This will be one of the biggest Februaries for Milwaukee concerts ever

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

On this week’s episode, we’re previewing Milwaukee’s February concert calendar, which is surprisingly stacked. Despite the ongoing Omicron surge (which has already cancelled or postponed several February shows, and will likely lead to the cancellation of at least a few more), many venues are bringing in some of their biggest and most notable shows since the start of the pandemic.

In fact, Piet says, this is the most stacked February lineup he’s seen since he started reporting on Milwaukee music more than a decade ago.

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Among the shows on our radar this month:

Tyler, The Creator @ Fiserv Forum, Feb. 24

Dua Lipa @ Fiserv Forum, Feb. 23

Low @ Cactus Club, Feb. 17

Lucy Dacus @ Turner Hall Ballroom, Feb. 14

The War on Drugs @ The Riverside Theater, Feb. 12 and 13

Beach House @ The Riverside Theater, Feb. 27

Slash @ The Riverside Theater, Feb. 28

Black Violin @ Marcus Center, Feb. 3

Chai @ Cactus Club, Feb. 5

Joshua Ray Walker @ Shank Hall, Feb. 5

Devotchka @ The Back Room at Colectivo, Feb. 10

Ghost and Volbeat @ Fiserv Forum, Feb. 20

Ian Sweet @ The Back Room at Colectivo, Feb. 16

Ashley McBryde @ The Pabst Theater, Feb. 25

Imagine Dragons @ Fiserv Forum, Feb. 25

Even if some of those shows get cancelled, that still adds up to one undeniable month for the city. Hear us discuss which of these shows we’re most excited about on this week’s episode below.

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Keep an eye on these five rising Wisconsin artists

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

This week we’re talking about one of Piet’s most anticipated articles of each year: His annual Wisconsin Artists to Watch. This year’s list features a few artists you may be familiar with (including Radio Milwaukee favorites Gego y Nony, roots-rock mainstays Ryan Necci and the Buffalo Gospel) and rising pop-punk star KennyHoopla), as well as a few new ones you might not be, like Madison pop artist Unusual Demont and Rucksack Revolution, a new project featuring members of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and Dead Horses.

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You can hear us talk about them on this week’s episode, and stream their music below.

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Would Frank Productions’ new music venue complex bring more concerts to Milwaukee?

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Last month, the Madison-based concert promoter Frank Productions/FPC Live revealed its proposal for a new music venue complex in Milwaukee’s Third Ward on land leased from Summerfest. The 108,000-square-foot complex would host two venues, one with a 4,000-person capacity and another with an 800-person capacity. Construction would begin this year, with hopes of opening after Summerfest 2023.

That proposal has met some resistance, however, most vocally from other venue owners in the city, who say that the Live Nation-affiliated venues would steal bookings and business from them. “Summerfest will make money by helping an out-of-town conglomerate potentially take business away from local companies,” Urban Milwaukee’s Bruce Murphy argued in an article that outlined a number of concerns about the venues.

Those weren’t the concerns that dominated a listening session at the Milwaukee Public Market earlier this week featuring Frank Productions CEO Joel Plant and Charlie Goldstone, co-president of FPC Live. As Piet Levy reported for the Journal Sentinel, that meeting was heavy on concerns from Third Ward residents, who worried that the new venues could create noise and parking headaches, and would blight views for condo residents.

A conceptual rendering of the music venue complex FPC Live has proposed | Rendering courtesy FPC Live

Plant addressed those concerns by explaining the venues would host about 135 events a year, and many of them would be far under the combined 4,800 capacity the venues could host — it would be extremely rare for both venues to host sold-out events.

This week on Tap’d In, Radio Milwaukee’s weekly music podcast with me and Piet Levy, we dig into the controversy surrounding the venue complex, which is not yet a done deal, Piet explains, although there are not a lot of legal avenues for the city to oppose it outside of the Licenses Committee, which grants alcohol licenses. The plans will also need approval from the Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board and the City of Milwaukee Board of Harbor Commissioners, but it’s unlikely those processes could prevent FPC Live from building the complex completely.

