Category Archives: Riley Marks

RECAP: Quies Terry’s “ARTS & Crafts” Album Release Party

ARTS & Crafts, the latest project from Milwaukee’s own Quies Terry, dropped last week following a one-of-a-kind album release party. The album and the event stand as mirror images of each other, Quies as host and Quies as poet together reflecting a single picture of what he and his music stand for.  I was greeted at the door by the

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AUDIO: Leroy Booker – “Sign Of The Times”

Milwaukee’s music scene is rife with great rock and roll, and its full of talented rappers. But the middle child, so to speak, between these two genres sits a just-as-promising lineup of R&B artists. The newest single from Milwaukee native Leroy Booker proves that there’s soul in the 414.  A thick curtain of R&B instrumentals lay heavily on this track. The

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NEW ARRIVAL: Abner Melancholy Looking to Find his Footing as an Artist in Milwaukee

A new face in Milwaukee has hit the ground running with a new album, According to Us. Having just moved here back in August, the nineteen year-old DIY guy is itching to put himself out there.  “I started doing music as a revenge story,” he says, having found creating to be an outlet for his frustration with not being taken seriously in school

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AUDIO: Andrew Cesarz – “Revolutionize Love”

Experiencing love in a new way is something magical, and Andrew Cesarz expresses that magic on his newest single. A love song in the purest form, theatrical piano comes in alongside his voice. The occasional blues lick jumps out under his heartfelt lyrics. And before long the drums and accompanying instruments come in, creating a sonic sweep of sweet pop ballad,

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AUDIO: Joe Quinto – “The Night I Got Santa Claus Stoned” 

We all know how evasive Santa Claus can be. But even he has slip ups once in a while—this track is the story of one of his latest. Over an instrumental composed solely of a laid-back finger-picked chord progression on the guitar, Joe Quinto sings the story of how he left some pot cookies that he couldn’t finish out on the

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VIDEO: Ja Dubb – “Baggage”

Giving expression to the weight of unhappy experiences in the past, “Baggage” appears to be a catharsis for Ja Dubb. Seriously melodic, the song has a sweetness to it that is balanced out by fat 808s and snappy high hats. This newest video from Ja Dubb, directed by Millie x, which accompanies the track shows her spitting bars and singing

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AUDIO: Dan Kolesari – “River Road”

Some musicians know their sound in a definite way. Atmospheric soft-rock is the definite sound on the newest album from Dan Kolesari. The first couple tracks soar with sweet guitar riffs and saxophone lines, most of the back half chug along with somber instrumentation and heartfelt vocals. All the while Dan relates all sorts of feelings and experiences. From longing

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AUDIO: NEWSKI – “Theoretical Soul”

The newest from NEWSKI is here. On this EP, the locally established singer/songwriter provides something for everyone who enjoys some well-done modern rock.   With tasty guitar throughout, the 5 tracks on this EP stay fresh from one to the next. Some go upbeat in a bluesy way (Seek Asylum From Myself), others lay into the laid-back grunge like a bed

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AUDIO: Smokey Jonez – “Smokeyfornia”

The 5th album from Milwaukee rapper Smokey Jonez is here. Hard flows, slick beats, and a well-blended sense of both variation and continuity of character from track to track make this album a tight piece of work.   The subject matter of his Smokey’s bars cover a lot of ground. Smokey has been in the game for a while now and makes that

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