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Studio Milwaukee Session: Middle Kids

Jen Ellis

One of the many adjustments we made during the pandemic was switching up our sessions from “Studio Milwaukee” to “World Tour.” Included in our virtual globe-trotting were stops in Nigeria to visit with Femi and Made Kuti, Japan for a performance from CHAI, and Australia to hear from Middle Kids.

They were both gracious and generous to invite us into their homes for a performance that technically took place on two separate days — the afternoon for us and the following morning in Sydney. Like a lot of things during that time, the situation dictated that it couldn’t quite match the energy that usually accompanies our sessions, which is why we were particularly thrilled when they accepted the invitation to visit our home on a perfect Tuesday afternoon.

Middle Kids were in town for a nighttime show at The Rave/Eagles Club with Jimmy Eat World and Manchester Orchestra, and made their way to Walker’s Point for what we hoped would be a dialed-up experience. Our Radio Milwaukee members didn’t disappoint and turned up in a big way, pouring out of the back of our performance space for a standing-room show.

The quartet released a couple singles this year, including “Highlands” just a few weeks ago, and dropped both into a set that sent Hannah Joy’s vibrato sailing through the space. The whole session felt welcoming and warm, including a delightful interview that dove into the band’s normcore origins, getting Elton John’s seal of approval and how the two recent singles are just the first wave of things to come.

You can listen to the full session using the player at the top of the page, check out Middle Kids’ music on Bandcamp, and catch them tonight as part of the stacked lineup at The Rave.

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Set list

  1. Highlands
  2. Stacking Chairs
  3. Bootleg Firecracker