For nearly twenty years, Milwaukee’s Cactus Club has been among the finest live music venues in the Midwest, featuring such acts as The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie, The Sword, High On Fire, The Faint, Bright Eyes, Eyedea & Abilities, Red Fang, Sylvan Esso, Redd Kross, Sharon Van Etten, Polica, Russian Circles, King Tuff, and countless other national, international, and local bands.
An emotional scab-picker, her work explores the confluence of Latinx and Midwestern identity. Her first LP, Gruñona, reveals a palimpsest of wounds upon scars. Contemplative and choleric, all manner of memorials to the past are revealed—mountains, dive bars, orchards, trains, expressways, tiny kitchens, Chicago, Caracas, and outer space. With a full band, Half Gringa's debut coaxes confession after confession out of Olive's insistent guitar and undaunted vocals; Andres Fonseca's tender bass lines; Sam Cantor's impish, mesmerizing guitar; and crowned by Ivan Pyzow's trumpet swagger. Simultaneously boastful, scathing, forgiving, and hopeful, Gruñona confronts the human ache of wanting and curse of taking. It recognizes that an identity is a journey that names you.
Hello Death is a Milwaukee band. Their deliberate execution of strong writing, challenging harmonies and folk instrumentation make for a symphonic quality voiced with a minimalist approach. Hello Death is: Marielle Allschwang: Voice, guitar, violin. Nathaniel Heuer: Voice, bass, guitar, percussion. Shawn Stephany: Guitar, lap steel. Erin Wolf: Voice, piano, accordion, percussion.
Born in a cool basement during the hot summer months of 2014, Faux Fiction is an alternative/powerpop band based in Milwaukee, WI. The band consists of guitarist/vocalist Gabby Kartz, bassist/vocalist Peter Hair, and drummer Paul Tyree. The three-piece outfit is heavily influenced by 90s alternative, shoegaze, and garage rock, which they blend with pop sensibilities to form their own brand of "pop fuzz".