Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:16:02 CDT
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:56:00 CDTJohn Darnielle turned to a surprising place for The Mountain Goats' latest record: professional wrestling. Before the band's show Tuesday night, we chatted with the storytelling frontman about his wrestling inspiration and digging through nostalgia.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:37:00 CDTEMI Nashville recording artist Eric Church will bring his "Holdin' My Own Tour" to Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 14, 2017. For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and the ECB will play two full sets with an intermission in between.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:16:00 CDTLooking around Reed Street Yards, it's hard not to think it would be a perfect place for a nature-conscious music festival. Apparently Rock the Green thought the same thing, as the area will play host to its return on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:02:00 CDTGrowing up, these musicians always felt like misfits. They felt they didn't fit within their communities. But what they didn't know was that in the near future they'd break away from what they were used to and find themselves in a new, bigger and better group.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:02:00 CDTNO/NO has performed all over the city, and this weekend you will be able to see the Milwaukee electro-pop rockers as one of the many bands performing at the third annual Rock the Green Festival. They take the pedal-powered stage this Saturday at 2:20 p.m.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:07:00 CDTEcho and The Bunnymen played a passionate nostalgia show for a sold-out crowd tonight at Turner Hall Ballroom. It was the first time the band played in Milwaukee since performing 32 years ago at the Northwest Side's now-defunct Uptown Theater.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:16:00 CDTrtists go on stage, play their songs and just do their thing, but 25-year-old Trapper Schoepp doesn't just perform, he goes out to tell stories that breathe even more life into his uptempo rootsy rock 'n' roll sound. He performs this weekend at Rock the Green.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:02:00 CDTThis past weekend a Tosa resident staged a huge party at Red Dot on North Avenue in East Tosa with Public Enemy, Run-DMC, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, Rakim, EPMD and others. I was there for the first night of the two-day jam. Here are some images.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:00:00 CDTSummerfest will renovate the Miller Lite Oasis stage area, with improvements including a redesigned stage facade, new Miller Lite Brew House bar, video screen upgrades, new bar areas, expanded hospitality areas, and a reconfigured marketplace and retail store.
Mon, 5 Sep 2016 15:16:00 CDTBefore she brings her direct songwriting sensibility to Milwaukee, we chatted with alt-country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless to get direct answers directly from the source - about "Real," about being real and about that time Milwaukee gifted her chicken wings.
Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:06:00 CDTSaturday night, I walked into Present Music's season-opening "Made for Milwaukee" show wondering how the hell to define the local new music ensemble. I walked out with the same thought - and finding that's what I maybe liked most about it.
Thu, 1 Sep 2016 17:56:00 CDTThis year, Present Music will celebrate its 35th anniversary in Milwaukee. But how exactly does one go about trying to define 35 years of creating undefinable music concerts and events? A mix of past and present called "Made for Milwaukee."
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:02:00 CDTNordic Thunder opens for Grand Funk Railroad, Friday, Sept. 2 at the House of Harley-Davidson, 6221 W. Layton Ave., as part of the Milwaukee Rally, which runs from Sept. 1 through 4. Here's a preview of the show.
Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:15:00 CDTAfter being spotted yesterday floating around the shores of Mackinac Island on a 198-foot yacht - reportedly appraised at $100 million - Robert "Kid Rock" James Ritchie apparently docked in Milwaukee later that same day.
Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:36:00 CDTMilwaukee-bred musicians Mike Benign and Allen Keller teamed up for "Happiless," a self-titled ten-song collaboration. But while the connection between the two songwriters would seem to be obvious, the path to getting to this point was less than simple.
Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:56:00 CDTIn 2013, the musical duo Twenty One Pilots took the stage at Summerfest as a simple opening act. A few years and several gigs later, the two have made themselves no strangers to Milwaukee - as proven by the sold-out BMO Harris Pavilion show Saturday night.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:16:00 CDTOne year ago, the name BØRNS might have slipped by unnoticed on Milwaukee's concert calendar. Not so much any more, as proven Tuesday night at Garrett Borns' musical brainchild's sold-out Pabst Theater concert - its first headlining gig in Milwaukee.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:06:00 CDTSpacehog's Jonny Cragg heads back to 1987, when he was heading home from his first trip to the United States and, unbeknownst to him, heading on his way to playing with and recording an album with The Hollow Men.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:51:00 CDTSummerfest Foundation, Inc. is proud to award twelve area schools and non-profit organizations with music education grants to be used for in-school, after-school and summer education programs. They will be used to enhance opportunities for students.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:06:00 CDTBoston and Styx may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of Italian culture and heritage. But what Bostyx lacks in Italian cred, they hope to make up for in rocking classic tunes at their Festa Italiana set this weekend.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:36:00 CDTIn between putting the finishing touches on their upcoming new album, the Milwaukee-based Americana folk rock group the Wooldridge Brothers will tour around the Midwest with The Baseball Project, including a stop in Milwaukee.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:56:00 CDTStuck in a limbo between rock and jazzy blues, Kaleo might be a band that you haven't heard of yet. Named after the Hawaiian word for "the sound," the group brought more than just a single sound to Turner Hall Wednesday night. Kaleo brought many.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:03:00 CDTMore than 50 years after the Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Beatlemania has barely subsided. This week, Beatles die-hards will be thrilled at the chance to meet Ron Campbell, director of the 1965 Beatles cartoons and "Yellow Submarine" animator.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:27:00 CDTThe UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena has announced that Megadeth, with special guests Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Havok, will perform one night only at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Downtown, on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:03:00 CDTDJ Grand Master O is one of Milwaukee's busiest DJs, with multiple standing weekly gigs including Fridays on the Edelweiss Boat Line's late night cruises. We recently caught up with Grand Master O and chatted about his music, family, goals, hair and more.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:16:00 CDTDid you have a good weekend? Yes? Well, Milwaukeean and Adele fan Kathleen Dohearty's was better, as she got to join the crooning pop star on stage for a duet of "Someone Like You" last night in Chicago.
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 01:36:00 CDTDeath Cab's set at the Miller Lite Oasis stage began with a thunderous riff from "New Year." The tune began the set on a good pace, one that they impressively continued throughout a greater portion of the Summerfest show.
Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:03:00 CDTRumors are floating around that former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was in Milwaukee at least a day early to run his band through its paces in advance of his Summerfest-headling concert tonight at the Marcus Amphitheater.
Mon, 4 Jul 2016 02:01:00 CDTOn Sunday at the Miller Lite Oasis, iconic hip-hop/neo soul band The Roots - currently the house band for "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" - gave Summerfest a taste of why they've been such a powerhouse for over 30 years.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:03:00 CDTAs a Brit in the U.S. I have watched the whole Brexit referendum unfold with some interest. I watched on in disbelief as my spiritual homeland rejected the concept of being bound by the European Union. I shouldn't be too surprised, I suppose.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:36:00 CDTFor those who've been craving their next hit of Milwaukee's own pop punk rockers Direct Hit!, we have some good news: The band will release its third album, "Wasted Mind," on Friday, June 24 with an album release show in Cudahy the next night.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:00:00 CDTSomehow, electronic rockers M83 have never performed in Milwaukee before. Thankfully, that odd oversight will be amended this fall, when the "Midnight City" hitmakers will take the Riverside Theater stage on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:04:00 CDTWhen OnMilwaukee senior writer Molly Snyder found out the Insane Clown Posse was coming to perform at Turner Hall, the self-described "experience junkie," and amateur sociologist, knew she had to go and witness the sticky mayhem for herself.
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:26:00 CDTHis name is "Tank," and he drives a big semi - one of 30 that will be in Milwaukee for Kenny Chesney's show at Miller Park Saturday night. He took my Uber ride and provided a little look into what it takes to keep a show like this one the road.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:06:00 CDTWhen M. Ward arrives to Milwaukee on Friday ahead of his Pabst Theater performance, he might be happy to learn that the Milwaukee Art Museum will be holding its Lakefront Festival of Art that day.
