Tune into 91.7 FM WMSE right at this moment (11:15 a.m. CST, Wednesday, = this moment) to hear a live performance from WMSE DJ and Milwaukee musician Jason Wietlispach. This Friday, Wietlispach, along with Mike Balistreri, opens and plays for Jeff Kerr & the Hard Ballad Medicine Show at the Circle A (932 E. Chambers) for the release of a self-titled new album. Wietlispach writes of the event, “CD release for a cool project Friday June 15th at the Circle A at 8pm. Its a great combination of spoken short stories with improvised “music” creating the sonic landscape behind it. Cellos, Double Bass, Guitars, Circuit Bent Electronics, Mellotron, Percussion and Reeds…Jeff Kerr reads his stories with the passion of a preacher with all the intense charisma that goes with that. This is not tame spoken word, but a sermon of the darker corners of life with a choir of broken sound to punctuate the prayer.” Get a sneak preview listen by tuning into 91.7 FM on your radio dial right now or by streaming at WMSE.org.
Missed out on Jaill’s Bay View Bowl release party last Friday for brand new album Traps (Sub Pop Records)? Never fear, because you can catch ’em once again, live, at The Exclusive Co. (1669 N. Farwell) on the East Side tonight at 6 p.m. Jaill writes (via their Facebook page) that they’ll have the new album available and will also have a limited edition 7″. What else? Peek at their new video for “Perfect Ten” and then head over to Exclusive at 6 p.m. to hear it up close and personal.
This might be midweek, but Milwaukee is putting the extra pizazz on it by welcoming Destroyer. If anyone can bring pizazz to a stage, Destroyer can, and Dan Bejar (of Destroyer) will definitely be bringing it tonight to the Turner Hall Ballroom. Some folks might recognize his nasal croon from his days spent songwriting and playing with Canadian pop band the New Pornographers, but it’s Bejar’s solo stuff that really shines a light on his wonderfully imaginative lyricism and fanciful compositions of which his last release Kaputt, so delightfully puts on display. Show starts at 8 p.m. All-ages.