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Listen Back: Local/Live with Brett Newski

World-traveler, Brett Newski, was WMSE’s most recent guest on Local/Live; the Milwaukee-via-Madison globetrotter regaled us with his stories as a traveling, one-man band, who picked up an actual band in Saigon and went on to play everywhere from South Africa to Europe. Now, he’s back on his home soil and back as a one-man outfit,… Read more »

Local/Live: June 16 – Brett Newski

Brett Newski moved to Vietnam after becoming jobless, band-less, and girl-less in 2011. There, he wrote nearly 100 power-folk songs in the steaming city of Saigon for his latest release American Folk Armageddon. Newski now tours 200+ dates per year and has been featured in The Boston Globe, NoDepression, Rolling Stone S Africa, Guitar World,… Read more »

Local/Live: June 9 – Jaill (live at Club Garibaldi’s)

On Tuesday, June 9th at 6pm, join WMSE’s Local/Live for a summertime treat. For this very special Local/Live, we are taking the segment to Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior Street) for a live radio segment that is free and open to the public to listen to and participate in (21+ only, please!). Stop by Club… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Sun // Decrease

This week on WMSE’s Local/Live, we hosted improv trio, Sun // Decrease, who were born out of Unrehearsed MKE, a collective that throws local musicians together to write music spontaneously in a live setting. Utilizing that same Unrehearsed MKE mentality, Sun // Decrease takes the improv process one step further by adding inspiration from the… Read more »

Local/Live: June 2 – Sun // Decrease

At the foot of the mountain, the joyous lake: Sun//Decrease is the sound of a cliff extending outward as you walk off.  It is a new collaborative trio consisting of WC Tank (Antler Antennas, Stumblesome), Barry Paul Clark (adoptahighway, Tontine Ensemble) and Devin Drobka (Bell Dance Songs, Lesser Lakes Trio, Lady Cannon). The idea for… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Kia Rap Princess

This week, WMSE welcomed Kia Rap Princess to Local/Live for an energetic and inspiring radio set. Kia, fresh from releasing “her baby” of an album, No Limits, gave that partiuclar album extra special attention on the WMSE airwaves, joined by DJ Moses for her two sets and interview. Kia draws from influences far and wide:… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Estates

On WMSE’s Local/Live this week, we welcomed Estates, who are awaiting the release of a brand new album on Flannel Gurl Records — It’s Great to Be Alone. The band regaled us with their preferred gear to create their heavy sound, musicians that influence them (everyone from The Eagles to Earl Sweatshirt and Metallica) and… Read more »

Local/Live: May 19 – Estates

Estates are a three-piece alternative/emo band from Milwaukee. The band consists of Mike Carini, Charles Markowiak, and Matt Tomashek; the group’s new album It’s Great to Be Alone will be released on Flannel Gurl Records on May 26th. Over two years ago, Milwaukee punk trio, Estates released their first album, reveling even more in the sweet… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with the Scarring Party

Local/Live this week featured Milwaukee’s The Scarring Party, who have been through quite a bit in their ten-plus year career, making a pretty indelible impression with their vast array of instrumentation (tuba, glockenspiel, accordion, marimba, typewriter, etc.)., all sewn together with the carnival barker quality of ringleader, Daniel Bullock’s, classic microphone. The band bids the… Read more »

Local/Live: May 12 – The Scarring Party

If you are from Milwaukee, you know them…but not for long. The Scarring Party might be hard to classify, but everyone who does know them has not forgotten their very specific sound. The key audio components: banjo, tuba, glockenspiel, accordion, oddball percussion and one very unique microphone with frontman Daniel Bullock to back it up,… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Devil Met Contention

Local/Live this week featured Milwaukee’s Devil Met Contention, a former solo project of band leader Ehson Rad. Rad gathered up a solid crew to help him flesh out his songs filled with lots of Cash-esque swagger and Waits’-inspired gravel and growl. The band’s latest EP, American Times, is filled with twangy guitar and sneaky percussion,… Read more »

Local/Live: April 28 – Gauss

Formed in 2012, Gauss is Eddie Chapman, Andy Grygiel, James Brickner and John Larkin. They take their name from Carl Friedrich Gauss, a 19th century German mathematician whose impact can be seen in numerous scientific disciplines. Inspired by his exploration of electromagnetic fields, the band uses their songwriting to manipulate sonic tendencies, drawing from and… Read more »

Local/Live: April 14 – Klassik (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

Milwaukee’s young soulful rapper Klassik already has some pretty big things to cheer about: in 2014, he was named as a “Top 10 Wisconsin Artist to Watch” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and won a Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for “Hip Hop Artist of the Year” in 2013. He  has opened for artists such… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with the Brian Wurch Band

Local/Live this week brought WMSE listeners tunes from Milwaukee’s rock veterans , the Brian Wurch Band. Remember the days of the Psychobunnies? Yeah, we do, too… The Brian Wurch Band released the excellently sappy Say Yes last year and it’s a couple parts Tom Waits, a couple parts Lou Reed and some sweetness from Paul… Read more »

Local/Live: April 7 – The Brian Wurch Band

“The Brian Wurch Band started out as ‘The Gigolo’s” playing on Water Street in the 90’s for tips and laughs. Phil the “human jukebox” Baldus aka Pilo B lead the way on lead vocals and Dennis “Daredevil” Dykstra on drums and vocals, Brian on guitar and vocals, Add Tom “Ironman” Plutshack on the bass. “Brian… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Soup Moat

Local/Live this week brought WMSE listeners the sludge-y goodness of Milwaukee quartet, Soup Moat. The band is celebrating a new release — Enjoy Your Hobbies — on Milwaukee’s Triple Eye Industries and has been out and about on the Milwaukee scene, playing shows at Cocoon Room, Borg Ward and more, recently. Thanks to the band for swinging… Read more »

Local/Live: March 17 – Ara

Ara is a four-piece progressive/technical death metal band, featuring members of the bands Northless and Concentric. Ara began in early 2012 as a culmination of the desires of one Jerry Hauppa and Erik Stenglein to play in a death metal project that borrowed from their influences, without being mere carbon copies. Both Jerry and Erik have/had… Read more »

Local/Live: March 10 – Dryhouse Ruins

Dryhouse Ruins parts are more recognizable than their sum: Damian Strigens currently of Testa Rosa and formerly of Field Report and many more, Jim Warchol, formerly of Sometime Sweet Susan and currently of Death Blues, and Jeff Mitchell, formerly of Field Report and known around town for his solo material, all come together to form… Read more »

Local/Live: March 3 – Greatest Lakes

Greatest Lakes is an indie rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At times, the band’s sound can conjure up similar harmony-driven bands from The Beach Boys to Band of Horses. Infused with intricate vocal harmonies giving you that feel of as if you were riding a jetski through the Arctic Ocean staring up admiring the deep… Read more »

Local/Live: February 24 – Deadset

Formed in December 2013, Deadset is a five-piece melodic hardcore band based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Featuring vocalist Brian Radmond, guitarist and vocalist Ryan Gehrig, guitarist Joe Scheibl, bassist Josh Rardin and drummer, Pat Kiehm, Deadset plays music characterized by heavy riffs, melodic leads and emotive yet aggressive vocals. To date, the band has released… Read more »