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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 – 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 »

Local/Live: January 26 – The Pukes

“The Pukes came together during the spring of 2015 in a fit of spontaneity. Guitar player, Jules Frank, crawled from the swamps of Florida where he was raised by alligators and relied heavily on the native gar fish and snails for sustenance. First meeting the often elusive Sam Sharkey at the West Allis Karaoke State… Read more »

Local/Live: January 19 – Fox Face

“Milwaukee quartet Fox Face plays weird punk rock with brooding rhythm and creepy guitar tones. Their witchy lyrics and fierce sound will make you want to groove. Or hold a seance.” Tune into WMSE on Tuesday, January 19th to hear tunes from Fox Face before they take on FemFest on Friday, January 22nd. to stream live or… Read more »

2015 into 2016 (Wrapping Up and Tuning In)

Dear WMSE listeners, As you might well know, even the mightiest of the mighty need to get some rest and reinvigoration for the new year, ahead, so Team WMSE will be changing up a couple of things until that new year. Aside from our holiday-centric programming this week, here’s what to expect ’til 2016! WMSE… Read more »

WMSE Puts the Ho Ho Ho in Holiday Programming

Ho Ho Ho! Once again, WMSE is looking forward to providing the perfect soundtrack to your holiday season; WMSE Music Director Erin Wolf has pulled thousands of hard-to-find and rare holiday hits for our DJs to comb through and either craft an entire show of festive music or liberally sprinkle the good cheer throughout their playlists…. Read more »

Local/Live: December 15 – Mark Waldoch & Friends @ Club Garibaldi’s

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Waldochness. What is “Waldochness”, you might ask? Waldochness is what one gets when Milwaukee musician Mark Waldoch (of Milwaukee band The Celebrated Workingman) puts on one of his famously-infamous holiday music shindigs. For those of you who remember his glorious “Merry Cactmus” show a few years back, buckle in… Read more »

Local/Live: November 17 – Midnight Reruns @ Club Garibaldi’s

On Tuesday, November 17th, at 6pm, join us over the airwaves or as an audience member for the glorious return of WMSE’s ‘Local/Live at Club Garibaldi’s’ series, which WMSE introduced this past summer with performances from Jaill, the Rashita Joneses and WC Tank and the Dub Sea Quintet. The glorious return to Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior)… Read more »

Local/Live: October 27 – Dogs In Ecstasy

Dogs In Ecstasy is a band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The band is a vehicle for songs drawing on great works by The USA Is A Monster, The Rentals, the Breeders and Sparks and exploring characters (real and imaginary), objects (useful and stupid), and facts (true and false). The trio just released a brand new album… Read more »

Local/Live: October 13 – IfIHadAHiFi

“Formed in 2000 with no sense of when to call it a day, Milwaukee’s pop-noise chaos theorists have recently reconvened after some time on the shelf. “IfIHadAHiFi are a whirlwind of feedback, samples, clanking guitars and de-tuned synths hiding some deceptively catchy pop songs. “Their most recent release was an online-only EP about particle physics… Read more »

Local/Live: October 6 – Chris Rosenau

  To list out Milwaukeean Chris Rosenau’s current and former groups is to go back to the dusty depths of the late 90s (Vermont) and page through to the ever-morphing and still active projects of Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir. The current state of Rosenau sees him taking a solo flight, but not… Read more »

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 »

WMSE Partners With KEXP’s Launch of “Under the Needle: the KEXP Sessions”

WMSE is excited to share with you that it will be one of the very first partners in a new, nationally-syndicated program called Under the Needle. For Under the Needle, Seattle’s non-commercial radio station KEXP recorded over 500 live on-air performances, featuring new and breaking musicians. With Under the Needle, KEXP’s Senior Director of Programming Kevin Cole wanted to… 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: September 1 – Marielle Allschwang + the Midwestern Charm at the Todd Wehr Auditorium

It’s back-to-school so it’s back to the Todd Wehr Auditorium and Conference Center for WMSE’s next Local/Live. On Tuesday, September 1, not only will we host our special live radio segment with Marielle Allschawang, we’ve added a second band to the bill for the after-show-show – the Midwestern Charm. This concert is all a part… 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 »