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Tonight on Local/Live: Take Solace

What exactly is ‘bluefolk’? Milwauke’s Take Solace has the insider angle on this genre that pairs up bluegrass twang with storytelling folk. The quartet takes this genre even one step further by adding brass to their music that combines singer-songwriter sensibilities with influences of everything from Modest Mouse to Tom Petty and the Weakerthans. Take Solace was… Read more »

HBO is Cable’s Best Jukebox

words by Dwellephant Though I haven’t seen this show yet (How To Make It In America), I’m high-fiving HBO for once again reaching past the mainstream musical muck to find something great to accompany a series of theirs. Not that I’m surprised. They had Tom Waits and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama each do the opening theme for The… Read more »

Fat Tuesday’s Most Appropriate New Album

words by Dwellephant Of the many celebrations happening this coming Fat Tuesday, none is more compact and portable (and for a good cause) than the one the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are throwing: Preservation: An album to benefit Preservation Hall & the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program Incredibly long subtitle, sure. But it saved me from having… Read more »

Farewell to Shoegaze: White, Wrench, Conservatory Plays its Final Show on Sunday

“Oddly enough, we actually have not played Clue together as a band,” White, Wrench, Conservatory percussionist Thom Geibel disclosed to OnMilwaukee.com back in 2007. The Milwaukee band with the board game namesake was interviewing for their then-released, self-titled debut album. Nearly three years later, the three-piece shoegazer comrades with a penchant for new wave has decided to… Read more »

DJ Yoda @ Stonefly – 02/06/10

words by Dwellephant Here’s what you missed: A two-hour, non-stop dance party from DJ Yoda– one of the UK’s premiere DJs (or so the press clippings say). But I have no problem repeating it, because frankly, the clippings speak the truth. He was about as premiere as they come. It was one of only five North American… Read more »

Present Music Welcomes Burkina Electric to Milwaukee

West African sounds with intricate rhythms from the Sahel and Mossi and upbeat Afropop get a little electronic treatment through Burkina Electric, a group hailing from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Burkina Electric will play Milwaukee at the Turner Hall Ballroom this Saturday. The group employs German (Dusseldorf) electronic guru Kurt Dahlke and percussionist Lukas Ligeti to add unique elements to the traditional African foundation provided by Wende K. Blass… Read more »

Dr. Dog Gives MKE a Dose of Sweet Pop This Thursday

words by Shannon Stroud Dr. Dog performs tomorrow at Turner Hall alongside the Growlers. This tightly-knit group of friends often have had their music compared to the classic pop sounds of the sixties, and will have listeners turning off their collective minds and letting go. Their influences include the sunny pop harmonies of the  Beach Boys and also visit elements of the Beatles,… Read more »

Post navigation « » Tonight on Local/Live: Burgundy Ties

This week’s WMSE Local/Live guest is Burgundy Ties, a local quartet who visit the sounds of  blues-y Americana rock, sliding from acoustic guitar-driven folk-balladry to short and sweet rockers. With a vigorous touring schedule for the past five years, Burgundy Ties has honed its live sound and performance. Tonight’s Local/Live tonight will preview material from the band’s soon-to-be-released album, On The… Read more »

Emo-Core, No More: Joe & Pete’s Last Show

    What do the dynamic duo of endless trivia and alacritic wit have up their sleeves for their final hurrah? Pete has mused on devoting his entire hour and a half to the Pixies, and undoubtedly, Joe has thought about the same rock-block format (only Joe leans more towards stuff like the Sword). How can one… Read more »

Jonathan Burks Comes to Circle A This Sunday Armed With New Songs

Jonathan Burks is a man with a lust for life, but his equally lusty, down and dirty country drinkin’ songs contain this energy not just because of what they’re fueled by. Burks’ energy lies solidly in his playful take on life, his lyrics full of colorful  local characters and locales, revolving around a social-centric, thrifty and innovative lifestyle with a bit of… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Cry Coyote

Twangy garage punk with plenty of swagger is what Milwaukee’s Cry Coyote is into dishing out, creating a smokily macabre environment that is more blasting and energetic than spooky music has a right to be. It works. Songs like “Behind Her” bring an edgy twist ala the Black Lips’ “Cold Hands” to their own dark lyrics and songcraft.  “Blood Red Eyes”… Read more »

Hot Chip Makes Our [Happy] Monday

WMSE knows that Milwaukee likes Hot Chip, the Grammy-accoladed electropop band from London — the band made it to our city twice in 2006, their last performance a sweaty,  but fun dance party at Stonefly. These boys have been kicking it around since 2000, releasing scores of catchy and tweak-y pop singles such as “Over and Over”, (Just… Read more »

