The Lumineers will headline Fiserv Forum in March

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In June, Milwaukeeans had a unique chance to see The Lumineers in an intimate venue when they played a warm-up show for their summer tour at the Pabst Theater. And now Milwaukee will get a chance to see the band in full-on arena mode: The group will play Fiserv Forum on Wednesday, March 11, as part of their headlining tour behind their new record “III,” the venue announced today.

The Lumineers | Courtesy of the artist

Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, Sept. 27, but there will be a couple of pre-sale options, as well.

“The Lumineers have partnered with CID Entertainment to offer fans the opportunity to pair a premium concert ticket with merchandise or pre-show access to the III Lounge, with hospitality and entertainment,” according to the press release. “Packages will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 23rd at 10 a.m. local time. Visit for details.

“Active members of The Lumineers Fan Club will have exclusive first access to purchase tickets during the Fan Club Presale. The official Big Parade Presale will begin Monday, September 23 at 10 a.m. local time,” the press release continues. “American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, Sept. 23 at noon through Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m.”

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T-Pain will headline Marquette Madness in October

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If you missed T-Pain’s return appearance at Summerfest this year, you’ll have another chance to see the singer this fall at a free concert. The catch: You have to be a Marquette student.

The “I’m Sprung” singer and “Masked Singer” winner will headline the university’s Marquette Madness festivities Friday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. at the Al McGuire, the university announced this afternoon.

“The free concert will be the highlight of the students-only event, which serves to introduce the men’s and women’s basketball players and staff,” according to the university.

Marquette men’s basketball season ticket holders will have first crack at the tickets on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., via an email link. Students who are not season ticket holders will have access tickets on Tuesday, September 24 starting at 10 a.m., while supplies last.

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Ric Ocasek, Frontman Of The Cars, Has Died

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Updated at 10:52 p.m.

Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York; he was found unconscious Sunday afternoon at his townhouse in Manhattan. A New York Police Department spokesman confirmed Ocasek’s death to NPR. There is some confusion about Ocasek’s age: The NYPD said that he was 75; public records list his age as 70 years old.

The Boston-based band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018; the Rock Hall called The Cars “the ultimate New Wave dream machine: a hook-savvy super-charged quintet that fused ’60s pop, ’70s glam and avant-rock minimalism into a decade of dashboard-radio nirvana.”

Ocasek — The Cars’ lead singer, guitarist and songwriter — was born in Baltimore and raised in Cleveland. He co-founded the group with Benjamin Orr, a bassist and vocalist with whom he had begun playing in Ohio. The two began traveling as a duo before landing in Boston. The Cars came together in 1976 with three other musicians: guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboard player Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson.

Within a year, the group was signed to Elektra. During the initial wave of publicity for their eponymous debut album, then-Rolling Stone critic Jon Pareles predicted the band’s lasting appeal. He wrote: “Everybody liked it: New Wavers recognized Ocasek’s Velvet Underground debts and the cunning ambivalence of his lyrics, while rock fans and radio programmers picked up on the catchy tunes and meticulous arrangements.”

Several cuts from The Cars became instant radio staples, including “Just What I Needed,” “Good Times Roll,” “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight.” Each of the group’s next four albums emerged as huge commercial successes as well.

But even at its most Top 40-friendly, The Cars wove offbeat, New Wave elements into its sound and look that were a perfect match for the MTV age, such as in 1984’s “You Might Think,” which won the first-ever Video of the Year honor at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Ocasek also worked in A&R and produced work by New Wave-era peers like Suicide and Romeo Void. The Cars broke up in 1988, but Ocasek’s influence in rock extended well beyond the apex of the group’s career. In addition to releasing half a dozen solo albums, he worked as a producer for leading bands of a younger generation, including Weezer, No Doubt, Guided by Voices and Bad Religion. Orr died of pancreatic cancer in 2000, but in 2011, the surviving members of The Cars reunited and released a new album, Move Like This.

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Angel Olsen breaks out the strings on her six-minute stunner, ‘Lark’

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Strings buzz like cicadas muffled through insulated walls before an electric guitar strums and Angel Olsen, with resigned wisdom, sings, “To forget you is to lie, there is still so much left to recover / If only we could start again pretending we don’t know each other.” A drum kick thumps along to a heartbeat, mimicking a quiet resolve that can’t help but quicken and scream.

