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.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 11:50am
"Set List" attended the Isthmus Wisconsin Folk Fest at Madison's Majestic Theater in January and brought the cameras along.
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:45pm
Rapping always came naturally to Lizzo. Singing was a different story. "It took a while to get there. I wasn’t a strong singer when I was younger. I grew up in a talented, musically inclined family," she said. The Minneapolis-based singer, rapper and musician said her mother and sister were really good singers. The family sang gospel music together in church. She recalls her father encouraging her one day to put her flute aside and sing the national anthem in the living room for their friends. They liked it.
Friday, February 12, 2016, 3:15pm
"Set List" attended the Isthmus Wisconsin Folk Fest at Madison's Majestic Theater in January and brought the cameras along. Check out the video of Minneapolis band We Are The Willows playing a track from 2014's "Picture (Portrait)," a collection of songs inspired by over 300 love letters sent between singer/songwriter Peter Miller's grandparents during World War II.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 4:00pm
Madison band Building On Buildings started out as a duo in 2013 and in the years since, vocalist/guitarist Erin Fuller has added three other members to fill out their sound. Fuller, along with the rest of the band, recently stopped by the WPR studios to play some songs from their latest self-titled album, and talk about how they balance their musical lives with career and familial responsibilities.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 3:00pm
We're just about done with 2015, so let's take a quick look back at season one of Set List. Peruse the playlist for some of our favorite tracks by the talented Wisconsin musicians who stopped by our studios last summer. As for 2016: be sure to check back periodically for new studio sessions...
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 11:35am
By Jim Beckmann - KEXP - When it comes to Mike Krol, it’s not three strikes and you’re out. For the LA based, Milwaukee born songwriter, the third time’s a charm, or rather, a Turkey. His third LP, and recent Merge Records release, avoids incarceration with a liberating blast of...
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 11:50am
Field Report makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at Charleston, West Virginia's Culture Center Theater. Bandleader Chris Porterfield began his career alongside fellow Wisconsin natives Justin Vernon and Megafaun in the group DeYarmond Edison. Field Report combines Porterfield's highly literate, character-driven songwriting with dreamy, melodic instrumentation — thanks in part, during this performance, to Bahamas' Afie Jurvanen, who sits in with the band. Thomas Wincek joins them on keys and bass, along with Matt Holman and Davey Roberts on percussion.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 5:00pm
Eric Caldera grew up in San Antonio, Texas before calling Madison, Wisconsin home. He moved to Madison to attend the UW and pursue a doctorate; studying the genetic disposition of Central American ants -- and along the way he formed the instrumental rock trio, El Valiente . Often combining elements of chaos with meticulously ordered guitar and glockenspiel interplay, they create melodically-rich instrumental soundscapes that are difficult to categorize.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:00pm
Wisconsin native J.E. Sunde now calls Minneapolis home, but he cut his musical teeth in the vibrant Eau Claire music scene that helped launch many great Wisconsin musicians. He recently dropped by the WPR studios to play some songs, and talk about how growing up in Amery, Wisconsin has influenced his latest album, Shapes That Kiss the Lips of God.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 5:00pm
Milwaukee rapper Rory Ferreira, aka Milo , has lived on both coasts (and places in between) before eventually calling Wisconsin home. He stopped by the WPR studios to play some new material, and talk about how paranoia, patience and his grandfather have influenced his music.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 5:00pm
Madison singer-songwriter Whitney Mann grew up on a farm in rural Michigan before eventually calling Madison home. Since moving to Wisconsin she has released several albums and opened up for country legends such as Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, and George Jones. She recently dropped by the WPR studios to share some new songs, and talk about what’s it’s like to sit down for a lengthy backstage conversation with her favorite country artist, Loretta Lynn.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 5:00pm
Milwaukee band, Sat. Nite Duets has been releasing eclectic albums of ragtag rock n’ roll for nearly a decade. The band came to the WPR studios to play some new songs, talk about the “Milwaukee sound”, and explain how one of their songs made it in to filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming movie.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 5:00pm
Nicole Rae is the drummer and lead singer for the Oshkosh rock band, The Traveling Suitcase . She, along with multi-instrumentalist Bill Grasely, stopped by the WPR studio to play some songs from their latest album, Nobody Wins , discuss their songwriting process, and talk about what item not to bring in the van on tour.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 1:00pm
Fresh off a Midwest tour with Wisconsin indie-folk darlings PHOX , Madison psychedelic rockers, Dolores came to the WPR studio to play some material from their debut EP, Nectar Fields . They also shared a few new songs from their latest album, Peach Fuzz , and talked about how the band was spawned from an impromptu music store jam session.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:00pm
Milwaukee band Field Report has toured in support of artists such as Jeff Tweedy, Aimee Mann and Counting Crows. The band’s songwriter and front man Chris Porterfield recently joined us in the WPR's Buck studio to play some songs, tell us why he got back into playing music, and explain the delicate balance of touring and home life.