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08.06.2014 | 15 days ago | Posted at 04:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Since launching this spring, the Milwaukee Internet label CLLCTIVE has established itself as a destination for below-the-radar music, amassing a quick library of unusual electronica, indie-pop and ambient soul. Though it can be difficult to keep up with every release, the label’s Bandcamp page is a great place to park with a pair of headphones and just get lost for an hour or two, and this month...
07.09.2014 | 43 days ago | Posted at 11:54 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Earlier this summer Liam Murphy's singer-songwriter project Bordercholly released "Cambridge Woods," a wistful slice of cabin fever that Murphy recorded while waiting out Milwaukee's frigid winter. Now he's released the rest of the songs he recorded during those sessions on an EP of the same name. Bordercholly's Cambridge Woods EP is a shaggy little thing, filtering the deep-sighing pop of There's...
07.02.2014 | 50 days ago | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
When we last heard from Milwaukee's Sat. Nite Duets, on their 2013 album Electric Manland, they were venturing in some strange new places. That record was utterly wild, a proggy, synth-squiggled freakout dizzy with digressive genre shifts. So did that album mark the beginning of a permanent direction for the band? Nah. On their latest EP, Best Days, released this morning on Bandcamp, they smack th...
07.01.2014 | 51 days ago | Posted at 01:00 PM

Stream new releases from CRLSS and Linus' Blanket, along with the latest label compilation

By Evan Rytlewski
Life is full of small coincidences, but truly significant coincidences are few are far between. Ryan King and Ryan Hinkel meeting in the same Wisconsin minimum security correctional facility was one of those rare, life-altering coincidences. The two didn’t just share a first name, they shared a background: Both came from similarly comfortable upbringings before falling into drug addiction and la...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Don’t get Keegan DeWitt wrong. He genuinely loves “Thunder Clatter,” the song that’s brought his band Wild Cub so much attention. Everyone loves it. It’s an ecstatic, tropic cacophony about finding the right person exactly when you need to. DeWitt is grateful for the song, thrilled you are
06.23.2014 | 60 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM

With EMA

By Evan Rytlewski
Over their many years together, Austin indie-rockers Spoon developed a reputation for consistency, releasing a highly acclaimed album every couple of years or so, including four great albums in a row during the ’00s (or five great albums in a row, depending on how you view 2010’s divisive Transference). That’s a streak any band would be envious of, but funny thing about consistency: It’s n...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
 Ask 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
06.17.2014 | 66 days ago | Posted at 10:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
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 Bordercholly, inclu...
04.24.2014 | 119 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly half hour of opinions with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we reflect on last weekend's Record Store Day and the annual debates that always seem to circle the promotion. Over at Pitchfork, author David Turner made the argument that music fans who aren't into rock—and particularly indie rock—have been largely shut out from the event, and record store...

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