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Milwaukee musician’s album is getting a proper release after nearly two decades this Record Store Day

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It seems unconventional these days to correspond without email, but it’s a welcome change of pace. Radio Milwaukee recently sat down to tea and conversation with pop auteur Liam Hayes, organized through a chain of phone calls and a chance meeting over sausages at Vanguard with collaborator and co-producer, Pat Sansone (The Autumn Defense, Wilco).

Impeccably dressed in late 60’s fashion, Hayes is soft-spoken but warm and genuine. The Chicago ex-pat relocated to Milwaukee six years ago. In his previous life he was a bit of a cult figure, even appearing as himself in the film High Fidelity.

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Shaddye’s debut album boasts authenticity and transparency

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Shaddye was propelled by the support of various organizations and institutions, a clear example of the importance in the investment in youth and the arts. Specifically, “My Life in a Boombox” was made possible by a partnership between COA Youth and Family Centers and local producer Q the Sun with Milwaukee Public Schools and the Partnership for Arts and Humanities.


Throughout the EP, her rhythm is a melodic comfort that stresses honesty and transparency while seeming effortless and genuine. With complimentary backing that doesn’t distract from the rapper/producer, the EP is a high-quality introduction that leaves us wanting more. Listen to the full thing below.

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Kid Koala is bringing a nine-foot ogre and dancing penguins to Milwaukee

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There’s new Father John Misty music on the way

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Diane Coffee is coming to Colectivo!

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Even before he released a note of music as Diane Coffee, Shaun Fleming had put together quite a portfolio of work. Check out his IMDB page and you’ll find 20+ acting credits as a result of a childhood spent lending his voice talents to Disney. Search YouTube and you’ll find videos from his years as a semi-professional skateboarder. And if you’re familiar with Foxygen, you’ll know that he was the drummer from the band’s inception — before recently departing to put his full-time focus and energy into Diane Coffee.

Diane Coffee

Often described as “psychedelic Motown,” Fleming’s music has caught the attention of Run the Jewels (who sampled Diane Coffee on RTJ2) and NPR, where he performed a Tiny Desk Concert that gave the whole world a preview of his theatrical approach to performing.

All things considered, it looks as though Fleming’s decision to step out from behind the kit and place himself center stage is what will ultimately be the highlight of an already impressive resume.

You might remember one of our favorite Studio Milwaukee sessions the band performed in full sailor uniforms; relive that HERE.

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Neko Case is coming to Milwaukee this fall

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The last time we saw Neko Case in Milwaukee was at the Riverside in 2013.

Five years have passed since then. Since Case’s last solo project, “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You,” she sang on “Whiteout Conditions,” the 2017 release from longtime bandmates the New Pornographers. The year before that, she released a vinyl box set of her solo work and joined k.d. Lang and Laura Veirs on the case/lang/veirs project.

A force of nature, an act of a mercurial, forgotten god, Her latest album “Hell-On,” written in the wake of losing her home in a fire, is a record sealed by fire, filled with love and rage and dangers that might lay waste to everything at any moment.

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The record that came out of this reckoning with lost stories delivers both familiar Neko Case and something different. Death, extinction, exploitation, tides, animals and adoration all blend recognizably. Case’s trademark narrative gaps, just large enough for listeners to enter each song, likewise remain. As with “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood and Middle Cyclone,” “Hell-On” spins away from conventions of story, slipping into real life, with its fierce mess and blind catastrophes.

“I’m writing fairy tales, and I hear my life story in them, but they’re not about me,” Case says. “I still can’t figure out how to describe it. But I think that’s why we make music or write things. You’ve got to invent a new language.”

“Hell-On comes out on June 1. She produced it herself, with the aid of Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John. Beth Ditto, Mark Lanegan, k.d. Lang, and her New Pornographers collaborator  A.C. Newman all makes appearances.

Tickets for her Pabst Theater show go on sale this Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m.

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Milwaukee musicians are getting in ‘formation’ to take on the music of Beyoncé

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From her initial rise as a dynamic young starlet, to her ascent as the dominant musical force that is Queen Bey, few contemporary artists possess the raw talent, the sex appeal, or the elegant poise of Beyoncé. Presented by Voodoohoney Records, producer Jay Anderson assembles a powerful cast of female singers for a special Beyonce concert live on the Turner Hall stage.

