Bands to Watch Concert – Best of 2018

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Bands to Watch Concert – Best of 2018

January 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm



January 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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88Nine Radio Milwaukee
220 E. Pittsburgh Ave
Milwaukee, 53204 United States
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Six bands from the Journal Sentinel's best Milwaukee albums of the year list will perform for FREE!

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2018 Bands to Watch
Saturday, January 12,
88Nine Studios

88Nine Radio Milwaukee and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are hosting a FREE, all-ages show at Radio Milwaukee Studios.

Bands to Watch Lineup:

“Summertime Songs,” Field Report

Field Report’s Christopher Porterfield is more than a singer and songwriter; he’s a poet, his lyrics on his folk band’s first two albums evocative of the majesty and mystery Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen conveyed throughout their storied songbooks. And on “Summertime Songs,” Field Report’s finest work, Porterfield accomplishes a seemingly simple, undoubtedly arduous feat, condensing his vivid phrasing into his most accessible, and ultimately arresting, statements, while relying, more than ever, on the wear of his cracked voice, and the sweeping grandeur and intimate touch of his backing band, to convey feelings that can’t be said.

“Table 7: Sinners and Saints,” Lex Allen

No local artist captures the joys and pains of life with as much verve as soul-pop artist Allen, who distills his ups and downs into a terrific debut album, swinging from the tearjerking tribute to his late mother in “Mama’s Boy,” to the faboo, funny and liberating self-love anthem “Struck Gold.” That he did, and his listeners are all the richer.

 “My Mother The Moon,” Dead Horses

“I’m gonna make you cry, I’m gonna make you laugh,” Sarah Vos sings during “On and On.” She’s true to her word. On Dead Horses’ cathartic, third full-length album, Vos absorbs the heartache of a troubled life and our shattered world, singing of the abuse endured by the impoverished on “American Poor,” her inability to help loved ones ravaged by mental illness on “Darling Dear,” and of losing her strength on the Robert Frost-inspired “Swinger in the Trees.” Yet, on that same song, Vos recognizes “The beauty that surrounds us,” that “there is always hope.” Music this radiant makes you a believer.

“On The First Bell,” Buffalo Gospel

Ryan Necci’s country group is ending a good year on a high note, linking up with premier booking agency William Morris Endeavor. It’s well deserved, the band’s crackling sets, informed by its latest album, swinging from a rollicking roadhouse rocker like “Son of a Gun” to the dusty desperation of whispered ballad “She Ain’t Gonna Hold.” “We may be bound for glory,” Necci sings with his colorful, old-country twang. “We may be bound to die.” If this excellently penned and performed album is any indication, is going to be the former.

“Lost Letters (of Seraphina),” LUXI

With “Lost Letters,” LUXI’s created a lush, ethereal world — and that’s just the video game companion, where a teen girl’s bedroom, awash in hazy purple and overrun in vegetation, is just one striking visual. It’s also an apt metaphor for the heady electronica LUXI has drafted with “Letters,” where her imagination as a musical producer runs wild without completely engulfing the intimate and human fragility that makes her album so beautiful.

“How Are You,” Versio Curs

With a voice reminiscent of Morrissey’s croon – and possessing his deliciously dry wit and poetically disgruntled worldview — Kyle Halverson is an absorbing, (at times) self-loathing conduit for this indie rock outfit’s angsty and assured debut album. But frontman aside, Versio Curs is the full package, with several members’ nearly lifelong musical collaborations paying off handsomely, particularly the contrasting, hazy and harsh dual guitar work from Joe Kelnhofer and George Kuether.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel2018 Bands to Watch88Nine Radio MilwaukeeSaturday, January 12 | 7 - 11PM