Get to know one of Milwaukee’s newest indie-rock bands, Veriso Curs, on 414 Live

Get to know one of Milwaukee’s newest indie-rock bands, Veriso Curs, on 414 Live

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Versio Curs played music off their new (and first) album, “How Are You.” When it was first released for exclusive stream on Shepherd Express, the album received over 2,000 plays in 24 hours, as well as reaching the top charts of multiple Bandcamp tags.

The band is Kyle Halverson on vocals, George Kuether on guitar, Joe Kelnhofer on guitar and former 88Nine intern, Josh Ehlke, on drums.

You can see them on June 30 at the first day of Summerfest (not bad for still being one of their first gigs).

414 Live is presented with support from: Hi Hit Lounge & Garage, The Prairie School and Dave’s Guitar Shop.

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Listen to the wildcat performance of Buffalo Gospel on 414 Live

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At the heart of all great music is a story, and for that matter, a storyteller. The stories behind Milwaukee-based Buffalo Gospel begin with its founder Ryan Necci and his early introduction, through his father’s record collection, to the country music of John Prine and Townes Van Zandt. Growing up in a small, lower middle class farm town, the songs of love and loss and broken blue-collar dreams seeped into him. When he started writing his own music over a decade ago, it was inevitable that the timeless quality of Country/Western and Americana arrangements would profoundly inform his art.

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Over a period of a few years, he experienced the dissolution of a marriage and the death of his close friend and writing partner. The immediate response was to quit music and live with his demons, yet as time moved on, writing about the darkness was the only way to keep going. These crystalline bits of bleary, haggard, emotion shine through Buffalo Gospel’s debut album, “We Can Be Horses,” which came out in 2013 to rave reviews. Critics called the work “minimalist and masterful,” “musically arresting,” and “Milwaukee’s Best Kept Secret.”

Fast-forward to 2018, where “On The First Bell” was recorded with Grammy award-winning engineer, Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Indigo Girls) at The Hive, nestled quietly in the rural landscape just outside Eau Claire, WI.

Buffalo Gospel delivers through a virtual “who’s-who” of crack Midwest musicians who have assembled around Necci’s heartfelt and heartbreaking songs – including Kevin Rowe (bass), Nick Lang (percussion), Michael Rossetto (multi-instrumentalist) and Andrew Koenig (guitar).

414 Live is presented with support from: Hi Hit Lounge & Garage, The Prairie School and Dave’s Guitar Shop.

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Travel to the ‘Galápagos’ with Paper Holland on 414 Live

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Drawing from the pop sensibility of acts like Death Cab For Cutie, the sparkling guitars of the Cure and the mild experimentalism of Tame Impala, Paper Holland create rhythmic and driving music with elegant horn arrangements, memorable hooks and skillful musicianship. 

Paper Holland is Andy Kosanke on guitar, Glenn McCormick on trumpet and keyboard, Mark Yencheske on bass guitar, Sean Hirthe with the alto saxophone, Ted Powers on the drums and Joe Tomcheck on guitar and vocals.

We got a preview of their new record, “Galápagos,” on Thursday for 414 Live. Catch the full album release show tonight at Anodyne.

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Return to nature with the bluesy-gospel music of Father Sky

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Anthony Deutsch, aka Father Sky, is a Milwaukee-based pianist/vocalist/composer. His music has been called, “compellingly melodic” and “Buddhist-like,” as he sings about the beauty of mother earth through his rootsy, soulful singing.

Thursday, he was in the Radio Milwaukee studio performing tracks off his new self-titled album before doing a show later that night at Gibraltar in Walker’s Point.

414 Live is presented with support from: Hi Hat & Garage, Dave’s Guitar Shop Milwaukee
and The Prairie School.

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Rock out to Tigernite on 414 Live

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Hear the students of TRUE Skool bring it on 414 Live

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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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Listen to the legendary Liam Hayes of Plush on 414 Live

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Best known as the man behind Chicago’s retro-pop project Plush, Liam Hayes is re-releasing “Fed,” a record that Rolling Stone called, “a soulful symphonic masterpiece” for Record Store Day 2018.

 

A wide-eyed opus of stunning intensity, “Fed” oozes Hayes’ impeccable influences without ever becoming overwhelmed by them. Incredibly, it touches upon Blaxploitation soul, Boz Scaggs-soft-rock, hints of jazz and blues, timeless baroque and skewed pop.

Hayes is not the kind of artist who spends all day interacting on social media. He doesn’t reveal a lot in interviews. He can hardly be reached by phone or email. (We set up this session completely in person.) He’s not trying to be cagey or eccentric or elusive, he would just rather keep the focus on his songs. And let’s face it, mystique is underrated in this era of over-sharing. But what he doesn’t describe in interviews, he makes up for in his music. Described by Uncut as “one of the most charismatic and eccentric cult pop craftsmen of the past 20 years,” we saw a genuine sample of this on Thursday. Take a listen above.

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Groove to B~Free on 414 Live

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Groove to B~Free on 414 Live with the MJ-Uncovered crew.

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Listen to Eagle Trace on 414 Live

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