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Arts & Culture
9:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Frankie Lee: Back in the Middle West

Frankie Lee

Of being a musician, Frankie Lee says, “You shouldn’t want to do this…It’s just an insane way to make a living. It’s not even a choice.” 

Well, whatever compelled the Minnesotan, after 15 years of songwriting, to finally put out his first EP, we’re glad. Middle West is the title, and with only five finely-crafted songs, you could say it’s a bit of a masterpiece…and frankly, you’d be right.  

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Arts & Culture
5:48 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The New Red Moons: Mesmerizing Milwaukee

(l to r) Joe McIlheran, Kavi Laud, and Jeff Brueggeman in Studio C.
Credit Rachel Owens

The New Red Moons are back. Well, they didn’t really go anywhere  – they’ve just been working on their new album, Mesmérisme. But it’s been well-worth the wait.

With an original sound that blends rich melodies, tight harmonies, and punchy instrumentals, The New Red Moons do Milwaukee proud. They take inspiration from many genres, including 60s rock, old-timey folk and modern lo-fi, but they always follow their instincts to stay true to their own sound.

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Arts & Culture
5:29 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Rusted Root: 25 Years is Just the Beginning

Rusted Root: (from l to r) Dirk Miller, Patrick Norman, Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, Preach Freedom

 

Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabicki says of their current album project, "It's not necessarily going to represent the last 25 years, but it's going to be the start of the next 25 years. "  With eight studio albums and over three million records sold worldwide, Rusted Root has plenty of history to celebrate, but prefers to look towards the future.

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Arts & Culture
5:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

First Listen: Canadian Rockers The Trews Play In Our Studio Ahead of Summerfest Gig

(l-r) John-Angus MacDonald, Jack Syperek, Sean Dalton, and Colin MacDonald are The Trews
Credit Bonnie North

    Canadian rock band The Trews play their first Summerfest gig tonight at 8pm on the Uline Stage. They joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North in the WUWM studio to give us a first listen to three of their new songs, including this one, Age of Miracles. We'll air the full interview at a later date. 

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Arts & Culture
4:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

First Listen: Canadian Rockers The Trews Play In Our Studio Ahead of Summerfest Gig

(l-r) John-Angus MacDonald, Jack Syperek, Sean Dalton, and Colin MacDonald are The Trews
Credit Bonnie North

Canadian rock band The Trews play their first Summerfest gig tonight at 8pm on the Uline Stage. They came in to talk with us beforehand and gave us a first listen to three of their new songs, including this one, Age of Miracles. We'll air the full interview at a later date.

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Arts & Culture
10:57 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Paul McCartney's "Decade Without a Map"

Paul McCartney, playing to a full house in Miller Park last July.
Credit Mitch Teich

Tom Doyle speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about his biography of Paul McCartney.

June 18th is Paul McCartney’s 72nd birthday.  It was almost a year ago when the former Beatle and his band played a triumphant concert in front of Miller Park’s biggest crowd ever.

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Arts & Culture
10:26 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Legendary Drummer and Bad Boy Ginger Baker is Still Making Music

Ginger Baker album cover for "Why?"

Ginger Baker talks with Bonnie North ahead of his Milwaukee concert.

When most people think of drummer Ginger Baker, they think of his work in Cream.

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Wisconsin's Nomads: Blessed Feathers Are Chasing Down Their Dreams

Donivan and Jacquelyn Berube of Blessed Feathers at the WUWM Studios.
Credit Rachel Owens, WUWM

Donivan Berube recently took a swim in Lake Michigan. The water was 32 degrees. Of that experience he wrote, “like most things in life: it hurt real bad, but it was pretty much worth it.” 

Having chosen to “disassociate” himself from the Jehovah Witnesses that he grew up with to date his musical partner and now wife, Jacquelyn Berube, Donivan knows about sacrifice, and the joy it can lead to in one’s life.

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Essay
12:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

If You Had Dementia, What Songs Would Be on Your Playlist?

Wisconsin's Music and Memory program is providing personalized music playlists for dementia patients in 100 nursing homes across the state to aid with memory retrieval and behavioral issues.
Credit ThinkStock

Lake Effect essayist Dr. Jung Kwak talks about her research into the use of music therapy with dementia patients, and describes what playlist she would create for herself.

A UW-Milwaukee gerontologist looking at the impact of music on patients with dementia finds an unexpected connection:

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Young Pianists Vie for Top Prizes at Milwaukee Competition

Pianist Lydia Artymiw is a judge for this year's PianoArts competition for young musicians.
Credit Erik Petersons, PCMS Concerts

Pianist and PianoArts juror Lydia Artymiw talks with, and plays for, Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

Piano Arts is bringing together the cream of the crop of young pianists this week for its biennial North American Piano Competition, one of the most prominent competitions for these musicians.

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