You Should Know KT Tunstall

You Should Know KT Tunstall

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KT Tunstall

Coming (back) to Milwaukee

When: Friday, June 22 2018
Where: The Riverside Theater (w/Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra)
Tickets: pabsttheater.org/event/bnl2018

You may have heard the music of Scottish singer and guitarist KT Tunstall in one of dozens of movies and TV shows, but her live performance is where she really connects with the audience and finds her true passion. We spoke recently about just that, as well as being labeled the “looping girl,” and how she sets herself apart in a sea of female singer-songwriters to live out her dream as a full-time musician and songwriter.

We spoke with the artist in January of 2017.

Read the abbreviated interview or listen to the full audio below:

The basics

Where they’re from: Los Angeles by way of Edinburgh, Scotland
Song you may have heard: “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” “Suddenly I See”
RIYL: alternative rock, Chryssie Hynde, pop-folk

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You Should Know Devil Met Contention

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Devil Met Contention frontman Ehson Rad has a distinctive mournful croon that is powerful, but also aches for something more. The band’s new single, “Take a Chance,” expands the Ennio Morricone leanings of its previous efforts with more texture and layers and leans more on studio effects and synths than their Americana tools of accordion and violin. You’ll still find the roots rock influences of Springsteen, but with the help of producer Daniel Holter, the sound is cast in a more modern light. Which, according to Rad, is closer to what he’s always envisioned for the group. While you may have recognized the group from their matching suits that suggested a throwback sound, they’ve cast them aside in favor of embracing the future.

Ehson Rad of Devil Met Contention by Kelly Bolter

The basics

Where they’re from: Milwaukee, WI
Songs you’ve heard on 88Nine: “Take a Chance,” “Used to Be”
RIYL: Bruce Springsteen, pop-rock, David Bowie

Performing in Milwaukee:

You can see Devil Met Contention perform at Cactus Club on June 19 and at Summer Soulstice Music Festival on June 23.

5 Questions with Devil Met Contention

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You Should Know Platinum Boys

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Platinum Boys (“Joey Bon Joey” second from left)

The basics

Where they’re from: Milwaukee, WI
Song you’ve heard on 88Nine: “New Kind of Love,” “Downtown”
RIYL: power pop, Thin Lizzy, keggers

Performing in Milwaukee:

You can see Platinum Boys perform alongside Juiceboxxx at Cactus Club on Tuesday, March 20 at 9PM

5 Questions with Platinum Boys

1. How did you get started in music?

It was kind of by default, actually. Two of my best friends growing up both played music. One played guitar, the other played drums. I wasn’t going to just sit and watch them, so my mother was kind enough to purchase a bass guitar for me. I just taught myself and that’s how it started… the beginning of the end. We were doing covers, the standard three chord punk songs. Maybe within a half a year, we started writing our own songs. They weren’t great.

Did you grow up in Milwaukee, how has the scene been for you?

I grew up in the Fox Valley and moved here in 2006. I was 18 when I came here and immediately I was excited. There is a lot more going on here than there was at home. I started going to shows at The Vault. I met Eric Schultz there and he gave me the run down on how stuff works, the ethics of it all. It’s great, I love it. I’ve met so many cool people in so many good bands living in Milwaukee. It’s been enjoyable.

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You should know Anna Burch

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The basics

Where they’re from: Detroit, MI
Song you’ve heard on 88Nine: “Tea-Soaked Letter”
RIYL: Frontier Ruckus, Waxahatchee, 60’s girl groups

Five Questions with Anna Burch

1. You’ve been involved in a few different projects, is this the first release as a solo artist under your own name?

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You Should Know Field Report

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Field Report performing the Radio Milwaukee Block Party

Performing in Milwaukee

When: February 17, 2018 8PM
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center
Tickets and more info: www.bmoharrisbradleycenter.com/events/detail/bon-iver

Radio Milwaukee recently caught up with Christopher Porterfield, frontman for Field Report. The band has a new album, “Summertime Songs” releasing March 23rd via Verve Forecast. With an expanded sound, Porterfield opens up about moving away from the auto-biographical to set the stage for a cast of characters and an album to dig into and discover.

Read the interview below and check out Field Report live in Milwaukee on February 17

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You Should Know Milwaukee’s Trapper Schoepp

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Trapper Schoepp by Zane Johnson

When: Milwaukee Bucks Halftime, November 13
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center
Tickets and more info: bucks.com/mondays

Radio Milwaukee recently spoke with Milwaukee’s Trapper Schoepp about his upcoming performance at the Milwaukee Bucks halftime, how riding BMX led him to music, his upcoming performance in D.C. for Congress, and his thoughts on Milwaukee.

Read the interview below and check out Trapper Schoepp at Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Mondays halftime show.

The basics


Song you’ve heard on 88Nine: “Settling or Sleeping Around”
RIYL: Tom Petty, amusement parks, the classics

5 Questions with Trapper Schoepp

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You Should Know The Districts

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The Districts by Caitlin McCann [Rob Grote, far right]

Coming to Milwaukee

When: Wednesday, December 6 7PM Doors/ 8PM Show
Where: The Back Room @ Colectivo
Tickets and more info: pabsttheater.org/event/thedistricts2017

Radio Milwaukee recently spoke on the phone with guitarist and singer Rob Grote from Philly’s The Districts in between tours. We dove deep into the band’s newest release, Popular Manipulations, and discussed the growth of the band, recording process, and the manipulations we perform in our daily human interactions.

Read the interview below and check out The Districts live in Milwaukee on December 6

The basics

Where they’re from: Philadelphia, PA
Song you’ve heard on 88Nine: “If Before I Wake”
RIYL: anthemic indie rock, The Killers, Arcade Fire

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You Should Know Milwaukee band Whips

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Ashley Smith (right) of Whips at 414 Live

Radio Milwaukee had a chat with Ashley Smith, front-woman for rising rock act, Whips. The band had a full summer of festivals and block parties around the city, but they are ready to buckle down in their new studio to write their next ripper.

Read the interview with Whips, below:

Whips perform in Milwaukee

When: Saturday, October 7 Doors 9PM/Show 10PM
Where: Cactus Club, 2496 S Wentworth Ave., Milwaukee
Event page: cactusclubmilwaukee.com/events/mix-it-up-with-whips-siren-bfree-and-taj-raiden/

 

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You Should Know Angelica Garcia

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Coming to Milwaukee

When: Tuesday, July 11, Doors 7PM/ Show 8PM
Where: The Back Room @ Colectivo, 2211 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee
Tickets: pabsttheater.org/show/angelicagarcia2017

Angelica Garcia grew up in L.A., playing the Troubadour while still in high school with music industry parents. But at 17, life changed and she found herself in small town Virginia with her stepdad’s new vocation as a priest, and no friends to play music with. We chatted with the singer and guitarist on the phone about her musical journey, which includes a stop in Milwaukee at The Back Room @ Colectivo.

Read the interview below and check out Angelica Garcia with her band on Tuesday, July 11!

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WATCH: You Should Know D’Amato

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D’Amato wants to get funky for you at the 88Nine Block Party on June 24.

Watch the interview below with this powerhouse of soulful R&B, funk and hip-hop and get ready!

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