Joe Quinto spreads his positive message on 414 Live

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Joe Quinto’s goal is to spread love, acceptance and positivity through your speakers and he did this in his performance on 414 Live. We were able to get him in the studio after his Milwaukee summer premiere of “Let it Go” and his new music video release of “Run Away,” off his latest two-song EP “Solturo. “

We talk about Quinto’s debut EP “Cinemasonic,” his start and collaborations in the Milwaukee music scene with artists like Genesis Renji, Shle Berry and Jayne Joyce as well as some well founded advice. “We all kind of got to band together because Milwaukee’s got a lot of talent and it’s not necessarily looked at as a hub for music like some other cities but I really think it should be,” he said.

Joe Quinto on 414 Live

We were fortunate enough to get to hear two exclusive tracks that aren’t recorded yet, from one of their first ever written tracks “Girl I Never Met” to a fresh track with the working title of “Souls” that gave us some critical verses. With songs such as these, we know this is just the jumping point for Joe Quinto.

You can stream the interview and performance below.

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Negative/Positive reflect on their journey on 414 Live

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This week on 414 Live, we were excited to welcome Girls Rock Milwaukee alums Negative/Positive, who just shared their new single “Space Smells Like Lilacs.”

Although still young, Negative/Positive have been veterans in the local scene, playing music from ages 8 and 9 and now continuing to rock on in their teenage years.

We talked about the origins of the band’s unusual name and the group’s transition from being “that one band with the little kids” to just being “that one band.” In addition to talking about their upcoming music video for Space Smells Like Lilacs” and learning not to goof around in band practice,
the trio also shares some advice for young musicians, and discusses their own growth as musicians. “Just play music as much as you can,” they insist. “If you’re doing music all the time you will get better.”

We were lucky to get an exclusive performance with the group including a solidly crooned riot grrrl rendition of Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl” that screams confidence and that these young women are here to stay for a long career ahead.

Negative/Positive on 414 Live

You can stream their interview and their performance below.

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Dramatic Lovers swing by for a passionate 414 Live performance

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This week on 414 Live, we were honored to welcome back Milwaukee indie-rock royalty Dramatic Lovers. We’ve had the group’s new album “You Talk Loud” on regular rotation here at the station, and it was a treat hearing them share some songs from that record, as well as a ripping new track called “Buried.”

You can stream their performance and our interview with the band below.

Dramatic Lovers on 414 Live
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Kendra Amalie conjures dreamy psychedelia on 414 Live

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This week on 414 Live, we were thrilled to welcome station favorite Kendra Amalie for a particularly special show. The performance doubled as her Milwaukee release show for her new record “Intuition,” a heady, deeply moving psychedelia album that often seems to be broadcasting between worlds. She creates paintings through sound.

Amalie chats with Jordan Lee about her long journey to Milwaukee and the unique, textural quality of her music. Below you can stream the interview and the performance, where she’s joined by a band that includes Radio Milwaukee’s own Amelinda Burich.

Kendra Amalie

Artist bio

A sweeping introduction to an artist deep into their practice, Kendra Amalie’s Intuition is a star map to a new and developing sound space. An exploratory and (sometimes) shredding finger-style 12-string guitarist (both acoustic and electric), band leader, synthesist, new media creator, and experimental producer, the Wisconsin-based musician is also a songwriter occupying an ethereal zone between galaxy-brain cosmic transmissions and deep, personal expression.

There’s a concept and narrative arc to Intuition, too, the action moving from underwater locales to boat to city to global consciousness to farmland to the etheric plane and back to water. But the movements are equally a guide through the world(s) of Kendra Amalie and a culmination/transition/next step following a decade-and-change of cassettes and ambitious projects including Names Divine, 11:11, and a range of directions in collaborative improvised music and solo sound work. Shifting her music-making energies over the past several years, Intuition is the sound of a powerful new voice in focus.

The opener (and first single) “Breathe Underwater” is both an invocation and a headbanger, and–like every track on Intuition–almost nothing like any other track. Both rigorous and open-formed, Intuition contains multitudes, from the hypno-noise/freak-out/grace of “Become the Light” to the 12-string meditation “Improvisation For Mark Hollis,” from the psychedelic realizations of “Facets of a Holy Diamond” to the pedal steel-touched “Stay Low.”

