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5 things to do this weekend | Jan. 18th-21st

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MAM After Dark

With the vibrant world of Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon on tap in the main galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the MAM decided to make a Latin connection for this month’s MAM After Dark. Tomorrow night will have a lot to offer if you want to get your Latin fix. With salsa dancing, Spanish design, and spicy surprises you can explore global Latin culture through art, music, food, drink, and dance. With the afro-latin funk of ¡ESSO! (El Sonido Sonic Octopus) straight of Chicago and Future Rootz, a collective of local and international DJs playing and remixing global roots, tropical bass, world electronic, and Latin house music, the forecast looks very tropical for Friday.

Friday at 7pm @ The MAM ($14)


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5 things to do this weekend | January 11th-14th

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Plausible scenario… You listen to 88Nine on Friday, happen to tune in at around 1pm and catch a phenomenal band playing live on our airwaves. Eventually, you discover you’ve been enjoying the live set from Tennis who are in for a session on Friday. You also discover that they’ve a show on Friday night at Turner Hall so you make some calls, get a homie or even better, a date to go to the show with you and bam! you’ve got weekend plans. It can be that easy. And why not, Tennis has an exceptional new album called Yours Conditionally that the husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced and composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. How romantic… (Show up early and you can also catch electronic duo Overcoats opening up for Tennis).

Friday at 9pm @ Turner Hall ($18)


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5 things to do this weekend | November 30th-December 2nd

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Eagle Trace 

Little known fact: the brothers of Eagle Trace come from a beer-making family and have their own beer. That, plus the fact that Eagle Trace the band makes some of the best local music might pique your interest enough to check out the whole shebang they’re having this Friday at their EP release show at the Cactus Club in Bay View. Eagle Trace will be dropping their Rival EP and Cactus Club’ll serve their Eagle Park Beer with special guest openers The Missing Letters also on this sudsy bill.

Friday at 8pm @ Cactus Club

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5 things to do this weekend | November 16th-19th

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St. Vincent

Annie Clark – aka St. Vincent – is one of the most distinctive artistic voices and arrestingly original guitarists of her generation. Her recent album, the self-titled St. Vincent , won her Album of the Year NME, The Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly. In 2014, St. Vincent performed on the season finale of Saturday Night Live and, in 2015, she won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album. She has been the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and the Q Maverick award, both given for outstanding innovation in the arts. She’ll be taking all that talent live this Friday for one of the more anticipated shows of the season at the Riverside Theater.

And if you needed any more reasons to see her, St. Vincent has partnered with PLUS1 to ensure $1 from every ticket goes to support leading organizations providing prevention, treatment, and resources for opioid addiction, a public health epidemic ravaging communities across the country. I can support that…

Friday at 7pm @ The Riverside Theater 

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5 things to this weekend | October 5th-8th

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TV Girl

Electronic lo-fi indie pop outfit and 88Nine favorite, TV Girl is in town on Friday with chillwave Brooklyn band Brother Tiger at the Cactus Club in Bay View. If you’re a fan of early Beck you might wanna peep this show. TV Girl has what the Guardian calls an “old-style AM radio magic put through a chillwave memory haze” and I’m a fan of their lo-fi pop. Not sure what Brother Tiger sounds like but I like the unknown, discovery is fun.

Friday at 9pm @ Cactus Club   

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5 things to do this weekend | Sept. 28th-Oct. 1st

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Band Together

“Can the power of music connect people from different Milwaukee neighborhoods?” That’s the idea behind the second annual Band Together, a live music event with a diverse lineup featuring some of Milwaukee’s top bands performing music from a variety of genres – from R&B with Adi Armour to Salsa with Cache, glam rock with Tigernite to jazz with Kymaera. Great local food, rooftop party, dancing, and pizza party as well. Can’t go wrong with that! Plus, your ticket benefits Radio Milwaukee. No brainer. Grab tickets here: http://radiomilwaukee.org/bandtogether

Saturday, September 30 right here at 88Nine 220 E. Pittsburgh ($10)

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5 things to do this weekend | September 21st-24th

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Twin Brother + Abbey Jean + Dramatic Lovers

Milwaukee’s Twin Brother is a band re-imagined. Fronted by Milwaukee native (and my buddy,) Sean Raasch, Twin Brother has been playing indie-inspired folk rock in town since 2012. The band released two records, 2013’s self-titled release, and 2014’s Swallow the Anchor, which drew a lot of praise and earned Twin Brother headlining club gigs across town as well as opening slots at Turner Hall for several national acts. However, not content to be a band pigeonholed in the ever growing alternative country folk scene, Raasch and longtime bandmate (and 88Nine’s session engineer!)Lodi Broekhuizen retooled Twin Brother, adding new members and expanding the band’s sonic repertoire. 

