Milwaukee Music

Klassik /

Kellen Abston is a hip-hop artist and rapper who performs under the name Klassik.  He grew up in Milwaukee and attended school here. And in the three years since his first full-length album was released he’s become a rising star on a number of “artists to watch” lists.

Born and raised in the area, Greg Koch still calls Milwaukee home.

Heavily influenced by his older brother’s record collection growing up, Koch plays his own hybrid of several iconic styles.  Joe Bonamassa, current guitar god in his own right, once said Koch is pound for pound the best guitar player in the world.

In the liner notes of his first album, released in 1993, Koch described his style as, “Chet Hendrix meeting the Kings (BB, Albert and Freddie) at the first annual Zeppelin-Holdsworth Coffee Guzzlers Hoedown.”

Doug Seymour / Nineteen Thirteen

Victor DeLorenzo is well known throughout Milwaukee as the drummer and one of the founding members of the Violent Femmes, but he is exploring other kinds of music now.

DeLorenzo and Milwaukee cellist and composer Janet Schiff are part of a band called Nineteen Thirteen. There is a third member, another drummer called Nez, but the duo – cello and percussion – forms the nucleus of the band.

Janet Schiff uses modern looping technology with her cello to create mutli-layered electronic symphony framed by percussion.

Lex Allen /

The past few months have been exciting for Milwaukee band Soul Low. Just a few weeks ago, the group released it's newest EP, titled Sweet Pea, and were featured on Spin magazine's "Five Artists to Watch in May" list.

After the Violent Femmes released their first single in 15 years in March of this year, the band embarked on a long U.S. tour which will bring them to the BMO Harris Pavilion on Saturday, June 13. 

courtesy of The Revomatics

A local band hailing from Milwaukee’s south side is giving surf music a unique update. With their debut album We Come In Peace, The Revomatics have picked up where classic California rock-n-roll left off.

  Rachel Owens interviewed Milwaukee’s own Lex Allen singer/songwriter when he stopped by the WUWM@Nite studio. He performed a few tracks from his E.P. Anonymous Vibes with  two other members of the New Age Narcissism "Non-Family" Q the Sun and Lorde Fredd33 helping out.

Album of the Week: I Cant Stop By: The BoDeans

Apr 8, 2015

What does it take to make it into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Museum? Well, not being to base it off of any sort of personal experience, the next best thing would be to look at the career of a band that made it right? Better yet, a band from the great Midwest that has been creating music since the early 1980’s.

Album of the Week: Great Lake Drifters

Mar 11, 2015

After years of making rounds at music festivals, bars and other miscellaneous concert venues, a Milwaukee alt. country and roots rock band is gearing up for their first full length release. Great Lake Drifters are about to put themselves on your music radar with their upcoming album, Radio Picture Show. With a sound that never quite sits contently within one genre, the band is able to maintain the attention of your ears.

The Living Statues Come To Life

Feb 25, 2015
Rachel Owens

Hold on to your hat people. That is the first and last word of advice I have. They are The Living Statues, a rock n’ roll trio based here in the Cream City. They mix the pop sensibilities of the British Invasion with “explosive garage rock textures.”