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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 »

On WMSE: The Shivvers

The Shivvers are one of Milwaukee’s most well-known and beloved bands, who left a lasting impression amidst the vibrancy of power pop at its height. Jill Kossoris, Jim Richardson, Mike Pyle, Jim Eannelli, Richie Bush, Scott Krueger and Breck Burns all made a name for themselves as the Shivvers in the late 70s and early… 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 »

Today On WMSE: Frankie Lee

Tune into the Tom Wanderer Radio Experience today for a visit from touring musician, Frankie Lee. Lee hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and delves nice n’ easy into country, folk, honky-tonk and twang with a built-in, lived-in style that speaks to his Midwestern roots. Lee’s home city of Minneapolis recently dubbed him the “Best Songwriter of… 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 »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to: The Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers have weathered much since their startup in the mid-90s, and holding it down and together, engagingly, are vocalist/guitarist Mike Cooley and vocalist/guitarist Patterson Hood. The two songwriters met in college and bonded on the basis of music and their origination from the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama. While in college, the two called… 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 »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Lyla Foy

London’s Lyla Foy may gravitate towards the soft-spoken, but Foy uses that quality well to her advantage in writing music that is delicate, intricate and full of interesting dynamics, not normally present in much current music, brimmed with its full-out sonic sweeps. There’s much to say for subtlety and Foy’s otherworldly pop tunes warrant much… 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 »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Ages and Ages

  Ages and Ages‘ latest, Divisionary is full of vim and vinegar, but isn’t exactly about fisticuffs (and with the band’s group singalong, handclapping, boot-stomping vibe, it would be hard to imagine anything getting too rough and tumble, anyhow). The newest music from the west coast group, has got its sights moreso set on weeding out destructive… 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 »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Yellow Ostrich

Alex Schaaf — like scores of youthfully energetic and inquisitive people before him — have had their brains fired up by science, astrophysics and astronomy (and especially the science, astrophysics and astronomy ideals and studies of Carl Sagan). Schaaf recently stumbled into the writings of Sagan that forged the insight and inspiration that turned out… 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 »

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 »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Eagulls

Eagulls, a Leeds-based guitar band, has unwittingly jumped into the long shadows cast by fellow post-punk Brits, Killing Joke, and crafted a likeminded sound of intensely hollowed out post-punk that is filling a void in a modern world of music dripping with self-aware languidity. The welcome contrast has held the States’ notice; Partisan Records (NY)… 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 »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Pontiak

Virginia’s band of brothers (literally), otherwise known as Pontiak, have just released another round of psych-laden sludge, compliments of Thrill Jockey Records and Innocence, ironically, is one helluva quagmire in lyricality. “Wasted in the street / Corrupted and I leave” Pontiak howls on their tenth release to-date (since 2005), Van, Lain and Jennings Carney sound readier… 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 »

Local/Live: February 11 – The Viper and His Famous Orchestra

Burdened with four strings and the truth, The Viper and His Famous Orchestra deliver a powerful blend of street-corner jazz, front-porch country, and meeting-hall agitprop. Their lineup includes the eponymous Viper on ukulele, Rob Henn on trombone, Riley Broach on upright bass, John Peacock on toy piano, stylophone, and melodica, and Edward Burch on suitcase…. Read more »