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Local/Live: December 19 – Altered Five Blues Band

For 15 years, Altered Five Blues Band has been winning audiences with a swaggering stomp of bruising, barrelhouse grit. According to Downbeat magazine, frontman Jeff Taylor “sings powerfully” and “Jeff Schroedl’s live-wire guitar reaches the high bar of mixed invention and fluidity.” Blues Bytes magazine declares the group features “the funkiest rhythm section outside of Memphis.”For its fourth album, Charmed… Read more »

Local/Live: December 12 – WMSE’s Annual Holiday Local/Live with Space Raft & Friends @ Club Garibaldi’s

On Tuesday, December 12th (yes, the SECOND Tuesday of the month for this time, only), WMSE welcomes Space Raft to the stage of Club Garibaldi’s to share in our annual holiday radio tradition with the help of some very special local guest musicians! Join Space Raft for a very Special Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s as… Read more »

Local/Live: December 5 – King Eye & the Squirts

King Eye & the Squirts formed in 2015 after vocalist/guitarist Steve Look and Drummer Jesse Buskov met and shared their affinity for 60’s surf music as co-workers at the late Hotel Foster. Enlisting the help of guitarist Adam Nelson and John the Savage bassist Paul Fleming, the quartet began gigging as an instrumental surf cover… Read more »

Local/Live: November 28 – Detenzione

Detenzione (featuring Amelinda Burich on bass, Eric Apnea on drums, Eric Mayer on guitar and Dan Agacki on vocals) plays hard-edged, fast and furious hardcore. The band takes its cues from Black Flag and barely leaves room for contemplation of any additional influences (or anything, really), given their one minute per song track record. Buckle up and try… Read more »

Local/Live: November 21 – Northless

Since the band’s inception in 2007, Milwaukee’s Northless has been at the forefront of all things sludgy, noisy, and misanthropic. Now in their tenth year, the band brings us their newest full-length, Last Bastion of Cowardice, in partnership with Gilead Media & Halo of Flies (vinyl), Hand of Death (tape), and Init Records (CD). Throughout… Read more »

Local/Live: November 14 – Safari Al

Alexander Kollman (aka “Safari Al” or “s.al”) is “strangely unnerved by huge things, calling them sham. i make music that knows that even a little bit of knowledge can witness everything.” “in order to gain my present standing in the Ruby Yacht Thieves Guild i had to cut off my ears.” location: kenosha, wi /… Read more »

Local/Live: November 7 – The Rhythm Chicken @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE’s Local/Live once again returns to Club Garibaldi’s for another awesome season of monthly Local/Live segments! On Tuesday, November 7th, we welcome the one, the only, Wisconsin legend…the Rhythm Chicken! The Rhythm Chicken is a non-musical enigma wrapped in uncooked bacon. He’s played in the woman’s bathroom at the Cactus Club and to a crowd… Read more »

Local/Live: October 31st – Fox Face

Witchy, twitchy and full of attitude, Fox Face is a fog-swirling, moonlit night where nothing is as it seems. Realized and reckless, this eerie musical force would be as much at ease holding a seance on a stormy, nighttime beach as throwing a rager in a dark, beer-soaked basement bar. Tune into WMSE on Tuesday, October… Read more »

Local/Live: October 24th – Drugs Dragons

“Drugs Dragons are a thing of slime-covered beauty. Led by artist and scene stalwart Puke Drugs (a.k.a. Luke Chappelle), the band spews forth a noxious blend of degenerate metal, snarling punk, and busted psych.” ~Milwaukee Record Tune into WMSE on Tuesday, October 24th to listen to new music from Drugs Dragons as they play a live… Read more »

Local/Live: October 17th – Devils Teeth

Hailing from Milwaukee, Devils Teeth serve blistering amounts of energetic rock ‘n’ roll with nods to surf, punk and spaghetti westerns. Inspired by a steady diet of martial arts films, classic nuggets and Midwestern rock, this gritty garage trio is set to thrill the people of earth. Featuring: Jon Hanusa – Guitar, Vocals Eric Arsnow… Read more »

