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Local/Live: September 29 – Will It Burn

Milwaukee’s husband and wife trip-hop duo, Will It Burn think of their music as “upcycling for the ears.” Featuring “Em” on the vocals and “Eight” on the beats, Will It Burn make it their art to take snippets of forgotten musical history and refashion those snippets, recovering lost words, poetry, phrases and decades-old culture by searching… Read more »

Local/Live: September 22 – El Valiente

El Valiente, fronted by Eric Caldera, a native Texan, grew up playing in Austin and San Antonio. Riding the dusty wave of Texas, Caldera made his move to Madison, Wisconsin and continued his penchant for writing music full of slow-burning and sparkly electric guitars, evoking the vast landscape he had just left. The Onion (A.V…. Read more »

Local/Live: September 15 – Phylums

Like a spore in a petri-dish, Phylums slowly cultivated in the dank basements of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2011. With a common goal of creating stripped-down, primitive rock n’ roll, members of Wisconsin acts Goodnight Loving, Head On Electric and Holy Sh** started banging out three-chord homages to the Sonics, Creedence, the Monks…any band with a… Read more »

Local/Live: September 8 – The Grasping At Straws

Out of “drinkers’ paradise” Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Grasping at Straws blend the sounds of old Americana, country, and blues with a more modern, dissonant rock energy. With a canon of eclectic and catchy songs, the Straws use the traditional tools of multiple harmonies, banjo, guitar, fiddle and upright bass to create a well-rounded offering. Tune into… Read more »

Local/Live: August 18 – The Dub Sea Tank Quintet (live at Club Garibaldi’s)

On Tuesday, August 18th at 6pm, join WMSE’s Local/Live for yet another summertime treat. For this special (and final summer venue edition of) Local/Live, we are again taking the segment to Club Garibaldi (2501 S. Superior Street) for not only a live radio segment that is free and open to the public to listen to… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with SIN BAD

Local/Live on WMSE this past Tuesday was with the sensational pop-punk pros, SIN BAD. The band indeed, named themselves after the comedian, Sinbad, and recommend his classic, “Houseguest”. SIN BAD jumped onto the Milwaukee music scene about a year ago when they debuted a set of demos that local music media, Milwaukee Record, gave a lot… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Tigernite

Local/Live on WMSE this past Tuesday was with the tenacious Tigernite. Tigernite is debuting a full-length this week, recently taking demos from their earlier days and polishing them up in the studio. Hits like “Tarantula”, “Wasteland” and “Witch” are familiar to Tigernite fans from their packed show schedule, but the songs are taking on a… Read more »

Local/Live: July 28 – Tigernite

Tigernite is a sequin-studded, riff-heavy glam rock creature native to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Songwriting inspired by witchcraft, comic books and beat poetry paired with the manic and soulful performances of frontwoman, Molly Roberts, drives Tigernite punching and kicking through a loud and colorful terrain with pop sensibility. Since their house band debut with the cult favorite, Mondo… Read more »

Voix de Eaux Claires: Words On and From the Inaugural Festival

About 22,000 music fans gathered at the 20-acre Foster Farms in Eau Claire, Wisconsin last Friday and Saturday and the air was expectant, giddy and mellow all at once. The event? Eaux Claires, the debut festival put together primarily by Eau Claire resident (and musician), Justin Vernon [Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, Shouting Matches] along with… Read more »

Local/Live: July 14 – The Rashita Joneses (live at Club Garibaldi’s)

On Tuesday, July 14th at 6pm, join WMSE’s Local/Live for another summertime treat. For this special Local/Live, we are again 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!). “Straight from the… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Filter Free Rodeo

Local/Live on WMSE this past Tuesday was with Milwaukee rock trio, Filter Free Rodeo. The young band, with roots in Waukesha and band-beginnings in Oshkosh, has been touring relentlessly and creating EPs at a pretty steady pace, their grungy leanings leaving them with room to add plenty of extra energy and fuzzy guitar sounds. Their… Read more »

Local/Live: July 7 – Filter Free Rodeo

“Filter Free Rodeo is a chocolate cake with three sprinkles. Iced with scuzzy vanilla and complimented with ice cream served from the floor of a garage…it’s like that movie you once saw.” Listen to the sweetest tunes from Milwaukee’s Filter Free Rodeo on WMSE’s Local/Live this Tuesday, July 7th — tune your radio dial to 91.7… Read more »

Listen Back: Local/Live with Lord Fredd33

Lord Fredd33 stopped by WMSE for Local/Live with some fellow Milwaukee musicians who currently collaborate in and form the local collective, New Age Narcissism. Lord Fredd33 and crew played two live sets and chatted about their collaborative spirit, working on dissolving genres in local music and their upcoming show at Summerfest this Friday. Lord Fredd33’s… Read more »

Local/Live: June 30 – Lord Fredd33

  Creator of the “Godspel,” songwriter/performer Lord Fredd33 compels listeners with his deep, hypnotic drawl and mantra-style storytelling. His winding narratives depict life experiences abstracted and amplified as they run through his psyche. He has been quoted as saying “I’m doing this to save my soul,” explaining further that “music and performance are just as… Read more »

Local/Live: June 23 – Testa Rosa

  “Testa Rosa once again applies the amped-up drama of classic girl-group records to dreamy ballads that brazenly pull at the heartstrings, only this time with some extra muscle, courtesy of producers Beau Sorenson and Shane Hochstettler. Blexrud-Strigens’ vocals remain the focal point, reaching new heights of sweeping majesty on the “you’ve done me wrong”… Read more »

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 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 »