The fifth episode of the 414 Live Variety Hour is out now

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We are happy to share our fifth episode of the 414 Live Variety Hour. It’s amazing that we have made it nearly halfway through the year in these unusual times, still being able to put forward a platform where we can showcase and lift the voices of these amazing Milwaukee musicians in our community.

This episode was a particularly special episode. Every member of Telethon joined us and shared a very special band slasher film for the season, B-Free and Quinten Farr shared their beautiful sounds and advice navigating this time while testing each other’s knowledge, De La Buena organized their entire group for a brand new song, and the Nasty Boys brought us a documentary about the cult of nasty. These are just a few things you’ll experience on this episode of the Variety Hour.

Ayisha interviews B-Free and Quinten Farr

As always, we continue the dialogue on how artists have been navigating these unusual times as we start to adapt to a new normal. They share how they’ve been able to keep creative and move forward while contributing to the city with their passion and talents.

If you missed the episode, you can watch it in full above, plus tune in every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to hear interviews and performances from this 414 Live Variety Hour throughout November. And while you’re at it, check out the episodes you missed here.

De la Buena’s live performance on the 414 Live Variety Hour

Mark your calendars for our next episode on Nov. 19, a very special episode where I will be co-hosting with the very charismatic Charlie Berens and we will invite Abby Jeanne, Zed Kenzo, Chicken Wire Empire, and Reyna to join us for another great show. You can tune in to this show on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. on our Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch pages on social media.

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Check out the fourth episode of the 414 Live Variety Hour

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We just dropped our forth episode of the 414 Live Variety Hour. We’ve adapted to the times in order to lift up the voices in our Milwaukee music scene to talk about music, our city and how these artists are navigating creatively and otherwise through this very different times.

This week we were joined by the surf/indie quartet Fuzzysurf, the super neo/soul/jazz collective No Seatbelts, folk/pop artist Valerie Lighthart and singer/producer/rapper Vincent Van Great. Each artists gets real with us, sharing never-before-seen live performances and we get to know another side of them as they share their personality outside of just music.

Ayisha Jaffer talks to No Seatbelts

In this episode, we discussed the many ways artists have been adapting in these times with some very inspiring advice. Each of the artists also shared how they have been keeping creative, moving forward and contributing to the city during this time.

If you missed the episode, you can watch it in full above, plus tune in every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to hear interviews and performances from this 414 Live Variety Hour throughout October. And while you’re at it, check out the episodes you missed here.

Be sure to join us for the next episode on Oct. 29 live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.

Valerie Lighthart teaches us how to create great visual content
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Check out our third episode of the 414 Live Variety Hour

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We’re over the moon to share our third episode of the 414 Live Variety Hour, our program that is an answer to a late night TV show here in Milwaukee. Think MTV and TRL but all about the Milwaukee experience.

We talk about the city, our community, advocacy, and — of course — the music. Each episode contains never-before-seen performances, music video premieres, and we get to see a deeper side to these artists while also having some very hard conversations in this unusual time that we are living in.

Ayisha chats with Moses.

This month we had the positive and prolific Adi Armour joining us from his car, L’Resorts from their beautiful creative haven, the incredible Browns Crew, and Moses straight from the bathtub.

In this episode, we discussed the many ways artists have been adapting in these times with some positive takeaways. Each of the artists also shared how they have used their art to ignite social change in Milwaukee

Not only did we talk about navigating creativity in these wild times, but we also learned about soul food’s history and connection with music with Adi Armour, had an interview with the incredible artist Nick Gayzen done by L’Resorts, went on a tequila tasting with Browns Crew, and learned about Non Pop with Moses.

If you missed the episode, you can watch it in full above, plus tune in every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to hear interviews and performances from this 414 Live Variety Hour throughout September. And while you’re at it, check out the episodes you missed here.

Be sure to join us for the next episode on September 24th live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.

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Watch our second episode of 414 Live Variety Hour

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We are excited to share our second episode of the 414 Live Variety Hour, our program that is an answer to a late night TV show here in Milwaukee.

We talk about the city, our community, advocacy, and — of course — the music. Each episode contains never-before-seen performances, music video premieres and creative talents from top Milwaukee artists.

Ayisha chats with Best of Both Worlds (Kia Rap Princess and Kaylee Crossfire).

This month we had an incredible group of musicians including Paper Holland, Best of Both Worlds (Kia Rap Princess and Kaylee Crossfire), Klassik and Amanda Huff.

In this episode, we discussed the many ways artists have been adapting in these times with some positive takeaways. Each of the artists also shared how they have used their art to ignite social change in Milwaukee.

Not only did we talk about these wild times, but we also got to see the wild side of many of these musicians with creative, new music videos, artists’ facing their fears through a mukbang, improvisational skills, and exclusive premieres.

If you missed the episode, you can watch it in full above, plus tune in every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to hear interviews and performances from this 414 Live Variety Hour throughout August. And while you’re at it, check out episode one with Lex Allen, Luxi, Orlando Peña and Immortal Girlfriend.

Be sure to join us for the next episode on August 27, live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.

