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.

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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.

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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.

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Matthew Davies shares his latest rustic folk songs on 414 Live

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Thursday on 414 Live, we were excited to welcome Matthew Davies, a road-tested Milwaukee folk singer/songwriter. His fifth and most recent album, "Flowers and Ticket Stubs," "tells tales of common and uncommon folk -- faces seen in windows, sentimental dudes with metropolitan style, all visible across an unseen borderline mining the emotions and alchemy of unwritten traditions," according to his bio.

Listen to him discuss and perform songs from the record below.

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Matthew Davies

During our interview, Davies explains the origins of the album's unusual title, and shares the important cause that sales from the first 100 copies of the album will support. He also discusses how parenthood has shaped his songwriting.

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Rocket Cat share their classic-rock swagger on 414 Live

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Thursday on 414 Live, we were excited to welcome the '70s-inspired alternative rock quartet Rocket Cat ahead of their video premiere Saturday night at Nō Studios. Listen to their session and our interview below.

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Rocket Cat

The band also discusses their new album "Little Lights," and explains the origins of the album cover (it involves Iceland and the Northern Lights). That album cover mirrors the imagery of light and shadows in their songs.

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Hear Surgeons in Heat bring the smoothness on 414 Live

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Thursday on 414 Live, we were excited to welcome back Milwaukee’s Surgeons in Heat and their glass-smooth, R&B-inspired spin on timeless pop-rock.

Listen to their session and our interview below.

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Surgeons in Heat on 414 Live

The band released their most recent LP, “Bored Immortals,” last summer. During our interview, frontman Johnathon Mayer discussed that album and what keeps him returning to Surgeons in Heat despite the lineup changes that have always trailed the band.

“It’s always been an outlet for songs that I’m writing,” Mayer explained of the group. “The cast changes with life, basically. People leave the band when they have other stuff going on.”

414 Live is presented by Miller Brewing Company and the Milwaukee Bucks with support from Weeds in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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Listen to the Americana crooner Zach Pietrini on 414 Live

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The Zach Pietrini Band crafts brutally honest, instantly familiar songs that uphold old country standards but incorporate new rock sensibilities. With their diverse approach, writing style and outstanding live show, they are the total Americana package. Listen for yourself to the session and interview in the player above.

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Hear Chicken Wire Empire's mountain-moving sound on 414 Live

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Chicken Wire Empire makes bluegrass-style music from the northern middle-west, with heartfelt harmonies and earthy acoustic tones that feel like home.

The group’s new album, “What Moves Mountains,” is out now. Hear them perform some of the songs live in the player above.

414 Live is presented by Miller Brewing Company and the Milwaukee Bucks with support from Weeds in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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Catch the catchiness of Fuzzysurf on 414 Live

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Fuzzysurf is composed of Sean Lehner (vox/guitar), Corey Murphy (keys), Ben Giddens (bass/vox), and Mike Roy (drums). Citing The Beatles, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Blur, Weezer and Talking Heads as early musical influences, the group goal has always been the creation of a catchy song.

Fuzzysurf recently released their first single, “Problems“, from their upcoming album, “Fuzzy & The Surfs,” due out in May 2019. Mixing melodic British Invasion pop sensibilities, classic American surf and a splash of psychedelia, the new single and upcoming album showcase the band doing what they do best.

414 Live is presented by Miller Brewing Company and the Milwaukee Bucks with support from Weeds in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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