oomphed up from drummer Steve Vorass), all contributing to a feeling that is enjoyably… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: MC Oneself

On The Fool, Milwaukee’s MC Oneself makes it apparent that his ultimate goal as a musician is to enjoy the process and the output — the seventeen-track album released on Bandcamp late last month is filled with divergent sounds that pull from both close and opposite corners of soul, funk, blues, 60s rock, hip hop,… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Disguised As Birds

Disguised As Birds are experts at pummeling from all angles, those angles being Shane Hochstetler’s drums, Kris Endicott’s guitar and backing vocals, Tony Ciske’s bass and Chris Chuzles’ anguished vocals. All cut a clear line of forceful rock that uses searing guitars to add melody as an embellishment and percussion as the main driving force behind the music…. Read more »

Local/Live: February 4 – Shroud of Despondency

Shroud of Despondency is a progressive-minded, extreme metal band from Milwaukee. Having existed for fifteen years as a one man project of Upper Michigan native Rory Heikkila, the last four years have found Heikkila working with Jon Liedtke (guitars), Tyler Okrzesik (bass) and Ron Blemberg (vocals) in order to take the project live and to… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Whips

Whips play rock music founded on a deep history of time spent in Milwaukee bands (and otherwise), both old and new. Ashley (Chapman) Smith (Red Knife Lottery), Christian Hansen (Hot Coffin), Andrew Mrotek (Last Place Champs, The Academy Is…), Tyler Chicorel (Call Me Lightning, Space Raft) made their “Year One” debut release a hard-hitter, trading cues from both the… Read more »

Local/Live: January 28 – Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs

Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs is a quartet made up of fellow Midwesterners Chris Weller on tenor sax, Jay Mollerskov on guitar, John Christensen on upright bass and drummer/composer, Devin Drobka.  Having recently moved back from living in New York City, Devin wanted to put a band together of friends to help navigate some new… Read more »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Midlake

November saw the release of a new album from Midlake (of Denton, Texas) and it marked not only the release of a new album for the band, but a new configuration, as they parted ways with former vocalist and lead, Tim Smith. Seven minus one equals six, there’s no denying, but less is often more… Read more »