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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: 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 »

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 »

International Clash Day on WMSE

WMSE loves The Clash, so we couldn’t pass up a chance to join forces with KEXP in Seattle and cities around the world to celebrate the 5th International Clash Day this Tuesday, February 7th. Tune into the Mighty 91 from 12:30pm – 6pm to listen to two back-to-back all-Clash programs, kicking off with DJ Von Munz… 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 »

2016 into 2017 (Wrapping Up and Tuning In)

Dear WMSE listeners, Even the mightiest of the mighty need to get some rest and reinvigorating for the new year ahead!  Team WMSE will be changing up a couple of things until that new year arrives and aside from our holiday-centric programming this week, here’s what to expect until 2017! WMSE’s weekly chart report will be… Read more »