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Arts & Culture
11:59 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Musician/Producer Butch Vig comes to Milwaukee

Musician and producer Butch Vig
Credit Butch Vig

Butch Vig, a Viroqua native, drummer for Garbage and award winning producer for such bands as Nirvana, Green Day and The Foo Fighters, is in town this weekend.

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Arts & Culture
3:44 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

50 Years Ago, The Beatles Invaded Milwaukee

The Beatles live in Milwaukee.

Fifty years ago this Thursday, the Beatles took the stage for the first and only time in Milwaukee. 

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gathering of the Cornish Cousins Welcomes Celebrated Native Sons Luxon, Biscoe

Benjamin Luxon (left) and Bert Biscoe traveled to Wisconsin to take part in the Cornish celebration in Wisconsin.
Credit Bonnie North, WUWM

Our guests come from Cornwall, the very southwestern most tip of England, that has its own song, poetry and story traditions. It’s a tradition that’s alive a well in Wisconsin. Many Cornish people came here to settle in the late 19th century.

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Arts & Culture
1:07 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Slaid Cleaves: Finding Inspiration in Hope and Heartbreak

"Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Travels around. Tries to be good."
Credit Karen Cleaves / http://slaidcleaves.com/about/

Singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves grew up in Maine and now lives in Austin, Texas.  No matter his current surroundings, he convincingly sings about the plight of the working man just about everywhere.

Twenty years into his career, Cleaves seamlessly delivers snapshots of stories or characters that inspire his songs. "I'm always on the lookout for underdogs who need their story told," says Cleaves.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Musician Zachary Scot Johnson Returns Home to Wisconsin

Racine native Zachary Scot Johnson performs in WUWM Studio C1.
Credit Bonnie North, WUWM

    

Singer/songwriter Zachary Scot Johnson has been touring non-stop since 2006. 

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Arts & Culture
12:42 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

New York Writer Takes Us Back To The Heyday Of 78 RPM Records

New York Writer Amanda Petrusich's book on the early 20th Century 78RPMs.
Credit Amazon

If you're older than, say, 35, you probably have heard of the 78 RPM record, even if you haven't actually heard one. 

The 78s heyday was in the first half of the 20th Century, before they gave way to LPs, and 45s, and later eight-track tapes and cassettes, and then CDs and mp3s. If you see 78s today, it's likely in a thrift store, a rummage sale, or your grandparents' attic.

But there are some who see great value in the 78, both for the audio it produces and for the artists whose work might be lost forever, if not for the handful of copies of their songs that still exist.

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Arts & Culture
2:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Canadian Band, The Trews, Stops at WUWM on Their Way to Summerfest

Canadian rock group, The Trews, performed in WUWM's Studio C1 before Summerfest.
Credit Bonnie North, WUWM

The last time the award winning Canadian rock band The Trews were in Milwaukee it was January and there was a blizzard. 

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Arts & Culture
12:44 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Myles Coyne is 'Taking Things as They Come'

Myles Coyne at WUWM
Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Musician Myles Coyne was obsessed with comic books when he was growing up in Escanaba, Michigan, feasting on the creativity of the images. Music came a little later, when Coyne and his family moved to Green Bay while in he was high school. He became friends with fellow students who were in a band and never looked back.

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Arts & Culture
11:44 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Wisconsin Native Relishes Touring with 'The Phantom'

Wisconsin native Linda Balgord is touring as Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of the Opera.'
Credit Marcus Center

    

Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the home venue for many local performing arts organizations, from Milwaukee Symphony to the ballet and the Florentine Opera. 

But it also hosts performances by any number of national touring companies.  Each year, the center unveils its Broadway at the Marcus Center series schedule, featuring performances of big Broadway musicals that people might not see, unless they traveled to New York or London.

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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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