Local/Live: October 10th – Lili K

“This jazz aristocrat has the kind of chops that stop you in your tracks.” – VIBE Magazine Originally from Milwaukee, Lili began performing in her early years through church and elementary school choirs. By the time she turned ten, she began writing her own original lyrics. Following her completion at Milwaukee High School of the… Read more »

Local/Live: October 3rd – Bo & Airo @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE’s Local/Live once again returns to Club Garibaldi’s for another awesome season of monthly Local/Live segments… On Tuesday, October 3rd, we welcomeMilwaukee’s Bo & Airo straight off of the release of their debut EP ‘I’. You can join WMSE and Bo & Airo at Club Garibaldi’s as we team up for this live radio show…. Read more »

Local/Live: September 12 – Dead Is Dead

Dead is Dead write patient songs with a metallic edge with a slight lean towards the darker side of post rock. Comprised of guitarist Eric Madl, bassist Nick Sheppard and drummer Mark Sheppard, Dead is Dead create patient and moody post metal, trading in the uniformity and unabashed Black Sabbath influence of their contemporaries for something far less gimmicky and far more organic. While… Read more »

Local/Live: September 5th – GGOOLLDD @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE’s Local/Live once again returns to Club Garibaldi’s for another awesome season of monthly Local/Live segments! On Tuesday, September 5th, we kick the season off with a bang with the energetic and ever-popular synth-poppers, GGOOLLDD before they head off on a massive tour and out of Milwaukee, permanently to call Baton Rouge home. You can join… Read more »

Local/Live: August 29th – Bootleg Bessie

Experience a modern revival of the classic Southern Delta Blues sound with Milwaukee three-piece, Bootleg Bessie. Mark Becker (bass), Josh Rauen (guitar + lead vocals) and Richard “Dicky” Paul (drums) pay tribute to American roots rock with high-energy, instrumental improvisations, exploring artists who helped influence the tried and true classic rock sound. The band’s latest release, Here… Read more »

Local/Live: August 22nd – Snag

Snag confronts themes of antipathy for late-capitalism, police violence, and environmental catastrophe with fury and despair. Theirs is a generation with a deep sense of injustice and impending loss. They draw influence from the early 2000s touchstones City of Caterpillar, Majority Rule, and Brand New, bands that informed an adolescent sneer that has matured into… Read more »

Local/Live: August 15th – Rose of the West

Milwaukee’s Rose of the West creates cinematic and dreamy synth-pop with a dark side, juxtaposing both cool and warm atmospherics, lead by Gina Barrington’s otherworldly vocals. Barrington’s knack for storytelling on the band’s debut singles – “Hunters Will” and “Love & War” – lends depth to those cool and warm sounds where nothing is as it seems,… Read more »

Local/Live: August 1st – Moon Rats

A collection of Milwaukee music-scene veterans have formed a new band, Moon Rats, and are stoked to announce the release of their debut album, Highway Lord. The band itself is an amalgamation of musicians from bands (Calliope, The Rashita Joneses, Sonic J and Myles Coyne) whose styles range wildly from folk to psych and stoner… Read more »

Local/Live: July 25th – Coyote

Coyote is a four piece rock ‘n’ roll band out of southern Wisconsin. 2017 has the band touring their Wisconsin stomping grounds and surrounding Midwestern states in celebration of the release of their debut record Fool’s Gold. A musical anecdote of sorts, from natural landscapes to vibrant cities, the album is a reflection of the… Read more »

Local/Live: July 18th – Strangelander

Strangelander is: Steve Peplin, David Wake, Amanda Huff, Aaron Gardner, Jeremy Kuzniar, Michael Ritter and Patrick Reinholz; a collective of likeminded musicians who create jazz with warm humanity, connecting sound + mind together. “Jazz guitarist Steve Peplin rounded up [this] cast of elite Milwaukee talent for his latest project, Strangelander, a band including De La Buena… Read more »

