Natalie Merchant fans were disappointed when the singer had to cancel her July appearance in Milwaukee. 

Ian and the Dream

One of the bands playing at the Yellowphone Music Conference this weekend is Waukesha's Ian and the Dream.

The band has been around since 2008, when guitarist and singer Ian Ash and bassist Chivo met in high school. They've released a couple of EPs since then and are set to release their first full length album Friday night as part of Yellowphone.

Ash and Chivo stopped by the Lake Effect studio to chat and to play a couple of songs from that new album, California Cauliflower

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.

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

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.

Karen Cleaves /

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.

Bonnie North, WUWM


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


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

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. 

Myles Coyne is 'Taking Things as They Come'

Jul 24, 2014
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.