Artist Spotlight :: BEACH BURIAL

Fingers frantically flowing across the fretboard. Arms manically bouncing between drum heads and cymbals. That is the flair of math rock group BEACH BURIAL - the dynamic duo consisting of Eliot Hess on drums and Tom Olwig on guitar/vocals. The band has been playing around Milwaukee the last several years with their sound straddling the line between swooning melodies and organized chaos on the verge of (but not) unraveling. If you grace your ears with their music, it is the sporadic nature of the songs which pushes you to the edge of your seat, and keeps you there.

The follow-up to Beach Burial’s 2017 debut release, “I/II”, is a 13-track album entitled “Dog Years”, and will be released on July 19th. They will be having an album release show at Cactus Club (see below), followed by an east coast tour.

Listen to the Beach Burial => HERE

Associated Acts: Arbors & Jaws, Loopless, Nuclear Family, Opia

Upcoming Shows:
June 25th ~ Cactus Club ~ with WAVELESS + Operations
June 30th ~ Quarters Rock n Roll Palace ~ with LIFES + Tummyache
July 19th ~ Cactus Club ~ Album Release Show with Snag + Opia


Written by Matt Glassel.
The artist spotlight was originally published in the June 2019 issue of the happenings.mke zine.

Article :: WHY DIY?

WHY DIY?

NO NEED TO GET AUTHORIZATION. NO NEED TO FOLLOW A SET OF RULES NOT YOUR OWN. NO NEED TO FOLLOW AN INITIATIVE NOT IN LINE WITH YOUR OWN - THIS IS DIY - THE THOUGHT THAT IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA, AND IF YOU HAVE THE DESIRE, IT CAN BE DONE.

IN THE CONTEXT OF CONCERTS DIY STEREOTYPICALLY, BUT NOT ALWAYS, TAKES THE FORM OF BANDS PLAYING IN A BASEMENT. YET HOW HAVE DIY CONCERTS MAINTAINED THEIR VALUE AFTER DECADES OF PRACTICE?

THE VALUE OF DIY SHOWS COMES DOWN TO THE ABILITY TO FOCUS IN ON THE MUSIC, THE EXPERIENCE, AND THE COMMUNITY. WHEN THE MUSIC IS CURATED IN THE DIY SCENE, THERE IS NO NEED TO COBBLE A LINEUP TOGETHER JUST TO ATTRACT A LARGER CROWD. THERE IS NO WORRY ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY THE ESTABLISHMENT CAN MAKE IN ORDER TO FULFILL OVERHEAD AND STILL MAINTAIN A PROFIT. EFFORT IS REFOCUSED ON SETTING UP A LINEUP OF BANDS THAT WORKS WELL, AN ELEMENT THAT MORE OFTEN LENDS TO A MORE ENJOYABLE SHOW OVERALL. THE EFFORT IS REFOCUSED ON CURATING A SHOW THAT COMMUNITY CAN COME TOGETHER AND INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER, MEET NEW FRIENDS, AND ENJOY GOOD MUSIC.

THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF DIY SHOWS, THOUGH, IS THE ABILITY TO OPEN UP SHOWS TO PEOPLE NOT OF LEGAL DRINKING AGE. BY THE NATURE OF THE CITY MOST LIVE MUSIC VENUES IN MILWAUKEE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA ARE BARS, AND IF THEY ARE NOT, THEY ARE MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZED CONCERT HALLS. IN TURN THIS MEANS THEY HAVE EITHER AGE RESTRICTIONS OR UNDERAGE SURCHARGES TO MAKE UP FOR THE LOSS IN ALCOHOL SALES. AS A RESULT, THE ABILITY TO SEE LIVE MUSIC WHEN YOU ARE NOT YET 21 YEARS OLD IS DRASTICALLY REDUCED. DIY SHOWS FILL THIS VOID BY BRINGING SOME SHOWS OUT FROM THE BAR SCENE AND INTO ART GALLERIES, ATTICS, BASEMENTS, AND OTHER VIABLE SPOTS. THIS OPENS UP THE POSSIBILITY TO SEE A SHOW EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE NOT LEGALLY ABLE TO SIP ON AN ICE-COLD HAMMS AT YOUR FAVORITE DIVE BAR. DIY SHOWS ALLOW LIVE MUSIC CULTURE TO THRIVE IN AN AGE GROUP THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE DEPRIVED OF THE SOUNDS AND COMMUNITY THAT IT OFFERS.

