J.P. Cormier /

Like many talented Canadian musicians, J.P. Cormier is probably someone you’ve never heard of. But the multi-instrumentalist has been making great music for decades.

Until recently, he performed in bands in support of other people. But friends convinced him that he had something to offer as a solo musician. 

Cormier makes his home in Nova Scotia but has been on a marathon U.S. tour in support of his latest album, The Chance.

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.

The Waterboys

Whole of the Moon is the song The Waterboys are most famous for in the United States. The UK band had a string of hits in the late 1980s, before the members went their separate ways in the early ‘90s. 

B. North

Internationally acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman has won fifteen Grammy Awards, performed for Presidents and royalty, and for hundreds of thousands of normal people as well.

Tonight, he’ll perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Francesco Lecce-Chong at Uhlein Hall.  We had the honor of sitting down with Itzhak Perlman ahead of that performance:

Rhiannon Giddens /

Last year, we spoke with the author of a book about the search for the rarest 78RPM records.  One of them is "Last Kind Word Blues," by Geeshie Wiley:

Only a handful of copies of the 1930 record made at Paramount Records in Grafton survive.  It should be somewhat easier to get your hands on Rhiannon Giddens' recording of the song, which comes with fewer hisses and pops than the original:

Brian Miller, guitarist for the band Bua, was in the Lake Effect studio not too long ago to support his wife, Minnesota singer Norah Rendell. But in Bua, he's one of four equal partners in playing traditional Irish music.

Miller, along with Sean Gavin, Devin Shephard and UWM grad Brian Ohart, is on a rare Midwest tour.  The band will playFriday evening at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, but first they visit the Lake Effect studio with a set of jigs:

Kreyòl Roots, Facebook

The Milwaukee-based organization, Youthaiti, has spent years working to improve sanitation and living conditions in Haiti.  They’ve done ecological projects, built sanitary toilets, and taken on other work in an effort to help the people of the impoverished island nation.

In-Studio Session: Hero Jr.

Apr 8, 2015

We just recently had the pleasure of talking with Indianapolis –based band, Hero Jr., in the WUWM studio. The band, which consists of four members, Evan Haughey (Guitar/Lead Vocals) Matthew Haughey (Drums/Vocals) David DuBrava (Bass/vocals) Ken Rose (Guitar/Vocals), likes to think of themselves as creating “meat and potatoes rock and roll.”

Rod Franklin

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Woody Mann doesn’t fit into neatly defined categories. He plays everything from ragtime to folk, from classical to blues, from jazz to world – and he writes his own tunes that draw on all of those influences and more. That wide ranging curiosity, coupled with stellar technique and a deep pleasure in making music, makes listening to Mann a joy.

Chris Monaghan

The Michigan band Greensky Bluegrass uses most of the instruments that make up a traditional bluegrass band: banjo, dobro, bass, mandolin. And while some of the sounds that come from those instruments fit right into the tradition, many others don’t.