From “Lonely Universe” to “Forgiven/Forgotten” to “Those Were the Days,” Olsen has become a master of characters who ache to move forward, but are pulled to an ever-present past. These folks are incredibly self-aware and accepting of their earthly fate; but “Lark,” from the forthcoming All Mirrors, expands to the metaphysical, where dreams can separate us from reality.

Jherek Bischoff — a composer who pulls at the edges of orchestral music, who arranges “Lark” here — seems to take a page from Scott Walker. Think of the disembodied strings found on Scott 3 or even on the spare Scott 4, where the slow-motion arrangement bursts at the song’s most rapturous moments. There’s a tenderness in the torrent, an empathy wrung out in a sublime cascade of sound.

“Dream on, dream on,” Olsen repeats like a mantra to herself, like an admonition to someone who can’t love every single part of someone who lives partly through dreams.

All Mirrors comes out Oct. 4 via Jagjaguwar.

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Cactus Club’s Beet Street Harvest Festival returns in October, seeks music video submissions

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Of the hundreds of events that Cactus Club holds each year, few can rival its annual Beet Street Fall Harvest Festival for sheer wholesomeness. Now in its fourth year, the Bay View venue’s spin on a classic harvest festival includes a pie contest from Palomino, seasonal food and drinks, pumpkins and farmer’s market booths, community organizations and family-friendly entertainment, as well as all the music you’d expect from a block festival organized by Cactus Club.

Here’s the lineup for 2019’s Beet Street Fall Harvest Festival, which runs Saturday, Oct. 12, from noon to 6 p.m.: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, TRUE Skool alumni (featuring Melodic Prodigies, DJTheJenius, G-Gifted), Retoro, Congo Gospel, DJ Dave Arnevik. After the festival Browns Crew will kick off an afterparty “with many surprises to follow.”

And this year the event is trying something new: Two film showcases. “The goal of this is to highlight the intersection of music + film in Milwaukee and bring together multimedia arts communities,” organizers write on Beet Street’s Facebook events page. In addition to the debut of the Cactus Club Video Shorts series, the venue will host a Beet Street Music Video Showcase before the night’s after party.

Artists can submit their videos here. Multiple submissions are allowed, and upbeat videos are especially encouraged, but each must come from an artist or filmmaker located in or with roots in Milwaukee. There’s no entry fee.

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Chance The Rapper reschedules Milwaukee concert at Fiserv Forum

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One of the most anticipated shows of the Milwaukee fall concert season has been postponed.

Chance The Rapper announced today he is pushing back his entire “The Big Day” tour to focus on his family.

The Milwaukee show is now scheduled for Feb. 24 at Fiserv Forum.

If you’ve already bought tickets, the venue says no action is needed, and it will honor original tickets for the Oct. 30 date. For those unable to attend the new date, refunds will be available at point of purchase, according to the venue.

It also added “we fully support your decision,” tagging the rapper on Instagram.

Photo via artist’s Instagram.

Chance The Rapper wrote the following heartfelt message to fans:

“I thought it over for the past week and I’ve decided to push back my tour. This year has been one of the greatest of my life; Marriage, new baby, first album etc. But with it being so eventful it has also been very strenuous having to divide my time and energy between family and work. When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 weeks later and missed some of the most important milestones in her life, but more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most.

“At this point as a husband and father of two I realize that I can’t make that mistake again. I need to be as helpful and available as possible to my wife in these early months of raising Kensli and Marli. I apologize because I know how many people were counting on seeing me soon, but I hope you’ll understand and forgive me in time. Tour kicks off Jan. 15th and you can still get tix or your refund if you are unavailable at & a few of the shows are still being rescheduled as well so stay tuned. I love you guys AND LITERALLY CANT WAIT FOR U TO WITNESS THIS SHOW 🙏🏾🙏🏾”

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Bob Dylan will return to the Eagles Ballroom in October

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In 1962, when Bob Dylan released his self-titled debut album, who would have predicted that nearly 60 years later the folk singer would still be touring?

Bob Dylan will return to Milwaukee for a show at the Eagles Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 26, the venue announced today. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.

Bob Dylan | Courtesy of the artist

Dylan released his 38th studio album, “Triplicate,” in 2017.

