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1. Eric Church plays Bradley Center April 14, 2017; two full sets, no support act
EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Church will bring his "Holdin' My Own Tour" to Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 14, 2017. For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and the ECB will play two full sets with an intermission in between.
2. New Age Narcissism hip-hop collective rocks the green
Growing up, these musicians always felt like misfits. They felt they didn't fit within their communities. But what they didn't know was that in the near future they'd break away from what they were used to and find themselves in a new, bigger and better group.
3. NO/NO says yes to Rock the Green and sustainability
NO/NO has performed all over the city, and this weekend you will be able to see the Milwaukee electro-pop rockers as one of the many bands performing at the third annual Rock the Green Festival. They take the pedal-powered stage this Saturday at 2:20 p.m.
4. Echo & The Bunnymen brought the hits and the feels
Echo & The Bunnymen played a passionate nostalgia show for a sold-out crowd tonight at Turner Hall Ballroom. It was the first time the band played in Milwaukee since performing 32 years ago at the Northwest Side's now-defunct Uptown Theater.
5. Public Enemy and Run-DMC in Tosa ... wait, what?
This past weekend a Tosa resident staged a huge party at Red Dot on North Avenue in East Tosa with Public Enemy, Run-DMC, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, Rakim, EPMD and others. I was there for the first night of the two-day jam. Here are some images.
6. Looking back at The Hollow Men
Spacehog's Jonny Cragg heads back to 1987, when he was heading home from his first trip to the United States and, unbeknownst to him, heading on his way to playing with and recording an album with The Hollow Men.
7. Summerfest Foundation, announces music education grants recipients
Summerfest Foundation, Inc. is proud to award twelve area schools and non-profit organizations with music education grants to be used for in-school, after-school and summer education programs. They will be used to enhance opportunities for students.
8. Local band Wooldridge Brothers to tour Midwest with The Baseball Project
In between putting the finishing touches on their upcoming new album, the Milwaukee-based Americana folk rock group the Wooldridge Brothers will tour around the Midwest with The Baseball Project, including a stop in Milwaukee.
9. Icelandic band Kaleo brings soaring sounds to the Turner Hall stage
Stuck in a limbo between rock and jazzy blues, Kaleo might be a band that you haven't heard of yet. Named after the Hawaiian word for "the sound," the group brought more than just a single sound to Turner Hall Wednesday night. Kaleo brought many.
10. Megadeth coming to UWM Panther Arena on Oct. 8
The UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena has announced that Megadeth, with special guests Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Havok, will perform one night only at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Downtown, on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.
11. Paul McCartney and his band rehearsed in Milwaukee yesterday
Rumors are floating around that former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was in Milwaukee at least a day early to run his band through its paces in advance of his Summerfest-headling concert tonight at the Marcus Amphitheater.
12. Brexit wounds
As a Brit in the U.S. I have watched the whole Brexit referendum unfold with some interest. I watched on in disbelief as my spiritual homeland rejected the concept of being bound by the European Union. I shouldn't be too surprised, I suppose.
13. Milwaukee band Direct Hit! releases third album, "Wasted Mind"
For those who've been craving their next hit of Milwaukee's own pop punk rockers Direct Hit!, we have some good news: The band will release its third album, "Wasted Mind," on Friday, June 24 with an album release show in Cudahy the next night.
14. Electronic band M83 makes first stop in Milwaukee on Oct. 19
Somehow, electronic rockers M83 have never performed in Milwaukee before. Thankfully, that odd oversight will be amended this fall, when the "Midnight City" hitmakers will take the Riverside Theater stage on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
15. Meet "Tank," a Kenny Chesney roadie
His name is "Tank," and he drives a big semi - one of 30 that will be in Milwaukee for Kenny Chesney's show at Miller Park Saturday night. He took my Uber ride and provided a little look into what it takes to keep a show like this one the road.
16. WMSE Local/Live: Milwaukee glitter rockers New Boyz Club
In the latest chapter of WMSE Local/Live, Milwaukee "glitter rock" band New Boyz Club frontwoman Johanna Rose talks about why tUnE-yArDs and "Bizness" are big influences on her own music.
17. Sat. Nite Duets inks deal for new CD
Milwaukee's own Sat. Nite Duets have signed a deal with San Francisco-based Father/Daughter Records and will release a new full-length CD, "Air Guitar," in September. You can hear a track from it, called "St. Yuppie," now.
18. Richard Riehle of "Office Space" appears in new Trapper Schoepp video
Xtra Mile Recordings and Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp are excited to announce the release of the music video for "Settlin' or Sleepin' Around." Richard Riehle ("Office Space"/"Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas") makes an appearance in it.
19. Sprecher brews BoDeans Original Ginger Beer to celebrate band's anniversary
To help celebrate 30 years of "Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams," the T-Bone Burnett-produced debut by Milwaukee's own BoDeans, Milwaukee-based Sprecher Brewing is releasing BoDeans Original Ginger Brew.
20. Julius La Rosa dies ... in Crivitz?!
To you, Julius La Rosa was the guy who was famously fired on the air by Arthur Godfrey. To me, he's that guy singing "Eh, Cumpari" and "Mama Rosa" on 45s I inherited from my grandmother. La Rosa died last week at age 86 ... in Crivitz.
21. WMSE Local/Live: Milwaukee indie rockers Antler House
Antler House frontman Sean Anderson talks to WMSE Local/Live about how the Milwaukee post-punk trio Absolutely got them to shake up the band's own sound from their first release to their second, "Across the Waves."
22. WMSE Local/Live: Milwaukee alt country rockers The Cow Ponies
The Cow Ponies would be right at home in a proper honky-tonk, their classic country-meets-rockabilly sound crafted for simultaneously dancing up a storm and chasing life's storm clouds away in a tall glass of something non-liver-friendly.
23. Chill on the Hill announces 2016 lineup
The Bay View Neighborhood Association recently announced the lineup of performers for this summer's upcoming Chill on the Hill, hosted at Humboldt Park.
24. Summer Soulstice Music Festival announces 2016 lineup
The Summer Soulstice Music Festival announced its lineup of musical performers for its 16th annual summer celebration, hosted this year on East North Avenue on Saturday, June 25 from noon to midnight.
25. WMSE Local/Live: Milwaukee hip-hop trio AUTOMatic
Very much influenced by the '90s with its easygoing but conscious hip-hop style, AUTOMatic's output is simply great danceable stuff with a great message. WMSE's Local/Live chatted with the trio's producer TrellMatic about Herbie Hancock and his influence on the group.