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Video: 'Pastor' - Dad

By: Steph Baghai

Two weeks ago, we premiered Dad's lasted banger "Pastor", the second single from the rapper's tape 'Dadscension'. With the premiere, we mentioned a soon-to-be-released visual accompaniment - and it doesn't disappoint.

The Milwaukee-based artist noted the mid-point of his trilogy was developed during a turbulent time and that the works would represent his reflections. Well, in classic Dad style he's made a point to share his deep turmoils with a (dark) comedic twist. The Cellar Dweller-shot video follows the Pastor, aka Dad, in a heavily symbolic exorcism that is equally other-worldly. 

The video comes as no surprise, Dad's videos are anything short of a compilation of amusing satires and light-hearted portrayals. In the latest visual, the battle between two forces are depicted with a comical aesthetic that lightens the darker-toned track. The visual ties together the various elements that emanate Dad and what to expect from his next tape. 

Check out the video below. Bless.

Influenced: Milo talks MF Doom

Influenced: Milo talks MF Doom

Milwaukee based MC, producer and label owner Milo talks about the influence of MF Doom.

Slow Walker - Clown

Whether it is because everyone is still in a summer frenzy or there just seems to be a growing interest in the genre, the garage and grunge rock world in Milwaukee is expanding. With numerous side projects, increasing crowds, larger festivals and frequent shows, bands are making their mark in the Good Land.

Slow Walker, a trio of rock and roll dudes, is one of the bands that are making the most of their summer. Since we first caught them at Tasty Fest, the group has been shredding more frequently. Their classic Rock and Roll incorporates garage rock with an experimental grunge, and slight psychedelic, approach. 'Clown', off their album Robert Plantain's Grunge Lords Vol. 1,  is a prime example of their true rock sound. While gritter than other songs from the compilation, various soft chord crescendos are matched with powerful drums, gritty guitars, deep bass lines, and unfiltered rock and roll vocals.

Catch them this Saturday at Boone Row 2016.

Thane - Gravity (EP)

Local Milwaukee producer Thane has just released a three hit EP called 'Gravity'. The compilation showcases the range and diversity producers can accomplish when talent meets complexity. Mixing Jazz, smooth R&B, and Hip Hop bass tones, Thanes created a well-structured beat with lots of build-up and breakdowns. It's smooth, funky and everything in-between. The syncopated drum lines and saxophone accompaniments layer the tracks with an undeniable fluid overlay. Throw in some jazz with Jamie Breiwick and soulful vocals from Memphis-based Jay Stones and Milwaukee natives Amanda Huff and Marxus - and the result is hypnotic.

Check out the three piece groove below. 

Soul Low - Sitting by the Fire (Unplugged)

This weekend Gloss Records is celebrating their first birthday. The Milwaukee-based record label is hosting a three day party festival to honor the big day. Headlining Saturday (at Mad Planet) is none other than Milwaukee indie-rockers Soul Low. No stranger to the growing music community, the (incredibly busy) touring quartet has a well-established fan based and recently released an acoustic series, "Unplugged". 

'Sitting by the Fire' is the second song on the WMSE broadcast. The stripped song contrasts the Uneasy EP version. With softer beats and melodies, the tune manages to still showcases the bands distinct sound. For the special series, Soul Low recruited string and bold brass accompaniments. Layering their sound and creating complex arrangements with dynamic tones. The overall production is raw and illustrative of their works and approach. While this song is one of their more popular pieces, make sure to check out the entire series for a well produced and executed recording. 

Below is the complete release (with new songs). See the dudes (in person) this weekend!

Paper Holland - Liz Lemon

After three years and two new members, pop indie rock band, Paper Holland, has released a new album, Fast Food. Their short but sweet compilation incorporates simple instrumentals, light and buoyant accompaniments, and powerful string arrangements. 

Their opening song, 'Liz Lemon', introduces their new sound with simple bass chords, clear-cut lyrics, and soft harmonies. Their rhythmic and gentle start builds up with strong, hearty trumpets and spirited assembles. We are looking forward to more from this Milwaukee staple. Welcome back Paper Holland!

Ugly Brothers - Vanishing Act

The Ugly Brothers have easily become a Milwaukee folk favorite with their gritty Delta blues, gentle harmonies, and upbeat swing sound.

Get a taste for yourself with 'Vanishing Act', a track that accentuates their folk roots and eclectic style. The song encompasses their soft tones, upbeat chords, and straightforward lyric. It's a modern tune, creating a new sense of folk influence in the current musical climate. The catchy beat will have you tapping your feet and singing along in true Americana style. 

Be sure to catch them Saturday, April 30th for a free show at Company Brewing.