Want to win a pair of tickets before you can buy them? Tune in this week to the 5 O’Clock Shadow. Jordan Lee will feature a Bob Dylan song and a cover, and give away a pair of tickets each day through Thursday. There’s another chance to win on our contests page at

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Steve Aoki to headline Milwaukee event combining tech, gaming and art

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This year marks the second annual Fall Experiment, an immersive event bridging leaders and creators from the technology, music, art and gaming world.

This two-day event taking place Oct. 4 and 5 at The Wisconsin Center will be packed with keynote speakers, the region’s largest software developer conference, live performances, interactive gaming, entrepreneurship, product displays, K-12 STEM activities, and other immersive experiences. And it will conclude with two very influential DJs not only in music but for the tech world: Steve Aoki and Arabian Prince.

Steve Aoki | photo credit: Steve Colorama

Steve Aoki’s music is a normal sound in 88Nine’s soundtrack on the Saturday mix show ‘In The Mix with DJ Kenny Perez.’ Steve Aoki has helped transcend and shape the sound of electronic dance music today. Many people see Aoki as a cake throwing opportunist, but little know his true history. Sure he comes from wealth and of course, he has the resources to do what he wants, but when most people do nothing with their privilege, Steve Aoki uses it to push forward music, tech, and art.

He founded his own music label Dim Mak in 1996 and has not looked back since. He’s traveled the globe, performed at several major events and has created and collaborated on songs that are classics to the dance music community today. I got the chance to witness thousands of music fans gather for a Steve Aoki set at this year’s Summerfest. The lighting and technology used during his set were mesmerizing. It is no secret that he is a part of everything that he produces, including the technology used to give the audience a visual experience every set he is a part of.

For Fall experiment 2019, Steve Aoki will headline and showcase those visuals for Milwaukee’s tech-heads to experience. He will also be joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame founder of the group NWA, Arabian Prince, who will also be the keynote for the gaming track, Longplay, hosted by 88Nine Labs.

Arabian Prince
Arabian Prince

Arabian Prince is also produced the Grammy-nominated #1 hit song “Supersonic” by J.J. Fad. He is the founder of iNov8 Next Open Labs and president of LAFTC – The Los Angeles First Tech Challenge robotics competition.

You can check out the entire schedule and events at Fall Experiment’s website and get tickets via Eventbrite.

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Los Dells offered a festival experience unlike any other

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Los Dells is a multi-genre music and arts festival boasting itself as the largest Latin music festival in the U.S. It may surprise you it’s tucked away in Mauston, Wis., near Wisconsin Dells on a massive ranch and sports complex surrounded by dense pine tree forests.

Los Dells festival entrance

The Radio Milwaukee team headed out on Labor Day weekend to experience the festival and interview artists (more on that to come). While we are all veterans of the music scene with plenty of music festivals under our belts, we were enriched by the unique experience and surprisingly personal connections we made over the two-day event.

Back of the Los Dells sign

You may have heard a mix of music sung in Spanish sprinkled in our playlists from artists like Mon Laferte, Ambar Lucid, Café Tacvba, Ximena Sariñana, Natalia LaFourcade, Salt Cathedral and Y La Bamba — they all performed at Los Dells Festival.

Mon Laferte at Los Dells Festival

While connected through language, the artists on the bill traveled from a variety of countries and spanned genres from indie rock to pop to reggaeton and more. Latin music may be lumped together on the music charts, but it was evident during this weekend that each culture has its own unique sound and flavor. Each region was celebrated and represented; mingling music and food together in a way that is very American in its vast melting pot.

Los Dells Festival attendees

We sampled the range of “comida” offered, far from standard festival fare; from tacos al pastor, elote, mango con chile, churros, murdoros, empanadillas and more while sipping on micheladas. The flavors and scents from these varied regional foods mingled beautifully much like our general experience. Sonically, festival-goers seemed nonplussed as stages switched from genre to genre. Walking past any of the four stages the vibe remained the same no matter what sound rang out; a relaxed and genuine good time with groups of families and friends sharing a pride of heritage.

Ximena Sariñana performing at Los Dells Fest

Artists felt free to banter in their own language, free to sing in their own language — an opportunity that is not always offered when touring the states. That may have accounted for the seeming ease and happiness of the performers as well as the fans.

Another way Los Dells felt unique was in the family friendly atmosphere. Kids 10 and under are admitted free and families took advantage of the deal and came equipped with folding chairs and other comforts. The onsite campground, titled “Camp Dellero” had a family vibe, from shared propane-cooked meals to casual games of futball, bags and giant Jenga with a large fire pit bringing new friends together.

