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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Listen to the dark, crystalline music of Rose of the West on 414 Live

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Driving its hazy dream-currents of music are frosty synths, radiant warmth from guitar and piano, nimble bass lines and a tempestuous, gutsy kick from clear-cut percussion. Rose of the West leader, Gina Barrington, brings it all together with her crystalline, but sultry vocals, twisting and turning lyrics over like talismans. And no matter how dark, Barrington’s most desolate words always seem to hold the possibility of turning those single sparks into bright flames.

The full band is Thomas Gilbert on guitar and synthesizer, Erin Wolf on keyboard, vocals, harmonium, Cedric LeMoyne on bass and Dave Power on drums.

Right off the release of the band’s newest single “Roads,” Rose of the West gave us a taste of its debut album coming out on April 5, 2019 on Communicating Vessels.

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Watch Lady Cannon brings its fiery Midwest softcore to 414 Live

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Lady Cannon is Martha Cannon on vocals, banjo, guitar and accordion and her guys are Barry Paul Clark on bass; Devin Drobka doing percussion; Andrew Trim on guitar and Pat Reinholz on cello.

Hear a preview of Lady Cannon’s new record, “Fortune’s Darling,” in the player above before the record release show on March 8 at Cactus Club. And watch the full session below.

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Holy Pinto strums indie-pop love songs for Valentine's Day on 414 Live

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Holy Pinto is an indie pop band from Canterbury, England led by singer and songwriter, Aymen Saleh. Playing colorful pop rock anthems through the lens of pop-punk and emo, Holy Pinto sings about love, growing up, the tyranny of distance and, often, the bittersweet taste of nostalgia. 

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After premiering his newest song “Adult #2” on Radio Milwaukee's airwaves earlier in the day, Holy Pinto played the song on 414 Live. It will appear on Holy Pinto’s upcoming full length album, “Adult” that will be out March 8.

Listen to his latest release and more in the player above.

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Hear the 'Midwestern music' of Keith Pulvermacher on 414 Live

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Keith Pulvermacher’s music isn’t quite country. It isn’t blues. It isn’t folk. It isn’t rock. He calls it “Midwestern” music.

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His new release is called “45 Story” and is out now. “45 Story” is all about reconnecting with each other and reflecting on life, family and giving back.

So with the launch of the record, he also launched the Always Be Here For You charity campaign—named after a song on the album—where proceeds from his music will go to a different cause each month. He wants to raise money and resources for people with cancer, juvenile diabetes, autism, alzheimer’s, melanoma, FMD, among other causes. This month, he is giving back to the MACC Fund.

Hear more about his mission and listen to his new songs live in the player above.

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