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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Summerfest announces additional family-friendly events and attractions
This morning, Summerfest announced additional family-friendly events and attractions coming to this year's edition of the Big Gig.
8. Summerfest announces schedule for Emerging Artist Series
In past years, names like Nathaniel Rateliff. X Ambassadors and Walk the Moon took part in Summerfest's Emerging Artist Series. Who's taking part in this year's rendition? Here's the schedule.
9. 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.
10. Summerfest announces 2016 special attractions
This morning, Summerfest announced its collection of special attractions - both familiar and new, musical and otherwise - coming to Henry Maier Festival Park for this year's edition of the Big Gig.
11. 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.
12. Summerfest announces 2016 admission promos and offers
This morning, Summerfest announced its admission promotions, gate giveaways and special offers for 2016.
13. 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."
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Tosa Tonight announces 2016 concert series lineup
Tosa Tonight, a free summer concert series held assorted Wednesday nights at the Rotary Performance Pavilion, announced its lineup of musical acts for this year's edition.
18. 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.
19. River Rhythms announces 2016 music lineup
This afternoon, the Westown Association announced the lineup of musical performers hitting the stage for this summer's River Rhythms season.
20. XCleavers' Hunnicutt returns to share "Dangerous World"
After a long hiatus from making music full-time, Carter Hunnicutt (of Those XCleavers and Flat Rabbits) is back in the game. He releases a six-track CD, "Dangerous World," at Circle A Cafe in Riverwest on Sunday, May 22. We got him talking...
21. State Fair announces Bank Mutual Amphitheater lineup
Early this afternoon, the Wisconsin State Fair announced the lineup of upcoming free shows hosted at the Bank Mutual Amphitheater, as well as some ticket and Bargain Book deals.
22. Summerfest reveals headliners for JoJo's Martini Lounge
This morning, Summerfest filled in the headliners, dates and times for yet another Big Gig grounds stage, this time for JoJo's Martini Lounge. Here is the lineup.
23. 3 ways to pay tribute to Prince this week, in song and on screen
We're still all broken up about the sudden, shocking death of Prince. Thankfully, several Milwaukee venues are offering opportunities to continue the Prince mourning process this week and pay tribute to his artistic genius in both music and movies.
24. Reunited Culture Club comes to the Marcus Center on July 23
This morning, the Marcus Center announced that the recently reunited '80s pop act Culture Club - complete with all four original members, including Boy George - will make a stop in Milwaukee on its upcoming 40-city tour on Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m.
25. Prince billboards now visible in Milwaukee
In tribute to the passing of Prince, Lamar Advertising created two Prince billboards that are running on digital billboards across the country.