Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 9:30am
In a former monastic retreat along the Fox River, musicians and painters from France, New York and California, as well as across Wisconsin have found a space where they can create.
Friday, January 13, 2017, 9:00am
I can’t listen to the " Visions EP " (released today) from Eau Claire’s Waldemar without picturing a nostalgic American landscape. This four-song set has hills and valleys, huge vistas in the choral vocal arrangements, rocky canyons in the percussion, sun-speckled forest canopy in the horns and a winding river of ambient guitar work. When singer/songwriter Gabe Larson’s voice rises and verse releases to chorus, he wants us to feel it in our chests.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 10:30am
The Appleton band DUSK recently stopped by WPR to perform a set of songs in our studio. They chatted about classical vocal training, gardening, living together in a house filled with music, and how combining old-time country and soul music sounds happened so naturally for them.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 10:00am
Twelve years ago, the Iowa singer-songwriter, Lissie , moved to California and spent her time working the traditional music industry angles of finding a record label, making albums and touring. After a being dropped by her label and losing interest in her own career trajectory she returned to the Midwest where she now makes music on her own terms. She recently stopped by the WPR studio to play songs from her latest album, and talk about her renewed passion for making music at her own pace.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 10:00am
Janesville band Double Ewes stopped by the WPR studio to play songs from their upcoming album, and talk about the delicate process of combining digital and analog equipment in a live setting. The group's singer, Whilden Hughes VI, describes how working on his family's farm influences his songwriting and how the band fits into the Janesville music scene.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 10:00am
Milwaukee rapper, Darius Windom (aka AUTOmatic ) stopped by the WPR studio to perform and talk about the experience of rapping for the first time in front of an audience, and explain how the feel of a song is more important than the actual sound we hear.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 10:00am
In 2015, the Appleton band Tenement released a 25-song, 80-minute album that, although anchored with a pop-punk backbone, mixed up punk with jazz explorations and caught wide critical acclaim from Rolling Stone to Pitchfork .
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 10:00am
Drawing upon influences ranging from Appalachian folk to Gamelan music, Eau Claire’s Shane Leonard and his band Kalispell stopped by the WPR studio to play songs from their new album, " Printer’s Son ," and talk about navigating the continual tension between the love of making music and the rigors of touring in support of that music.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 10:15am
Milwaukee rapper Zed Kenzo recently stopped by to perform in our studio and talk about her songwriting process, including how maintaining total creative control over the production of her songs helps fend off outside influences on her music.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 10:00am
Anchored by the comforting voice of singer and guitarist, Lauren Anderson, the Eau Claire band, Idle Empress stopped by the WPR studio to play songs from their self-titled EP, and talk about the wealth of great music that continues to emerge from the Eau Claire music scene.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 9:00am
Led by a founding member of Daytrotter , the Iowa band the Multiple Cat recently stopped by the WPR studio to play songs from their latest album, "Intricate Maps," talk about the evolution of the band’s changing cast of musicians, and assess the impact Daytrotter has had on the Quad Cities music scene.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 9:00am
Minneapolis singer Caroline Smith and her band recently stopped by the WPR studio to play songs from her new album and talk about the role feminism played in her musical transition from folk to neo soul. She shares stories of her early years in music, from growing up in a small resort town in northern Minnesota, to her mom's self-appointed role as her stand-in manager.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 9:00am
Self-described as "Dream-Goth-Pop," Madison band Neens takes a minimalist approach and use looping as a foundation for their songwriting. They stopped by the WPR studios to play some songs and reveal why their latest music video is a remake of the final scene of the 1980s movie, "Pretty in Pink."
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 10:20am
Darius Windom remembers the first time he ever rapped. Well, he kind of remembers. He was at his grandmother’s house with his cousin, a big brother-like figure who he idolized. As his cousin was rapping, Windom jumped in and the words and rhymes flowed from his mouth. "Things moved in slow motion," Windom said. "I couldn’t hear anything. All I could do is see the faces of my cousin and my sister looking on in pure astonishment. Their jaws dropped and when I stopped they shouted … ‘Yo! That was amazing!’"
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 9:00am
Armed with a 12-string guitar and a dobro, Duluth's Charlie Parr recently stopped by the WPR studio to play songs, and reveal how he went from playing Black Sabbath covers in a garage to writing the heartfelt folk songs that he’s made a living on.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 12:20pm
Milwaukee band, Midnight Reruns recently stopped by the WPR studio to play songs from their latest album, "Force of Nurture," and talk about what it’s like to record an album under the blurry tutelage of rock legend Tommy Stinson, one of their musical idols and the bassist of legendary Minneapolis rock band, the Replacements.
Monday, June 6, 2016, 1:00pm
The number of major music festivals held in the Chippewa Valley is blossoming. Recent reports show five festivals alone bring in millions of dollars to the economy. One of those, the Blue Ox Music Festival , is this weekend, June 9 to June 11. It’s hosted by Pert Near Sandstone , a band that...
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 11:55am
Madison singer-songwriter Anna Vogelzang , along with her band, recently stopped by the WPR studio to play songs from her latest album, "Hiker," and talk about what it’s like to maintain a national music career from Wisconsin.
Thursday, May 12, 2016, 9:10am
As we get everything set for the second season of "Set List," let's take a quick listen to some of the artists that'll be featured this summer. We're pretty impressed around here, and we think you'll like what you hear, too. Season Two premieres on Friday, June 3, on WPR's "Central Time."
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 11:50am
April Verch grew up surrounded by traditional music. Her native Ottawa Valley in Canada was a melting pot of Scottish, Irish, French, and Polish immigrants creating a unique music and dance style. Her music-loving parents took her to dances and jamborees and she followed her older sister into step dancing then fiddling at a young age.