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Local/Live: May 2 – Sara and Kenny @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE travels to Club Garibaldi’s on Tuesday, May 2nd to host another great evening of local music for our Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s series. It’s the final one until September, so join us! “School’s out for summer!” Milwaukee’s husband and wife duo, Sara and Kenny, combine the best of jazz and folk for a captivating… 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 »

A Trip to Bandcamp With: Bum alum

words by Erica Walburg Previously called Bum Ileum, John Griffin and Shae Lappen have released a three-song demo under their updated name, Bum alum. The duo, originally from Pierre, South Dakota, relocated to Milwaukee a few years ago. Dreamy, lilting cocoons of sound coupled with bombastic synth fill the short but sweet EP with psychedelic, experimental… 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 »

Local/Live: April 11– CTT

  Milwaukee’s CTT’s debut self-titled album spins tales of the desperate road, convenience store trysts, Rust Belt anthems and memoirs of unbridled lonesome success. Equal parts punk, blues, country and metal instill the tracks with a mix of elements true to the experience of a Mack truck crashing into a fast food drive-thru for after… Read more »

Local/Live: March 28– Rocket Paloma

Rocket Paloma is a four-piece rock outfit with a heavy folk foundation and progressive edge based out of Milwaukee.  Their music blends imaginative leads atop a forceful and driving rhythm section with soaring vocals and crafted storytelling. Starting off as a solo act, Joey Kerner assembled a band to further enhance the impact of her… Read more »

Local/Live: March 21– Def Harmonic

Jason Todd (“JTodd “) and Lia Manley-DeRuiter (“Lunaversol9”) are no strangers to Milwaukee’s hip hop scene, although they do dip out for lengthy periods. Todd’s prowess on the beats and cagey vocal delivery paired Manley-DeRuiter’s smooth poetry makes the pair’s ear-turning brand of blended funk, soul, electro and hip hop into something that’s energizing, sweet and… Read more »

Local/Live: March 14 – Twin Brother @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE once again travels to Club Garibaldi’s to host a live performance by a local musician or group for our monthly Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s series! On Tuesday, March 14th, enjoy the newest sounds of Milwaukee’s revamped Twin Brother by listening over the airwaves or by participating as an audience member – this event is… Read more »

Local/Live: March 7– the Hullmen

The Hullmen were recently described as “intriguing hard rock from Wisconsin ” by Maximum Rock and Roll magazine, which while odd, is right on the nail. For nine years and counting, the Hullmen have been pummeling punk, surf, garage and rock into their own distinct formula. The Hullmen are Milwaukee scene vets that have a strong… Read more »

Local/Live: February 28 — the Zach Pietrini Band

Rooted in Milwaukee, the Zach Pietrini Band is a five-piece Americana force. They craft brutally honest, instantly familiar songs that uphold old country standards but incorporate new rock sensibilities. With the diverse approach of Gram Parsons, the writing style of Ryan Adams, and the live show of Jason Isbell, the Zach Pietrini Band is the… Read more »

Local/Live: February 21 – Piles

Piles is a three piece band from Milwaukee including Nolan on bass and vocals, Drew on drums, and Jesse on guitar and vocals.  Piles will be releasing their second LP, Expeller, on Gloss Records on March 14th. Tune into WMSE on Tuesday, February 21st to hear a live performance of their newest songs and an interview… Read more »

Local/Live: February 7 – Zed Kenzo @ Club Garibaldi’s

Zecháriah Ruffin — “Zed Kenzo” — is a multifaceted musician. Having spent time in choirs and learning piano as a young child to fronting a hardcore band  (Youth Crush), Ruffin eventually gravitated more into  singing and rapping over her own beats. Zed Kenzo is a natural-born collaborator and has written, recorded, produced and released a… Read more »

Local/Live: January 31 – Haunter

Haunter is a ramshackle outfit of slackers currently residing in Milwaukee. The group started making music in Stevens Point back in 2011, released two full albums, two EPs, and then in late 2015 began writing and recording for their newest, biggest album, Worm. Worm is an exploration of all the sounds you heard coming out… Read more »

Local/Live: January 24 – The Pukes

The Pukes came together during the spring of 2015 in a fit of spontaneity; Jules Frank (who crawled out from the swamps of Florida where he was raised  by alligators, relying heavily on the native Garfish and snails for sustenance)  first met the often elusive Sam Sharkey at the West Allis Karaoke State Championship. Not… Read more »

Local/Live: January 17 – The Glacial Speed

The Glacial Speed began in 2014 when long time friends and musical collaborators Ashley Altadonna and Mike Carey (both formerly of the band, New Blind Nationals) started writing songs together again after nearly a decade-long hiatus. They were joined by Chris Van Gompel (Ifihadahifi) and Kyle Martin (Kings Horses, Two Room Honeymoon) and started playing… Read more »

