Are You Feeling This: Bobby Ray, Wye Oak, Mpho & Nightmares on Wax

Lots of songs never make it to the radio that are getting lots of attention online. Live tracks, sanctioned and unsanctioned remixes, mash-ups, overlooked gems by unsigned artists. Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what the buzz is all about. You tell us what you think. Vote in the Are You Feeling This poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

Are You Feeling This returns from its hiatus,and this week we have music from Atlanta’s Bobby Ray, Wye Oak, Mpho and a RJD2 remix of a Nightmares on Wax tune.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

Bobby Ray -” No Man’s Land”
Wye Oak – “For Prayer”
Nightmares on Wax – “70s 80s (RJD2 remix)”

New Music Wednesday: Florence & The Machine, Relient K, Beach House, and Nneka

New Music Wednesday 11/24/09, we have new music from Florence & The Machine, Relient K, Beach House, and Nneka. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

New Music Wednesday is sponsored by Penebaker Enterprises

You can also grab this week’s picks in our iTunes store!

Florence & The Machine – “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)”
Nneka – “The Uncomfortable Truth”

Still Bill : A Bill Withers Documentary

On Tuesday December 8th, Radio Milwaukee is very proud to present a special screening of the Bill Withers documentary STILL BILL.

This film tells the unique journey of American soul artist Bill Withers. You know Bill’s work, wether you realize it or not. His songs like Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean On Me, and Just The Two Of Us are ingrained in the American pop conscience. He’s influenced many of our favorite singers, song writers, rockers and rappers and he continues to do so today. This film tells the story of his music and his life.

To celebrate this very special screening, two of our favorite Milwaukee musicians have agreed to join forces for a VERY SPECIAL performance. Milwaukee legend Paul Cebar and Milwaukee legend -in-the-making  Evan Christain will perform together for the very first time. We are very excited to bring these two inspirational artists together in celebration of the music inspiration that is Bill Withers.

For a minimum donation of $10, to listener supported 88NINE, you can enjoy this great film, appetizers from our friends at the Hi Hat, and a seat to witness this once in a lifetime collaboration of two of Milwaukee’s favorite artists.

Join us Tuesday December 8th at 7:00pm at the Hi Hat Garage on Milwaukee’s east side, for STILL BILL, the movie.

New Music Wednesday: Vampire Weekend, Cold War Kids, Paul Cebar, Mishal Moore

New Music Wednesday 11/18/09, we have new music from Vampire Weekend, Cold War Kids, Milwaukee’s Paul Cebar, and Mishal Moore. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

New Music Wednesday is sponsored by Penebaker Enterprises

You can also grab this week’s picks in our iTunes store!

Vampire Weekend – “Cousins”
Mishal Moore – “Oh Lord”

Kenny’s in the Basement

Seven O’Clock Sample Time!!!!
This past weekend I was enjoying my weekly dose of jazz, when I happened upon this Kenny Barron Trio album. Kenny’s got a style that makes my Sunday coffee taste a little bit smoother…
In the 1960s, Kenny played with the Dizzy Gillespie quartet. He has gone on to work with hundreds of well-known musicians including Yusef Lateef, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy Rich, Ron Carter, and Stan Getz.
Check out his version of FUNGII MAMA….

If that sounds like you’ve heard that before… well you have! That sample was used by the Basement Jaxx on the album Rooty for their hit Do You Thing…

Great video huh?

Toshi Reagon Interview

Milwaukee, you don’t know how good you got it; big city attractions and a small town vibe. Small enough to get around easy but big enough to be difficult to ignore, let alone count out. Advantages that are somehow easy to forget when from toshi-reagontime to time special performers seem to skip a stop in our fair burgh for the gaudy Chicago skyline or even eschewing us in favor of the charm of Madison. 88Nine is committed to ending travesties like this, and judging from Alverno College’s Alverno Presents series, they are too.

Gotta hand it to the directors over there at Alverno Pesents, the season of darkness looks very bright due to their diligence at bringing a wide variety of worldly, unique artists to Milwaukee for what is becoming more and more common– very special concerts in a city used to get skipped over on the regular.

This weekend presents another opportunity for Milwaukee to see a performer of very special quality. Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely, who are on a short tour of the Midwest and will be in Milwaukee on Saturday night at Alverno’s Pittman Theater(8pm). I recently had a moment to chat with Toshi,


The Weekly Top 5 Countdown: Welcome Back Tarik!

So it’s time to remove the veil of secrecy surrounding this week’s Top 5 Countdown; Tarik’s back with us here at top 588Nine, so you know we gotta let him know we missed him. A talent like capital T isn’t easy to duplicate and we missed him. So of course, the Top 5 is a big fat welcome back. Here’s what we came up with…


Emynd “Hangin’ On”


John Seiger “Warm Welcome In A Cold Town”


Ben Westbeech “Welcome”


Elvis Costello “Welcome To the Working Week”


John Sebastian “Welcome Back”