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Music News: Jack White publishes children’s book, Flying Lotus announces new film, more

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Stream live sets from Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Dream Syndicate, Benjamin Booker

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Watch this live theme song for “Racine & Me” by JUICEBOXXX

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Watch this touching tribute to “Racine and surrounding counties” performed by JUICEBOXXX for CBS58 TV show “Racine & Me,” which brings the host to tears.

According to the artist’s Twitter account, the full episode will air Saturday @ 7:30am on WBME MeTV.

Watch the “Racine & Me” theme song by JUICEBOXXX below:

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MKE music recommendations based on national artists, pt. 2

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Listen to Whips if you like Bleached and Soundgarden

When it comes to making raw, down-and-dirty rock music, Whips might be the best in Milwaukee. The group’s sound harkens back to the grunge era, with purposely lo-fi production, heavy guitar riffs and sludgy rhythm sections, much in the same way that many bands in this modern “grunge revival” are doing. It is part hard rock, part punk and all aggression, guaranteed to give you a refreshing punch in the face. The badass vocals of lead singer Ashley Smith pierce through these grungy instrumentals and complement them perfectly to create music with a razor sharp edge, that’s just catchy enough to get stuck in your head.


Listen to Lorde Fredd33 if you like Vince Staples and Danny Brown

Lorde Fredd33 is a rapper that is nearly impossible to put in a box and compare to other artists, despite the fact that I am doing exactly that. Much like Vince Staples, Fredd33’s instrumentals manage to be so smooth to the ears, yet in-your-face and bombastic at the same time. He does the exact same thing with his voice, using his commanding vocal presence to his advantage. It’s not uncommon to hear Lorde Fredd33 giving smooth bars, wailing aggressive chants, or even embracing his melodic side in his music. He progresses his flow to new heights unlike anything else in hip hop, proving he can trade talented wordplay and fast flows with the best of them, while still showing his prowess as an experimental vocalist in multiple ways.


Listen to Tigernite if you like Joan Jett and Cheap Trick

Tigernite has gained a local reputation in the last few years as the number one source for fun-loving, shredding classic rock. Distorted guitar riffs, speedy tempos and the perfectly raspy female vocals of Molly Roberts all make Tigernite the perfect band for those missing the days of classic hard rock. At the same time, the band always puts a heavy focus on having infectious melodies and hooks that feel reminiscent of the days of power pop. Additionally, their showmanship and glossy appearance would fit right in with glam rock of the late 1970s. Combine heavy instrumentals, catchy choruses and glam aesthetic and you have Tigernite.


Listen to Bliss & Alice if you like Black Star and Kendrick Lamar

Milwaukee rapper Bliss & Alice has shown both sides of himself and his talents with his last two projects. On his first mixtape, ‘Poetry volume One,’ he operates under more organic-sounding instrumentals, similar to a more classic hip hop style. On this project, he proved his insane lyrical talent as a rapper, with poetic flows, clever wordplay and stream-of-consciousness lyrical progression in every single song. On his second project released in late 2016, entitled ‘Mama Tried,’ he takes a completely different approach. With more modern, mainstream instrumentals, Bliss & Alice takes a much more personal lyrical approach, using flows and rhyme schemes similar to what you might hear from rappers like Kendrick Lamar. His ability to not just perform both styles, but do so with incredible talent, proves that he is Milwaukee’s most underrated rapper by a mile.


Listen to Soul Low if you like Modest Mouse and Mac Demarco

Like Lorde Fredd33, Soul Low is a band that is really difficult to categorize. The Milwaukee alt rock band has gained local popularity locally since their debut in 2013 with the help of the their instrumental virtuosity, unique stylistic choices, and outlandish vocals courtesy of Jake Balistreri. The band takes elements from both classic and modern alternative rock, as well as punk, surf rock, and even folk music to create something that belongs distinctly to Soul Low. One of the band’s biggest strengths is the ability to go back and forth between happier, upbeat music and sadder, almost anxious music, both through their lyrics and instrumentals. Their 2016 album ‘Nosebleeds’ was one of the best of the year, and their newest single, “Bad Set of Moods,” proved they show no signs of slowing down.


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Field Report’s Chris Porterfield digs into new album

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Chris Porterfield

It has been since 2014’s Marigolden that Field Report had a new release and since then, frontman Chris Porterfield has entered fatherhood and continued sobriety. With a new band and an expanded sonic landscape, he’ll present those new songs to Milwaukee for the first time for the live audience at 88Nine’s Block Party.

Radio Milwaukee recently spoke with Porterfield about the process of writing and recording the upcoming album and what we can expect to hear.

Read below for a conversation with Chris Porterfield about the upcoming Field Report album:

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Summerfest headliner profile: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades are Wisconsin natives, with all five members meeting each other while going to school at UW-Stevens Point in 2009. The band officially formed in 2010, and has since made a name for themselves on a national scale. In 2012, they won third place in the battle of the bands competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Since then, they have performed with superstars of the genre, like Trampled by Turtles and Merle Haggard, and were named one of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Wisconsin bands to watch in 2014. Horseshoes & Hand Grenades have released three studio albums, most recently in 2015, and are expected to release another in 2017.


What do they sound like?

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades embrace a classic folk and bluegrass sound in their music, with their own personalities adding a fun twist to the songs. The familiar sounds of fiddles, banjo, harmonica and a twangy voice in their songs are all indicative of the usual Southern bluegrass style, yet something about their Midwestern perspective makes it feel different. Their music explores a variety of moods, tempos and lyrical themes that will surely make them one of the most fun and interesting country/country-adjacent groups to see at Summerfest. We recommend seeing Horseshoes & Hand Grenades at Summerfest this year if you like Trampled by Turtles the Avett Brothers. They will be performing on the Johnson Control’s World Sound Stage on Saturday, July 1 at 10:00 P.M. For tickets and more information, follow this link.


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Music News: R.I.P. Chris Cornell, Jack Antonoff brings childhood bedroom on tour

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Stream live sets from The Pixies, Kyle Craft, Real Estate and more today

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell passes away at the age of 52

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Music News: Bjork songbook, Nine Inch Nails compose music for Banksy piece

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