Listen to Pup’s first-ever acoustic performance, captured live at Radio Milwaukee

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In the car on the way from Turner Hall Ballroom to 88Nine Steve said to Stefan, “We should play the songs a couple times before going on stage.” Stefan, sounding like he hadn’t quite thought of the concept before said, “Oh yeah. Rehearsal. That sounds like a good idea.”

After running through the songs a couple times and sounding great, in the green room Steve turned to me and said, “You know, this will be the first ever acoustic performance by Pup.” The band has previously been insistent that their music would not work in an acoustic setting. We beg to differ.

Acoustic session with Pup
Photo by Erin Bagatta

Track list

  1. “Robot Writes a Love Song”
  2. “Matilda”
  3. Interview
  4. “Morbid Stuff”
Photo by Erin Bagatta

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Listen to Alt-J perform a stripped down set at Studio Milwaukee

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Studio Milwaukee sessions are back! We lucked out getting Alt-J back in the Radio Milwaukee studios, for the first time since their debut album in 2013.

They stopped by our space right before they took the stage at Turner Hall and performed for an intimate crowd of about 20 Radio Milwaukee members.

Alt-J perform live at Studio Milwaukee

Program director and morning show host Dori Zori welcomed Alt-J to the stage and chatted with them during the three-song set. They talked about making the album, how Dori was personally affected by their music and, of course, Dori’s iconic question “what did you childhood smell like?”

Listen to the performance and interview above.

Photo credit: Erin Bagatta
Photo credit: Erin Bagatta
Photo credit: Erin Bagatta
Photo credit: Erin Bagatta

Then vs. Now

Remember when Alt-J performed in our studios in 2013?
Look at these babies, our midday host Marcus Doucette included!

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Parquet Courts brings a full concert experience to Studio Milwaukee

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New York indie punk band Parquet Courts stopped in Milwaukee earlier this month, and before their show at Turner Hall, they brought a full concert experience to Studio Milwaukee.

With a stage full of gear and an array of effect pedals, they performed “Watching Strangers Smile” and “Walking at a Downtown Pace” in the clip below.

Parquet Courts performs live at Studio Milwaukee

Lead singer Andrew Savage, bassist Sean Yeaton and guitarist Austin Brown also talked about the band’s collaborative process for songwriting and the intentional choices they made in mixing the record. Hint: if you watched the recent Beatles documentary, you might recognize elements of the group’s process.

MAHDI ATIF Photo credit: Mahdi Gransberry
MAHDI ATIF Photo credit: Mahdi Gransberry
MAHDI ATIF Photo credit: Mahdi Gransberry
MAHDI ATIF Photo credit: Mahdi Gransberry
MAHDI ATIF Photo credit: Mahdi Gransberry
MAHDI ATIF Photo credit: Mahdi Gransberry

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Listen to this incredible Studio Milwaukee Session with Tank and the Bangas

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Studio Milwaukee Sessions are back at the 88Nine space, and who better to cap off an unseasonably warm weekend than New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas.

Ahead of their May 13 release “Red Balloon,” this wonderful band blessed the stage with three of their latest singles, “Stolen Fruit,” “Black Folk” and the single we have in rotation “No ID.” Relive this lovely performance and interview with our own Tarik, by clicking below.

Tank and the Bangas perform live at Studio Milwaukee

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88Nine World Tour Session: Live from Brazil with Marcos Valle

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In the late ’60s, Marcos Valle was at the vanguard of Brazilian music as bossa nova spread across the world; in the ’70s he made some of the best Brazilian pop albums ever made; in the ’80s he upped his game, adding boogie, funk and disco, and rolled with the times.

In the ’90s, Brazilian music got hot and so did he, adding to his toolkit some electronic and dance influences to his sound. Recording songs like “Parabens” which is a favorite of mine. After that, he didn’t stop, every year bringing a new studio album or a reissue, as if to remind the world that though he’d been around the block, he could still find the corner.

When we talk about musicians being legends it’s important to understand that this is praise for the artist, but for me as a DJ I must admit some things. Knowing that I am personally so far in with Brazilian music that I cannot get out, know this; Marcos Valle was one of a few that were like a gateway into a whole other thing. When I found in myself how much I loved Brazilian music, he was one that took me to that place of searching for more like him and is at the root of why I like a whole nations worth of music, and that is why he is a legend for me.

Lately, the same is the thing; in the past three years he’s continued his prolific pace, dropping three new ones and even more reissues; “Jazz Is Dead” series, “Cinzento” and “Fly Cruzeiro.” Astonishingly, all of these releases, the reissues included, flowed to the beat of different drums. Versatile and, more often than not, on point. We had a great conversation for our World Tour series, check it out.

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88Nine World Tour Session: Live from Sydney with Middle Kids

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Before bands start going on world tours of their own, 88Nine is doing a World Tour of virtual sessions. Our latest stop takes us to Sydney, Australia for a performance and interview with Middle Kids.

Their new album “Today We’re The Greatest” dropped earlier this year and is their most personal to date. Delightfully designed with narrative and story in mind, the three piece outfit creates incredible depth and palpable momentum, with rising action and reveals on nearly every track. Written primarily in the first person, it’s a reflection on self, emotional distance, relationships and living for today, all under a larger thematic umbrella of love.

