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the royal milwaukee band
On Music
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Milwaukee’s rock scene is by and large a dirty, disheveled little thing, and we like it that way: Our clubs aren’t literally smoky anymore, but the smoke is still implied, and even our relatively polished musicians usually look like they just finished a long shift and/or are battling a lingering hangover. The Royals, then, are outliers. The clean-cut five piece band plays pop music in the true...
seven days of samsara
On Music
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A reason to sing, next month at the Public House

Milwaukee's Seven Day of Samsara never formally broke up, but you could be forgiven for assuming they had. It's been about a half decade since the mathy, violently heavy turn-of-the-century hardcore band played their last show, and even longer since they released new music. For at least one night, though, the group is getting back together: They'll play a show Sunday, April 13 at the Riverwest Pub...
lisa lampanelli pridefest lgbt
Around Milwaukee
Monday, March 10, 2014
In keeping with Milwaukee's festival tradition, the city's annual PrideFest places a higher value on entertainment than many similar LGBT gatherings across the country, booking marquee headliners each year. This year's lineup, which the festival revealed this morning, is particularly star-driven, featuring performances from singer Macy Gray and comedians Bruce Vilanch, Lisa Lampanelli and Sandra B...
they lost me ishdarr
On Music
Monday, March 10, 2014
It’s generally bad form for music writers to dwell too much on an artist’s youth. It either diminishes the artist by implying their music has been critiqued on a curve, or it does just the opposite, overhyping the artist by creating a myth of prodigal talent. But since Milwaukee rapper IshDARR makes a point of calling out his age on his latest track “They Lost Me,” I might as well state th...
wmse rockabilly chili winnters
Around Milwaukee
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The best chili in Milwaukee, as voted by WMSE listeners

WMSE expanded its annual Rockabilly Chili fundraiser to the second floor of MSOE's Kern Center this year, but didn't have any trouble filling that extra space. More than 3600 people attended the event on Sunday, raising more than $60,000 and setting a new single-day fundraising record, the station announced.

The station has also announced the winners of the chili contest, as voted by attend...
estates self titled milwaukee emo band
On Music
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I say this all the time when I write about emo, but as Midwesterners, this stuff runs through our veins. If you’re a rock fan who grew up in the ’90s, you were exposed to it constantly, either at small punk shows or through the genre’s more commercial iterations on alternative radio in the form of bands like Hum and Jimmy Eat World, and regardless of how lame you thought this music was initi...
all kill (first take @ the tannery)
On Music
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
In music, few words are as loaded with connotations as the term “experimental.” The word is typically used to signify music that’s difficult or unusual, but beyond that, it has come to imply a certain pacing as well. When we think of experimental music, we think of long, meandering songs, tracks that stray from the plot and wander around in no particular hurry to get wherever they end up.