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Local/Live: September 20 – Sat. Nite Duets

“Since their start in 2009, Sat. Nite Duets have been making the sort of idiosyncratic, heartfelt rock music that inspires a devoted cult following in their home base of Wisconsin. Air Guitar, their followup to 2013’s Electric Manland, is their most accomplished yet, and sees each of the band’s six members taking a whack at… Read more »

Local/Live: September 13 – NO/NO

“NO/NO are among a handful of Milwaukee bands making music that’s unabashedly sexy, something the city’s scene had rarely even attempted in the past. Sound and Light is every bit as personable and infectious as the EPs that preceded it. And like those efforts, it’s savvy enough to leave you wanting more.” ~ The Shepherd… Read more »

Local/Live: September 6 – Ugly Brothers @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE is happy to present Local/Live with Ugly Brothers (fresh from the release of their debut album!), broadcasting live from Club Garibaldi – 2501 S. Superior Street — on Tuesday, September 6th. Join WMSE and Milwaukee’s Ugly Brothers by listening over the airwaves or by participating as an audience member in another installment of WMSE’s… Read more »

Local/Live: August 30 – Something To Do

    “Something To Do is a long-running rock & roll & ska band from Milwaukee, WI.  S2D (not STD) has played in 16 states, sold thousands of CDs and recently wrote the theme song for a Paul Reubens-hosted show called “Gigglefudge” for Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network. “In September, Something To Do is… Read more »

Local/Live: August 23 – Trapper Schoepp

“On Rangers & Valentines, Schoepp continues to write narrative-driven songs, something he’s improved on from his first two albums, 2009’s Lived and Moved and 2011’s Run, Engine, Run. He drops his characters into adrenaline-filled situations – diseases, natural disasters, even war – to see how they endure in the face of danger. It may sound… Read more »

Local/Live: August 16 – Whiskey of the Damned @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE is happy to present Local/Live with Whiskey of the Damned, broadcasting live from Club Garibaldi – 2501 S. Superior Street — on Tuesday, August 16th. Join WMSE and Milwaukee’s Whiskey of the Damned by listening over the airwaves or by participating as an audience member in another installment of WMSE’s dynamic ‘Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s’… Read more »

Local/Live: July 26 – Live Tetherball Tonight

“Weighing in at 450 pounds with a combined income of $27 an hour, these three Midwestern lads embark on a fruitless rock ‘n roll journey. Influences ranging from pre power chord rock ‘n roll, early 2000’s emo and post rock; their songs have a natural ebb and flow created through the bond of three best… Read more »

Local/Live: July 19 – Shonn Hinton & Shotgun @ Club Garibaldi’s

WMSE is happy to present Local/Live with Shonn Hinton & Shotgun, broadcasting live from Club Garibaldi – 2501 S. Superior Street — on Tuesday, July 19th. Join WMSE and Milwaukee’s Shonn Hinton & Shotgun by listening over the airwaves or by participating as an audience member in another installment of WMSE’s dynamic ‘Local/Live at Club… Read more »

Local/Live: July 5 – Old Earth

Todd Umhoefer – aka Old Earth — got his start in Milwaukee as a solo performer and artist, looking for an outlet outside of his predominant collaborative efforts. “I met most of my collaborators in ’06 doing open mics around Milwaukee,” he mentioned in a 2013 interview. Those collaborators turned into a band as Umhoefer… Read more »

Local/Live: June 28 – Faux Fiction

“Born in a cool basement during the hot summer months of 2014, Faux Fiction is an alternative/powerpop quartet based in Milwaukee.  The four-piece outfit is heavily influenced by 90s alternative, shoegaze, and garage rock, which they blend to form their own unique brand of “fuzz pop”.  After a successful EP release last summer, Faux Fiction… Read more »

WMSE & The MSO

    WMSE Continues Partnership with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Broadcasting of their 2014 Season Begins July 3 Followed by the 2016 Season on October 2   Beginning Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m., WMSE will broadcast the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s 2014 season. The 13-week series leads up to the MSO’s 2016 season, which WMSE will… Read more »

Local/Live: June 21 – Direct Hit!

“Direct Hit is a band with members you might remember from now-defunct Milwaukee groups The Box Social, Paige Marshall, and The Accidents. They’ve taken a big step this year, signing a contract with Fat Wreck Chords, the San Francisco-based record label that’s released work from NOFX, The Lawrence Arms, Against Me!, Dillinger Four, Anti-Flag, Descendents,… Read more »

Local/Live: June 14 – Dr. Shrinker

“Dr. Shrinker’ style of music can be described of a blend of thrash metal, death metal, progressive metal and hardcore.  The term the band coined back in the 1980s for their brand of music is ‘Gore Core’. “Dr. Shrinker’s first go-around was back in late 1987 – early 1991.  In 2013, three of the original… Read more »

Local/Live: June 7 – Caley Conway

“Caley was eating expired sushi at her day job. Surprise and strange fortune were met in the bitter flavor of translucent cucumber, that meal. The Lucy Cukes would later form, curling snugly around Caley’s songs, its name gently alluding to the memory of that fateful, off cucumber. What will become of them all?” Caley Conway… Read more »

Local/Live: May 31 – New Boyz Club

“A soulful banshee coupling cascades melodies over upright and ivory…gives way to the raucous intrusion of electric strings, syncopated thunder claps, brass shimmers, the jarring howl of “in the morning I’ll be good as gone…jazz, folk, punk rock, and apparition-driven serene, NBC broadcasts the collective unconscious in fierce.” Tune into WMSE on Tuesday, May 31st… Read more »