Local/Live: July 11th – Liv Mueller

Wipe your tears, put on your Sunday best & listen. Milwaukee’s Liv Mueller is a songstress who has lived in the likes of Nashville, Austin and the fine Midwest. Her vocals are a beautiful combination of sparkle and smoke, taking any listener to another time,when artists like Peggy Lee and Connie Francis reigned. Liv started… Read more »

Local/Live: June 20th – Brain-Bats

Raised on a steady diet of B-movies, 50’s horror comics, and all things schlock, Brain-Bats play dark, frantic punk rock that is definitely not of this world. Formed in 2016, the band features former members of Milwaukee bands Burning Sons, Cry Coyote, Plastic Pets, Jones Island Flood, & Sleazybeats. On June 24th, 2017 they will… Read more »

Local/Live: June 13th – Rocket Cat

  Milwaukee’s Rocket Cat guitarist Christopher Guse (Parallel), bassist Dave Maurer (Parallel, Signal Daddy), drummer Steve Vorass (I’m not a Pilot, Bright Black, Mouse Corn) and vocalist/lyricist Justine Trudeaux (Smack Leveaux) skillfully blend their backgrounds for a combination that yields a supercharged sound that’s at once fresh and familiar, forward-focused and reflective, unpredictable yet accessible, and… Read more »

Local/Live: June 6th – Joseph Huber

  Joseph Huber was a founding member of Milwaukee’s .357 String Band. The .357 String band, despite it’s abrupt breakup, still continues to gain popularity and is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent insurgent country and bluegrass movement. As a solo musician, Huber has been prolific and gaining ground; Huber’s… Read more »

Local/Live: May 30th – Match Stick

Match Stick is a tour-de-force rock/jazz fusion group from Milwaukee featuring Max Bowen on guitar, Mitch Shiner on vibraphone, Steve Peplin on bass VI and Nick Lang on drums. With influences ranging from the Mahavishnu Orchestra to Rage Against the Machine, Match Stick performs their original compositions with technical wizardry and deep musicality. Tune into… Read more »

Local/Live: May 23rd – Cairns

  Cairns began back in early 2013 following the release of a self-titled EP. Back then, the live format was simpler and quieter, staying truer to the bedroom recordings done by John Larkin. The project was originally intended to remain in a simple format – light percussion, sparse acoustic/electric guitar, keyboard – but quickly built… Read more »

Local/Live: May 16th – WebsterX

  After signing to Chicago-based label Closed Sessions last year, Milwaukee rapper WebsterX has delivered his full-length debut, Daymares. The 15-track project is a deeply personal dive into the rapper’s psyche, as he wrestles with his doubts and fears, but, ultimately, provides glimmers of hope throughout. The cohesive effort centers around Milwaukee, and WebsterX enlists… Read more »

Local/Live: May 9 – Ravi/Lola

Ravi/Lola is a 60’s inspired psychedelic baroque/neo-toytown pop group from Milwaukee. Ravi/Lola began as a home recording project in 2008 by Casey Seymour with collaborators James Green and Nick Wieczorkowski. Two albums (Ravi/Lola, II: Ravi’s Tramadol) and 5 EPs (Collections 3-7) have been released from the home recording era. In 2015, the band evolved into… Read more »

Local/Live: April 25 – the Fatty Acids

There comes a point in every long-running band’s career when listeners (and writers) start tossing around words like “veterans” and “fixtures.” Ready or not, The Fatty Acids have arrived at that point. Over the course of seven-plus years, three full-length albums, and an untold number of shows, the frantic and ebullient Fatties have become stalwart stars of… Read more »

Local/Live: April 18– Gauss

Gauss is a Milwaukee musical collective formed in 2012 with origins in the Riverwest basement scene. Punk music inspires their ethos and intensity and a desire to escape punk music propels their continual evolution in sound and songwriting. Now featuring trumpet, violin, and keys, Gauss appears to be a post-rock chamber group. However, they’re equally… Read more »