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What Was Milwaukee’s First Hip-Hop Song? ‘Backspin’ Podcast Digs Into History

If you’re a big music history nerd, you know there’s a ton of information out there about hip-hop’s roots in ...

Joni Mitchell Skates On Lake Mendota—And Into Music History

This story brings together a mid-winter ice storm, the southeast shore of Lake Mendota in Madison, ice skating, and a ...

The Search For The Synthesizers Behind The ‘All Things Considered’ Theme

Don Voegeli wrote one of the most famous songs in public radio history — the theme for NPR's "All Things Considered — ...

Wisconsin 101: Paramount Records, Wisconsin’s Home For The Blues

To sell phonographic cabinets, a furniture business in Port Washington decided to start a record label. It became one of ...

How Did Polka Become A Dance And Tradition? You Betcha We Have An Answer!

Wisconsin seems to have a pretty good sense of humor about its clichés. Beer? Brats? Cheese? And if we’re making a ...

Remembering When The Fendermen Took Stoughton To The Top Of The Charts

So What are some of your early rock ‘n’ roll  memories?  For Stoughton’s Bill Amundson, there’s one that happened REALLY ...

Yiddish Music Traditions With Lil Rev

Music is a cornerstone of Jewish culture, especially during holidays and festivals. Musician Lil Rev grew up in a musical ...

Kitchen Dance: A Parent’s Legacy

Have you ever been at a wedding and caught a glimpse of your parents slow dancing? Maybe you marveled…or maybe ...

A Day In The Life Of The UW Marching Band

On a cloudy, balmy weekday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band was preparing for something a quarter of them ...

Preserving India’s Folk Music Roots On Vinyl

Ankur Malhotra splits his time between Madison, Wisconsin and New Delhi India, where he runs Amarrass Records. It’s an independent ...

Linneman’s Riverwest Inn Celebrates 25 Years At The Heart Of Milwaukee’s Music Scene

Jim Linneman has a list of over 100 Milwaukee music venues that have come and gone in the 25 years ...

Dancing On A Hillside: The Grateful Dead At Alpine Valley

The Grateful Dead played at Alpine Valley Music Theatre 20 times from 1980 to 1989. Fans trucked to the southeastern ...

Collecting At Dave’s Guitar Shop

When Dave Rogers opened his first guitar store in the early 1980s in downtown La Crosse, it was in a ...

First Bikes And Quality Time For A Dad And His Daughter

There’s a band that I’ve followed on and off since college called Pedro The Lion, and they released a new ...