March 26, 2014 - 8:45am
As if many Wisconsinites' longing for summer wasn't already overheating, the lineup for Milwaukee's Summerfest music festival was announced on Wednesday morning.
March 17, 2014 - 4:00pm
On this side of the Atlantic, few figures of the 20th Century can claim to be a greater exponent of Irish music than Tommy Makem. Called alternately "the Bard of Armagh" and "the Godfather of Irish Music" by his admirers, Makem became the banjo-slinging chief evangelist for Irish culture, a...
January 28, 2014 - 7:00pm
Stephanie Elkins chatted with the very talented duo, Lehto and Wright. They brought along their harmonious music and their two dogs!
January 28, 2014 - 4:15pm
Pete Seeger passed away on Monday night at the age of 94. Photo: Josef Schwarz (CC-BY-SA)
Pete Seeger, who passed away at the age of 94 on Monday evening, is remembered by UW-Extension professor David Nack as an important figure in the labor movement.
January 28, 2014 - 11:45am
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Pete Seeger never looked like a revolutionary. Sporting squinty eyes, usually dressed in bland, workman-like clothes and with a banjo on his knee, Seeger had none of the flash and theatrics of others who brazenly seek to go against society's currents. But, without cultural insurgents like Seeger,...
January 27, 2014 - 4:15pm
If the Grammys ever had good intentions of recognizing artistic achievement in music, the show has forsaken such lofty goals long ago for just making good TV. With millions of dollars at stake and the offer of a powerful platform for an already ailing industry, the minds behind this annual...
December 31, 2013 - 11:15am
At the precipice of a new year, there's only ever one important question to be asked at this moment in December: What will we remember? When we think of 2013, will we recall it as a golden age of monster pop singles -- Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Daft Punk's "Lucky" and Lorde's "Royals" --...
November 3, 2013 - 7:15pm
Elephant Revival with WPR's Stephanie Elkins in front of Vilas Hall at UW-Madison.
Elephant Revival stopped at WPR during their recent tour. The multi-instrumentalists/vocalists broke out the musical saw, washboard, mandolin, guitars, banjo and upright bass for a live session and conversation with Stephanie Elkins of WPR's Simply Folk.
October 2, 2013 - 10:38am
Credit: Tim Southwick Johnson
More than 60 years after its publication, Aldo Leopold’s "A Sand County Almanac " continues to influence conversations about the relationship between people and the land. It also inspired Wisconsin musician Tim Southwick Johnson, who set many of Leopold’s themes and words to music. Like many...
September 24, 2013 - 9:28am
Folk singer Peter Mulvey loves Wisconsin. The Milwaukee-born singer still calls the city home even as he makes his living performing on stages around the world. Today, Mulvey shares what Wisconsin and regional identity means to him.