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Posts Categorized: In-Studio Performances

Local/Live: July 8 – New Red Moons

The New Red Moons are an all-original, energetic rock trio who combine sparse, punchy instrumentals with soaring melodies and lush harmonies. Grabbing inspiration from 60s rock, old-timey folk and modern lo-fi, the New Red Moons have been building a fan-base in Milwaukee and the Midwest with five years of breathtaking performances and two full-length albums…. Read more »

Local/Live: July 1 – Apollo Vermouth

Apollo Vermouth was born from the somber remains of cloudy memories, personal psychedelics, and suburban decay – operating as a distant siren out of Milwaukee’s experimental underbelly. Her transmissions point skyward as allusive sonic memoirs, slowly floating back to the earth as testaments of a much larger context: hope, honesty, and love for those trapped… Read more »

Local/Live: June 24 – Lisa Ridgely & the Fainting Room

Lisa Ridgely, founder and leader of her Fainting Room crew, started performing as a solo singer-songwriter in 2009, and started her solo career collaborating with local musicians including Sigmund Snopek and Chris DeMay, among others. Her solo efforts grew into a full band in 2011 (Lisa Ridgely & The Fainting Room); an acoustic singer-songwriter meets Americana… Read more »

Local/Live: June 17 – M-Nat

M-Nat is a rapper/songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nat’s earliest musical experiences consisted of him playing instruments such as the trumpet and violin. Son of two Indian immigrants and socially reserved, Nat always had difficulties assimilating and fitting in at school. His parents operated a small convenience store in the inner city of Milwaukee and would… Read more »

Local/Live: June 10 – Calamity Janes & the Fratney Street Band

On a snowy evening in February 2013, over tea and coconut muffins, folk-bluegrass outfit Calamity Janes and the Fratney Street Band was born. From their first kitchen floor practice to an avalanche of performances throughout southeastern Wisconsin, Calamity Janes FSB center their original music around breathtaking three-part female harmonies. Coupled with the band’s upright bass,… Read more »

Local/Live: May 27 — Calliope

Calliope is a blues-y psych-rock quartet forged between the forces of the sun and the moon in a dingy basement sometime during the year of our lord, 2011. Their organ heavy self-titled debut [2013] showcased their reverberated garage rock vibe and was hailed as “a rollicking collection of retrofitted psychedelic blues songs.” Since then, Calliope… Read more »

Local/Live: May 20 – Reynaldo Jenkins & the Teardrops

With an energetic live show and classic sounds inspired by doo wop and rockabilly, Reynaldo Jenkins & the Teardrops – lead by Joshua Kristopeit – is plenty full of swagger, playing to Roy Orbison’s croons, Jon Spencer’s strut and the Black Lips’ rowdy, devil-may-care attitude. The group formed in 2010 and inspired Kristopeit to turn… Read more »

Local/Live: May 13 – GGOOLLDD

“GGOOLLDD is awesome, if you’re into that sort of thing.” From the airwaves of WMSE, to the posts of CMJ, newbie Milwaukee group GGOOLLDD has been turning up a lot of praise for their electro-pop ditties. Tune into WMSE’s Local/Live at 6pm on Tuesday, May 13th to hear for yourself. Follow: Facebook Listen: Bandcamp

Local/Live: May 6 – Zach Pietrini & the Broken Bones

Zach Pietrini & the Broken Bones  walk the fence between worlds:  grit and optimism, old and new, folk and roots with a rock libido.  Although Americana at its core and crafted from blues, Pietrini and the Broken Bones offer up a world of comfortable influences that are delightfully familiar; American roots music, outlaw country, and… Read more »

Local/Live: April 29 – Tim Schweiger and the Middlemen

Tim Schweiger & the Middlemen play a Midwestern blend of indie pop and classic rock. Tim is the guy that plays guitar for Tommy Stinson [the Replacements, Guns N Roses, Soul Asylum], Paul Collins [the Beat, the Nerves], Peter Case [Plimsouls, the Nerves], the Midwest Beat and Trapper Schoepp & the Shades and writes his… Read more »

