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“I was one of those girls who was called ‘intense,’” Mitski quipped. “But it got me here, so…” more

Mar 22, 2018 12:09 PM Concert Reviews


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Former Sat. Nite Duets songwriter Stephen Strupp fights off winter’s sorrow on his band Soda Road’s deeply personal debut. more

Feb 27, 2018 4:20 PM Local Music


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“I think there’s a sense of magic in having people come in expecting a quiet acoustic evening, and then end up taking their clothes off and dancing on the tables.” more

Feb 6, 2018 3:42 PM Music Feature

All nausea and nosebleeds, Versio Curs' roiling, addictive debut sounds like the work of a band old beyond their years. more

Feb 2, 2018 9:35 AM On Music 3 Comments


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Tennis singer Alaina Moore reflects on her band’s banner year, and her (only half-joking) New Year’s resolution to carry herself with the confidence of a mediocre white man. more

Jan 9, 2018 4:11 PM Music Feature

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St. Vincent delivered an imaginatively staged, surrealist spectacle. But first she shared a film. more

Nov 20, 2017 10:33 AM Concert Reviews


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The Milwaukee punk band’s stunning third album is a 90-minute rock opera featuring guest contributions from Laura Stevenson and members of The Hold Steady, Fake Problems and Less Than Jake. more

Nov 14, 2017 4:32 PM Music Feature

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Even Jessica Lea Mayfield’s sharp-edged banter between songs, usually little jabs at the expense of her audience, reinforced the perception of a wounded soul keeping the rest of the world at a distance. more

Nov 13, 2017 12:47 PM Concert Reviews

A doting crowd sang along with every song at the indie-rock band's highly participatory sold-out show. more

Oct 23, 2017 9:17 AM Concert Reviews

On Milwaukee trio Lifetime Achievement Award’s crisp, punchy new album, Today Hard, Tomorrow Hard, the band extols the virtues of staying at home. more

Sep 19, 2017 2:51 PM Local Music

Reflecting on his band’s breakout 1993 album, Gentlemen, Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli admits “it was mean-spirited." more

Sep 19, 2017 2:45 PM Music Feature

Jim Eno explains exactly how much work it takes to make Spoon’s albums sound the way they do. Spoon play the Pabst Theater with Twin Peaks on Wednesday, Sept. 13. more

Sep 5, 2017 2:56 PM Music Feature

It’s rare to see a live band conjure this much drama despite giving so little fanfare to stage production and crowd banter. more

Aug 30, 2017 2:58 PM Concert Reviews

Plucky Milwaukee indie-rockers Paper Holland are hard at work on their next album—details coming soon on that one—but in the meantime they’ve shared a video for a standout track from their breezy 2016 EP FastFood. The band’s “Jazz" video stars.. more

Aug 16, 2017 4:00 PM On Music

This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly culture chat with hosts Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're talking about the anti-charm offensive Arcade Fire has launched behind their latest LP, Everything Now . The band has pulled stunt after stu.. more

Jul 27, 2017 8:11 PM On Music

Milwaukee's live-from-a-loft video series Hear Hear Presents is back with a pair of new sessions this month. The first new installment, released last week, features one of the most unique world music acts in the city (or really, any other city), P.. more

Jul 27, 2017 2:26 PM On Music

Soul Low’s Cheer Up contains some of their brightest, bounciest tunes yet, but the songs retain their usual edge. more

Jul 25, 2017 3:27 PM Local Music 1 Comments

James Mercer embraced his inner rock star during The Shins’ crackling, triumphant performance at Summerfest’s BMO Harris Pavilion. more

Jul 10, 2017 10:16 AM Concert Reviews

Blame the heat, perhaps, but Tegan and Sara played to one of the tiniest crowds a Summerfest headliner has seen this year. more

Jul 7, 2017 10:14 AM Concert Reviews

For their first show under their truncated new name, Death From Above treated loyal fans to a mix of “crusty new songs and crusty old ones." more

Jul 5, 2017 10:30 AM Concert Reviews