I also press Piet on the question that’s top of mind for many music fans in the city: Will these venues bring more concerts to Milwaukee? The answer to that is a little more complicated, Piet explains. Having these venues will create greater financial incentive for Live Nation to route some more of its artists through Milwaukee, so it stands to reason that would bring more shows to the city. Some bands that have been playing the FPC-owned Sylvee in Madison but not Milwaukee could end up here now, too, for instance.

But, as Piet points out, there aren’t really a ton of artists in the 400-4,000 draw range skipping the city right now. Some artists might skip Milwaukee on the initial leg of their tours, but usually they end up playing here eventually. The artists most likely to truly skip Milwaukee are still arena-tier acts like Drake or Taylor Swift, who are more likely to play multiple nights in Chicago than add a Milwaukee stop to their tour these days.

There’s a lot for us to chew on. Hear us get into it all on this week’s episode, which you can stream below.

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January will (hopefully) bring these great concerts to Milwaukee

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

On this week’s episode, we’re previewing the big concerts scheduled for this month, with an asterisk: Some of them may not happen. Omicron has caused a slew of cancellations and even some temporary venue closings, so it’s possible a few of this month’s big shows may not happen as planned.

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These are some of the shows on our radar for this month:

5th Dimension – Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Northern Lights Theater, Jan. 12

The Docksiders featuring Tony Orlando – The Pabst Theater, Jan. 15

Courtney Barnett – The Pabst Theater, Jan. 20

Kane Brown – Fiserv Forum, Jan. 20

Brian McKnight – Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Northern Lights Theater, Jan. 21

Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey – The Rave, Jan. 22

Jeff Rosenstock – Turner Hall Ballroom, Jan. 26

Walker Hayes – The Riverside Theater, Jan. 28

Regrettes – The Rave, Jan. 29

Lunar Vacation – X-Ray Arcade, Jan. 30

Hear us talk about many of those shows, and how the omicron surge is impacting the local concert calendar, on this week’s episode, which you can stream below or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

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Concerts are back on this New Year’s Eve in Milwaukee — but there won’t be as many as usual

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

Customarily New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights for going out in Milwaukee, but things may be a little quieter than usual this year. Events are back on after 2020, when virtually every public gathering was canceled, but some venues that usually host concerts are sitting this year out. “We’re not up to the levels of 2018, 2019, where virtually every venue had something going on,” Piet says.

On this week’s episode, we preview the concerts that are happening, including the annual Stellar Spark bash over at The Rave, a huge EDM party that puts to use many of the staged in the venue’s multi-room compound. (The Wisconsin Center has thrown its own EDM bashes in recent years, but that won’t be happening this year, leaving The Rave as the uncontested destination for electronic music lovers).

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For bluegrass and roots music lovers, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will be back at the Pabst Theater for the first time since New Year’s Eve 2018, with openers Ryan Necci and Buffalo Gospel.

There are some smaller venues doing New Year’s Eve shows, too. Local guitar wiz Greg Koch will be playing Shank Hall, a venue that typically hasn’t done New Year’s Eve events, and fellow bluesman Albert Lee will be playing at Anodyne that night as well.

But with so many musicians and venues looking to make up for lost time after a lost 2020, Piet and I admit we’re a little surprised the concert calendar isn’t a little bit fuller this New Year’s Eve. We theorize about why the calendar is quieter than usual on this week’s episode, which you can stream below.

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Our 10 favorite Milwaukee songs of 2021

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

On last week’s episode, Piet and I were thrilled to share our 10 favorite Milwaukee albums of 2021. But with just five picks each, that list didn’t come close to including all of the local music we wanted to honor this year. On this week’s episode, we’re sharing our favorite Milwaukee songs of the year, and to spread the love around, we limited ourselves only to songs from artists we weren’t able to fit on our albums list. These are the songs that kept us pressing replay over and over again all year long.