Klassik performs on 414 Live Variety Hour.
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Introducing the 414 Live Variety Hour

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Introducing for the first time ever the 414 Live Variety Hour. This week we aired our pilot episode of our new late night TV show with a fresh way to showcase the talents that Milwaukee has to offer. Not only do we present never-before-seen performances but we also get to know the artists and personalities in our city on a deeper level through their hidden talents, conversations about music, the city, vulnerabilities and social change.

We wanted to create something that brought us closer to our community, opening up the conversation not exclusively to music, but also to the people themselves. Throughout the Variety Hour you’ll get interviews, performances, how-tos, comedy and surprises that I don’t want to spoil if you haven’t seen the episode. You will also get teasers and trailers of projects that are a part of Radio Milwaukee.

In our pilot episode we share experiences with several artists throughout the city including Orlando Peña, Lex Allen, LUXI and Immortal Girlfriend. We hear stories of social change on the streets of Milwaukee, coping and creating (or not creating) in quarantine, meet surprise guests, shed tears and share laughs.

If you missed the episode, you can watch it in full below or tune in every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to hear interviews and performances from the 414 Live Variety Hour throughout July.

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Hear Brett Newski preview some new songs, sans audience, on 414 Live

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Last week on 414 Live we had a very unique performance by Milwaukee’s hometown hero, Brett Newski. Amid the news of COVID-19, Radio Milwaukee had decided to close its doors to the public to protect our listeners and the community, and later in the afternoon, Newski’s own show was canceled at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Nonetheless, we decided we wanted to bring these highly anticipated tunes to the airwaves and bring the entertainment and fun directly to you so we set up a cafe table, two stools and put a small cactus between myself and Brett (a germ deterrent) to bring to you Cafe Newski. One other notable is that the “No Tomorrow” or Matt Spatola, Newski’s drummer and producer, was the sole audience member.

Newski’s new album “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down,” comes out April 3 and after the release of “What’d Ya Got To Lose,” we got the radio world premiere of a handful of these songs. We chatted about his recent tour in South Africa, being bullied, social media influence, eating cheeseburgers while watching planes go by, isolation and their most ambitious tour ever.

Brett offers the sage advice to emerging musicians that “you just need to stay in the game…you do it long enough, you feel like a pro.”

Brett Newski says “Sanitize your friends”

You can stream the interview and a performance of the never-before heard songs off of Brett Newski’s upcoming album release.

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Marielle Allshwang and The Visitations bring The World of Mary Nohl to 414 Live

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Marielle Allshwang and The Visitations brought a haunting but joyful sound to our 414 Live series. We sit down with Marielle Allshwang and Adam Michael Krause to talk about the group’s catalogue of music, their marriage of music and the interdisciplinary arts, and a deep dive into “Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl” and the un-streamable project “Night Gatherings.”

Everything from the name to the catalogue of music has a thoughtful purpose in this group. The Visitations became the name of the group based on a vote from an incredible read by German author Jenny Erpenbeck called “The Visitation.” Each body of work feels like a movement with the latest project deriving from a proposed commission produced by David Revel exploring regional artists’ work through regional musicians.

The group are currently entering new territory with new music and possibly switching up their instruments. We are excited to see what comes next.

Watch the full set of Marielle Allshwang and The Visitations below. You can hear Mary Nohl’s voice in the set if you listen closely.

You can stream the interview and live performance below.

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Liza Jane brings her magic trick and music to 414 Live

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This week on 414 Live we had the soulful voice of Liza Jane gracing our Radio Milwaukee studios after her debut release “Internet Girl No. 1” and the December single of “Unhappy Birthday.” We dive deep into the inspiration behind the music, the collection of creatives and collaborators Liza Jane surrounds herself with, her work in film, love for baking and the new EP that’s on its way.

We also talk about one of Liza’s favorite song titles of her music which is “Magic Trick” because the song has nothing to do with magic tricks but they added this sound effect to the end of the song as a joke but ended up keeping it in. To hear Liza Jane do her best impression of this sound, you’ll have to listen to the interview below.

She also offers the advice “if you’re creating something that you love and you’re creating something you are excited about, that’s exactly where you should be starting and the rest will follow.”

Liza Jane at Radio Milwaukee

Watch the full set of Liza Jane, including a preview of some unreleased tracks on the upcoming EP.

You can stream the interview and live performance below.

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Fox Face brings the fury on 414 Live

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Last week on 414 Live we had the riot grrrl inspired group Fox Face in our studio. The group’s last release “Spoil + Destroy” was a powerful release put out on Madison’s own Dirtnap records. The group talked about their upcoming album release, their history being a band for over eight years, and keeping their husbands upstairs.

Watch the full set of Fox Face, including a preview of some unreleased tracks on the upcoming album below.

You can stream their performance below.

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Rexxx share their Palentine’s Day love on 414 Live

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Last week on 414 Live we had Rexxx in the studio a day before the release of their new album “Pure Pleasure II.” The group has been together for just over a year but it’s clear this is a perfect combination of pals finally together in one band that create the high energy, straight-up fun performance of your punk-rock bedroom dreams.

The band name comes from an eaves dropping incident “….he just wrecks everything” that now translates into Rexxx tearing up our stage.

The group explains their Valentine’s Day release stating, “Why not do it on a loving day?”

You can stream the interview and performance below.

Listen to “414 Live with ‘Rexxx'” on Spreaker.
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