Behind the Journal Sentinel’s 2020 Wisconsin Bands to Watch list

Behind the Journal Sentinel’s 2020 Wisconsin Bands to Watch list

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Each Thursday morning on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Jordan Lee — talk about the music coming into and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In

Every year since he’s been a full-time music writer at the Journal Sentinel, Piet has compiled an annual Wisconsin Bands to Watch list. On this week’s episode, he breaks down this year’s picks. Stream it below.

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This year’s is loaded with Milwaukee talent, including Amanda Huff, a one-of-a-kind artist with a unique, Bjork-inspired sound. Like Bjork, her music exists in a world of its own.

Two artists that were in the 2019 Backline class also made the list: Immortal Girlfriend, a duo with a commercial synth-pop sound, and rapper Kaylee Crossfire, who was featured on the Netflix competition series “Rhythm & Flow.” She’s a dominant live performer.

Rose of the West is on there, too. They had a song prominently placed on the hit drama “You,” and released their self-titled debut album last year. It’s an absorbing, moody record.

The only artist on the list that doesn’t live in the city of Milwaukee this year is Them Coulee Boys, a roots band from Eau Claire. Their new album was produced by a member of Trampled By Turtles.

Piet goes deep on the logic behind these picks in this week’s episode. Stream it below.

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