Those Who Dig – Music and whiskey, in spades…

June 1, 2015

| Kent Heberling


Those Who Dig managed to carve some time out of hard-working Milwaukee-based composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist Jaems Murphy’s schedule to record a few songs amidst Daniel Fleming’s solo exhibition “Self/ish” at Milwaukee’s delightful Var Gallery and Studios. Jaems Murphy’s Vedic Eden, a “mystic pop-folk” ensemble, normally brimming with seven musicians, slimmed down to their 3-piece core for Those Who Dig to perform “I Would For You”, one of their old favorites. The band’s newer material, expertly and lovingly recorded over the last 6 months, is being released as the Beyond the Fields EP this Saturday at Club Garibaldi. Astral/Subastral and Whiskey Doubles start the show at 9:30.

Read More… April 30, 2015

| Kent Heberling


The long-awaited debut album from Madison-based progressive hard-rock outfit, The Mood Manual, finally lands on May 3rd. Authentic Tensegrity, the result of months of recording, mixing, and mastering, brilliantly displays the band’s talents and well-represents the best efforts of the local scene. True to the album’s title, each element of the band shines at moments and supports in others. This is especially evident in “Gold Mine”, which features a talk box bass solo over driving guitar and drum ostinato, a viola chorus, haunting vocal harmonies, and an ending section of trading instrumental virtuosity. This band exemplifies four talented individuals coming together and creating a greater whole.

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April 25, 2015

| Kent Heberling


Blue-collar rockers, Milwaukee’s own American Zer0s release their debut 6-song EP, “Preamble”, tonight at the Whammy Bar in West Allis. The self-appointed genre suits the band’s simple music with mostly unison guitar/bass riffs and to-the-point vocal lines supported by fast but not overly-fancy drums. With the anti-establishment themes sung through megaphone effects on top of the brutal instruments, blue-collar rock works, but heavy anarchy rock works even better. It’s a beautifully, brutally fun debut from a promising band.

Read More… April 1, 2015

| Those Who Dig


On April 3rd, Milwaukee “shantygrass” band Pay The Devil will release their debut album, entitled Wrong Side of the River. Over the last three years Pay The Devil has worked hard to bring as much energy as possible to every venue they play, and the goal of this recording was to do the same. The album contains heavy influences of traditional Appalachian string-band music, bluegrass, folk, and punk. Clawhammer banjo kicks off a fair number of tracks including the title-track Wrong Side of the River which tells the story of a night of drinking at Merlefest gone wrong. Banjo player Ivan Eisenberg fills us in on the backstory…

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March 6, 2015

| Ivan


Well, it’s still cold in Milwaukee, so we’re bringing the Dig Sessions indoors for an acoustic set with {ELSE}, featuring Those Who Dig’s own Kent Heberling on cello. {ELSE} normally plays as a 5-piece incorporating tightly-knit and distorted guitars, churning bass lines, grungy keyboards, and searing vocals, but the group slimmed down to a trio and translated those bass lines to cello and subdued the normally fiery guitars.

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February 27, 2015

| JoHa


In January, 2015, Milwaukee’s Kyle John Kenowski released Attic.

Read More… February 17, 2015

| Kent Heberling


Out of the music city, alternative-pop group Volunteer releases their debut EP, “The World Will Begin Again”. Throughout the 5-song EP, you’ll hear truly epic drumming, dazzling synth arpeggios and powerfully delivered vocals with lyrics that capture a journey of self-discovery. It’s a clean and polished but very exciting album with some airy anthems like the titular “The World Will Begin Again” and more intimate numbers like “Hope”. My favorite is the epic and heartfelt ending track, “Leap of Faith” which adds some simple-but-gorgeous lead guitar lines to the mix. The album is available today and is well worth a listen!

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February 16, 2015

| Kent Heberling


Brand new L.A. based Sleeping Dog just released their debut single, “Monster”, and it surely is a beast of a song. Constantly ebbing between subtle lows with intricate clean guitars with half-whispered vocals and full screams with blazing double bass, the song expertly navigates the territory between aggressive hard-rock/metal and more delicate emotional indy. 

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February 14, 2015

| Kent Heberling


Any musician and music lover knows that there are a few guarantees in life – death, taxes, and tangled cords. To solve this problem, Cordskinz has introduced  a neat wrapper for any earbud cord that prevents tangles and adds a bit of visual flair.

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February 11, 2015

| Kent Heberling


Decidedly rocking, but decidedly not a rock band, the UK’s Vultures features three-part vocals, cello, violin, viola, bass and drums as a neo-goth sextet. The band’s multi-national background assembled in London and recorded their wonderfully dark, composed, and impassioned debut album “Three Mothers Part 1″, which is now available to stream and purchase.

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