Stream this week’s episode — and read about and stream our picks — below.

Clockwise from upper left: Immortal Girlfriend, Reyna, Big Wan, Alexa

Alexa – “Wishin'”

Some sounds never go out of style. On this aching single, one of Milwaukee’s most personable, promising young R&B singers brings it back with some precision bump-and-grind.

Big Wan – “Antidote”

We compiled this top 10 list just before Thanksgiving. By the time we recorded this episode just after Thanksgiving, Big Wan was no longer with us. Like the rest of the city, we’re still processing the rapper’s untimely death. Wan was just 19-years-old, and in just two short years of rapping he’d demonstrated an outsized influence in the city — it was already common to hear other rappers copying his flow. Piet and I take a few minutes during this episode to remember Wan and to share my favorite track of his, “Antidote,” which captures what a funny, charismatic lyricist and free-thinker he was. Big Wan may be gone, but he’s going to cast a very, very long shadow over the Milwaukee rap scene for a long time.

Immortal Girlfriend – “Others”

We’re big fans of Immortal Girlfriend’s posh, dreamy synth-wave. But on “Others,” the Milwaukee duo took their sound to a whole other level, drawing from the harsher, grimier edges of industrial music. It’s an absolute knockout combination.

Kyle Kenowski – “Greenskeeper”

Whenever we do episodes like this, Piet always tips me to at least one song or artist I wasn’t familiar with. And this song is a hell of a discovery — a twisty, whimsical composition with an odd logic that’s all its own.

Klassik – “Black Holiday”

Klassik speaks on a whole lot of injustices in “Black Holiday.” And then… he celebrates. On this upbeat, sometimes downright euphoric track he released just ahead of Juneteenth, the Milwaukee rapper/musician made the case that “the greatest form of protest and Black resistance is Black joy.” And sure enough, this song had joy to spare.

Murphy Kaye – “Joyride”

What a pleasure it is to see an artist really put themselves out there. After hiding behind the radio-unfriendly moniker Wanderslut, Milwaukee songwriter Gabby Powell rebranded herself with a new alias, Murphy Kaye, and shared “Joyride,” a tender, heartbreaking indie ballad about learning to accept disappointment. This one goes for the gut.

North Warren – “Dyed in the Wool

This fall, the Milwaukee indie/emo/power-pop project North Warren released an EP called “Glue” that’s so stacked any of its four songs could have landed on this list. But in the end, I opted for its closing track “Dyed in the Wool,” a twisty little quickie that just keeps paying off with hook after hook after hook.

Reyna – “Quarantine Baby”

The quarantine left us all feeling a little batty. Few songs captured that feeling better than this quirky, lovelorn little pop song from the city’s favorite sister-sister pop duo Reyna.

Solowke – “Outta Sight, Outta Mind”

When Milwaukee rap star Solowke returned, with great fanfare, after more than two years in jail this spring, the city was excited. But it had questions, too. What happened? What’s next? And, after all that time away, could Solowke still command our attention the way he did with his incredible run of late ’10s singles? On his monster comeback single “Outta Sight, Outta Mind,” Solowke answered all those questions in depth, addressing his legal struggles, the street gossip, and his plans for the future in meticulous detail, while leaving behind any doubts about falling off. It’s a bravado song that never stops building, and when the track finally breaks open it’s an absolute thing of wonder, a total wide-screen experience, and another affirmation of Solowke as one of the most masterful rappers ever to grace this city.

Versio Curs – “Recess”

We were upfront at the top of this episode that we planned to use this episode to spread some love around to very deserving albums we weren’t able to fit on our top 10 Milwaukee albums list. And Versio Curs’ album “Quit” is one of those albums, a zippy, quippy indie-rock record that’s absolutely alive with big hooks and buzzy guitars. “Recess” is one of its standouts, a buzzkill of a song that’s so slick and catchy it ends up as a pick-me-up.

