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The Minnesota string band Trampled By Turtles has an unmistakable sound that combines high intensity bluegrass, rock and roll, and folk charm to give you a hybrid old time string band – and it’s even greater than the sum of all those parts.

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One of the great things about  Lake Effect is all the musicians that visit the studio.

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The easing of the Ebola crisis in Africa comes as a relief to public health officials around the world, but even more so to the people in the African countries affected by the crisis - places such as Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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We’ve had a lot of wonderful guitarists perform in our studio over the years. 

Milwaukee Festival Brass

British Brass Band is a particular type of sound that was born in the mining towns of England in the early 19th century. 

Milwaukee based singer songwriters, and terrific guitarists, Peter Mulvey and Willy Porter are no strangers to Lake Effect

Shea Corrigan

In many ways, the story of Kim and Scott Collins of The Smoking Flowers reads like a great fictional love story: love at first sight, musical partnership, Kim's battle with breast cancer, and her recovery using completely natural methods. Their June performance at the Circle-A Café was their second in Milwaukee, a market which they say has always been kind to them. The Collins called in to WUWM@Nite’s Rachel Owens to talk about their musical aspirations and their new album 2 Guns.

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Christine Lalla

Lake Effect's monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen examines the life of a working, professional, classical musician.

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. 

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