Tell didn’t just write songs for Animals in Human Attire’s latest album, Ourmegadawn. He drew them. As he tells
it, “I’d been playing a lot of Legend of
Zelda at the time,” particularly The
Martha Cannon, the voice and songwriter behind the Milwaukee Americana project Lady Cannon, is currently at work on a follow-up to the group’s beautiful 2012 debut Whiskey Dear, with hopes of releasing a new record this year, but in the meantime she’s released a stripped-down new track as part of her ongoing Bathroom Sessions project, “Go Try To.” Delivered with typical sweetness and cynic...
The West Bend folk duo Blessed Feathers have a back story fit for a movie. After relocating from Florida to Wisconsin, Jehovah's Witness Donivan Berube landed a job at a pizzeria and fell for his co-worker and bandmate Jacquelyn Beaupre. To pursue that relationship, he broke from the church, a decision that meant disassociating himself from most of his friends and family when he was just 18 years ...
Few bands from the recent boom of NPR and Paste-friendly folk have been as consistently as great as the West Bend duo Blessed Feathers, whose early releases have elegantly captured the allure of places we've never been, the dread of winter and the queasy comfort of young love. The duo's songwriting arrived fully formed right out the gate, but they've continued to refine their sound on their recent...
A band name can be worth a thousand
words, and Hello Death says it all. The Milwaukee folk group that shares
members with Altos released its debut self-titled album in June, and it’s the
kind of decidedly bleak, darkly pretty thing you’d expect to hear from a band
that has captured the essence of mortality in its name
Former Camden bandmates Eric Osterman and Ryan Weber understood that their band Eric & Magill would be a long-distance project when they started it, but they probably couldn't have predicted just how long that distance would be. In the years since their 2010 debut, All Those I Know, recorded while Osterman was in Michigan and Weber in Milwaukee, Osterman has relocated to Brooklyn and Weber to ...
Timbuktu was long a symbol of all things distant and
exotic; in recent years the ancient city was the site for an annual
international musical event, the Festival in the Desert, and the focal point
for an indigenous genre that