Abby Jeanne - Cosmic Beings

By: Stephanie Baghai

Milwaukee crooner Abby Jeanne has had an impressive year, and she shows no sign of slowing down. Fresh off her release earlier this summer, Abby has kept busy with consistent performances, trips abroad, and, now, an unexpected new song, "Cosmic Beings".

The track highlights the artist's musical growth and uses new influences not found in previous works. Cosmic Beings is a fuller, bigger production that uses a rock foundation while incorporating Indian undertones and backings. With a more well-rounded accompaniment, her powerhouse vocals shine through multi-layered elements that elevate her 60's classic sound into a rounchier and fiercer composition. Recorded and mixed with Daniel Holter from Wire & Vice, Abby Jeanne is using her experiences and influences to create consistently impressive works that showcase her growing talents. 

High Waisted - Door

When you think of New York, surf might not be the first thing to come to mind, but NYC rockers High Waisted are changing that. The party loving, garage surf rock band mixes pop style with surf swing. Their summer sound is light-hearted and hypnotic with soft toned, doo wop ranging vocals (reminiscent to the likings of Dum Dum Girls, Cults and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino) and reverb heavy guitar accompaniment. 

Door is off their newly released debut album, On Ludlow. The 60's styled anthem is consistent with their relaxed, dog days spirit.  With sway-induced patterns and catchy beat, it's almost hard to realize the less-than-happy lyrics. The call for attention is masked by upbeat tempo and fetching back up chorus. Check out the song for yourself and party with them in person July 3rd on their tour at Boone & Crockett's. 

Dogs in Ecstasy - Do Me Ronnie

The term "alternative noise" has potential to foster limitless options. Alternative noise punk band, Dogs in Ecstasy, is anything but. This outfit is defining the wide-ranging genre with their separable rock sound. 'Do Me Ronnie' is a track with grimy undertones and a heavy rhythmic flow. This tune exemplifies their distinct garage punk sound.

'Do Me Ronnie', from their latest album, 'Welcome 2 Hell', contrasts reverb-heavy pulses with crude fuzz-boxed guitar chords without overwhelming chaos. It is well balanced with muzzled ominous riffs with chipper vocals and breaks. However, true to their garage punk roots, straight foward drum beats and simple bass patterns support the entirety of the up beat song.

Make sure to catch these guys with Phylums and Shannon and the Clams this Saturday at Company Brewing

Rah - Way2Easy

Milwaukee artist Rah drops his self produced track ‘Way2Easy’. This is the first song he has dropped since his first collection of bangers, the ‘To Sum It Up’ EP. The heartfelt rapper never disappoints when it comes to making heavy hitting music. Rah says more music is on it’s way. If it’s anything like this, we can expect the artist to make a dent in this city’s music scene. Stream ‘Way2Easy’ here.