Sofar Sounds Comes to Milwaukee

Sofar Milwaukee

Have you ever heard of Sofar Sounds? I hadn’t until I was contacted to help produce a series of music videos from the inaugural Milwaukee installment. I can’t summarize it any better than they do, so here you go. Sofar Sounds curates secret, intimate gigs in living rooms around the world. We spotlight amazing emerging artists, introducing them to new and passionate fans through a unique and magical concert experience. Sound cool? Yeah, we think so too.


Stop It Macaulay Culkin

Pizza Underground

The Pizza Underground is a New York City-based cover band that takes rock classics and reconfigures their lyrics to celebrate pizza, such as turning the Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” into “Take a Walk on the Wild Slice.” The first three words that come to mind when I read this description are “WHY”, “ANGER”, and “SORROW”. If only Macaulay Culkin was half as good at playing music as he was foiling Joe Pesci’s burglary plots.


Flying With Musical Instruments is Now Less Scary

Broken Banjo

Any traveling musicians out there? If you are like me, you have at one point you have taken off your strings, packed the case with spare clothes, and crossed your fingers that you got a nice flight crew that would look the other way as you refused to let the baggage crew jump up and down on your favorite possession. Well hopefully we will never have to do that again.


6 Million Dollar Violin Stolen

Frank Almond, violin

Multiple MIlwaukee-area news sources are reporting that the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Frank Almond,  was robbed late last night of his $6 million violin. The violin, a 1715 Stradivarius named “Lipinski”, was dropped by Almond when two men approached him after a performance at the Wisconsin Lutheran College. One source reports the assailants using a Taser, while another does not provide detail about weapons. It is possible that the attack was not random.


Widower: Fool Moon CD Release Party

Good morning Portland. I recently posted my review of Fool Moon from Mama Bird Recording Company artist Widower. Tonight at 9:00 at the Alberta Street Pub there will be a record release party for this album which will also feature live performances from Barna Howard, and Josiah Johnson from The Head and The Heart. Admission is only seven dollars and you can RSVP to the event via Facebook. Check out the album's debut single Oh Catherine, My Catherine below.

Read on for more information regarding the featured artists as well as a few tunes. See you tonight. You dig?


Bryan John Appleby: Fire On The Vine

Here's a little secret Dig Nation, sometimes, I do judge a book by it's cover. In fact, I do it a lot. I do it at the grocery store while looking at egg cartons. I do it at the liquor store while deciding which new beers to try, and I do it while perusing through TWD submission emails. Strike that, I do it a lot while going through submissions. I don't even bother with emails that use words like remix, dub, mash up, or versus, and I hardly ever pay attention to any thing that starts their genre-title off with the word dream. In all fairness, it is awesome that starting this music blog has brought an entire world of music into my inbox on a daily basis, but let's get real, ain't nobody got time for that.

Regardless, the other day I was going through my emails, making sweeping generalizations left and right, when I encountered a very curious name – Bryan John Appleby. Read on for my full thoughts as well as a collection of videos and the a full streaming copy of Appleby's album Fire on the Vine.