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Mitch Teich

Wisconsin-based band Dead Horses' last album, Cartoon Moon, garnered national praise and earned the band three Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards this spring, including album of the year.

For a second year, the Strange Fruit Music Festival is returning to Milwaukee. Named after the 1939 song made famous by Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit is dedicated to exploring race relations through music and art. 

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While the characters, plots, and actors of movies may be most memorable to audiences, what is even more quintessential to a memorable film is the score. One of the most iconic scores for a series of films is, of course, John Williams' compositions for Star Wars.

Williams has scored all seven Star Wars films, and is on task for the two to come, making the music as much of a character as Lando Callarisian or, you know, Darth Vader.

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You might not recognize the name Aoife Scott immediately, but if you know anything about the Irish musical tradition of the past 30 years, you might recognize something about her voice. Scott is the daughter of Frances Black and niece of Mary Black - both internationally known singers.

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“Every good story starts with a bad decision” is the premise behind Roxi Copland's new album.

In 2016, singer-songwriter was named Wisconsin jazz musician of the year. However, her latest release is an album of original songs - with a definite Americana/pop sound - called Bad Decision.

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Milwaukee is known for its summer festivals. From Summerfest to Irish Fest and German Fest, and increasingly, MKE Punk Fest. The citywide festival celebrating punk music art and culture is into its seventh year. But the history of the punk scene here is much older.

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We got to know Trapper Schoepp when he interned for Lake Effect in his freshman year at UW-Milwaukee. He stayed with us as an intern throughout his entire academic career, all the while writing songs and performing in ever more famous circles. In 2012 he released his debut album Run, Engine, Run.

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On Wednesday evening, the BMO Harris Pavilion on the Summerfest grounds will be home to the Celtic punk stylings of the Dropkick Murphys. For the past couple of decades, the Boston-based band has gained a worldwide following particularly for their live shows - which draw large and enthusiastic crowds.

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A new album from the Milwaukee-based Wooldridge Brothers is always something to look forward to. 

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The Koch Marshall Trio did not stop by the Lake Effect studio to play around. The group, which consists of lead guitarist Greg Koch, his son and drummer Dylan Koch, and Toby Lee Marshall on the Hammond B3 organ, say they came to share their heavy grooves mixed with blues sensibility. 

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As evidenced by their performance on Summerfest's Emerging Artists stage, The Zach Pietrini Band says that the recognition of their brand of folk music is growing. The Milwaukee-based group describes its style as "Salt-of-the-Earth-Americana," and their songs speak to the lived experiences of Midwesterners.

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As the summer festival season enters into full swing, it’s a good time to reflect on what brings acts to Wisconsin. While we draw plenty of internationally touring acts to the state year-round, the growing number of music festivals - from Summerfest to Appleton’s Mile of Music, to Twin Lakes’ Country Thunder, millions of people will take in an outdoor concert in Wisconsin this year.

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Summerfest is underway in the Meier Festival Park along Milwaukee’s lakefront. The annual music festival  brings nearly a million people to town over its run. This year they’ll see major international acts like Paul Simon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Pink; but also more local and regional acts who have a chance to showcase themselves at the 50th edition of the Big Gig.

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The music of pianist and composer Anthony Deutsch doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. It’s jazz, it’s pop, it’s singer-songwriter. And Deutsch, who grew up in Port Washington but is now based in Milwaukee, embraces all of those labels.

The Spirit of the Eaux Claires Music Festival

Jun 24, 2017
Chris Keliher

In just a few days, the gates to the Henry Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront will swing open and welcome the hundreds of thousands of concert goers who descend on the city each year for Summerfest.

It’s easily the city’s - and the state’s - most popular music festival. But just last weekend, western Wisconsin played host to the third edition of a music festival that is also making a name for itself. Eaux Claires is the creation of musician Justin Vernon, better known as the front man of Bon Iver.

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