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Mashing it Up With the Hood Internet

The way of the mash-up is something that Milwaukee is familiar with judging by the huge turnout for the in-the-limelight, one-man-show of Girl Talk’s 2008 election night gala. The crowd not only came and saw, they participated in Girl Talk’s high energy mixing, hovering and dancing over and around the skinny  kid in the sweatband as he… Read more »

Tonight at Mad Planet! The King Khan & BBQ Show!

  Fresh out of hot water and into the delightfully cool environs of Milwaukee and the Mad Planet, the King Khan & BBQ Show will be making a near-ending tour stop tonight in celebration of their latest release Invisible Girl. The duo, known as much for their combination of doo-wop and garage-rock as for their stage antics and extracurricular shenanigans, have… Read more »

Tonight On Local/Live: On the Porch

Inspirations of Dylan, Tweedy, Young and Springsteen — some of music’s most notable heavyhitters — come to life in Milwaukee-based trio On the Porch. Scott Hanson, Chris Bausch and Michael Hieb have been creating their folk-rock compositions together for a couple years, but have recently started playing out, joining forces with artists such Heligoats and Bryan Cherry. Hanson, with the aid… Read more »

The Gold Watch Trio: This Sunday at Woodland Pattern

What: The Gold Watch Trio, performing at Woodland Pattern Book Center  Who: The Gold Watch Trio=Glenn Kotche (drums), Jason Roebke (double bass), John Corbett (guitar) When: Sunday, November 29th @ 7 p.m. Where: Woodland Pattern Book Center is located at 720 E. Locust Street. More info at Woodlandpattern.org. Why: -Before Glenn Kotche became involved in Wilco (he’s currently their drummer), he was… Read more »

Musical Sustenance

Happy Thanksgiving week, WMSE listeners! We hope that your holiday is filled with good times, good food and lots of good music. We’re helping take care of that last part by capably filling the airwaves with delicious sounds throughout the holiday (tune in to hear delicious tunes tomorrow from Grasscutter Andy from both 9 a.m. –… Read more »

Tonight: AA Bondy (Oh, and Jesus Lizard and Electric 6, too)

  Tonight couldn’t get much busier for the fine folks at WMSE Radio (we’re sponsoring not one, not two, but THREE shows!): the Jesus Lizard is at Turner, Electric 6 is at Mad Planet and AA Bondy will be at Club Garibaldi’s. How do we manage to be in three places at the same time? Magic, my friends. Magic. Whichever show you choose to see tonight, make sure to… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: 2morrow Evr After

Tonight’s guest on Local/Live is 2morrow Evr After, formed from the ashes of famed local legends Woolton Parrish. Power-pop rock is makes it back around again with this five-piece of veteran rockers who have a few more rocking riffs up their collective sleeves, yet. In a recent interview with Info Magazine, vocalist/guitarist Stacy Maloney  mentions that he and his band mates… Read more »

Local Lunchbox Round-Up

Every weekday, Local Lunchbox focuses on the tasty, local audio treats, we, at WMSE have stashed on our awesome library shelves. Faux Eyes, Erin, Melissa, Dori and Buzz spin local rock, pop,  experimental, country, hip hop, metal, noise and garage tunes to keep you, the listener, on the up and up about your old favorites and new… Read more »

Tom Wanderer’s Rolling Stones Blues

The Blues Drive on WMSE features the best of the new and the cream of the crop of the old-school blues every weekday on WMSE. Some blues DJs choose to pick through the new stacks. Some find revisiting the past the best place to share the artists that turned them onto the genre years ago. Cosmo Cruz… Read more »

Brendan Benson/Cory Chisel Stop at Exclusive Co. Before Playing Turner Hall Tonight

Remember Brendan Benson? Yeah, he’s the dude from The Raconteurs, but before he traded riffs with Jack White and Co. he was penning hook-y pop songs left and right on his own, winning the affections of fans of his own with his super-catchy and big-chorded songs on his early 2000′s releases Lapalco and The Alternative to Love. Benson will be… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Sharapova

Lo-fi music often gets reined into the sub-three minute category, but Milwaukee’s Sharapova has found a way around this outdated idea. The quartet delves into compositions that reach around the five minute mark, exploring intricate drum and guitar patterns, patronizing the minor chord like the proper post-punk/noise group that they are. Don’t expect impromptu tennis matches in… Read more »

Dinosaur Jr.’s New Era of Rock

  Dinosaur Jr. may have banded together well over two decades ago, but their latest release, Farm, has proven that nothing has shaken loose over that course, despite band mate flip-flops and a brief hiatus in the late 90′s/early 00′s. One of the first bands to make it big in the burgeoning indie alternative scene in the 80′s… Read more »

Jay Ryan Tonight at the Sugar Maple and Live, On WMSE Today

Chicago artist/musician [Dianogah] Jay Ryan’s silkscreen print shop The Bird Machine churns out poster magickry as though it were the most natural thing in the world.  Storybook scenes, odd animals and creatures peep out of the corners of posterboard etched with the names of notable indie bands such as Death Cab for Cutie,Andrew Bird, Mudhoney, the Sea and Cake, Low and Built to Spill make Ryan’s work both eye-catching and dream-inducing. Milwaukee… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Rehyn

