This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, it's our annual Summerfest preview show. We offer our day-by-day picks for the Big Gig, throwing out as many recommendations as we can cram into a half hour. Ryan finds some interesting acts on the underrated Johnson Controls World Sound Stage and discovers that the dude from Live is playing the Miller Lite Oas...
It's been a while since we've heard anything new from the Midwest Americana act The Wooldridge Brothers, but fresh material is on the way—two albums' worth of it, to be exact. Brothers Scott and Brian Wooldridge are finishing up their seventh album together, a full-band affair produced with John Munson of Semis...
musicians about the difference between their first and second albums, and
they’ll often say the same thing. Debut albums are frequently a long time
coming, collecting songs that artists wrote and refined over long stretches.
Sophomore albums, on the other hand, stem from clean
South has been the dominate creative force in rap music for so long now that
it’s easy to forget that when Outkast first emerged in the ’90s the region had
been dismissed—and even shunned—by the greater hip-hop community. On albums
like 1998’s rich, funk-drenched Aquemini
Like many of us, Liam Murphy was feeling pretty beat down this winter. Murphy had just relocated to Milwaukee from Binghamton, N.Y., with his wife last fall to study anthropology at UWM, and the weather did everything in its power to make them regret that decision. And so when he wasn’t working, he passed the cold winter days by writing songs for his bedroom recording project
2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for debut albums from artists with Wisconsin ties that listeners can't help but fall completely in love with on first listen. First came last month's invigorating debut from Sylvan Esso, a duo featuring Milwaukee native Nick Sanborn on pr...
year Tegan and Sara released a pop album. That shouldn’t be a shocker: The
Canadian sister-sister duo has been releasing pop albums—great ones—for more
than a decade now. But 2013’s Heartthrob
was a pop album in the truest, most commercial sense, an album that was slicker
hip-hop, no achievement is more celebrated than the classic debut, and no album
better epitomizes the classic debut than Nas’ masterpiece Illmatic. It was one of the first records The Source ever honored with a perfect five mic review, back when five
mics from The Source truly meant