“Camp Dellero” at Los Dells Festival

You don’t need a latinx or hispanic background to enjoy the shared celebration. You don’t need to understand the Spanish language to appreciate it; we reveled in the fact that music and art translate across those barriers.

DJ Kenny Perez at Los Dells Festival

Our DJ Kenny Perez had this to say of the fest. “Los Dells was beautiful and represented the whole of the Latinx people,” he said. “We experienced regional Mexican food, while enjoying the vast sounds of the Caribbean’s popular reggaeton son and vice versa. Their were families serenading their children with Natalia Lafourcade’s ‘Hasta La Raiz’ and teenagers screaming and moving to the sounds of Ozuna’s ‘Baila Baila Baila.’ Los Dells is a shared experience within our community that doesn’t happen for us (Latinx) ever and in the middle of Wisconsin!! WHHHAAAAT!!?? Los Dells is not your fast food taco joint experience, it’s a gathering with your family on holidays and everybody is coming over to contribute kind of weekend. It’s a not a snack you can munch on, it’s a buffet you can fill up on and go back for more.”

Photographer Gabriella Cisneros

Photographer Gabriella Cisneros had a similar experience. “Los Dells offered two days of nearly non-stop cultural celebration that made me appreciate my Mexican heritage more than almost anything else in my life,” she said. “The grounds were a vibrant safe space for people of all backgrounds, and no culture tried to outshine another. There was pride without arrogance, camaraderie without cliquishness. Even without being a fluent Spanish speaker, I could appreciate the music and all the genres that flowed around the grounds. Though the location (a woodsy area outside of Wisconsin Dells with little to no cell service nor plumbing) is nothing like any hispanic country, it provides a seclusion in space as well as in time that made the experience even more winsome. Los Dells was a beautiful break from regular life that I will happily return to annually.”

DJ Kenny Perez and Program Director Jordan Lee at Los Dells Festival

Program Director Jordan Lee said, “This event was a testament to the power of Latinx culture in America. The rainbow of styles in the central American diaspora was displayed with so much care, depth and passion.”

Content Marketing Coordinator Amelinda Burich at Los Dells Festival

Content Marketing Coordinator Amelinda Burich said, “Seeing another Filipino festgoer who was wearing a Philippines flag and showing pride, was something I was not used to seeing and it felt like everyone was welcome to express their background and heritage together. Representation matters and it was a magical experience to celebrate so many cultures in one place.”

We look forward to returning to the annual Los Dells Festival to discover more new music and revel in the sights, sounds and tastes it has to offer. For more of our experience, check out the photo gallery below.

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Lil Yachty, WebsterX and Gin Blossoms will headline Madison’s 2019 Halloween Freakfest

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For years Madison hosted one of the Midwest’s wildest unofficial Halloween gatherings, drawing tens of thousands of costumed students and revelers to State Street the Saturday before Oct. 31. Eventually that tradition got out of hand, with some years ending in a spray of tear gas amid rioting and broken windows, and 14 years ago, in an attempt to bring some order to the celebration, it got rebranded as a ticketed event dubbed Freakfest.

Longtime Madisonians are still sour about that change – charging people admission to a public street is always going to rub some people the wrong way – but at least they get some great music out of it in return. This year’s Freakfest features another impressive lineup with three stages of music, one of which is headlined by Lil Yachy. The Gin Blossoms are there, too, which is a charming backup option for attendees not into all the other solid rap music on the bill.

The complete 2019 lineup for this year’s Saturday, Oct. 27, blowout is below.

The Mountain Dew Stage at Capitol Square

Lil Yachty
Mic Kellogg
DJay Mando
Alexander Kain

Ian’s Pizza Stage at Gilman Street

Gin Blossoms
Buffalo Gospel
German Art Students
Heavy Looks
No Love Dog

Lum Stage at Frances Street

Rob Hicks
Yung Sum
Jayne Joyce
Landon Devon

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. and are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Tickets are available at or at the following locations: B-Side Records, Knuckleheads, Ragstock, Sunshine Daydream, The University Book Store, The Soap Opera, Community Pharmacy, Ian’s Pizza, Los Gemelos, The Orpheum Theater and The Sylvee Box Office.

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