Author : Joey Grihalva

  • Wisconsin Sound #9

    Brett Newski’s latest album arrives Stateside When I was in my mid-20s I liked to think of myself as a nomad. After college I lived, worked and traveled in Europe for a year before moving to Canada for grad school. The next three years I lived in Montreal, traveled across Canada, and held a writing residency on a farm in Oregon between stints at my parents caring for elderly relatives and in Mi.... Read More
  • Behind the curtain with the mysterious maestro Thane

    By Joey Grihalva At the end of the summer I noticed an article by Tarik Moody of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee promoting a three-track EP — Gravity — by a producer named Thane. As soon as I heard Thane’s soulful blend of jazz, electronic, hip-hop and R&B I was in awe. I immediately thought to myself, “Who the f*ck is Thane?” I like to think that I pay pretty close attention to the Wisc.... Read More
  • Wisconsin Sound #8

    DEAD HORSES ON THE ROAD At the end of September the Oshkosh-born/Milwaukee-based acoustic folk band Dead Horses released their new album Cartoon Moon. The beautiful and thoughtful 10-track project was recorded at Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville with former Wilco and Uncle Tupelo drummer Ken Coomer. Last month they hit the road on a 10-state, 14-date tour in support of Mandolin Orange. I spoke w.... Read More
  • Meet the man behind Milwaukee’s rap phenom IshDARR

    WRITTEN BY JOEY GRIHALVA Once upon a time record label reps crisscrossed the globe in search of promising young musicians. You might find one hanging out in the back of a small club or at a showcase. These days most up-and-coming artists are left to their own devices. The current industry model requires a built-in following on the Internet and on stage before labels bother to reach out. But the.... Read More
  • Wisconsin Sound #7

      [caption id="attachment_43086" align="alignright" width="300"] Tenement at Panther Arena. [PHOTO - Joe Kirschling][/caption]PUNK ROCK AT PANTHER ARENA “They’re America’s greatest rock and roll band,” Joe Kirschling told me as we stood in the lobby of the UWM Panther Arena in downtown Milwaukee. The photographer and SIN BAD drummer was referring to Tenement, a cult punk band f.... Read More
  • Gauss is emblematic of Milwaukee’s creative current

    By Joey Grihalva In 2015 my girlfriend and I went to so many local concerts in Milwaukee we created a hashtag to accompany our social media posts: #alloftheshows. It was our year of discovery. We became familiar with the burgeoning Milwaukee sound. We tirelessly supported our favorite artists. We developed friendships that we cherish to this day. But by the end of the year, some aspects of the sc.... Read More
  • Wisconsin Sound #6

      WHIPS, REYNA, AND GGOOLLDD — A FEM-FALL STORM At the beginning of 2015 two of the most buzzed about Milwaukee bands were fronted by females. GGOOLLDD’s feel good earworm single “Gold” quickly made its way on local airwaves, while Whips put out arguably the best Wisconsin record of 2014, Turn It On, which garnered heaps of critical acclaim. Before Margaret Butler of GGOOLLD.... Read More
  • Never Mind the Patriarchy, Here’s New Boyz Club

    The day Johanna Rose and Katie Lyne met outside of Bremen Cafe they began singing together — even before learning each other’s name.  Shortly thereafter they went on an adventure, biking to an abandoned building in the rain with a bottle of whiskey and ending up at a gay bar, singing all the while. Their friendship blossomed and it wasn’t long before Rose and Lyne were developing the songs .... Read More
  • Wisconsin Sound #5

    MILWAUKEE FILM FEST GUIDE [caption id="attachment_41841" align="alignright" width="232"] Official MKE Film Fest 2016 poster.[/caption] Returning for its 8th installment, the Milwaukee Film Festival is simply one of Wisconsin’s finest cultural institutions. This year 282 films will be screened between September 22 and October 6, plus a number of panels, speakers, guest appearances, post-fil.... Read More
  • Close Up of the Serene and the underground sound

    On a recent Saturday night my girlfriend and I pulled up outside of a nondescript house-turned-dance club in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. A steady beat could be heard coming from Studio 200. Once inside I was transported to a smoky club in Prague where I first “got” techno music. When I lived in Europe in the late 2000s this style of dance music dominated the radio waves and.... Read More