Local/Live: May 24 – Midwest Death Rattle @ Club Garibaldi’s

On Tuesday, May 24th, WMSE will present Local/Live with Milwaukee’s Midwest Death Rattle, who are newly-releasing a brand new album, Post-Apocalypso. This special night of local music and a live radio segment  at Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior) is free and open to the 21+ public to listen to and participate in. WMSE Music Director Erin… Read more »

Local/Live: May 17 – Ms. Lotus Fankh

“From the birth of the cool till the end of September she is Ms. Lotus Fankh. She whose name represents “life and rebirth” creates music that explores the heart of soul and is sure to make you smile. A singer-songwriter-producer-musician from Milwaukee, her sound is inspired by influences of Soul, Funk, Jazz, and Rock. She… Read more »

Local/Live: May 10 – Antler House

“Antler House is an alternative/indie rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We released our debut album Through the Dirt in May 2014. Our next album Across the Waves is being released on April 30th. While Through the Dirt is a more relaxed, atmospheric, even folky record at times, Across the Waves is much more abrasive and dynamic, honing in… Read more »

Local/Live: May 3 – Cow Ponies

“The Cow Ponies is a Milwaukee-based band founded by music veteran John Graham in 2015. Our set list includes both original music and old country, alternative country, and cow punk copies.” The band features members whose lines of experience runs deep in Milwaukee’s music history — Rock-A-Dials, Those XCleavers, Torn Soul and Resist Her Transistor, to… Read more »

Local/Live: April 26 – AUTOMatic

“AUTOMatic Music is the perfect name for the hip-hop group formed by Milwaukee based emcee APRIME and producer Trellmatic. The perfection that comes from their musical collaboration is simply, automatic… “2016 is already shaping up to be the most audacious year for the group with several projects planned to drop over the calendar year…AUTOMatic Music… Read more »

Local/Live: April 19 – Space Raft @ Club Garibaldi’s

“Milwaukee-based quartet Space Raft — a staple in the city’s indie scene alongside garage poptimists Jaill — serves up lightweight guitar rock in the melodic vein of early 2000s post-punk revivalists like the Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. Dusted with weird little synthesizer distortions Kenny Rogers might be proud of, “Mountain” (the second listen off of… Read more »

Local/Live: April 12 – Heat Death

“Heat Death is a Milwaukee band combining self-oscillating fuzz, analog synthesis, and pounding drums with hints of noise-rock, shoegaze, industrial, and no-wave. “Formed in later 2015, Heat Death first arrived in the form of the apartment-recorded Obselescene EP. After months of playing through Milwaukee and with a finalized line-up and crafted sound, Heat Death retreated to the… Read more »

Local/Live: April 5 – Ruth B8R Ginsburg

“Ruth B8r Ginsburg is a six-piece neo soul-folk group from Milwaukee, Wisconsin with an aim to lift up women’s voices, their music addresses a myriad of contemporary issues. ” Tune into WMSE on Tuesday, April 5th to hear an interview with and a live performance from Milwaukee’s Ruth B8R Ginsburg – WMSE.org to stream live or… Read more »

Local/Live: March 29 – The Demix

THE DEMIX is an experimental musician & DJ who deconstructs & reassembles elements of rock, metal, industrial, hip hop, noise, soundtracks & beat music to create a dark, cinematic world that is uniquely his own. A genre defying artist who has performed everywhere from underground dance parties & jazz clubs to rock venues & coffee… Read more »

Local/Live: March 22 – 35th Anniversary Three-Hour Special @ Club Garibaldi’s w/ TRUE Skool, Tontine Ensemble, Myles Coyne and Sat. Nite Duets

On Tuesday, March 22nd at 6pm, join WMSE over the airwaves or as an audience member for WMSE’s dynamic ‘Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s’ series, (which WMSE introduced in the summer of 2015)! This special night of lots of local music at Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior) will be in honor of WMSE’s 35th anniversary + birthday… Read more »

Local/Live: March 15 – Airo Kwil

“Post-rock drummer turned rapper Airo Kwil (Will Rose) makes beats with percussionist instincts and wields language with tried precision. At times both experimental and straight forward, his songs pulse intensity and technicality. His high-energy stage show, executed with the addition of a formidable squad of local musicians, will offer an inimitable experience, one you’ll doubtlessly marinate on some… Read more »

Local/Live: March 8 – The Sounds Of Time

“As fate would have it, the same ’80s funk influences that have inspired [Kid] Millions and [Sage] Schwarm for years are in vogue right now, manifesting themselves not only in the disco revival of acts like Chromeo, but also in the updated West Coast club sounds of DJ Mustard. Even this summer’s big pop hit,… Read more »

Local/Live: February 16 – WORK

“WORK is a trio from Milwaukee. Guitar, bass and drums. Songs about love, debt, murder in small towns, whiffle ball injuries, and drinking too much. Sometimes fast pressured and punk. Sometimes slow and menacing. And sometimes we play jagged beats sideways while yelling. It really is a ball. “We are releasing our second album Doing… Read more »

Local/Live: February 9 – Dad

“Milwaukee artist Dad had a very successful single debut earlier this year with ‘Lake Drive’ ft.Fivy.  ‘The Father Figure EP’, a 7 track EP that includes Lake Drive, is Dad’s debut project. His deep-toned voice, often altered to be even deeper, coupled with lots of hazy and atmospheric production give Dad a distinct sound seriously worth checking… Read more »

Local/Live: February 2 – Indonesian Junk

“Big hooks and big riffs is what Indonesian Junk is all about. Hailing from the land of Lenny, Squiggy, and the Crusher this Milwaukee ménage à trois takes the best elements of glam, punk, power pop, and heavy metal; ditches the fluff and cranks out ten tuff street-pop shakers. They’re sleazy and sincere, pairing their… Read more »