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Our favorite Milwaukee albums of 2021

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

This week it’s the episode we look forward to all year: Our favorite Milwaukee albums of 2021. Piet and I put our heads together and came up with a list of our 10 favorites; you can hear us talk about them on this week’s episode and read about them below. (Also stay tuned for next week’s episode, where we discuss our favorite Milwaukee songs of the year and give a lot of love to albums and artists that we weren’t able to squeeze onto this list.)

Gego Y Nony – “Tiempo”

Who knew Milwaukee could do reggaeton this well? For their debut, this fast-rising Latin duo made an album as polished and sophisticated as almost anything coming out of the world’s most expensive studios. That alone is impressive, but it’s the duo’s blissful execution that really sets them apart from their contemporaries. The whole album sustains a dreamy vibe that’s just absolutely enchanting.

Lakeyah – “My Time”

You knew she was going to make this list. Already one of the most successful Milwaukee rappers ever, Lakeyah dropped two great projects this year. The first one was “In Due Time,” which was a fantastic showcase for her fierce bars and taut flow. But I have to give the edge to her DJ Drama collaboration “My Time,” which shakes her from her comfort zone with bolder, more varied beats and harder bangers. Milwaukee finally got its own Gangsta Grillz, and it’s everything we could have dreamed.

MT Twins – “Survivor’s Guilt”

MT Twins’ first album since the Sanders brothers put the group on pause to pursue solo projects, “Survivor’s Guilt” is so heavy it hurts. These songs are filled with tales of pain, trauma and tragedy, but as always, the music is distinguished by the duo’s incredibly vivid, personal songwriting and their ear for melody — all those gorgeous pianos help take at least a little bit of the considerable sting out of these songs. (Read our review of the album here).

Next Paperback Hero – “Morning Skies & Heavy Eyes”

Largely self-recorded and produced, this haunting and sumptuous record from singer-songwriter Nathan Honoré sets a high bar for pandemic-era solo albums, Piet says.

Telethon – “Swim Out Past The Breakers”

Nobody else makes records like this. Telethon’s latest chaotic opus is a kitchen sink of power-pop, pop-punk, roots rock and Elton John-style rock opera, fleshed out with horns, glockenspiels and a veritable parade of guest musicians (among them Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, Franz Nicolay of Hold Steady, Oceanator, Chris Farren, Future Teens and Barely March). Few albums this year reinvented themselves quite as relentlessly, or with such entertaining returns. (Watch Justin Barney’s interview with Telethon here).

Johanna Rose – “Lunar Eclipse”

One of our favorite Milwaukee songwriters to follow during the pandemic has been Johanna Rose, who spent their quarantine learning guitar (a big change for a musician best known as an upright bassist) and writing leisurely, romantic, self-reflective songs that refresh like a frosty glass of iced tea on a humid August evening. What a wonderfully comforting listen this album is.

Erik Shicotte – “Miss’ry Pacific”

Recommended for fans of Waylon Jennings, Erik Shicotte is a Milwaukee country singer who’s lived a life right out of a tall tale. I’ll admit I’d never heard of him before Piet introduced me to him on this episode. I’m sold now.

Grace Weber – “A Beautiful Space”

Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Grace Weber drew generously from her background in gospel music on her official debut album, a collection of affirming pop songs that ranks high among Piet’s picks.

WebsterX – “1 of 1”

One of Milwaukee’s most inventive rap stylists, WebsterX followed up his deeply introspective 2017 album “Daymares” with “1 of 1,” a record about finding your place in a turbulent world. This is some of his most limber, joyous music yet, even when the beats take on the harder, combative edge demanded by their subject matter. Some of these hooks will rattle around in your head for weeks.

