Wisconsin Music Podcast
Episode 86: 70s-bred roots and alt-groove band, MOTHERWIND

Episode 86: 70s-bred roots and alt-groove band, MOTHERWIND

October 4, 2022

Episode 86

Hidden deep along the river bends of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you’ll find Motherwind. Forming in August of 2020, the quartet—Anthony Frey (vocals, guitar), Nate Rogers (lead guitar), Michael Hargens (bass), Jackson Kleingartner (drums)—has already taken lengthy strides in revealing their primal artistry to the masses, despite their formation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group originally began writing songs under the name “The Color Scene” at a horse sanctuary owned by a mutual friend. Since then, the band has branded themselves under the new name with an electrifying live show in their arsenal.
The young group’s 70s-bred roots and alt-groove sound has left the floors of rock clubs and bars tremoring, and the concoction of psychedelic riffs and hair-raising chord progressions leaves their audiences stirred. Motherwind has shared the stage with the likes of Crobot, The Black Moods, Royal Bliss and P.O.D., and the band is consistently invited back to venues. With a heavy tour schedule during the summer of 2021, the young group has already shown efficacy in creating a blazing reputation within the up-and-coming rock scene.
Current focuses of the band include constructing their own recording studio above a weight training facility, releasing their breakthrough EP, maintaining a consistent touring schedule and of course finding new and exciting ways to bring people together with their tasty brand of alt-rock.



Episode 085: Pop Punk Rock band - The Fall Sound

Episode 085: Pop Punk Rock band - The Fall Sound

September 27, 2022



Episode 85

Pop Punk Rock band - The Fall Sound


We're The Fall Sound. We are a Pop Punk(-ish) band from the Milwaukee area. We're reaching out since our new album "Keep In Touch" is came out this past March 11th 2022, and we want to share it with local music platforms.
The current track off the album that we're promoting is called "Pop Punk Kids" and is an homage to all the bands we grew up listening to as kids, musically calling back to 90's pop punk and alternative music. We appreciate any and all support, and just want to share our music with people who may enjoy it!
Please give the song and album a listen, linked below.
Episode 084: Original Rock N Roll Band Danny Langton of the band DRL

Episode 084: Original Rock N Roll Band Danny Langton of the band DRL

September 20, 2022


"Amplifying Wisconsin Musicians"

Season 3

Episode 84

Danny Langton (Songwriter/Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)

Danny was born and raised in London, England. His father was a solo artist and guitar teacher and introduced him to bands like The Beatles and The Kinks at a very young age. In his late teens and early twenties he became a massive Oasis fan and that love for Brit rock is what inspires his songwriting. He has said one of the highlights of his life was meeting Paul Weller from The Jam and The Style Council at a gig in Washington DC. To Danny, rock 'n' roll is about way more than music – it is fashion, mindset and a way of life.


Episode 083: Mix of classic rock, alternative, and blues - The Rogue Electrics

Episode 083: Mix of classic rock, alternative, and blues - The Rogue Electrics

August 30, 2022


Episode 83

The Rogue Electrics


The Rogue Electrics are an independent
original rock band and recording artist from
Milwaukee Wisconsin that sound like a mix of
classic rock, alternative rock, and blues.

The Rogue Electrics name came from the fact that I am
the last in line of a family of electricians. My Grandpa,
dad, and uncles have a family business called Rogahn
Electric. I was never exposed to learning the trade. The
band name is a tribute to my dad and family who were
the ones that turned me onto all of the classic rock
music I now love. I felt that naming this band The
Rogue Electrics was a way for me to carry on my
family’s legacy while serving to be a symbol of the blue
collar type workmanship required to make a good
independent band. The logo design is based on the font
style from the Rogahn Electric work jackets that my
family used to wear on the job.


Booking/Contact Email

Bandcamp (get our merch/records)
Bandcamp - The Rogue Electrics

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therogueelectrics/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therogueelectrics/

Youtube (videos and recorded music)

Find us on Spotify, Apple, Amazon as well.

