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Exciting Times for Milwaukee Band Soul Low

Jun 20, 2015
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The past few months have been exciting for Milwaukee band Soul Low. Just a few weeks ago, the group released it's newest EP, titled Sweet Pea, and were featured on Spin magazine's "Five Artists to Watch in May" list. 

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Born and raised in Manitoba, Canada (once known as New Iceland because it has the largest population of Icelanders outside of Iceland), Lindy Vopnfjord began singing traditional Icelandic folk music at a young age.  His parents were working regular jobs but found time to write and play music with their two children at festivals around Canada, even traveling to Iceland to perform.

Present Music

This Friday evening, Milwaukee's Present Music presents its season finale concert, called "Present Music Nation," at The Warehouse. One of the pieces that can be heard is from a new community collaboration called ComposeMilwaukee.

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It’s not uncommon for a successful rock musician to launch a second act as a record producer, putting to use the things he or she learned in the business. But by the time Alan Parsons found popularity with songs such as “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” and “Eye in the Sky,” he had already built a reputation.

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It's been a hard-working time for singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis.  The former lead vocalist for the band Rilo Kiley, has been on a long tour in support of her latest solo album, called "The Voyager."

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The Canadian band Whitehorse is known for its innovative use of looping technology when it plays live – but their performance for us was stripped down and acoustic:

Keep an eye out for the full interview with Whitehorse to air in the coming weeks.

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If you are asked to name a kind of music that uses fiddles and accordions, you’d be forgiven for saying Irish or Scottish first. But both the fiddle and the accordion are common instruments in many folk traditions, including Danish.

The Danish tradition shares a lot with its Norwegian and Swedish neighbors, as well as with the Celtic traditions of Ireland and Scotland. And with the advent of the internet and multi-national folk festivals, the music of all of those countries can fuse in interesting ways.

Grammy-nominated Broadway performer Cheyenne Jackson is a celebrated entertainer widely known for his roles on the television shows Glee and 30 Rock. He first garnered acclaim on Broadway where his soaring voice, charisma, and matinee idol looks won over both audiences and critics. Jackson has performed at The Kennedy Center, sold out Carnegie Hall, and was a principal soloist on West Side Story, which was nominated for Best Musical Theater Album at the 2015 Grammys.

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Lindy Vopnfjord grew up in Manitoba. But as his name would suggest, he is of Icelandic heritage.  Vopnfjord came through Milwaukee a few days ago, touring in support of the band Whitehorse.

We'll air a full interview with him in the days to come, but he recorded a new song in the Lake Effect studio while he was here. 

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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.

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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. 

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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:

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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:

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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:

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