Middle Kids’ sophomore album “Today We’re The Greatest” is out now on EMI Domino Recording Company.

“I want to make music that loves its listener. Music that makes people feel seen, seen in the tiny little places that hide away in their hearts,” says singer Hannah Joy in the album’s liner notes. “I want people to hear our music, and feel a sense of love. And when I say love, it can be challenging, intense and tough. But it’s in the guts.”

We talk about making music that hits “in the guts,” returning to the road for the band’s ambitious tour planned for this year, and how Joy’s pregnancy made a lasting impact on recording the album.

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88Nine World Tour Session: Live from Nigeria with Femi and Made Kuti

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Before bands start going on world tours of their own, 88Nine is doing a World Tour of virtual sessions. In late May we went to Nigeria with Femi Kuti and his son Made.

I’ve been a fan of all things Kuti since I discovered a dusty tape featuring Fela Kuti, Femi’s father and Made’s grandfather, with vibraphone great Roy Ayers. It opened a window. Soon I was all up into afrobeat; Fela, then Tony Allen and then Femi and Seun and now, Made. This goes back years. So when we hooked a session with not only Femi, but also his son; I was pretty stoked. Meeting a hero who’s also a legend with a legacy as deep as any genre in world is right up my alley.

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Speaking of legacy, “Legacy+” is the name of the new album that Femi and his son have just dropped. A double disc (if you will) or a joint release (if you won’t), that features father and son side-by-side on an album whose trade is deep, subversive and provocative in very welcome ways. Our conversation was similar. 

After waiting a bit for the time delay and the electrical difficulties of generator power in Nigeria, we finally met face to face. The conversation was as you shall see…

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88Nine World Tour Session: Live from Japan with CHAI

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Before bands start going on world tours of their own, 88Nine is doing a World Tour of virtual sessions. In May we went to Nigeria with the Kuti family, and here we stop in Japan for a session with CHAI.

I first discovered CHAI at SXSW a couple years ago. At that festival a lot of it is word of mouth. After day one a bunch of my friends said, “You have to see this band, CHAI. They are all dressed up in bright pink concerts and it’s the most vivid set this year.” After day two with four more people insisting I see them, I caught their set and everyone was right. They blew the roof off the place. It was performance art along with incredible music. We get that mix here in this session that they filmed with us.

CHAI is a band made up of two sets of twins, Mana, Kana, Yuuki and Yuna. The just released their fantastic album, “WINK.” For this interview Mana and Yuuki joined us. My favorite part of this interview is after I ask about the new direction of the album. They went from pretty guitar based to a super vibey, 88Nine After Nine sound, and Mana broke from Japanese into English and says, “Our overall theme from WINK is that music is your friend. That friend is there when you’re crying and laughing and angry, shouting or can’t sleep. It’s music that comforts you. The music you can’t stop listening to and boosts your confidence. That’s the kind of music we wanted to create. And that’s what became WINK.”

She ended with a big proud smile and we all laugh with joy. That’s CHAI.

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Check out our lineup for ‘Studio Milwaukee: From the Vault’ week two

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Studio Milwaukee: From the Vault is a new program developed to keep you connected! If tuning in has helped you find some joy and community, we hope you’ll consider supporting Radio Milwaukee.

Our new program “Studio Milwaukee: From the Vault” is back! In our second week, we go into the archive to listen to performances from Caroline Rose, Edward Sharpe, Sampha, Electric Guest and Charles Bradley.

And those are just the headliners! Check out the full lineup below.

Tune in to 88.9 FM in Milwaukee at 6 p.m. CST weeknights for a virtual concert with those headliners, plus catch additional performances from Iron & Wine, Jacob Banks, Kamasi Washington and Blitzen Trapper. Plus, we begin every night with a set from a Milwaukee group, including music from Abby Jeanne, Willy Porter, Shle Berry and more.

Listen on the FM or stream using the player at the top of this page. You can also stream the sessions from your smart speaker or on the 88Nine mobile app.

Join us weeknights at 6 as we explore more than a decade of fantastic listener-supported Studio Milwaukee sessions!

Studio Milwaukee: From the Vault is a new program developed to keep you connected! If tuning in has helped you find some joy and community, we hope you’ll consider supporting Radio Milwaukee.

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Join us for ‘Studio Milwaukee: From the Vault’ weeknights at 6

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Studio Milwaukee: From the Vault is a new program developed to keep you connected! If tuning in has helped you find some joy and community, we hope you’ll consider supporting Radio Milwaukee.

If you miss going to concerts for live music, tune in for a virtual show weeknights at 6 p.m. The hour long concert will spotlight a local opener and feature Studio Milwaukee sessions from three national artists, courtesy of our Studio Milwaukee Session archive. 

Check out the lineup below.

The Studio Milwaukee vault is vast; we’ve got more than a decade of recordings locked away. Highlights include performances from Lizzo, Glass Animals, Portugal. The Man, Electric Guest and so many more.

Tune in at 6 p.m., weeknights on 88.9 FM in Milwaukee, or click the player above to stream live. More to come next week!

Studio Milwaukee: From the Vault is a new program developed to keep you connected! If tuning in has helped you find some joy and community, we hope you’ll consider supporting Radio Milwaukee.

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