Here’s Your Milwaukee Summer Playlist

A 15-song compilation for backyard barbecues and cruising through the city, featuring all local musical acts.

While the calendar still reads “spring” for a couple more weeks, it certainly feels like summer right now. Sunny days topping 70 degrees are directly in our sights, which means the season for rolling down the car windows and holding backyard parties is now.

But what’s that one thing you need when rolling down the car windows or holding a backyard party? Oh right, a killer playlist. Here’s our edition, which features an all-local line-up of some of the city’s best bands and artists. Only one requirement when putting this one on—turn it up!




Kevin is a freelance writer residing in Milwaukee. He’s contributed to The Shepherd Express, Third Coast Daily, Pop Matters and the sadly now-defunct A.V. Club Milwaukee. He looks forward to forging a deeper connection with the city’s impressive music scene during his gig as a Music Notes blogger. His talents include music criticism, riding a bicycle, drinking tasty beers and a crafty croquet swing. His weaknesses comprise Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, professional wrestling and his ever-growing record collection. He’s in desperate need to find more physical (and hard drive) space for the exceptional albums Milwaukee musicians keep churning out.