What Made Milwaukee Famous @Midnight, Will Courtney & The Wild Bunch @10:30pm, Altamesa @9:30pm – $22 advance tickets. Will Call @9:00pm – no hard or electronic tickets. $25 DOS. 21+ only.
What Made Milwaukee Famous has been a stalwart of the Austin music scene since their inception in 2003. Singer/Songwriter Michael Kingcaid has employed a diverse range of musicians in the past decade, priding the band on not being backed into any corners, stylistically. With the release of their first two records, Trying to Never Catch Up and What Doesn’t Kill Us, on Seattle’s Barsuk imprint, the band was touted for their abilities to channel strong musicianship and diverse songwriting into instantly, addictive hooks. The third album, You Can’t Fall Off The Floor expounds even further their penchant for sonic exploration, never to adhere to the limits of genre-specific expectations. Their “elegant pop” (Billboard) has landed them on the bill at a number of the mammoth festivals including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Sasquatch, SXSW and Lollapalooza, highlighted by a taping on PBS’s prestigious Austin City Limits with Franz Ferdinand. They have also shared the stage with the likes of Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, The National, Snow Patrol, The Walkmen, TV on the Radio, and the Pretenders to name a few; a testament to the band’s musical diversity and mutual respect with other artists in the industry.
WMMF dusts off their veteran stripes to return in honor of the 15th anniversary of their debut, Trying to Never Catch Up, to offer up a peek into the process of a fledgling, indie rock band on the cusp of finding their ever-evolving sound. Original members Drew Patrizi, John Houston Farmer, and Michael Kingcaid will reunite in September with second-generation members Jeremy Bruch and Jason Davis for three nights of reunion shows in Houston and Austin. Who knows? Maybe something new will be on the horizon, as well. With the bar being set higher and higher with each subsequent release, What Made Milwaukee Famous are determined to etch their scores into the fabric of musical history.
“Will Courtney, aware as always of the emotional realities of time’s passage, narrates the tumultuous evolution of a love that begins with the bittersweet marvel…any old sadcore band can set you staring at your shoelaces, but getting listeners to contemplate mortality while happily humming and tapping their toes is something subversively special”
Altamesa is a Cosmic Americana and Rock & Roll band from Austin, Texas that mixes the production values of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Big Star with the songwriting sensibilities of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Founded as a solo project in 2015 by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Evan Charles, the band has solidified its lineup to include as a permanent member Happen-Ins frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Sean Faires. After receiving 4 stars in the Austin Chronicle for the debut solo record The Long Ride Home in 2016, the band’s subsequent 2019 release Idol Frontier netted a second consecutive 4 star review in which Chronicle writer Doug Freeman deemed the record “a revelation fulfilled.” In an accompanying feature piece, Chronicle writer Kevin Curtin called the record a “sophomore stunner” and enlisted prospective listeners to “imagine Bruce Springsteen’s desolate cult classic Nebraska sung by a godforsaken Tom Petty with Keith Richards on guitar.” With two albums, two appearances at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion, and a fistful of journalistic superlatives under its belt, the band will release an EP of new material in August of 2019, touring Texas and the surrounding region in the meantime.