Each month Music Notes inputs local music data into a highly scientific algorithm on a weathered Apple II computer to determine the top 10 picks of the Milwaukee music scene. Read the results from September, which were first printed out on perforated-edged computer paper and then transcribed verbatim, below. 10. Atlanta rapper Young Thug no-shows a […]

Each month Music Notes inputs local music data into a highly scientific algorithm on a weathered Apple II computer to determine the top 10 picks of the Milwaukee music scene. Read the results from September, which were first printed out on perforated-edged computer paper and then transcribed verbatim, below.

10. Atlanta rapper Young Thug no-shows a performance no one really knew about in the first place

A September 29th appearance from Atlanta’s Young Thug at The Eight Night Club (formerly 618 Live on Water) flew completely under the radar this month. It was probably for the best, though, as the rising rapper didn’t bother showing up—even after tweeting about the event the day of the show. Strange, right? Also strange: this video of Young Thug giving some bling to Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo.

9. Volcano Choir quickly sells out Turner Hall

Exactly a year ago this week, Volcano Choir stormed through a cinematic, utterly awe-inspiring set at the Pabst Theater that focused on the masterful ebb and flow of their second album, Repave. This month the band announced a return to Milwaukee on November 30 to ceremoniously close out the Repave tour—this time at the slightly smaller Turner Hall Ballroom—and within a week tickets were gone.

8. The Midwest Beat releases scruffy road trip record

The titular opening track from The Midwest Beat’s new album, Free of Being, begins with a few dudes gruffly harmonizing “There’s nowhere to go/ There’s nothing to do.” That aimlessness provides a fitting prelude to a record that sounds great with the stereo cranked up and the windows rolled down in your car.

7. Watch Death Blues’ mesmerizing music video “Languaging”

The new Death Blues’ full-length Ensemble is an album of endless emotions. Check out a snippet from the record in the video for “Languaging” below.

6. Milwaukee Record rounds up the city’s most infamous concerts

For someone that has only called Milwaukee home for a fraction of my life, I’m incredibly fascinated with the city’s musical past. So, Milwaukee Record’s rundown of the city’s most infamous concerts instantly piqued my interest. You know, it’s not every day that a riot starts at a Black Sabbath arena show.

5. Sylvan Esso packs the Pabst Theater

It was meant to be a ceremonious return. Nicholas Sanborn and Amelia Meath were booked to play the place where the two met before starting their heralded electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso. But high demand sparked the move from the cozy confines of Cactus Club to the expansive Pabst Theater. That venue ended up selling out, as well, and Sylvan Esso put on a brief but danceable performance.

4. Wave Chappelle makes waves with latest mixtape

Milwaukee rapper Wave Chappelle has picked up steam after moving to Memphis for school last year and making connections in a higher profile rap scene, as Evan Rytlewski wrote on the Shepherd Express On Music blog this month. Listen to his new mixtape, Only The Beginning, which earned a front page spot on www.livemixtapes.com.

  

3. Greatest Lakes unveils dreamy folk record

Fans of the lush, dreamy folk of Fleet Foxes or early Band of Horses should check out the debut self-titled album from Greatest Lakes that the band released on Bandcamp in September. Or rather, just experience them live when they celebrate their album release at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn this Friday with Paper Holland and Myles Coyne.

  

2. Ex-pat Milo delivers thrilling debut

The glitchy full-length debut from former Milwaukeean (now based in Los Angeles) Milo, a toothpaste suburb, shows the astute word-slinger’s obsession with pop culture and neurotic dedication to his craft. It’s a doozy of an album and it feels like we’ll be unpacking this one for a while.



1. Herman Astro ends stellar run

Shortly after the release of its latest album Mean Gene, the soulful rock band Herman Astro announced this month that it will play its final show on October 11 at Miramar Theater. The break-up was prompted by singer’s Zach Pluer’s impending move to Raleigh, North Carolina, where it’s almost certain he’ll join the ranks of that city’s captivating music scene. In the meantime, let’s all get nostalgic and listen to the Herman Astro discography.

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