Episode 082: Irish Guitar Virtuoso Shane Hennessy and Milwaukee Irish Festival

Episode 082: Irish Guitar Virtuoso Shane Hennessy and Milwaukee Irish Festival

August 16, 2022


Episode 82: Irish Guitar Virtuoso Shane Hennessy and Milwaukee Irish Festival

Irish virtuoso guitarist Shane Hennessy has established himself as one of the leading guitarists on the world stage, known widely for his fingerstyle, flatpicking, and percussive guitar-playing approaches. His energetic live performances and his cinematically-vivid compositions tie in influences from Bach to Beyoncé – and everything in between! With a unique style of solo guitar playing that encompasses the range of a whole band – covering drums, bass, rhythm and lead lines – Shane builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own.

A musician from a young age, Shane credits his background in Irish traditional music as the base on which he has built his genre-defying musical explorations. Initially a concertina player under the tuition of the renowned Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh, he achieved successes in the Fleadh Cheoil competitions in Ireland. He then turned to the guitar aged twelve inspired by the music of James Taylor. Becoming more interested in songwriting and in music in general, it was when he discovered the styles of Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins that his interest in solo performance blossomed. Since that time, he has toured the world with thousands of shows under his belt, four albums of music, and a proven track record as a performer, songwriter, arranger, accompanist, and session musician.


Billed as “one of the most exciting live performers of his generation, with an ability to move between styles and genres with ease” by Irish Music Magazine, audiences can never be too sure what will come next during the exciting mix of jazz, blues, country, soul, traditional Irish music, and world music he offers. With the addition of some smooth vocals, genre-hopping improvisations, and well-arranged covers, it makes sense why music legend super-producer Nile Rodgers (CHIC) thinks that “his style is killer, it’s really cool stuff”, and why guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel says that Shane “transcends the guitar the same way Muhammed Ali transcended boxing”.

All information for Shane is on his website:



Episode 081: Classic blend of ’70s rock and ’90s alternative - ZEROED HERO

Episode 081: Classic blend of ’70s rock and ’90s alternative - ZEROED HERO

August 2, 2022

Episode 81

Hometown:  Madison, WI

Genre:  Rock

Sounds Like:  Foo Fighters, Rival Sons, Royal Blood

Try on some Black and Blue-Collar Rock & Roll!

Zeroed Hero pours a classic blend of '70s rock and '90s alternative that’s more Muhammad Ali than Mike Tyson, featuring tight, riffy guitars and smart, thoughtful lyrics presented with sweet, memorable harmonies.  Their high-energy live shows built on visceral rhythms, immersive grooves, rich melodies, and powerful harmonies showcase the strength of their songwriting and have earned them the title of the Madison Area Music Association's 2020 Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

  • Chris Franczek - bass, vocals
  • Dean Kesler - vocals
  • Katrina Harms - keys, vocals
  • Stefan Truesdell - guitar, vocals
  • Tony Kille - drums

Infused with an array of badass talent packing more flavor than an artisanal ice cream shop, the band connects with audiences during compelling live shows that are energetic, passionate affairs.  Chris seasoned his bass chops through cover bands and blues. Dean extracted his vocal style from powerhouse classic rock and musical theater.  Katrina came up on classic rock radio playing piano and writing and performing as an electronica solo artist.  Stefan forged his guitar skills in alt-metal and tempered them touring nationally with reggae and funk groups. Providing the tock to our tics, americana & rock veteran Tony anchors the rhythm section on drums.

Like your favorite pair of worn jeans, slide in and wrap yourself in the black and blue-collar rock & roll comfort of Zeroed Hero.