With up and comers Abbey Jeanne and Dramatic Lovers opening the show there’s three great reasons to get there early and stay till the end!

Friday 8pm @ Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee ($10)

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5 things to do this week | July 20th-23rd

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Violent Femmes + Echo & the Bunnymen

Two classics on one stage! On name brand alone, this show is an easy draw and a safe bet even if you’re only a casual fan of these bands. And you know, as time marches on you’re only going to see them come around less and less until you know, you’re in some distant future wishing you’d went and seen them. Carpe diem yo! Plus they’re playing at the stunning stage at the BMO Harris Pavilion on the Summerfest grounds this Friday night.



Amy Winehouse Tribute

You might not be familiar with local label VoodooHoney; if you’re a fan local music however, you are probably familiar with some of the cast of creatives, singers, rappers, poets and players that form this nexus of artistry. Well, you can get familiar with what they’re about this Saturday at Company Brewing in Riverwest as they commemorate the 6th anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s passing with a musical tribute featuring a stellar lineup of local players like Abbey Jeanne, D’Amato, Klassik, B Free, Angie Swan, Amanda Huff and too many more to tell. Just trust me on this, it’s gonna be dope!


Deschutes Street Pub

Usually, it’s the bands that tour; this Saturday however, Portland’s Deschutes Brewery rolls into town for an impromptu street party and outdoor “pub.” Featuring their own suds as well as 50 others on a 400 foot bar(!), this is beer drinking on a whole ‘nother level. As their media sponsor, you’ll hear the connection as they’ve also got a killer line-up of local bands to keep you entertained all day: Swift Technique, Midwest Death Rattle, Queen Hilma, and B-Free!



Amplified Pale Ale Parties

Speaking of what made Milwaukee famous, 88nine is brewing something special as well. We’ve teamed up with Lakefront Brewery for a new beer that puts your support in a bottle– Amplified Pale Ale. Trust us, it’s tasty. Actually, come try it with us! We’ll be tapping the kegs for the first time this Sunday at two little parties. We’ll have a two-stop pub crawl on Brady Street, from 5-9pm at Regano’s Roman Coin for the very first sips and then later, Tarik Moody and I (Marcus Doucette) will be spinning tunes at Sound Travels Live at the Nomad World Pub as we tap a few more barrels from 9-midnight.

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5 things to do this weekend | June 2nd-4th

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BVGN + Jazz Fest

Bay View Gallery Night is one of those spectacles that’s got so much going for it, that you are pretty much assured an interesting evening. Over 50 venues and hundreds of artists are bound to attract attention, but the thing for me that makes this better than the sum of its parts is the second installment of their Jazz Fest. The list of bands, musicians and venues is loooooog and it looks like a continuous musical cue to continue to explore the event as a whole.

Friday 5-10pm @ Kinninickinick Ave, Bay View

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5 things to do this weekend | May 11th-14th

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Milwaukee Psych Fest

In the four years of  Milwaukee Psych Fest, the event has evolved into an annual rite of spring. Evolved into a cross-city event, celebrating the trippy-est, reverb drenched rock and roll and rolled into a three day spectacle complete with DJ’s and light shows. Every night seems to have its appeal and is you want to be ‘somewhere’ this weekend try any of these nights:

Thursday, May 11 @ Boone & Crockett back patio (5 p.m., $10)

Al Lover (DJ set) / Heaven’s Gateway Drugs / Dead Feathers / Moon Rats / The Harlequins / Diagonal

Friday, May 12 @ Cactus Club (7 p.m., $12)

Holy Wave / L.A. Witch / Mr. Elevator / Al Lover / Moss Folk

Saturday, May 13 @ Company Brewing (noon, $25)

Flavor Crystals / Floorian / Plastic Crimewave Syndicate / Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk / Snoozy Moon / Drugs Dragons / All Seeing Eyes / Mark Waldoch / Dirty Dancing / Vocokesh


Kikagaku Moyo / Doug Tuttle / Ancient River / Magas / Nest Egg / Chatham Rise / Def Harmonic / Calliope / Foreign Goods / Bill MacKay / Black Thumb / Ravi/Lola

Thursday-Saturday @ Boone & Crockett, Cactus Club & Company Brewing

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