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Immigrè - an Electrifying Immigration to Afrobeat - photo by Otehlia Cassidy

Immigrè

An Electrifying Immigration to Afrobeat - An interview with Bassist Ryan Lammey
by Michelle Harper
January 2018

The love of the musical and cultural message of Afrobeat is what inspired this group of accomplished and prolific musicians join forces and form what would be known after 2012 as Immigrè. Citing influences such as Tony Allen, Fela Kuti, Antibalas, Amadou & Mariam to name a few, Immigrè ‘s high energy, uniquely fresh sound is undeniably contagious.


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Well-Known Strangers LIVE - photo by paddy fineran

WELL-KNOWN STRANGERS

An interview with John Kulas, bassist of Racine's Well-Known Strangers
by Mike Huberty
January 2018

Racine’s WELL-KNOWN STRANGERS is the brainchild of guitarist Joe Adamek who envisioned creating a modern alt-pop sound that would be structured around the interplay of strong female vocals and the smooth sounds of the cello. He found those muses with vocalist Betsy Ade and cellist Sacia Jerome. They rounded out the band with southeastern Wisconsin music vets, drummer Roger Gower, guitarist Ted Koth and bassist John Kulas. We did a Q &A with Kulas to preview their upcoming performance at Madison’s High Noon Saloon on February 6th with BETH KILLE and THE RACING PULSES.


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Wisconsin native Claire Wellin of NYC's Youth In A Roman Field

Youth In A Roman Field

An interview with singer and songwriter Claire Wellin of Youth In A Roman Field
by Mike Huberty
January 2018

New York City’s YOUTH IN A ROMAN FIELD has a very Wisconsin connection with its front woman Claire Wellin. While she was raised in Wausau, she’s spent time all over the Midwest and landed in NYC where this talented multi-instrumentalist has put together a band that mixes up folk and jazz, as instantly likable for Indie Folk fans as those who enjoy spinning some of that Great American Songbook. Claire is playing a solo show at The Frequency on Tuesday January 9th and we spoke to her to preview the night.


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Jimmy K

Top 41 of 2017

an interview with Jimmy K
by Teri Barr
December 2017

Katie Scullin, Imaginary Watermelon, and so many other amazing area artists have released new music the past year. Do you have a favorite?

This may be one of the most fun ways to show your support.

Yes, it’s time again for Maximum Ink Radio’s Top 41! If your favorite band or solo artist is from Wisconsin, and released a song, EP, or album this year, the requirements indicate, it or they are eligible for this outstanding recognition.

But, the Top 41 doesn’t happen without you—so your nominations, followed by your votes, are important in the process.

And I was able to grab some time with the long-time host of the Top 41 Show, the Jimmy K Show on Max Ink Radio, Jimmy K, to get the scoop.

Maximum Ink: What’s the deal on the nomination and voting process?
Jimmy K:
There are two rounds of voting every year. Any artist or band can enter, they just have to be from Wisconsin and have released a song in 2017. We attempt to get any eligible artist or band involved in the process. The first round relies on write-in nominations until Monday, December 4th.


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Kerosene Kites

Kerosene Kites

an interview with Beth Kille & Erik Kjelland
by Mike Huberty
December 2017

The two members that make up the KEROSENE KITES have been performing in the Madison music scene in various acts over the years, but the common thread with both of them is that they both write a ton of music as well as shifting from Rock to Country and Americana over their past few releases. So it makes perfect sense that songwriters Beth Kille and Erik Kjelland would team up to harness their copious creative powers together in a Folky Pop duo. Their first two releases were Christmas-themed, but now they’ve shed their Santa suits and their brand new album, Float Away, released on November 30th. They’ll also be performing around the area at Roxbury Tavern in Sauk City on December 14th and Fisher King Winery in Verona on the 15th. We talked with Erik and Beth about Float Away and their upcoming shows in the area.