“I love producing shows where artists can interpret songs they grew up listening to, even before they knew they were going to be singers,” Anderson says. “It gives the music deeper gravity and soul.”

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Beyoncé, in a scene from the video for “Formation”

Come experience a memorable night of Black-girl magic featuring Milwaukee’s own B~Free, Chicago’s Lili K and New Orleans artist Arsené DeLay.

“Who run this motha?”


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Watch a saxy new Anderson East video

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With a heartfelt fusion of soul, rhythm & blues, gospel, early rock & roll, and a dash of country, this Anderson East video features him performing “Girlfriend” at KCPT in Kansas City, Missouri.

The organ, saxophone, trumpet and his raw vocals are sure to lift the midday blues.

Anderson East Video

“Girlfriend” is from his January release, “Encore.” And after this energetic performance, that’s exactly what we’re asking for.

Anderson East is coming to Madison on May 15 to play the Majestic Theatre. But, if you didn’t grab tickets to that show before it sold out, you can see him this June at Summerfest.

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Check out the 2018 Summerfest headliners schedule for the BMO Harris Pavilion

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Check out the full Summerfest headliners lineup below.

All pavilion shows will be free,  but you will need to get a ticket for general admission (first come, first serve). You also have an option to purchase reserved seating for $30.00. Each reserved ticket for the BMO Harris Pavilion includes admission to Summerfest. Tickets go on sale May 7 – 11, 2018 and are available through Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Summerfest Box Office.

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Despite the lack of representation for female producers, B~Free says ‘we exist’

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In 2016 for International Women’s Day, B~Free shared this post on Facebook:

While perusing through my timeline yesterday, a friend was asking for referrals of quality music producers. As I clicked through the responses, I couldn’t help but notice that absolutely NO women were mentioned at all. Is it bcuz we don’t exist? Or merely bcuz we dwell in an industry & society that are both quick to veil our abilities when in comparison to men? If ur reading this post & can’t think of a notable female music producer, let me get u started:

My name is B~Free. I’m a singer-songwriter-producer-musician who has composed an entire album from scratch: every string, drum, beat, chord & harmony. Some of my production influences happen to also be extremely talented women who’ve produced entire projects in the same fashion, including #GwenBunn & #MarshaAmbrosius.

Women are strong, viable & creative beings beyond measure. More than anything, we exist & function in just about any capacity as our male counterparts.

She asked her followers to tag female producers in the comments and while people did, she said that the responses were disappointing and sparse.”

“They couldn’t really name anybody immediately. And that’s always been a troubling point for me.”

In spite of that, R&B neo-soul musician, B~Free is standing out as a producer.


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“I want to be like a martyr or just a rallying person for showing that this is not impossible, this is not unheard of,” she says. “It’s not uncommon, despite the lack of representation.”

She’s always played the flute and piano and she’s been making songs since she was a teenager.  But, it wasn’t until a music technology class in her undergrad years at Lincoln University that she learned to use Mixcraft and Logic Pro to make songs from scratch on the computer. She says she was blown away with the new possibilities and freedoms.

After that, her instincts to learn more have been more self-driven. She was inspired to begin the journey of recreating songs, watching a lot of YouTube tutorials and using trial and error to learn production. And though she didn’t have a mentor’s wing to study under, she was influenced by producers like Ryan LeslieMarsha Ambrosius from Floetry and Gwen Bunn.

Discovering Gwen Bunn was particularly inspiring for her when she found out that the female producer made ScHoolboy Q’s “Collard Greens.”

“Hearing that was like, ‘Whaaat?’  That that’s not even highlighted.  When you think about the song like, ‘Oh, it’s got to be a guy that probably produced this.’  But, when you actually go on and read the line of credits: there’s a woman that was responsible for the coolness of this song.”

Like many producers, (especially female ones) B~Free is self-taught. She says that in a way, it was somewhat essential for her to find her way on her own, as art and production are very personal. So, more than mentorship, she says that resources and early access to technology are most important for young musicians. Especially when so many programs are user-friendly, having free-reign to explore is the best way to learn.

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