The Big Apple Gets Some Cheese and Harmonies Melt Faces – Weekly Roundup – Those Who Dig


May 2, 2014

| Ivan

Wisconsin music invades the big apple’s cyber space, fast frailin’ Al Scorch rolls into Milwaukee, Tiny Victories leaks a new track, and two bands that make singing look REALLY easy are ready to delight your face off.

Wisconsin Music Hits the New York Times (‘s blog)

The big apple is showing the Wisconsin scene some love in their “Listen Up” section. They have compiled a nice little playlist featuring Volcano Choir, Vic and Gab, The Daredevil Christopher Wright, The Shouting Matches, Field Report, PHOX, S. Carey and Hugh Bob and the Hustle. The brief writeup is basically giving credit to Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame) for using his fame and fortune to start a high-level recording studio in Wisconsin (instead of doing cocaine in LA). Good of him. If you want to read the whole article you can check it our here. I’m a Hugh Bob fan myself so that is the track I’ve chosen to include here.

Dead Horses and Calamity Janes & The Fratney Street Band

Saturday night is a great night for music in Milwaukee. Two Dig Session alumni take the stage in Riverwest at the Riverwest Public House for a night of heartbreaking harmonies and liquor drinking. The two will be joined by another Milwaukee act Grasping at Straws. It all kicks off at 9pm for the more than fair price of $5.

Al Scorch and Pay The Devil At Bremen Cafe

Riverwest will be jumping as the high-energy Al Scorch makes the journey north from Chicago to Milwaukee to delight fans at the Bremen Cafe. If I’m not mistaken this show will feature 4 groups in total so if you’re in the mood to dance and drink all night it’ll get going around 9pm. A few words on Mr. Scorch.

“Grafting literate, character-driven song craft and Mid-American roots with a post-punk DIY attitude, Chicago-based songwriter, performer and instrumentalist Al Scorch charts a new musical topography with a five-string banjo. As a student of musical history, Al Scorch appreciates tradition, but he is not bound by it.”

If you have yet to check out the TWD post of Al Scorch you should now. Here is a video of him playing his tune “Working Dream” live on WDVX’s feature Blue Plate Special.

Tiny Victories Give Us a Glimpse of Their Upcoming Album

It’s called Drinking with Your Ghost and is off their upcoming album Haunts, which is slated to come out June 10. They were kind enough to give the world a sneak-peek through their label The Sleepover Party.

Haunts comes on the heels of the band’s critically acclaimed EP Those Of Us Still Alive. Following that brief 5-song debut, NPR picked Tiny Victories as a band likely to break big nationally. The band was then invited to play Bonnaroo in 2013 and tour with White Denim and Maps & Atlases, as well as share bills with Ra Ra Riot, Bear Hands, Yellow Ostrich, Magic Man and more.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think. You can catch up with Tiny Victories on their website.

We will leave you with the musical stylings of the Calamity Janes and the Fratney Street Band.

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