Category Archives: Ben Slowey

AUDIO: Destinee Lynn – “Being a Girl”

Hip hop artist Destinee Lynn’s latest single touches on the hardships of being a single mother. She brings her signature direct, straight-talking delivery to confront the deadbeats as she channels the emotional bruises that come with abandonment and doing this parent shit herself. Destinee Lynn is never afraid to be honest while letting it be known that she walks the

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AUDIO: HymnWho – “Black Rock”

HymnWho has been moving quick with new music over the years; he’s already got a new single out to follow up May’s EP “Life Moves Fast…”. This tune thumps with a racing heartbeat and hazy sonic atmosphere, finding HymnWho navigating rapidly changing surroundings and foggy perceptions in a stylistic fusion of hyper-pop chaos, shimmering synths and auto-tuned vocals. HymnWho has

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AUDIO: D.B. Rouse – “Today is Gonna Be a Good Day”

Singer-songwriter D.B. Rouse released a new EP. There’s four songs here of stripped-down, lighthearted fun. The title track kicks things off; Rouse tells the story of waking up and being grateful for another day, whether or not the sun shines or it rains. Then he treats us to tales about kitchen appliances talking to one another, beetles frolicking in dirt

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Cleopatra Hoze, *aya, 22Maurii, Zolton

The fun at Bremen Cafe did not stop after the Block Party Saturday – there was an afterparty too! We got to see and talk to the likes of Cleopatra Hoze, *Aya, 22Maurii and Zolton as they collectively created a relaxing yet engaging atmosphere to conclude the busy day. Cleopatra Hoze’s eclectic style marries dream pop, R&B and indie rock.

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AUDIO: TAE & The Neighborly – “Let it Rain”

Soul-pop act Tae & The Neighborly have a new single out. This heartfelt tune brings courageous, uplifting sensibilities in full swing, lyrically touching on feeling a rush of renewal. TAE sings of the clouds breaking up to let the sun shine after she’s been used to gray for so long, reflecting a sense of hope and perseverance that seemed impossible

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AUDIO: J. McCoy – “The Weight of this Combination”

Experimental/ambient artist J. McCoy’s latest release is a track he composed while stuck at home with COVID last year. Mysterious, daring and awestruck in mood, this piece feels like it could be the musical accompaniment to a cinematic escape or espionage scene. Spanning just over five minutes, the modular synths alternately palpitate and soar akin to anxious determination. J. McCoy

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: TMT, Gaetano Balistreri, Iron Pizza, PILES

The Bremen Block Party occurred Saturday and it was a ton of fun, complete with live music, delicious food, vendors, raffle prizes, community organizations and more. TMT, X-Mosleys, Gaetano Balistreri, Bdwthr, Pay Dirt, Selector Max, Phat Nerdz, Iron Pizza, PILES and Ladybird all performed throughout the day as the Riverwest neighborhood showed up and showed out despite the rain and

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AUDIO: Pescatarian at Best & RAT BATH- “Pescatarian at Best vs RAT BATH”

It’s been exciting watching both Pescatarian at Best and RAT BATH make waves in the Milwaukee music scene over the years. You know what’s also really exciting? When the two come head-to-head on a split EP! With one song from each, the combined forces of Pescatarian at Best’s chugging, groovy post-punk sensibilities (“Gnos Tar”) and RAT BATH’s igniting fusion of

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AUDIO: Wristwatch – “II”

Punk rockers Wristwatch have unleashed a new album into the world out via No Coast. It’s twelve songs that rip and blaze with chaotic riffage, howling guitar solos, racing drums and Bobby Hussy’s high-spirited vocals. The band explains on Bandcamp that they wanted to get gnarlier and noisier with this one while staying true to their roots, channeling fierce attitude

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AUDIO: Odd Person – “▲​▲​▲​▲​▲”

August Traeger’s prolific experimental electronic project Odd Person has a new record out on Poverty Electronics. These five tracks are improvisations with techno and psychedelic sensibilities, feeling like they could be the soundtrack to a surreal sci-fi thriller movie. There’s meticulous attention to detail with each composition, invoking atmospheres of urgency, curiosity and discombobulation. Odd Person goes stream-of-conscious with “▲​▲​▲​▲​▲.”

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AUDIO: Max Devereaux & Nelson Devereaux – “Bird of Paradise”

Singer-songwriter brothers Max and Nelson Devereaux collaborated on a new album. There’s nine songs here, starting with “Fame?” which was released a couple months back as a single. The prolific duo brings a heaping helping of layered, jangly pop tunes that explore themes of the vicious cycles finding yourself, navigating madness and struggling to adapt to the ever-changing world. Despite

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AUDIO: Apollo Vermouth – “Forever Back There”

Apollo Vermouth released a new album on the six-year anniversary of her last album “Crashing Into Nowhere.” It’s ten tracks of lush ambient and drone soundscapes marked by immersive field recordings, shifting sonic emotions and wandering, textural passages. There’s an empyrean quality to Apollo Vermouth’s music that feels warm, inviting and alluring, evocative of halcyon memories, transient recollections and buoyant

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AUDIO: Knifeback – “Misery”

Deathcore act Knifeback dropped a new single at the end of June. Life’s not playing fair and it’s time to rage – the band brings a heaping helping of bloodthirsty growls, blast beats and industrial-strength riffage here. With a brutal chorus to shout to and a destructive, mosh-ready attitude, Knifeback channel unrelenting despair with “MISERY.” It’s their second tune of

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