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Tickets on sale NOW for Eaux Claires 2018!

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Video of the Week: The Record Company, ‘Off The Ground’

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“I can’t turn off what turns me on.”: An interview with St. Vincent

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Ken’s crucial album: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, ‘Damn The Torpedoes’

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Chance the Rapper will host SNL

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According to Consequence of Sound, Chance the Rapper has been booked to host the November 18th episode of Saturday Night Live.

We already know he has acting chops based on his role in the adorable Kit Kat commercial last Halloween.


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Bon Iver to perform “For Emma” in Milwaukee

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10 years ago Justin Vernon walked into a cabin alone and walked out with a masterpiece.

Bon Iver, For Emma, 10th anniversary


A bearded man in a flannel shirt goes into the woods of Wisconsin and locks himself in a cabin during the winter, until he comes out with an album that is deep, honest, and true. Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago” is more than an album, it’s an archetype.

Justin Vernon accidentally created an origin story for a folk rock super hero through creating one perfect album that takes place in the woods of Wisconsin. And it’s all for good reason. “For Emma” is perfection.

“For Emma, Forever Ago” is more than an album, it’s an archetype.

You can hear him in those woods.

“For Emma” caught what painters at the Hudson River School saw when they gazed upon the valleys of the American west in the mid 1800’s. It has what Wisconsin’s earliest naturalists, Aldo Leopold and John Muir saw when they wrote of the beauty of nature. Somehow, in a series of musical notes, Vernon caught the what the romantic transcendentalists referred to as Sublime.  Complete romance in nature.


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It’s the romantic idea that makes this album timeless.

Justin Vernon has described his lyrical style as “impressionistic.” In Skinny Love he doesn’t paint a realistic picture of a love once lost. He may not even mention that explicitly in the song. But rather, he outlines it. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what he is saying, they are just forms for his mouth to take as he creates a feeling. That feeling is the album. If your heart didn’t stir to the chorus of Skinny Love the first time you heard it, check your pulse, you may already be dead.

Check out the 5 best “Skinny Love” cover songs!

10 years later, what is the legacy of this album? For Vernon it has lead to international fame, a Grammy win for Best New Artist, an opportunity to start his own music festival in his home of Eau Clarie, WI, and this origin story has lead to him being seen as some kind of a musical savior. A burden that he has struggled with. Vernon himself has said that the fame makes him uneasy. Which is understandable, his myth is larger than life.

Part rugged individualist, part impressionist, part romantic, part transcendentalist, and entirely heartfelt, Justin Vernon walked into a cabin in the woods alone, and in doing so, brought us all together.

See Bon Iver perform songs from “For Emma, Forever Ago” in Milwaukee February 17, 2018 at BMO Harris Bradley Center

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Time to get spooky! Here’s your Halloween party playlist

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100 songs hand-picked by our DJs to keep your weekend spooky and groovy! Listen all weekend.

Tune in Tuesday to hear ’em on-air — we’ll be sneaking in Halloween classics and new creepy jams from our favorite artists.

Happy Halloween, Milwaukee!

Stream 100 Halloween jams to keep your weekend spooky, below:

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Video of the Week: Kamasi Washington, ‘Re Run Home’

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New music from MGMT, Matthew Dear, GGOOLLDD, and more!

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Today is Monday – which means a new week of music!

This week we added songs featuring other artists we love – Matthew Dear featuring Tegan and Sara, and a track from Hamilton Leithauser featuring Angel Olsen!

Stream everything we added this week below:

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PBS shines a light on Grace Weber’s Music Lab at 88Nine

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The Milwaukee PBS series “The Arts Page” stopped by Radio Milwaukee to film a segment with the theme “Milwaukee’s Music Connections.”

Host Sandy Maxx and crew recently visited a Grace Weber’s Music Lab, a monthly event held at the 88Nine studio, connecting Milwaukee teens with music industry professionals.

There is still time for high school age teens to sign up for this Friday’s Music Lab featuring The Social Experiment. Info HERE.

Watch this week’s series The Arts Page on PBS to see Grace Weber’s Music Lab in action, a tribute to jazz performer Al Jarreau, and NINETEEN THIRTEEN – the duo of percussionist Victor DeLorenzo and cellist Janet Schiff. Here’s the schedule:

Milwaukee PBS Channel 10.1

  • Thurs, Oct 26 at 9PM
  • Sun, Oct 29 at 10:30AM

Milwaukee PBS Channel 36.1

  • Sun, Oct 29 at 4:00PM
  • Tues, Oct 31 at 6:30PM
  • Wed, Nov 1 at 12:30AM

Watch the teaser below and tune in this week for the full episode:

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