Author : Joey Grihalva

  • AmbassadorX

    By Joey Grihalva As someone who writes about local arts and culture, I inevitably find myself discussing the “state of Milwaukee music.” Everyone seems to agree “the scene” is the best it’s been in a long time, but there are varying opinions on what’s missing. Having lived in Minneapolis, I inevitably compare the two cities. Beyond a local government that actively embraces and fun.... Read More
  • The enchanting aesthetic of Seasaw

    By Joey Grihalva Last month I attended my first concert at Milwaukee's Back Room @ Colectivo while the cafe was still open. I learned that the Back Room is setup as such that you can hear the music if you’re just hanging out in the cafe. However, what you miss by not being in the Back Room is an intimate atmosphere with great acoustics. Madison based folk-pop duo Seasaw opened the show that.... Read More
  • Rocket Paloma set to release debut EP

    By Joey Grihalva With a few notable exceptions — like ‘80s power pop outfit The Shivvers and ‘90s alternative rockers Garbage — the Wisconsin music scene has been largely dominated by male musicians. That trend is beginning to change as female-led bands proliferate around the state. Groups such as Phox, GGOOLLDD, Seasaw, New Boyz Club, Tigernite, and Reyna are now among the most succe.... Read More
  • BLAX returns with new album ‘Be Well’

    By Joey Grihalva Milwaukee rapper BLAX is back with a new album — Be Well — produced by Reason. It premiered today on the national hip-hop website HipHopDX.com. Born Adebisi Agoro, the wordsmith became known as a spoken word poet in the early 2000s. Agoro is also an original founder of the defunct but beloved Milwaukee hip-hop band Fresh Cut Collective. In 2010, Agoro moved to New Yo.... Read More
  • Platinum Boys hit the road, new album on the way

    By Joey Grihalva It’s shaping up to be a big spring for Wisconsin music. By the time beach weather arrives we’ll have new records from Whips, WebsterX, Midnight Reruns, and one of Milwaukee’s choicest rock outfits, Platinum Boys. The P-Boys second full-length — BUZZ — is a fantastic follow-up to their 2015 debut, Future Hits. A few singles, the Junior Varsity EP, plus a consistent to.... Read More
  • The mystic, wandering, rebel love of Abby Jeanne

    It’s a warm spring night in 2015. I’m at a house jam in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. In the middle of the session, a young woman named Abby Gurn walks in. She exudes a tough, take-no-shit kind of cool. Abby — known by her stage name Abby Jeanne — smiles and takes a seat near one of the speakers. She closes her eyes and the music washes over her. It’s not long before she takes.... Read More
  • School uniforms and the crises in public education

    In 2014, Darienne Driver became the Acting Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. By most measures Driver inherited a struggling district. She has since boosted attendance in most regions, improved literacy across grade levels, and overseen a record amount of scholarship money earned by graduating seniors. MPS’ first female superintendent has garnered support from the school board, whic.... Read More
  • The Fatty Acids weird, winding road

    By Joey Grihalva When I moved back to Milwaukee in late 2013, the most talked about local band was The Fatty Acids. The psych-rocking four-piece — at that time a sextet — were fresh off the release of Boléro, their third full-length and one of the best Wisconsin albums in recent memory. Almost a year later, my girlfriend and I went to the Polish Falcon ballroom for Canopies’ Maximize Y.... Read More
  • The rebirth of Twin Brother

    By Joey Grihalva Ever since he was old enough to drink, West Allis native Sean Raasch has been playing music in Milwaukee area bars and clubs. He first made a name for himself as one half of the band Jackraasch — “an angsty, sloppy, rockin’ two piece” — with drummer Tyler Nelson. The duo became known for power chords, upbeat songs, shout singing, and plenty of partying. In 2012, Raa.... Read More
  • Siren slays at sold out show

    By Joey Grihalva Katie Lafond is no stranger to the big stage. She's performed (as Siren) all over the country alongside her partner Sam Ahmed (WebsterX), anchoring his signature hit "Doomsday." Even before becoming the New Age Narcissism (NAN) collective's secret weapon, she was playing to thousands of people with just her guitar and breathtaking voice, including her own sets at Summerfest and .... Read More