Download: In-Studio Performances

It’s been a little while since we posted up recordings from in-studio and Local/Live performances, so today you’re getting a nice little batch of recordings to stream or download from both local and international artists. Band: The Midwest Beat Song: “High Life” Recorded: March 18, 2014 Program: Local/Live Location: Bob & Genie Friedman Live Performance… Read more »

Local/Live: April 15 – I’m Not a Pilot

Milwaukee indie rock band I’m Not a Pilot takes its name from frontman Mark Glatzel’s musings on the idea of the control, or lackthereof, that one has over life. With intricately melodic songs about this uncertainty, Mark, with brother Matthew Glatzel on bass, drummer Steve Vorass Jr. and cellist Peter Thomas, the group pulls off dark… Read more »

Local/Live: April 8 – Nomad Palace

Nomad Palace is the superhero name for Nate Zabriskie, who makes largely instrumental electronic music.  Among his biggest genre-influences are hip hop, world music, IDM, ambient, and experimental.  Accompanying Nate in the studio will be fellow computersoundmaker Erik Schoster, a.k.a. He Can Jog.  Erik and Nate make up two thirds of the band Cedar A.V…. Read more »

Local/Live: April 1 – Burning Sons

Milwaukee’s Burning Sons spent the last four years playing metallic- tinged hardcore punk with a string of records released on California’s legendary Mystic Records label and vocalist Dillon Hallen, guitarist Carl Steinhagen, and drummer Dan DuChaine have accumulated over one hundred shows, to date (pretty busy guys, eh?). Along with newcomer bassist Ed Knecht, Burning… Read more »

Local/Live: March 25 – Bright Kind

Bright Kind is the answer to the question, “Is there room for one more sonic layer?” In 2012, longtime bandmates Jeanna Salzer, Harrison Dole, and Alex Bunke decided to take their sound in a new direction, forming Bright Kind. Based on their love for thrift-store synthesizers, a good hook, and driving rhythm, they recruited keyboard player Eric… Read more »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: The Sharrows

Madison’s the Sharrows do roots rock in an dusty, easygoing whirlwind, much like early Neil Young, Wilco, North Mississippi All Stars and all others who have spun yarns long, and sepia-toned. Employing a bucket of acoustic instrumentation and throwing a bit of keys in to messy things up, the Sharrows sway back and forth between “good-time… Read more »

Local/Live: March 18 – The Midwest Beat

Sweethearts of the Milwaukee Rodeo, The Midwest Beat rides again! Sidestepping the perils inherent in being a gaggle of upper Midwestern, plaid shirt wear-ers with an ear cocked towards the Americana side of the spectrum, The Midwest Beat manages to fuse the disparate elements of punk, twang, power pop and Bakersfield-esque country rock into a… Read more »

Local/Live: March 11 – Yo Dot

Rapper Demetrius Bennett–aka Yo Dot–is a Milwaukee native who has come to prominence as part of the Umbrella Music group, alongside such local hip-hop mainstays such as Prophetic, Kash and Tay Butler. Growing up on Milwaukee’s Northwest side, Dot used hip-hop music as an outlet to escape the troubles and temptation that plague inner-city neighborhoods… Read more »

Tune In: A Performance With Goitse

Goitse is a flourishing, highly talented five piece band, fast making a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish traditional music. Their fast-paced energetic playing has seen them enjoying a growing fan base through show-stopping performances in Ireland, America, Finland, Denmark and even Africa. Goitse performs at… Read more »

Local/Live: March 4 – The Mike Benign Compulsion

The Mike Benign Compulsion is led by the one and only Mike Benign… Joined by Milwaukee musical veterans Joe Vent, Brian Wooldridge and Mike Koch, this collective group has written and played with local acts such as Blue in The Face, The Wooldridge Brothers, The Yell Leaders, Arms & Legs & Feet, The Joker’s Henchmen,… Read more »

Local/Live: February 25 – Ivy Spokes

In 2011, Ivy Spokes unveiled their unique style of indie pop-rock – dubbed “bio-digital” – with the release of their debut EP, Chaos to Cosmos. The opening track, “In Dreams,” earned the band a Wisconsin Area Music Award (WAMI) nomination for ‘Song of the Year’. Since then, the band has toured the Midwest music scene… 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 »

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 »