WMSE friends and family, welcome to summer…yeah, we know. Scientifically, it’s next month (June 21st is the official date of the summer solstice), but we feel that this holiday weekend, whether it contains days off or no, is the official start to a season we are all too ready for. We’ll keep it short and sweet this week, because either you’re on your way out the door, or you’re already there. If you’re in town, here are a handful of things to check out midst wafts of grill smoke and sips of sunshine and your favorite beverages. Enjoy the time and the reason for the holiday, itself. To the weekend!
Did you tune into WMSE at 8pm last night? If so, maybe you caught that exciting live set from Milwaukee music legends, Die Kreuzen? Maybe you also caught an interview at 6:30pm with Clancy Carroll and Fred Fischer from 3 On Fire, at WMSE to talk about the release of the Lest We Forget CD from the live performance at Turner about a year ago, too? Lest We Forget featured well-remembered and loved music from decades gone-by in Milwaukee: Tense Experts, Sacred Order, Xposed 4Heads, The Lubricants and more played that night and the whole thing was documented in sound, available today. Grab a copy of the Lest We Forget CD at the Miramar Theatre tonight and stick around to listen to music from 3 On Fire, Sacred Order, Rock-A-Dials, Liv Mueller and more.
Further down the lake tonight, local folk-pop group, Twin Brother celebrates the release of their debut, self-titled album at Club Garibaldi’s. Formed by two Milwaukee musicians who have played under various names for years, Sean Raasch (guitar, vocals) and Tyler Nelson’s (drums) music as Twin Brother has developed into a more deep sound, peppered with keys, strings and the haunting twang of a slide guitar, featuring recording help from a handful of local musicians who will also be performing with the duo tonight. Also playing: Old Earth, Adelyn Rose, Bigfoot.
Saturday brings a chance to absorb (or repel) the nonsense that is a new Crappy Dracula album. Newest,Tooo Muuuch, is song after song that produces plenty of “huh?” and a lot of added speculation as to what it would be like to be inside the heads of Crappy Dracula. Oh, wait. Their songs are pretty much about what IS going on inside their heads. (The point and the fun of it). Pick up the album at Cactus and if you want instant gratification, (spoiler alert) skip to the last track of that new album (entitled “For Your Convenience, All of the Album’s Choruses Crammed into One Song”). Also playing: The Fatty Acids and Ramma Lamma.
Yesterday, we welcomed Die Kreuzen to play live on WMSE and the band not only got us stoked for another live performance this Sunday in Milwaukee, but regaled Station Manager Tom Crawford with tales of tours and plans for future shows and music. The band will be playing Minneapolis alongside Negative Approach, The Melvins and Mudhoney for Amphetamine Reptile Records 25th anniversary bash in July, which is a pretty cool thing to put down on this summer’s calendar. Listen back to their interview and performance on WMSE here and find them at Turner Hall Ballroom this Sunday, tearing it up and reminding Milwaukee of its storied and strong musical history. Also playing: We Are Hex.
And finally, take advantage of a free day if you’ve got one on Monday by saving up some steam to catch another sure to be solid show at Turner from Vancouver’s self-quoted “garage rock” duo, Japandroids and New York noise rockers, A Place to Bury Strangers (whose 2012 LP and EP got loads of airplay from WMSE DJs). Japandroids is quite a force on its own, slamming guitars into tight sonic spaces in an explosive constant and APTBS must be experienced live to be fully appreciated — they are deafeningly loud and although the light show is a bit of a sensory overload, if you’ve ever enjoyed riding the dark wave that is Jesus and Mary Chain and wished they would tour more often, damnit, here’s your next best chance.