After 15 years on the move, Minneapolis's Frankie Lee has released his first collection of songs. The EP is titled Middle West, and Lee will be performing selections from it this Friday at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point. 

"I would rather have one or two good records than fifteen of whatever just came through my mind," says Lee. His high lonesome voice and cosmic country sound have won over many in the region, recently gaining him the "2014's Best Songwriter in Minneapolis" distinction by City Pages.


You Really Got Me, by The Kinks, is one of the iconic classic rock songs of all-time.

Bonnie North

Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment of the Arts wrapped up a two-day visit to Wisconsin Thursday.

Lucy The Opera

Thanks to Radiolab's story on the life of Lucy the chimpanzee, Lucy: The Opera now exists. 


The travel involved in being a touring musician might sound glamorous and exotic, but the reality is far more mundane. 

Milwaukee Children's Choir /

Milwaukee hosts a great number of musical organizations for all to get involved.


The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra has been making music since 1900. It is the oldest fretted instrument organization in the country.

Florentine Opera

As the Florentine Opera Company gets ready for their opening production of the season, the conductor and some of the cast members stop by Lake Effect to chat. 

Eleanor Peterson, WUWM


Singer-songwriter Sarah Vos came across a quotation recently that read:

“Modern-day society is the most well-fed and comfortable slaves of history.”

The quotation stayed with her. The quotation, along with her love for John Steinbeck’s works, subconsciously helped compose her band’s new album.

Florentine Opera Company

Vladimir Kulenovic is the first recipient of a new conducting residency at the Florentine Opera.

Mitch Teich

Johnny Solomon had a promising career as a singer and songwriter, and then a promising career in food. But both were derailed by mental illness and substance abuse.

Angela Morriss /

Johannes Brahms wrote his German Requiem as a memorial to his parents.  The mid-19th Century piece is thought by many scholars to be the composer’s most personal work, and listeners frequently connect to its universal themes of loss, as well.

David Paige spoke with WUWM@Nite before his performance at BBC's Upper Level in Milwaukee Friday, Oct. 10.

English renaissance composer, singer and virtuoso lutenist John Dowland is famous today for his refined love songs and his fiendishly difficult solo lute pieces. 

Wolfgang Gauch

Today, we launch a new series on Lake Effect, called “On That Note.”