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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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!

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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!

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Watch Marika Hackman perform her honest folk at Studio Milwaukee

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It’s always an honor when Marika Hackman visits. This weekend Studio Milwaukee was lucky to host the English folk singer, who is touring behind her latest album for Sub Pop, “Any Human Friend,” which she released in August.

You can watch her performance below.

Here’s an album of photos from her performance.

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Watch The Teskey Brothers bring their soulful blues to Studio Milwaukee

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The Australian indie blues band The Teskey Brothers has been having a big year. They released their sophomore album “Run Home Slow” last month, and we’ve been playing its suave single “So Caught Up.” The band shared that song and more during their Studio Milwaukee appearance this week; you can stream it below.

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Watch GGOOLLDD deliver glammy delights at their Studio Milwaukee session

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Some bands you just have to see live to fully appreciate. Milwaukee electro-rockers GGOOLLDD are one of them — as immersive as their slick, escapist pop songs are, it’s the band’s highly visual live show that seals the deal.

On Friday we were happy to welcome GGOOLLDD to our studio for an intimate performance ahead of their Summerfest headlining gig later that night. They played their most recent singles, discussed progress on their upcoming album and passed out flowers to some lucky fans. You can stream their performance below.

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Watch David Gray perform at Radio Milwaukee

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David Gray is a Grammy nominated artist who has sold a whopping 12 million albums with his most famous, “White Ladder,” remaining an all time best seller in Ireland. His distinctive “folktronica” sound continuously resonates with audiences and fans. 

Gray stopped by 88Nine’s studios for an exclusive Studio Milwaukee session. You can watch his performance below.

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Valerie June brings her angelic voice back to Studio Milwaukee

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