Local/Live: January 10 – Vincent VanGREAT

  One might first recognize Vincent VanGREAT as a producer from Milwaukee’s SAFS Crew, but recently (and more than ever), his singular name is sticking out since creating and releasing his own material last year. His solo debut UnGREATful, was released in June and at it’s release, he told Milwaukee Record that his “Crew” still majorly influenced his… Read more »

Local/Live: December 20 – LBN667

Milwaukee’s bedroom maestro of ethereally minimalistic electro-hip hop soundscapes a la Boards Of Canada, Casino Versus Japan and The Books is called LBN667 who has been releasing music on SoundCloud, Bandcamp and other avenues since 2012. His most recent release is called Leviathan; expect to hear his newest tracks from that release on Local/Live. Tune into WMSE… Read more »

Local/Live: December 13 – Dramatic Lovers

Dramatic Lovers take their name from the Italian anarchists that once upon time, held weekly meetings at the Cactus Club in Bay View, Wisconsin. Like those political crusaders of yesteryear, Dramatic Lovers (the band), have spent the past 20 years or so in various musical incarnations drinking, dreaming and playing shows together at The Cactus Club…. Read more »

Local/Live: December 6 – The Mighty Reindeerlick @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE merrily invites you to our monthly Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s series on Tuesday, December 6th with Milwaukee’s most raucous holiday revelers, the Mighty Reindeerlick. Join us for our annual holiday Local/Live program by listening over the airwaves or by participating as an audience member – this event is FREE and open to the 21+… Read more »

Local/Live: November 29 – Acanthrophis

Acanthrophis is a blackened death metal band who formed in Milwaukee in spring of 2016 with the hopes of recreating and progressing upon the approach of ’90s bands like Dissection, Naglfar and God Dethroned. While modern takes on extreme metal have gone a more abstract route, Acanthrophis seeks to return to the use of melodic… Read more »

Local/Live: November 22 – Mead Lake’s Most Wanted

Mead Lake’s Most Wanted is: Charles Nevsimal (vocals, piano), Steev Baker (rhythm guitar, harmonies) B.J. Best (accordion, banjo, dulcimer), Joshua Beam (lead guitar), Michael Christian (lap steel), Rob Eckert (bass), Andy Truax (drums), Zach Pietrini (drums). From the band: “Mead Lake’s Most Wanted is an accidental band. Since February 2004, we’ve called ourselves a writers group, meeting monthly in bars and, twice a… Read more »

Local/Live: November 15 – Honeymooners

  Honeymooners is the solo project of Eli Smith (previously of Wasted Islands and Lost Spirit). The project started in May of 2012 when he was 16. It began as a solo, acoustic project and has gradually amassed different musical layers since, currently residing at the intersection of experimental music/sound art and more conventionally structured… Read more »

Local/Live: November 8 – Luxi

Luxi has been experimenting with electronic music since around 2007, transforming her more traditional song writing towards the obscure after taking an interest in computer programming and recording, she calls her style “futuregrungepop” while being influenced by a wide range of musical genres, including artists such as Portishead, Fever Ray, Pictureplane, Balam Acab, Tricky, Radiohead,… Read more »

Local/Live: November 1 – B~Free (with Foreign Goods) @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE is excited to welcome B~Free to our monthly Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s series on Tuesday, November 1st. Join us by listening over the airwaves or by participating as an audience member – this event is FREE and open to the 21+ public and lots of fun! B~Free will be joined by Milwaukee’s Foreign Goods as her backing band…. Read more »

Local/Live: October 25 – Soul Low

  Soul Low was born out of teenage jam sessions, late nights studying Milwaukee rock and roll, and a spirited sense of irreverence. With Jake Balistrieri on lead vocals and guitar, Charlie Celenza as the rhythm section, Sam Gehrke on bass, and Sean Hirthe providing keyboards and saxophone, Soul Low’s story began when they were just Milwaukee… Read more »

Local/Live: October 18 – Parallel

“Parallel mixes vocals, piano, electric cello, drums and bass/guitar to deliver its own brand of rocking poetry. From high energy, driving rhythms to rich, dark, emotive melodies, Parallel provides a captivating juxtaposition of texture and instrumentation in its approach to indie rock.” Tune into WMSE on Tuesday, October 18th to hear a live performance and interview with Parallel – WMSE.org… Read more »

Local/Live: October 4 – Abby Jeanne @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE 91.7FM is excited to welcome Abby Jeanne to our monthly Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s series on Tuesday, October 4th. Join us by listening over the airwaves or by participating as an audience member – this event is FREE and open to the 21+ public and lots of fun! In 2010 Abby Jeanne hit the… Read more »

Local/Live: September 27 – Siren

Milwaukee’s Siren (Katie Lafond), has solidified her presence in the scene with her memorable appearances and recordings with locals New Age Narcissism, Lex Allen, WebsterX and Kiings (listen to “Exoskeletal Love”, here). Siren’s stage presence and pipes make a statement that is truly her own, even with echoes of Adele, Grimes, Beyoncé and Amy Winehouse. As Siren ventures into releasng a debut solo… Read more »