Jabril Yousef – “Wild Love”

Jabril Yousef’s hazy, radiant electro-pop can sometimes feel like an out-of-body experience. Yousef’s airless voice and the album’s blanketing production combine to create a kind of delirium. This is pop at its most reassuring. (Read Salam Fatayer’s interview with Yousef here).

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We can’t wait for these December concerts

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

This week on Tap’d In, we’re looking ahead to December and some of the biggest concerts coming to Milwaukee. Usually December is a little bit of a downtime for concerts — artists tend to wind down touring around the holidays — but this year there are quite a few shows worth looking forward to, including three notable ones on the same night. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (with openers Strand of Oaks) are playing the Riverside Theater on Dec. 2, the same night that James Taylor and Jackson Browne play Fiserv Forum. That same night Stewart Copeland of The Police will also perform with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at their new home, the Bradley Symphony Center.

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For me there’s one concert that stands out above all the others thing month: Snail Mail’s Dec. 7 show at Turner Hall Ballroom. The band’s acclaimed new album “Valentine” shows just how much band leader Lindsey Jordan has grown as a songwriter — it’s a compact, bracing little indie-rock record that leaves a huge impression, and a big step up from the group’s already very enjoyable debut album “Lush.” Snail Mail seems likely to be an in-demand festival headliner in 2022, so this is a chance to catch them at a more intimate venue first.

Also on this week’s show, we discuss Kings of Leon and The Lumineers (both of whom are coming to The Rave as part of FM 102.1’s Big Snow Shows), Dawes and Rick Springfield. We also pay respects to Milwaukee musician Mike Hoffmann, who died unexpectedly last month at age 67. He left an enormous mark on the city’s music scene, which will honor him with a tribute concert at The Cooperage in December.

Hear us talk about all that on this week’s episode below.

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Christmas concerts are big business in Milwaukee

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

This week on Tap’d In, we’re talking about Christmas concerts. You’ve probably seen quite a few on the city’s concert calendar. Martina McBride is playing one (Dec. 19 at The Riverside Theater). Some surviving Motown singers are playing one (Dec. 17 at The Riverside Theater). Chris Isaak has one (Dec. 8 at the Miller High Life Theatre). Even camp king John Waters is doing his version of one (Dec. 9 at Turner Hall Ballroom).

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But what’s the deal with these things? Are they any good? And does Chris Isaak really love Christmas that much? On this week’s episode, Piet walks me through the Christmas concert cottage industry, explaining their appeal. It turns out that for many performers past their prime, a Christmas concert is just the ticket.

Stream this week’s episode, where I reluctantly concede that Motown concert will probably be pretty good, below.

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Despite the bumps, Milwaukee music venues are feeling cautiously optimistic

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

Just a few months ago, things were again looking bleak for the live music industry. Amid a surge of new cases of COVID-19 and dire headlines about the Delta variant, bands that had just announced tours began canceling shows, and for a moment it seemed like much of the industry could go on pause again.

But that didn’t happen. Despite all the turbulence and uncertainty, the industry stayed the course, and there’s now an emerging belief among Milwaukee music venues that the worst may be over, Piet tells us on this week’s Tap’d In. You can see that optimism in the sheer volume of concerts that are being announced every week. 2022 is shaping up to be as busy a year for concerts as 2019 was, provided the pandemic doesn’t take another turn for the worse.

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Venues aren’t out of the woods yet. One troubling sign has been the number of no-shows at recent concerts — people who bought tickets but never used them, which can cut into a venue’s bottom line. And some shows have been poorly attended or have been canceled presumably because of poor ticket sales.

But over the last few weeks the city has also seen huge, sold-out crowds for Harry Styles, Bob Dylan and Widespread Panic, and many other shows have been selling well. That gives venues a lot of hope, Piet says. And venues are also feeling some relief now that they’ve finally received grant money from the COVID-19 Live Music and Entertainment Venue Grant Program, Piet says.

Hear us discuss the situation on this week’s episode below.

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