Episode 080: Animal Crackers Music Festival and more at the Racine Zoo

Episode 080: Animal Crackers Music Festival and more at the Racine Zoo

July 12, 2022


Episode 080

Animal Crackers Music Festival at the Racine Zoo

Invite your friends, grab your folding chairs, and enjoy the scenic view of Lake Michigan while listening to some truly amazing artists from across the U.S. and atop the charts for our 35th annual Animal Crackers Concert Series.


2022 Artist Lineup:

Season Tickets

$90 per person online only



Individual Tickets

$30 per person online

$35 per person at the gate


Ticket Pickup

Tickets will be available for pickup at the Zoo Administration Office (200 Goold Street, Racine WI, 53402) before the concert until 12PM. After 12PM the day of the concert, tickets will be held at "Will Call" at Zoo entrance (2131 N. Main Street, Racine, WI 53402). Please bring your ID.


Concert Times

Doors open: 5:30PM

Shows begin: 7PM


Please Note

  • Concerts held rain or shine.​
  • Online ticket sales will conclude at 12PM the day of the concert.
  • There is no discount on individual tickets.
  • Only purchase tickets through the Racine Zoo website or in person at the Zoo. All other places tickets may be sold are a scam.
  • Proceeds benefit the animals and programs of the Racine Zoo.


Nestled on the sandy shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, the Racine Zoo is home to some of the world's most remarkable and endangered wildlife. The walk is easy for kids and seniors, making the Racine Zoo a great way to enjoy the outdoors with the family.


Voted #1 "Best Place to Take Kids" in Racine County 2021

Voted #1 "Best Place for Summer Jobs" in Racine County 2021

Voted Hometown Favorite for "Best Place to Work" in Racine County 2021

Voted Hometown Favorite for "Best Family Fun" in Racine County 2021

Voted #1 "Top Place to Take Kids In and Around Milwaukee" 2021

Voted #1 "Most Loved Place to Go" 2022


Episode 079: Kenosha Opera Festival (KOF) - Not What You May Be Thining!

Episode 079: Kenosha Opera Festival (KOF) - Not What You May Be Thining!

July 12, 2022


Episode 79

Kenosha Opera Festival


The mission of the Kenosha Opera Festival is to create high quality art and provide accessible, excellent classical and operatic music experiences to the greater Kenosha community.

he Kenosha Opera Festival is a new opera company in beautiful Kenosha, Wisconsin. We bring professional operatic performances to Kenosha, and we strive to complement and uplift the various ethnic and cultural communities here. Joining with our strong local partners, we are excited to bring some of the best stage repertoire there is to Kenosha’s own shores.

The Kenosha Opera Festival is dedicated to a summer opera but facilitates or hosts a variety of both free and ticketed musical events, such as recitals or concerts, during our festival. Please check out our upcoming events, or events of our partners, today!

The Kenosha Opera Festival is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



(262) 288-0707

Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Episode 078:  Fusion of pop-punk and post-hardcore, with ”cathartic emo vocals and lyrics”  - Milwaukee’s Gold Steps -

Episode 078: Fusion of pop-punk and post-hardcore, with ”cathartic emo vocals and lyrics” - Milwaukee’s Gold Steps -

