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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Oh Geeez, 5PM to Nowhere

Linneman’s hosted 5PM to Nowhere’s “Stoicism” EP release party on Saturday night, enlisting Oh Geeez as the opener. Oh Geeez comprises of vocalist-guitarists Sean McGibany and Jack Gilmond as well as Columbus, OH drummer Alex Dollenmayer. Formed last year from the ashes of the band Before Nitrogen, Oh Geeez play alternative pop inspired by cartoons. McGibany met Dollenmayer on Twitter

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Shamewave

Cactus Club hosted Milwaukee’s Shamewave and Winnepeg’s noise punk trio Tunic on Friday night. Shamewave is fronted by Cody Ratley; Nicci Halverson plays guitar and synth, Peter Stanislawski also plays guitar, Ben Wittlinger plays bass, and Matt Weinberger plays drums. Jacob Hornak and Sahan Jayasuriya have played in the band as well. Their sound encompasses shoegaze, grunge, ambient, and alternative

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Ratbatspider, Billy Dreamer, Jazzcore Friction

It was a loud, rowdy night at Last Rites on Saturday as bands Ratbatspider, Billy Dreamer, and Jazzcore Friction each took the stage. Ratbatspider consists of vocalist Ryan Remains, guitarist Colin Bat, bassist/vocalist Chris Rat, and drummer Doug Spider. They are horror punks known for donning black and white face paint with each show. They formed in 2013 originally doing

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Chris Haise Band

Americana rockers Chris Haise Band had their “Future, Future, Who Am I?” album release party alongside Tae & the Neighborly at Anodyne on Friday night. Chris Haise Band consists of the titular singer-songwriter on vocals, guitar and keyboard, Mark Harrig on guitar and vocals, Tony Sturino on cello and vocals, Chris Dickerson on bass, and Chad Burgess on drums. “Mark

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Josh Trimble, Adorner

X-Ray Arcade hosted Josh Trimble, Adorner, and Wonderful Bluffer for a passionate night of live music Sunday Night. Josh Trimble is a singer-songwriter originally from Milwaukee; he moved to Chicago in 2019 to study music at Columbia College and is now in his final year there. Previously in the jazz-funk band Pineapple Migraine, he still plays with Milwaukee musicians in

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Gold Steps

Breaking and Entering’s “An Evening With” series brought Gold Steps and Diet Lite to the stage at the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery on Thursday night. Gold Steps comprises of vocalist Liz Mauritz, guitarist Zach Duarte, bassist Ryan Rivas and drummer Mike Britz. Their style contains elements of pop punk, power pop, and alternative rock. They get their

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Static Palms, Shadows Taller Than Souls

Milwaukee bands Static Palms and Shadows Taller Than Souls played Kochanski’s alongside Chicago grunge punks Cuddle Riot on Saturday night. Static Palms consist of vocalist/guitarist Shane Langenfeld, guitarist Joe Sleeman, bassist Kyle Prefontaine, and drummer Chris Bodjanac. They are an alternative rock band with pop punk sensibilities, dividing their time between Milwaukee and Chicago (Prefontaine lives in Chicago). They formed

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Mid Coast Vol. 13; ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Feel, Isreal Perez

Mid Coast hosted their 13th edition on Friday night at The Cooperage featuring artists Feel and Isreal Perez as well as bands Conundrum and The Unitaskers. They raised donations for the Butterfly Collective, an organization who uplift and financially support Black and Brown trans and non-binary folks in Milwaukee. Feel is the stage name of Philip Lewis Jr. His music

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Reality Check, Enervate

Milwaukee bands Reality Check and Enervate played a sold-out show at X-Ray Arcade Sunday night alongside Boston hardcore band Vein.fm, Santa Cruz hardcore band Scowl, and Rockford metal trio Pains. Reality Check are a hardcore band consisting of vocalist Emilio Nunez, guitarist/vocalist JJ Kaiser, guitarist Nick Walloch, bassist Dereck Miles, and drummer Ben Skowronek. Kaiser said on the band’s formation,

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: In Cursive, Graysea, Still Stayer, After Hour Animals

A stacked bill of heavy music took place at X-Ray Arcade Friday night, featuring Milwaukee bands In Cursive, Graysea, Still Stayer, and After Hour Animals alongside Minneapolis-based “grungegaze” atmospheric rockers Comatose. In Cursive are an experimental emo rock sextet consisting of vocalist/guitarist Joe Brandt, guitarist Jake Arndt, guitarist Connor Nash, bassist Graeme Kostich, drummer Joey Koepp, and keyboardist Trent McClanahan.

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