Recorded with friends in her shed in Saint Francis, Intuition’s band included a core rhythm section of drummer Victoria Robison and bassist Sam Cook, with remote support from Taralie Peterson (cello), Al Moss (pedal steel), Peter McLaughlin (drums) and Jayve Montgomery (oboe), alongside the mixing effort of long-time collaborator Brian J. Sulpizio in Chicago. The live iteration of the album is more shape-shifting, encompassing solo performances accompanied by motion-controlled synths as well as more fully supported by a corporeal rock band. Intuition is a sound-based cross-section of a larger body of work. An arrival and a destination, Intuition is also surely a stopover, too. Meet Kendra Amalie.

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Hear Dashcam shower 414 Live in shimmering synthesizers

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This week on 414 Live, we were excited to welcome Milwaukee producer Dashcam, who graced us with his dreamy, summery synth-pop.

He also joined host Jordan Lee for an interview where he described the collaborative nature of his project and how it came about. “Five years ago I was looking for a way to work with other local artists, and also because of the internet I was able to work with a bunch of international artists,” he explained. “It started as just this idea of what if I could get online and meet people making similar music and work together with them, and it’s just taken off from there.”

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Dashcam on 414 Live

You can stream the performance and the interview below.

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Armstrong Ransome shares his thoughtful hip-hop on 414 Live

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Every week we host a free, live performance from a Milwaukee artist. For this week’s installment of 414 Live, we were excited to welcome rapper Armstrong Ransome as part of Hip-Hop Week MKE.

He’s been a fixture of the Milwaukee rap scene for nearly 20 years, and he’s gone by many names, including Reign Supreme, Adebisi and BLAX. He was also a founding member of Fresh Cut Collective, but now he’s on his own and known as Armstrong Ransome.

Armstrong Ransome

He performs some of his new songs for us, and describes the long journey that took him from Milwaukee to New York and back, brushing elbows with some of rap’s biggest names in the process, including Dame Dash.

Stream the performance and interview below.

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The Quilz bring deep grooves and wild synths to 414 Live

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This week on 414 Live we were excited to welcome the Milwaukee synth-pop duo The Quilz, which pairs Codebreak veteran Sage Schwarm with singer Becky Heck. And since the performance doubled as their LP release show, they went all out. They turned the stage into a party and were accompanied by a huge light show.

We also interviewed the duo about their new new album, “Fishing For Ketchup,” which is divided between a danceable A-side and a more ambient B-side, and their plans to release another LP of all covers.

You can stream the performance below.

The Quilz
The Quilz on 414 Live
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Coyote Brother share ‘sad songs and harmonies’ on 414 Live

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Coyote Brother is the collaboration between J. Hardin and Hayward Williams, two songwriters that are probably familiar to a lot of our listeners. “They love sad songs and harmonies,” according to their Facebook bio, and their 414 Live performance on Thursday backed that up.

The duo swung by Studio Milwaukee for a performance and an interview, where they discussed the origins of the band (including the presumptuous gesture that kicked off the project), the vulnerability intrinsic in a collaboration like this, and the difficulty of juggling music and fatherhood. You can stream the interview and the performance below.

Coyote Brother
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Fresh from UWM, Dogbad perform on 414 Live

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This week on 414 Live, we were excited to welcome the jazzy, bluesy, jammy Milwaukee alternative band Dogbad. They shared some new tunes and chatted with host Ken Sumka about how they formed and how they settled on their unusual name. They also discussed the difficulty of landing all-ages shows and the irony of being a UWM band that won a Marquette battle of the bands.

Stream the performance and hear the interview below.

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Dogbad at Radio Milwaukee

Dogbad will play the Riverwest Public House on June 29 and Cactus Club on July 24.

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Hear Chris Haise Band bring some uplift to 414 Live

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After premiering a song from their new record earlier this month, we were happy to welcome Chris Haise Band to our studio Thursday on 414 Live.

The group performed songs from their new album “Light Shadows,” then sat with host Ken Sumka for an interview. Haise discussed how Charles Dickens inspired the title of the new album, the importance of self-care, the allure of the suburbs and the advantages of home recording over using an expensive professional studio.

Listen to the performance and the interview below.

Chris Haise Band on 414 Live
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