WHY DIY? IT’S FOR EVERYONE.


Written by Matt Glassel
Article is featured in the June 2019 issue of the happenings.mke zine


New Music :: May 2019

Singles

Cashfire Sunset - "Disconnect" / "Western Movie Halo"
Fellow Kinsman - "Joysick"
Haunter - "Girls' Night Out"
LIFES - "Unsedated Suffocation"

Albums/EPs

Anti-Vaz - "Pro-Vax"
Blue unit - "Blue Unit"
Credentials - "Demo Recordings // 2019"
CRLSS - "Heroine Swoon"
Dirty Dancing - “That For This
Fuzzysurf - "Fuzzy & The Surfs"
Garden Home - "Disposable"
IfIHadAHiFi - “We're Never Going Home
Large Print - "End Scenery"
Lifetime Achievement Award - "the music is a curse! emotions are a burden!"
Live Tetherball Tonight - "inbetween"
Loopless - "The VCR" [Live]
Marielle Allschwang - "VISITATIONS IV"
Phoned Nil Trio - "Horrible Names for Children"
Shle Berry - "Tampons"
The Smudge - "I'm Livin Every Single Day"
Supertenticles - "Supertenticles"
Tinyhands - “Who Said You Could Touch My Dog"


Did you release music that is not on the list above? Feel free to let us know by heading to the Contact page, or emailing us at happenings.mke@gmail.com

New Music :: April 2019

New Music :: April 2019

It was a busy spring awakening for Milwaukee ~ a deluge of new music has bloomed from the thawing ground of the city and now is the time to prep those eardrums and sift through all the new tunes. Listen to the wide variety of releases below by clinking on the release title.

Singles

Arbors & Jaws - “Scattered
CRLSS - “cherry trees” / “i never went to texas with you
Dad - “Big Dank Hank
Dirty Dancing - “Winning” b/t “The Carrot and The Stick
Forget Me Not - “off and on” & “please leave a message
Fuzzy Surf - “Please Please Me Too
Garden Home - “Let Go
Hideous Replica - collection of songs
Mites - “Space Creep” & “Emo Song
Peshtigo - “Hang Tough
Pineapple Migraine - “Green Umbrella
The Old Prospectors - “Quasiguana
The Smudge - “Let’s Have a War
Tinyhands - “shut up and drink your beer

Albums/EPs

Bazzle - “Bazzle
Caley Conway - “Surrounded Middle
Cullah - “Spectacullah
Fetch The Pliers - “Shut it Down, Turn it Off, Keep it to Yourself
Frenia - “AH” & “OH
LLAARRSS - “LLAARRSS
Limber Brain - “Pathways
LUXI - “Songs to Let Go Of
Nicholas Elert - “Speculative Fiction
Retoro - “Retoro
Resurrectionists - “Rough” & “What Comes In
Rose of The West - “Rose of the West” (listen on spotify, not hyperlinked)
Vectors of Resonant Prescients - “Cold Comfort
Video Dead - “EP One
Zed Kenzo - “Baby Swag


Did you release music that is not on the list above? Feel free to let us know by heading to the Contact page, or emailing us at happenings.mke@gmail.com

[VIDEO] Eliot Hess @ Gold In the Fridge 04-12-19

Eliot Hess - solo drum set
@ Gold In The Fridge
St. Francis, WI
12 April 2019

Eliot is also a member of local bands Beach Burial (look for their upcoming, untitled as of yet, release), Loopless, Nuclear Family, and more than likely an additional project or two.


If you have live show footage that you would like to have posted to the happeningsMKE youtube channel, please contact us via email (happenings.mke@gmail.com)

This Weekend in Milwaukee 2/7-2/10

:: Thursday, Feb. 7th ::
8pm - Mark Adams • Behind The Weekend • Chabooka @ High Dive (Facebook Event)
9pm - Mozes and The Firstborn • The Parrots • Surgeons in Heat @ Cactus Club (Facebook Event)

:: Friday, Feb. 8th ::
9pm - Soup Moat • Eephus | Devils Teeth • The Smokes • Future Plans @ High Dive (Facebook Event)
10pm - Animals in Human Attire • Nickel&Rose • Lifetime Achievement Award @ Company Brewing (Facebook Event)