The Frode Gjerstad Trio Plays the Sugar Maple This Saturday

Milwaukee’s Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln) is a continuous host to musicians of the avant garde realm. This Saturday, the home of both craft brews and untraditional and innovative jazz welcomes the Frode Gjerstad Trio (Frode Gjerstad on alto saxophone and clarinet, Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Nick Stephens on double bass). The Sugar Maple sums it up in… Read more »

Casual Victim Pile: the Sound of Austin

Part of the fun of working in college radio is that you get a whole lotta awesome stuff in the mail — lookee what Matador Records gifted us with: a very cool compilation of Austin’s music scene. Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 features nuggets from the 2008-now Austin music circle, with contributions from Woven Bones, Wild America, the Golden Boys and Lost Controls…. Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Trapper Schoepp & The Shades

As much Pavement as Parsons, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades create lyrical folk-rock for generations coming of age post-Uncle Tupelo. The band’s new album Lived and Moved is not dainty folk music in any regard. It’s full of garage rock tendencies, swagger and grit — tune in this Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Local/Live, to hear a young band… Read more »

Local Folk Catches the Genre’s More Experimental Side

Current folk has been going the way of experimental for a while, and current ‘experimental’ folk rock conjures up references to artists such as Megafaun, Bon Iver and Alela Diane. This experimentation still renders the genre as traditional in the sense that it utilizes the original storytelling songwriting roots, and leaves the compositions both vocal and guitar-centric, as folk songs… Read more »

Jay Reatard Found Dead at Age 29

Sad news today for fans of garage rocker, Jay Reatard. Earlier this morning, Jay Reatard (born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.) was found dead at about 3:30 a.m. in his bed in Memphis. Authorities say he passed away in his sleep. Goner Records says, “It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: the Carpetbaggers

Tune in this Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Local/Live, with this week’s guests, the Carpetbaggers. Comprised of WMSE friend Matt “MF” Tyner and backed by Kent “The Colonel” Knapp and Ja-Bo “Boom Boom” Ciz, the Carpetbaggers run the gamut of true American roots, touching on the blues and old-timey country with the soul of rock and roll. Tune in this Tuesday… Read more »

Elvis, the ‘King’ that Would Have Been 75

The one, the only Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi seventy-five years ago, today, and as far as the history of rock & roll goes, Presley left his musical peers some pretty big footprints to follow. Presley didn’t get his start in the spotlight, though. In fact, he preferred stay away from it — as an abnormally… Read more »

Vampire Weekend’s Contra Listening Party

Well, the votes are in, and critics are loving Vampire Weekend’s release, Contra, set for release on January 12th. The NYC band that has fashioned pop catchiness from mining the earlier wrought African lines drawn by Paul Simon, released their first, self-titled disc just shy of two years ago, and critics, college radio and mainstream radio has fallen… Read more »

This Saturday, James Chance live on WMSE

James Chance, the former Milwaukeean with various monikers (his birth name is James Siegfried, but he was also known as James White), was an important figure in the genre of No Wave, adding his jazz saxophone background and experience into his music of choice, art-punk, in the late ’90s in bands such as Teenage Jesus & the… Read more »

WMSE Picks of 2009

Yup. 2009 is pretty much come and gone. What else is there for music geeks to do but compile their lists of favorites and anxiously await the next year in music? Not too much, and the DJs and staff at WMSE have done that and then some. Take a peek at what’s been freaking us… Read more »

Hip Hop Hooray for WMSE’s Holiday Programming

WMSE’s specialty programs are a great testament to our DJs’ great personal record collections and to their creative minds: Dori’s ‘W’, ‘M’, ‘S’, ‘E’ shows, Shopkeeper Ken’s ‘back to school’ themed show, Radio Drill Time’s audio collections of  Scottish pop and Alien Andre’s alphabetized programs are all well-thought out and fun ways to absorb both new and old… Read more »

It’s The Lab Partners

words by Dwellephant I really want to swear, but I can’t (rules being rules and all). I want to swear in that way where you mean nothing but the best. The way you swear when you see something amazing– like a 96-yard punt return with six seconds left on the clock in the final moments of… Read more »

Shine a Light: Mulatu Astatke

WMSE’s broad spectrum programming is renowned: folk, jazz, blues, alternative, hip hop, classical and more is what one can expect on any given day, but we at WMSE realize you can’t catch it all. That’s why we’re here to shine a light on some of the best and most intriguing new sounds that you might hear… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Innocent Civilians

For many musicians, certain time periods and genres of music really hit home and never leave the ‘favorites’ section. Whether it’s old-school swing, 50′s rockabilly or 70′s punk, paying homage to a specific sound while giving it a new revamping is an age-old way to discover new sound without alienating an audience stuck on a… Read more »