MI: What inspired you guys to want to work together?
BETH:
We initially met at a songwriting workshop in 2011 but didn’t reconnect again until 2013 when I went to one of The Mascot Theory shows and was blown away. I chatted with Erik after the show who said we should try to cowrite sometime. Our first co-write was “I Am the Wrecking Ball” (one of the tracks on the new record) and we were both happy with it, so we just kept going. When we got together for another cowrite, we realized we both had a bunch of unfinished Christmas songs in our catalogs so we came up with the idea of doing a holiday album. Since our bands tend to slow down gig-wise in December, it was kind of nice to have something to get hyped up about in the winter. We also came up with the idea for Flannel Fest (a charity event with multiple Americana acts) at one of our early cowrite sessions. I think working on that project together made us realize that, not only do we have similar songwriting styles, but we also have similar work ethics. I often refer to Erik as my “brother from another mother” when I talk about our collaborations. He’s constantly sending me emails with answers to questions I am literally opening my email to ask him. I don’t know why we think so much alike, maybe because we’re both ambidextrous Pisces. Whatever it is, it’s really refreshing to work with a musician who is as talented, professional and kind as Erik who is also excellent at follow through.

ERIK: It can be a rare trait for creative persons to also have business-like drive behind their art. Beth and I both dream up crazy ideas, but we also have the tenacity to make sure those ideas actually happen. That’s what I admire most about Beth, and why I enjoy creating with her in KEROSENE KITES.


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Funrod

Funrod - Punk for the Greater Good

An interview with Lead Singer Karp Dawg
by Michelle Harper
December 2017

Andy, Nateball, Grizz, Ric and Karp Dawg, also known as the punk band Funrod, played Knuckle Down Saloon’s Snot Fest last month and recently returned from playing the independent underground music festival called The FEST 16 in Gainesville, Florida. As the band heads back into the studio to record the follow up album to their first album “It’s So Easy”, front man Karp Dawg gave me the lowdown on the current punk scene, funding his music career with student loans and the time he lit his crotch on fire with a lock de-icer…


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Teddy Davenport and the Cushions

Teddy Davenport & the Cushions

interview with Madison based songwriter
by Teri Barr
December 2017

“Music is my first love, it’s my best friend. Music has literally saved my life.”

Teddy Davenport’s past is the kind of story you often hear about in songs. But for his first full-length album, Teddy took control of his life, and decided to share large parts of it through some of the best music being released in late 2017. Teddy’s also lost and gained during the writing process, and as you’ll learn from our Q and A, he isn’t shy sharing it. Luckily, he’s also talking about the future, and a time when we’ll be able to say, “We knew him when…”

So, for now, enjoy Teddy and his new album which is being released with his band, Teddy Davenport and The Cushions at Harmony Bar in Madison on Friday, December 8, 2017. There’s also a Toys for Tots Fundraiser show at the VFW in Monona on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 1:30 pm.

You’ll also find him on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and his website: teddydavenport.com


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Blacktop Mojo

Blacktop Mojo

An interview with Lead Vocalist Matt James
by Michelle Harper
November 2017

In 2012 in a small town called Palestine, Texas, population 18,383, a new undefinable sound was born. Through years of hard work, hard play, and a whole lot of Texas Silver Star Whiskey, five musicians from East Texas created a new music genre that fuses heavy guitar riffs, gritty melodic vocals with a little southern twang.

The band is Blacktop Mojo and the genre is Texas Grunge.

Matt James, lead vocalist of the band, told me the story of how he came to be a part of this unique group of guys.

Born in Rusk Texas, Matt’s family moved around a lot, which he attributes to creating his diverse musical tastes.


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Mackay signs a poster backstage at Girl’s Rock Camp - photo by Teri Barr

Take the Stage:  A Girls Rock-umentary

First official screening on Thursday, November 16, 2017 High Noon Saloon at 5pm
by Teri Barr
November 2017

The line of fans waiting for the doors to open, wraps through the building, and out the door. But this isn’t just a normal show the crowd is waiting to see—this is the showcase for Girls Rock Camp Madison.

Two area women recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary which “follows the journey of determined, female rockin’ youngsters, ages 8-18 at a music intensive day camp.” Darla Courtney & Portia Danis are the producers and directors behind the roller coaster into rock and roll, “Take the Stage, A Girls Rock-umentary.” And while there have been some tease videos of the film released, the full documentary remains a surprise, though the ending can be considered a sure thing. It will probably feature the community, collaboration, and sense of accomplishment every girl who participates in a week at Girls Rock Camp Madison takes home after the final note is played.


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The White Buffalo

The White Buffalo

by Tommy Rage
November 2017

A discussion with The White Buffalo prior to his show at the High Noon Saloon on Dec, we talk about his new album & web series, his favorite room in his house and recording a song for a video game. Read More…


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