:: Saturday, Feb. 9th ::
4pm - Experimental Education Series presents: Lea Bertucci @ Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts (Facebook Event)
9pm - SIN BAD || BAD WIG Split 12” Release • Large Print • Rio Turbo @ Cactus Club (Facebook Event)
9pm - AMS Benefit: Ardeidae • Tinyhands • Lil Guillotine • Bongwraith @ Quarters Rock n Roll Palace (Facebook Event)
10pm - Funky Fruit (DJ Asher Gray) @ High Dive (Facebook Event)

:: Sunday, Feb. 10th ::
7pm - L’ Resorts • Father Sky • John Davey @ Jazz Estate (Facebook Event)

This Weekend in Milwaukee 2/1-2/3

:: Friday, Feb. 1st ::
7pm - From Future's End (Video Screening) @ Woodland Pattern Bookstore (Facebook Event)
9pm - Peeper & Le Play LP Release // Stormchaser // Stacian @ Cactus Club (Facebook Event)
10pm - Andy Junk DJ @ High Dive (Facebook Event)
10pm - Club Ritual ft. Jim Frick @ Quarters Rock n Roll Palace (Facebook Event)

:: Saturday, Feb. 2nd ::
12pm - MittenFest 2019: Nickel&Rose // Cashfire Sunset // Surgeons in Heat // Vincent VanGreat // Abby Jeanne @ Burnhearts (Facebook Event)
8pm - Niboowin // Entrana // Nuclear Family // Opia @ Bremen Cafe (Facebook Event)
9pm - MittenFest After Party: The Cheetahs // The Eroders // Easy Habits // Platinum Boys // Saebra & Carlyle @ Cactus Club (Facebook Event)

[MUSIC VIDEO] *1996* - "BLEACH"

After a mid-November release entitled “NOTHING 4EVER”, Milwaukee lofi bedroom pop act *1996* is back with a brand new single, “BLEACH”, accompanied by a music video.

“BLEACH” is a beautiful dive into a shimmering lake of catharsis laced with graceful keys, gleaming plucks, and vocals that shine through the emotion.

The video for “BLEACH” was directed and edited by goodgrief. Released January 30th, 2019. Watch below:

>>> Purchase the song here, and check out more music from *1996* by visiting their bandcamp page!

Upcoming *1996* Shows
Feb. 12th at Cactus Club with Weeknight • Cashfire Sunset • 1996
Feb. 24th at Linneman’s with Black Thumb / CRLSS / Hi Suffer /*1996*


Posted by Matt Glassel

This Weekend in Milwaukee 1/25-1/27

Check out what is all going down this coming weekend in good ol’ Milwaukee!

:: Friday, Jan. 25th ::
6pm - Last Fridays Presents: Riverwest FemFest 2019 Fundraiser @ The Farmhouse Paint Bar & Banquet Hall (Facebook Event)
7pm - Faux Fiction • Lyric Advisory Board @ Circle A (Facebook Event)
9pm - Addie's BDAY featuring Doubletruck // Nastos // Lilac Fortress // FloBros @ High Dive (Facebook Event)

:: Saturday, Jan. 26th ::
2pm - NKC presents: Mike Schauwitzer (of Slow Owls/Mildew) @ Brinn Labs (Facebook Event)
7pm - Josh Trimble // Ish Jimenez @ Between Two Galleries (Facebook Event)
8pm - Fuzzysurf // Beach Static // Peshtigo @ Riverwest Public House (Facebook Event)
10pm - OQ EP Release featuring NO/NO // Ruth b8r Ginsberg @ Company Brewing (Facebook Event)

This Weekend in Milwaukee 1/18-1/20

See below for all the goodies that are going down this coming weekend!

:: Thursday, Jan. 17th ::
10pm - Thigh Dive @ HIGH DIVE (Facebook Event)

:: Friday, Jan. 18th ::
8pm - Dogs In Ecstasy // Solid Freex (MAD) // Sex Scenes @ Circle A (Facebook Event)

:: Saturday, Jan. 19th ::
12pm - Frozen Toe Winter Block Party feat. Platinum Boys and Dogs in Ecstasy @ Nomad World Pub (Facebook Event)
4pm - Gold in the Fridge: Opening Night @ Gold in the Fridge (Facebook Event)
7pm - Back to the Murray Academy, feat. Nobody’s Fault // Hartwell // LUCA // Koenen @ The Murray Attic (Facebook Event)
9pm - Love Tempo @ HIGH DIVE (Facebook Event)

:: Sunday, Jan. 20th ::
8pm - Bernice (Toronto) // Strangelander // Caley Conway (full band) @ Cactus Club (Facebook Event)