Top Ten Picks for September

Catch up on the Milwaukee music scene by reading the top picks of September. Featuring the Riverside Theater, Public Enemy, Kiings, Dogs in Ecstasy, Milo, Miltown Beatdown, Maritime, and more.

Let’s face the facts. Summer is gone and it’s not coming back for another 10 months. Console yourself by sitting down to a nice cup of warm apple cider (not provided) and catch up on the Milwaukee music scene by reading the top picks of September.

10. The Who reschedules Milwaukee stop for March

Noteworthy rock ‘n roll group The Who were supposed to stop through the BMO Harris Bradley Center this October on its 50th anniversary tour, but those plans were sidetracked when singer Roger Daltrey contracted viral meningitis. A few days ago, the band announced a new dates for the tour, now technically celebrating its 51st anniversary, including a March 21 date in Milwaukee. All tickets bought for the original concert will be honored for the rescheduled event.

9. Watch Yo-Dot train as a boxer in new video

Yo-Dot’s new music video for “The Get Back” (ft. Vincent Van Great) captures the same grimy, street aesthetic of Rocky V, but unlike that underwhelming sequel that drags much like Sylvester Stallone’s frustrating vocal cadence, Yo-Dot’s version packs some real punch. This track comes from the rapper’s highly anticipated album, Burleigh Bodega, which is entirely produced by CameOne. A release is slated for late fall.

8. Public Enemy plays private party in Wauwatosa bar

Headlines don’t get much stranger than that. According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hip hop blogger Damon Joy, who attended the event, a guy named Anthony Lampasona holds a private party called Lampapalooza every year for his family and friends and books a national group to play for his guests. This year’s musical acts included Bobby Bare, Jr., Hot Action Cop, Sponge and Public Enemy. The venue was The Red Dot, 6713 W. North Ave., in Wauwatosa. Some were tipped off about the show and were successful in gaining entry into the restricted event, leaving the rest of us who didn’t hear about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity until after it had passed extremely jealous.

7. Riverside Theater embraces past with new marquee design

However absurd it sounds, flashy marquees help define a city’s character. Those iconic images show up in all the advertisements that hawk the downtown area to outsiders, and they can even pique the interest of a passerby to check out what’s happening. The Riverside Theater announced a plan to renovate its marquee to bring back the original character of Wisconsin Avenue to the sign. Work starts in November and should be completed by December.

6. A Promise Ring rerelease sure feels good

Recently resurrected label Jade Tree Records announced a rerelease of seminal emo album Nothing Feels Good. Originally released in 1997, the record, along with 1996’s 30° Everywhere and 1999’s Very Emergency, will be available on both vinyl and cassette formats starting Oct. 30.

5. And, hey, look, Maritime premieres another track from forthcoming record

The music video for “Satellite Love,” the first single from Magnetic Bodies/Map of Bones due Oct. 16 on Dangerbird Records, showed a glimpse of Maritime in the studio. The band’s second offering, “Roaming Empire,” gives a taste of the struggles of being on the road.

4. There will be one final Miltown Beatdown

A few days ago, Jordan Lee announced that after 10 years, the annual beat battle, The Miltown Beatdown, would come to an end. “10 years ago I created this event to bridge the hyper-segregated Milwaukee music community,” he explained in a blog post. “With the current landscape we find ourselves in Milwaukee, I feel the mission has been accomplished.” Before the laptop is closed for good, Lee will host one final Beatdown event on Nov. 7 that will feature a battle royale of past winners—Mike Regal, Reason, Bubba, CameOne, Da Ricanstrukta, Jihad Baracus, J Todd, Lex Luther, Magic Fingaz, Major On Da Beatz Ad Lib and 40 Mil.

3. Kiings new video will make you want to avoid white BMWs

You can’t help but get behind the electro-soul producers Kiings. The duo’s full-length debut WWYDF lays an excellent foundation for fellow local musicians to display their creative flourishes atop. In September, Kiings premiered an enrapturing music video for the album’s centerpiece, “1984,” which was directed and edited by Damien Klaven. The three guest contributors, bliss and alice, WebsterX and King Courteen, all make appearances, as well as the two guys behind the project, Sean Foran and Chris Siegel.

2. Dogs in Ecstasy welcomes u 2 Hell

It’s hard to get a handle on the full-length debut from Dogs in Ecstasy. The band coats its synth-based pop punk bliss with sludgy, satanic rumblings (and a guy that raves about seeing 2 Fast 2 Furious). Welcome 2 Hell worms its way into your ear with catchy melodies one moment and the next it’s tearing your eardrum apart from the inside. It’s the music of your late night parties, set side-by-side with the music of your nightmares. It’s great. I can’t stop listening to it.

1. Milo mediates on race relations on captivating new album

Rap wordsmith Milo tackles heated racial issues on his new record, So The Flies Don’t Come, an expressive diatribe on the severe problems facing our current society. It’s a challenging and provocative work; Milo’s best effort thus far.



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.