June 28, 2022

Wisconsin Music Podcast

Episode 078

Gold Steps


Alternative Press has named them in their “10 unsigned bands to keep an eye on in 2021" and
aptly called their music a fusion of pop-punk and post-hardcore, with "cathartic emo vocals and
lyrics" that make for an eclectic blend all their own. For a band that says they've never felt like
part of the in crowd, this is just one of many accolades ringing throughout the industry.
The band has been featured in Rock Sound, had several features in Alternative Press, a spot
on San Antonio's Warped Tour, So What?!, Summerfest, and SXSW official showcases.
They’ve even shared the stage with acts like Belmont, As It Is, Forever Came Calling, The
Ataris, Aaron Gillespie (Underoath, The Almost), and more through regional and national
Self-proclaimed Warped Tour Kids who found refuge in bands of the 90s and early 2000s
pop-punk scene, Milwaukee’s Gold Steps brings a playful, energetic mood to all that they
create, with a sound that teeters between influences like The Wonder Years, State Champs, and
Neck Deep to create impassioned lyrics and hard-hitting, emotive songs.
”In creativity, there are no rules,” says the band. “We’ve written songs in many different ways.
Sometimes we jam something out and it just blossoms into an actual song. Sometimes it starts
with a vocal melody. We’ve even written a song by trying to emulate a specific feeling. Anything
goes; All creation starts with just... starting! Somewhere, however, wherever or whatever
inspires it..”
“Made up of married duo Liz Mauritz (vocals) and Zach Duarte (guitar), with Ryan Rivas (bass)
and Mike Britz (drums), the foursome have a slew of releases lined up for 2022. Up first is “Stay
The Same” a collaboration with Nick Thompson (Thief Club, Hit The Lights), who not only
shares vocals on the track, but appears in the music video as well.
“We shot at Four Seasons, this legendary warehouse skatepark in Milwaukee that's peppered
with murals by local artists, and asked the CIB Milwaukee chapter crew to skate and show off
their mad skills,” explains Liz. “We goofed around on this old toy tractor that's been in my family
for generations. And that was it! There were some mishaps pre-shoot, and the shoot was almost
derailed an hour before we were scheduled to start...but that's a whole other story."
The video achieves what all of Gold Steps’ music hopes to achieve—a feeling of belonging. Of
being part of the family, even if you’ve felt like an outcast. For these four friends, it’s all about
making music they believe in, and hoping that reaches a community of peers who, like Gold
Steps, have never been one of the cool kids; but who couldn’t possibly care less—so long as
they’re surrounded by the people and music they love.

For Fans Of: The Wonder Years, State Champs, Neck Deep

Follow Gold Steps:
Website I Instagram I TikTok

Episode 077:Father and Son musicians, author and podcasters from La Crosse, Andrew and Nick Tempte of the Remainders

Episode 077:Father and Son musicians, author and podcasters from La Crosse, Andrew and Nick Tempte of the Remainders

June 21, 2022


Episode 77

Andrew and Nick Tempte


As the author of Balancing Act: Teach Coach Mentor Inspire, Senior Advisor at Kaplan North America and a classic rock musician, Andrew Temte continues to hone his work/life balance. Together with his son Nick, and his band, The Remainders, Andy and team are proud to announce the release of a new music video for their song “Hitchin’ a Ride.” This is the first music video for the #1 classic rock band in Western Wisconsin. 


Available on YouTube and Facebook, the music video features clips from recent live performances of “Hitchin a Ride” and captures the lively and positive spirit of The Remainders. With the video, produced in collaboration with Dylan Overhouse Productions in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the band looks to inspire their fans to follow their dreams, no matter their age. 


The production of “Hitchin’ a Ride” was a family affair; Andy, based in La Crosse, and his son Nick, now living in Milwaukee, collaborated in their home studio to write and produce the tune. “It was awesome how organically it all happened. It’s been better than I could have expected,” Nick says of producing the song with his father. With their music, they hope to encourage other families to make music together.


An experienced musician, Andy found the inspiration for “Hitchin’ a Ride” while riding his bicycle down scenic Highway 33 in the bluffs of Western Wisconsin. He discovered a giant bug on his leg that, in Andy’s words, was “just hitchin’ a ride.” He immediately began humming the hook and singing the lyrics for what would become a love song about his 37-year relationship with his wife Linda. “The song ‘Hitchin’ a Ride’ is all about how I’m hitching a ride with my dear wife Linda in the wonderful journey that we’ve had,” says Andy. 


Together since 2004, The Remainders have earned themselves a reputation as the top classic rock band in Western Wisconsin. With a love for Wisconsin, The Remainders have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities in the La Crosse community over the past 17 years. As their motto states: “Rock’n Out and Doin’ Good,” The Remainders are a perfect example of a community-oriented band with passion for making music. 


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