Music

Whether it's your favorite local band, a rising star from Northeast Wisconsin, or young musicians full of talent. We're covering the music scene in your hometown. Here are the stories...

11 Hidden Gems at Mile of Music in 2014 [Videos]

No matter how much you think you know about independent music – there’s just no way you’ve heard of every single band coming to Mile of Music in Appleton. With more than 200 different acts scheduled to perform at Mile 2 – you can’t see every one. So how do you choose? Thankfully, Bill Grasley […]

Whisky, Strings, & Contemporary Roots–The Redleg Rebellion Experience

With Mile of Music only two days away, you’ve probably heard about The Autumn Defense featuring Wilco bassist John Stirrat and The Baseball Project playing with former members of R.E.M. But have you heard about The Redleg Rebellion? A “murder gospel” group with a front man dressed like a Victorian-era snake oil salesman and hobo zombie washboard player? If […]

Mile of Music 2014 Preview – The Big Acts and More

It’s almost time for what has already become Northeast Wisconsin’s most anticipated music event. Mile of Music kicks off it’s second year on August 7th.  Downtown Appleton will transform into an eclectic collage of singer-songwriters and independent bands. So what can you expect at Mile 2?

Meet Christopher Gold – Renaissance Man in a Growing Local Music Scene

If you frequent the live music scene in the Fox Cities and Green Bay, there’s a good chance you’ve already run into musician Christopher Gold. You may have caught him performing solo at a coffee shop with his acoustic guitar and harmonica, in front of a rowdy crowd at a packed rock venue, or joining […]

Why Every Music-Lover in Wisconsin Needs to Know About The Great Unknown Radio

When we first wrote about 22 bands playing original music in Northeast Wisconsin – we figured we probably forgot a few that should have been on the list. But the comments we received from fans of dozens of other local bands told us otherwise. Many were missed. It turns out the talent pool of area […]

22 Wisconsin Bands Playing Original Music in Green Bay and the Fox Cities [Videos]

If you’re like me – when it comes to discovering new music – you rely on a few friends who know where to find the good stuff. When we decided to put together this list of local bands who write and perform their own material, it was much the same. I turned to a friend […]

Why The Traveling Suitcase Could be the Next Big Rock Band from Wisconsin

Music, like any art form, seems to follow a sort of pattern. Movements and genres ebb and flow. The most groundbreaking art is a reaction. Sometimes artists react to something by moving against it – bucking trends and standing for what they believe in. Or they might choose to take what inspires them – and […]

The Story of Paramount Records – Black History Month in Wisconsin

Blues music is arguably America’s greatest cultural gift to the world. Without the blues, music as we know it could not exist. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once said, “If you don’t know the blues…there’s no point in picking up the guitar and trying to play rock and roll or any other form of popular […]

Making Music for Rudolph: Composer Maury Laws Reflects on 90 Years

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is not just one of the best Christmas movies, but one of the best coming of age stories period. From the heartbreaking Island of Misfit Toys to the air-splitting cry of the Abominable Snowman, this Rankin/Bass classic hasn’t lost any value after 50 years. That’s right, Christmas 2014 marks half-a-decade since […]

14 Fun Music Videos to Pump Up Green Bay Packers Fans

Well…the 2013 football season didn’t end the way Packers fans hoped. But thanks to Matt Flynn (barely) pulling things off and the much awaited return of Aaron Rodger – the team did pull of an NFC North title. Then came the heartbreaking playoff loss… But fans of the Green Bay Packers have never been whiners. […]