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The history of the Minnesota band, The Replacements, is full of chaos. In fact, that was sort of their appeal.

They emerged in the early 80’s, at a time when punk was giving way to alternative rock. The group won a worldwide following, but internal conflict and the use of many substances – both on and off-stage – meant that the band’s greatest legacy may be in the other bands they influenced.

Bonnie North

Today marks the debut of a new monthly music series: The Monthly Beatdown featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger.

Once a month on Lake Effect, Sieger will bring friends and fellow musicians into WUWM's performance studio to play and chat.

This month we hear "Frozen River", a song by Sieger and Milwaukee guitarist Greg Koch. Greg wrote the melody while he was on tour in Europe and sent it to John, who crafted the lyrics. He's joined in the studio by Greg on electric guitar and Greg's son Dylan on percussion.

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Milwaukee singer-songwriter Jay Matthes has been playing professionally for almost five years. For someone who's still pretty new to the scene, he’s earned a lot of respect. For Matthes, earning the credibility and respect is great for his career, but he keeps his expectations on a music career realistic.

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The quintet that makes up the Wisconsin band Horseshoes and Hand Grenades met in college at UW-Stevens Point. Some of the members still live in that central Wisconsin city, others are based here in Milwaukee.

The band has toured in support of national acts such as Railroad Earth and the Yonder Mountain String Band, while building their own reputation as great live performers.

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Over the years, Lake Effect has had a lot of virtuoso finger-style guitar players in the studio - from Laurence Juber to Gareth Paerson.  They come here because of UW-Milwaukee’s world-renowned guitar program to teach and to perform. 

A growing effort, known as Sing Me a Story, is connecting kids in need with musicians.

Milwaukeean Austin Atteberry is the organization's executive director and co-founder and chats with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

 

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Mandolin virtuoso Evan Marshall is a master of what’s called the “duo” technique, where the melody and the accompaniment are played simultaneously. He's in town this weekend to perform a couple of concerts with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra: Saturday evening at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Waukesha, and Sunday afternoon at UWM's Recital Hall.

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Matt Berninger and his band, The National, are known for their sometimes dark, sometimes moody, introspective songs.  So some of the reviewers of Berninger’s collaboration with Brent Knopf have expressed some surprise at the lighter feel of its songs.

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Though the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has been playing since 1956, its Community Partnership Programs didn't begin until 2003. The Progressions program, an intensive string training for middle school students, has helped put the orchestra on the map.

Mitch Teich

At a time when the world has been dealing with some rough news, the music of Joan Shelley is a welcome respite.

Mitch Teich

Way back when, the R&B Cadets were poised to hit it big coming out of the Milwaukee music scene.  The group played infectious music, had a loyal following, and drew thousands to their live shows.

But the Cadets came to a halt when John Sieger’s other musical effort, Semi-Twang, was signed to a major label.  The sudden end initially led to some friction among the members, but thirty years later, that friction is essentially ancient history.

The Vitrolum Republic

After four years, Milwaukee’s The Vitrolum Republic is releasing a new album tonight.  For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes is the group’s third release. 

This latest effort features more of the chamber-folk sounds of brothers Jordan and Nick Waraska, along with Chuck Lawton and Benjamin Schaefer, though it builds from earlier efforts with the addition of percussionist Schaefer.

Milwaukee Children's Choir

Next week is Veterans Day, and there are a number of commemorations scheduled, from the annual Veterans Day parade to memorials and observances. 

The Milwaukee Children’s Choir will present a special concert in honor of veterans.  “American Homeland: A Veterans Day Concert” is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee.

What was originally a one-time concert last year has expanded into a tour visiting soldiers stationed at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Rockford, Illinois and Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Jess Klein and Mike June joined Bruce Winter for an in studio interview while on tour and on their way to Chicago. Their tour was done in support for Jess Klein's album Learning Faith.

Jenny Lewis talks to Bruce Winter during her voyager tour before her concert at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, after years of not being in the area.

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