Local pianist/vocalist Rehyn (Ren) brings a skill and experience to her youthful compositions,  unique to most youthful singer/songwriters, her knack for storytelling from the heart apparent in her 2008 EP A Time to Fly. Rehyn demonstrates her capability to be quite comfortable adding a little brassy soul to her pop, too. Listen to Rehyn, live on WMSE tonight for… Read more »

Drummer from Maserati Passes Away at Age 34

The following article was taken from Rolling Stone and was written by Daniel Kreps. Read the article in its entirety, online at Rollingstone.com. “Gerhardt “Jerry” Fuchs, a drummer for indie-rock bands like !!!, the Juan MacLean and most recently Maserati, died early Sunday morning, November 8th, after falling down an elevator shaft. Fuchs was 34. LCD Soundsystem’s… Read more »

A WMSE/Discovery World Halloween Tradition

The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming! And, along with them, they’re bringing Milwaukee band, John the Savage. Really! Discovery World and 91.7 FM, WMSE, once again present a live recreation of Orson Welles’ and the Mercury Theater on the Air’s 1938 production of the War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Tune in tonight to 91.7 FM to listen to… Read more »

Local Singers/Songwriters Take the Stage Tonight at Linnemans

Linnemans Riverwest Inn is a regular host to singer/songwriters (their acoustic open mic night on Wednesdays is a testament to this). Tonight, Linnemans throws together some of the best in local indie folk, country and rock in a showcase which shows off local talent in a relaxed and inviting environment. The line up for the evening… Read more »

Tonight! Radio Drill Time Features Stanley Ryan Jones

WMSE pledge drive time is prime time for special events, performances, interviews and the like and Thursday nights mean listening to either the music stylings of WMSE DJ Jules or Radio Drill Time (featuring radio magickry by WMSE Station Manager Tom Crawford and local Bus Stop Label owner, Brian Kirk). Tonight, Radio Drill Time brings us the man behind the… Read more »

Live on WMSE This Afternoon: Chris Smither

With a gravely grasp on folk vocals much like Dylan, himself, Bostonian Chris Smither takes his cues from the range of Mississippi John Hurt and Randy Newman. Smithers’ best-known songs “I Feel the Same” and “Love You Like a Man” have both been covered by Bonnie Raitt. Raised in New Orleans, Smither moved to Boston in the 60′s to pursue music… Read more »

Halloween: Zero Hour Sums it Up

Words by WMSE DJ Andy Turner of Zero Hour Ahhhhh, Halloween, such a lovely celebration of all that is goofy and trashy. Devilish and scary, too? Sometimes.  Boozy? Yes, please. But for me, the season is most of all an excuse to play a lot of fun, twisted songs, many of which were recorded decades… Read more »

Metal Mondays: Jason of WMSE’s Team Metal Gives Us His Top Picks

words by WMSE DJ Jason Ellis of Team Metal Funebrarum – The Sleep of Morbid Dreams Angry old school worship death metal. From the US, even. They sound like they belong with the founders of the genre. A great blend of vintage Swedish and US death metal styles. Super recommended. Arckanum – ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ Johan “Shamaatae” Lahger has been doing Arckanum… Read more »

Casino Versus Japan Tonight @ CMJ

In the final hours of the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, Milwaukee’s (now by way of Kentucky) IDM [‘intelligent dance music’] wizard, Erik Kowalski (Casino Versus Japan) will be performing tonight at midnight at the Cameo Gallery for Carpark Records’ 10th anniversary party. Kowalski got his start sampling music from television shows as a kid and moved onto found sounds, eventually… Read more »

Invade Rome Makes CMJ 2009 Their Next Conquest

The CMJ Music Marathon. It has so much of New York wrapped around it, that sometimes it’s easy to forget the other cities in between, far and wide, who are generously sharing their hometown bands for this week of college radio hoopla and showcases. Milwaukee is one of those cities. This week, CMJ sees locals such as… Read more »

Happy CMJ Music Marathon Week, 2009!

Each Fall, New York is flooded with hordes of new musicians and bands, courtesy of music mavens, the College Music Journal (CMJ). CMJ’s annual music marathon, around since 1980, initially started out as a small, New York-centric showcase to introduce new, breaking artists in college radio, it quickly morphed into a multiple-venue, nearly week-long event that pulls… Read more »

WMSE’s One-Day Pre-Drive Push is Rockin’. Literally.

There are two things you need to know about today: WMSE is in the middle of our one-day, pre-drive push. RIGHT NOW! This is where all you supporters of community-powered, independent radio step in and pitch us a little help before our official Fall pledge drive hits. Help shorten the length of the drive in the easiest… Read more »

A Preview of Milwaukee’s Blank Generation: Johnny Thunders

Milwaukee’s Blank Generation: the title of the 2010 WMSE wall calendar is enough imagery in and of itself. Attitude reigned from 1979 – 1981, where Milwaukee resident and photographer Stanley Ryan Jones shot portraits of Milwaukee’s punk and New Wave club scene, hopping from the East Side to Downtown and Riverwest in search of some of the… Read more »

Tonight on Local/Live: Decapitado

Anyone who caught the blistering set by Decapitado at WMSE’s Radio Summer Camp this past summer, were probably picking their collective  jaws up off the floor from the utter intensity of the group, three-strong. After getting those jaws in working order, probably came the exclamation, ‘wait…isn’t that they guy from Die Kreuzen?’. Yep. Former Die Kreuzen founder and… Read more »