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:06:00 CDTThe alt pop sister duo of Lily and Madeline have found an infectious combination of mesmerizing mellow music and potent, passionate lyrics. They'll bring that hypnotic mix to the Back Room at Colectivo Coffee on Prospect on Wednesday night.
Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:06:00 CDTIn the latest chapter of WMSE Local/Live, Milwaukee "glitter rock" band New Boyz Club frontwoman Johanna Rose talks about why tUnE-yArDs and "Bizness" are big influences on her own music.
Thu, 2 Jun 2016 12:45:00 CDTMilwaukee's own Sat. Nite Duets have signed a deal with San Francisco-based Father/Daughter Records and will release a new full-length CD, "Air Guitar," in September. You can hear a track from it, called "St. Yuppie," now.
Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:40:00 CDTXtra Mile Recordings and Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp are excited to announce the release of the music video for "Settlin' or Sleepin' Around." Richard Riehle ("Office Space"/"Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas") makes an appearance in it.
Sat, 28 May 2016 08:16:00 CDTThanks to a duo of Milwaukee dub reggae enthusiasts, dub music has found a very comfortable spot in the local music scene - in particular at the Nomad World Pub, where, in less than a year's time, the two have helped turn Living Dub into a sensation.
Mon, 23 May 2016 21:06:00 CDTTo help celebrate 30 years of "Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams," the T-Bone Burnett-produced debut by Milwaukee's own BoDeans, Milwaukee-based Sprecher Brewing is releasing BoDeans Original Ginger Brew.
Fri, 20 May 2016 14:56:00 CDTIn his sometimes smirking, contagiously upbeat and wildly different 2015 album "Sermon on the Rocks," Josh Ritter just wants to take us up to the mountaintop - or at least Make Out Point - and get down. He plays at The Pabst Theater on May 24.
Mon, 16 May 2016 09:22:00 CDTTo you, Julius La Rosa was the guy who was famously fired on the air by Arthur Godfrey. To me, he's that guy singing "Eh, Cumpari" and "Mama Rosa" on 45s I inherited from my grandmother. La Rosa died last week at age 86 ... in Crivitz.
Thu, 12 May 2016 16:06:00 CDTAntler House frontman Sean Anderson talks to WMSE Local/Live about how the Milwaukee post-punk trio Absolutely got them to shake up the band's own sound from their first release to their second, "Across the Waves."
Thu, 12 May 2016 11:03:00 CDTWhile in the past, Milwaukee's Nineteen Thirteen drew on other talents, by the time it set out to record its new CD, Janet Schiff and Victor DeLorenzo were going it alone. "Music for Time Travel" is released Friday, May 13 at The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.
Tue, 10 May 2016 07:53:00 CDTThis morning, Summerfest filled its final Marcus Amphitheater headliner spot, announcing that rapper Pitbull - along with special guest Prince Royce - will bring his "The Bad Man Tour" to the Big Gig's biggest stage on Thursday, June 30.
Thu, 5 May 2016 16:06:00 CDTThe Cow Ponies would be right at home in a proper honky-tonk, their classic country-meets-rockabilly sound crafted for simultaneously dancing up a storm and chasing life's storm clouds away in a tall glass of something non-liver-friendly.
Thu, 5 May 2016 09:46:00 CDTThe Bay View Neighborhood Association recently announced the lineup of performers for this summer's upcoming Chill on the Hill, hosted at Humboldt Park.
Wed, 4 May 2016 12:00:00 CDTThe Summer Soulstice Music Festival announced its lineup of musical performers for its 16th annual summer celebration, hosted this year on East North Avenue on Saturday, June 25 from noon to midnight.
Tue, 3 May 2016 12:06:00 CDTVery much influenced by the '90s with its easygoing but conscious hip-hop style, AUTOMatic's output is simply great danceable stuff with a great message. WMSE's Local/Live chatted with the trio's producer TrellMatic about Herbie Hancock and his influence on the group.