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Milwaukee musician’s album is getting a proper release after nearly two decades this Record Store Day

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Liam Hayes on 414Live at Radio Milwaukee


It seems unconventional these days to correspond without email, but it’s a welcome change of pace. Radio Milwaukee recently sat down to tea and conversation with pop auteur Liam Hayes, organized through a chain of phone calls and a chance meeting over sausages at Vanguard with collaborator and co-producer, Pat Sansone (The Autumn Defense, Wilco).

Impeccably dressed in late 60’s fashion, Hayes is soft-spoken but warm and genuine. The Chicago ex-pat relocated to Milwaukee six years ago. In his previous life he was a bit of a cult figure, even appearing as himself in the film High Fidelity.

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Listen to the social satire art rock of XPosed 4Heads

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Xposed 4Heads landed at 88Nine for a short set of live music and interview as a warm up for New Wave Fest. We heard influences of Devo and Rush in their music…but, “mostly Rush,” joked frontman Mark G.E.

He said about the band’s message, “It’s not enough to make fun of something. You have to provide an alternative, something positive.”

In 1982, Xposed 4Heads released “Nice Guy,” which went on to years of heavy rotation on WMSE. DJ Declan (WMSE) praised them as “a band unencumbered by talent.” With an ever evolving roster of musicians, Xposed 4Heads had three cassette-only releases by 1992 and had gotten airplay on college stations through out the US and been included in numerous compilation albums. 

The tight nucleus of current day 4Heads has helped the original concept develop into a party band that puts on a high energy witty show that is compared to a mash up between Devo and the B52’s which features the Star Girls, two aliens that have come for peace and dancing.
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Shaddye’s debut album boasts authenticity and transparency

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Shaddye was propelled by the support of various organizations and institutions, a clear example of the importance in the investment in youth and the arts. Specifically, “My Life in a Boombox” was made possible by a partnership between COA Youth and Family Centers and local producer Q the Sun with Milwaukee Public Schools and the Partnership for Arts and Humanities.


Throughout the EP, her rhythm is a melodic comfort that stresses honesty and transparency while seeming effortless and genuine. With complimentary backing that doesn’t distract from the rapper/producer, the EP is a high-quality introduction that leaves us wanting more. Listen to the full thing below.

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Summerfest dates and times announced for Grizzly Bear, Kaleo, Bishop Briggs and more!

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Don’t bring your cell phone to see Jack White

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If you’re going to the Jack White concert in Milwaukee, you won’t have to be annoyed with the person standing in front of you blocking your view with their phone or that people recording aren’t living in the moment. And, if you’re not going to be at the show, you won’t have to deal with your friend’s endless low-quality Snapchat story featuring their terrible scream-singing. But maybe, you will be annoyed that you can’t send a quick text while enjoying the show.

That’s because Jack White is now banning cell phones from all of his non-festival shows, which includes his Friday show in Milwaukee at the Eagles Ballroom.

He put this pop-up message on ticketing websites:

“No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed. We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.”

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This is part of a growing trend of concerts with no cell phone policies. Some artists, like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Neutral Milk Hotel and Savages have also banned phones at their performances. Even comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle have had no cell phone policies (though theirs were more about protecting their material from ending up on YouTube).

Last time we saw Jack White in Milwaukee at the Rave in 2014, he politely requested that the crowd keep their phones in their pockets. He introduced the official photographer who would be taking photos that fans would be able to download and share freely after the concert.

That approach worked pretty well and most fans respected it in Milwaukee. But, for this tour, he’s stepping it up anyway.

If you don’t leave it at home or in your car, you’ll need to lock your phone in a Yondr pouch while inside the venue.

After going though security, your phone will be placed in a case. Once it’s inside, the case will lock. You’ll keep it on you during the concert without being able to use it, though you should still be able to feel it vibrate. So, if you need to use it during the show, you can step outside and tap it on an “unlocking base,” then re-seal it as you go back in. At the end of the show, you’ll unlock it and drop the pouch off as you leave.

White says:

“I was hoping it would be more of an art project. I wanted to surprise people. I thought it would be great if people showed up and they found out right when they got there that there were these pouches for the phones. I thought it would excite them and possibly make some of them upset. But it’s funny. I go to movies and everyone turns their phone off. You go to the symphony, there’s no phones. Church, no phones. There’s all these places where it’s already happening. So let’s try a rock ’n’ roll concert and see what happens.

I want people to live in the moment, and it’s funny that the easiest way to rebel is to tell people to turn off their phone. If your phone is that important to you that you can’t live without it for two hours then I don’t know. Maybe it’s time to see a therapist.”

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In The Mix with guest DJ Devast8

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It’s been six long years since Milwaukee Day fell on a Saturday, so we had to get the legend, DJ Devast8 to whip up a set for In The Mix. We began our show with a new record from Black Tuxedo called “Good,” then I flipped and mixed it up with a fresh remix of the classic hit, “The Bomb” and then dove into so much more. Then, DJ Devast8 brought the intense flavors of Latin house, but don’t take my word for it.  Click play or download directly to enjoy the mixes.

Check out the track listing, download the whole show and follow our In The Mix Spotify playlist below.

DJ Kenny Perez

1. Black Tuxedo – Good
2. The Bucketheads – the Bomb (Massivedrum 2k17 Remix)
3. Brown Sugar – Are You ready (Agent Greg Remix)
4. CID – I Miss You
5. Raven & Kreyn – Honey
6. Leandro Da Silva & Stage Rockers – La Corrida
7. KOOS – About
8. Redlight ft Sweetie Irie – Zum Zum
9. The Stickmen – The Want Me Bootleg
10. Borgeous – Making Me Feel
11. Block & Crown – Speed It Up

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1. Mirko Boni – La Luna En Bogota (Original Mix)
2. Styline & Raul Mendes – Mas Que Nada (Original Mix)
3. David Tort, Markem & Yas Cepeda feat. Ella Loponte – Strangers (Extended Mix)
4. Tom Budin – Trompeta (Original Mix)
5. Wlady & Teo Mandrelli – Vittoria (Extended Mix)
6. Offaiah feat. Shenseea – Run This Town (Extended Vocal Mix)
7. Angelo Ferreri & Cassara – La Selva (Original Mix)
8. Jeremy Bass & Rio Dela Duna – La Vela (Original Mix)
9. Luca Debonaire – Bogota (Original Mix)
10. Tello – La Palabra (Original Mix)
11. Antoine Clamaran & DJ Fist – El Pajaro 2017 (Original Mix)
12. Basement Jaxx – Rendez-Vu (Jesse Garcia Club Mix)

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Check out the Summerfest headliner schedule for the Uline Warehouse stage

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Here’s your last chance to experience the Uline Warehouse stage of your Summerfest memories. The new Uline Warehouse stage debuts in 2019!

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Start planning for The Neighbourhood, Aminé and a ton of rock shows.

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Kid Koala is bringing a nine-foot ogre and dancing penguins to Milwaukee

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Discover Music

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If you love discovering new music, here’s the place to dig in.

In the stories to the right, you can keep up on the latest music news, watch behind-the-scenes videos, get to know emerging artists, who’s coming to town, who’s hot in Milwaukee’s music scene, and get a free download (every week!).

You can listen on demand to exciting new jazz, hip-hop and R&B, world and electronic dance music, interesting covers and songs we just can’t stop listening to.You can hear live performances recorded in our studio, featuring local and touring bands. Yes, there’s more. But we’ll leave the rest of the discovery up to you!

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