Tag Archives: Indie

AUDIO: X Harlow – “Cathars”

Industrial-emo post-punk artist X Harlow has a new album out on Sweat Equity. It’s a dense, abstract record that contemplates the persevering human spirit through calamitous landscapes. Some pieces serve as meditative interludes of gothic waves juxtaposed with medieval chants (“Lost in Her House”, “Metempsychosis”) while other tunes contain more of a pop structure, finding Schmidt lyrically ruminating on secluded

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AUDIO: Valerie Lighthart – “Pt. II: The Witch”

Folk pop songstress Valerie Lighthart has the second part to her “By Moonlight” series out today. While “Pt I: The Goddess” carried a brightly shining aura with electronica elements, “The Witch” dwells within the shadowy underside of magical beauty, utilizing entirely acoustic instrumentation and slower tempos. Lighthart has spread her wings into the darker territories of imaginative storytelling, reveling in

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AUDIO: LoBi LoBianco – “Listless”

LoBi LoBianco is the solo “folkgaze” project from one of the members of Howard Grove. LoBi’s got his first single out and it’s a solid dose of fall melancholia. With carefully-layered instrumentation of woodsy textures, LoBi blooms lonely sentiment into friendly charm. He’s got a full-length record coming soon; stay tuned for more from LoBi LoBianco in the near future.

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AUDIO: Billy Dreamer – “Fuck Snapple/BYOG”

Theatrical punk rockers Billy Dreamer have a new two-piece out this week. The first track finds them really angry about the fact that Snapple is in plastic bottles instead of glass now, while the second track touches on blindly following a faith. It’s rock and roll that comes in blistering hot and right in your face, whether they’re tackling simple

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AUDIO: Amberstein – “The Comeback”

Hard rockers Amberstein have their first single out in three years. It’s a jam with devilishly melodic riffage, a crashing guitar solo, and lyrics begging to know if you’re living to be a follower or a leader. It’s a song about taking risks and living life on the edge, knowing that there’s so much out waiting for you out there.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Sterling, Man Alive

The Oscillator Lounge is a new DIY venue located on Milwaukee’s East Side. This past weekend they hosted their second show, featuring Milwaukee bands Sterling and Man Alive as well as Green Bay-based Radio for Pets. Sterling consists of vocalist/guitarist Rob Deangelis, vocalist/bassist Paul Meitz, and drummer Marc Reyes. Their sound could be described as emo indie rock with a

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AUDIO: Grace Weber – “Touching the Sun”

R&B artist Grace Weber just dropped her first single since her album “A Beautiful Space” from earlier this year; this tune will be on the deluxe edition of said album. It’s about feeling so good that she’s grasping for the glowing orb in the sky. Weber sings about feeling so high she could float away, and she’s been through a

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AUDIO: Primitive Broadcast Service – “Colors for Chameleons”

Noise rockers Primitive Broadcast Service are out with their sophomore album today. Spells of cacophony channel politically-charged vigor over seven tracks. It’s a nightmarish expedition through Midwestern classism, whether that is expressed through Milwaukee’s racial disparities (“City of Clocks”), losing your sense of identity under capitalism (“Chameleon”), and survival by any means necessary (“Hollis Brown”). The record concludes with “Bobby

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AUDIO: Buffalo Nichols – “Buffalo Nichols”

Blues-folk artist Buffalo Nichols, formerly known as half of Nickel & Rose, is out with his debut full-length album on Fat Possum Records. It’s a dark journey through loneliness, heartbreak, and danger; “How to Love” is about how a failed relationship put things into perspective for Nichols, “Sick Bed Blues” touches on misery that he knows he’ll get through, and

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