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09.24.2014 | 26 days ago | Posted at 10:30 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Between Milwaukee native Nick Sanborn doing big things with his North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso and Milwaukee rapper Wave Chapelle landing a record deal after moving to Memphis for school, there's been a good deal of discussion in the local music scene about whether artists need to leave Milwaukee in order to make a name for themselves. That's a debate that isn't likely to go away anytime soon, but...
07.21.2014 | 91 days ago | Posted at 03:26 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Good news for anybody who wasn't able to get a pair of tickets to Sylvan Esso's Friday, Sept. 5 Cactus Club show, and slightly less good news for people who already had them: The show has been moved to the Pabst Theater. That's a much less intimate venue for seeing the fast-rising band, which charmed a national audience on "The Tonight Show" earlier this month, but on the plus side it'll be a whol...
07.10.2014 | 102 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Sylvan Esso made their network TV debut last night on "The Tonight Show," where they played one of the standouts from their charming self-titled debut album, "Coffee," joined by the show's bandleader ?uestlove on drums. It was, like almost everything this North Carolina group with Milwaukee ties does, an endearing spectacle, with singer Amelia Meath winging her usual Salt-n-Pepa-style dance moves ...
06.16.2014 | 126 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
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 production, and this month it's been followed by the self-titled album from the rising Baraboo, Wis. ensemble Phox, a soulful...
05.05.2014 | | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Some albums just hit their mark. The collaboration of singer Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (Megafaun/Decibully/Made of Oak), Sylvan Esso has been turning heads since last year with their early singles, earning the good graces of quite a few respected critics. With their new self-titled debut they've more than followed through on that early promise. "Taut and tantalizing, th...
03.25.2014 | | Posted at 02:00 PM

Watch their uplifting new "Coffee" video

By Evan Rytlewski
March has been a fruitful month for Sylvan Esso, the electro/indie/soul tandem of former Milwaukeean Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun/Decibully/Made of Oak; he’s the half of the duo less likely to be mistaken as Sylvan Esso) and singer Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man; she also joined Sanborn at his Lend Me Your Voice Alverno Presents production at this fall). The group’s been collecting kind words from...

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