There are a lot of things Milwaukee’s known for, so we’ve always thought it nice of Austin’s ’Gum showcase alums What Made Milwaukee Famous to keep it so open with their Wisconsin-y moniker. We’re not that great with Milwaukee place names (or Austin, outside the SXSW strip), so no idea if “Resistance St.,” the first MP3 from their sophomore album What Doesn’t Kill Us, is a real place as well as a metaphor, but one thing we are pretty sure about: Michael Kingcaid & Co. have never sounded so Radiohead-y before. Seriously. Listen to those dramatic vocal soars (wait for the effect used on the first slow, less accompanied vocal part), moody but strong guitars (and keyboards), and those complex, whirlwind exit horns.

What Made Milwaukee Famous
[photo by Cambria Harkey]

Holy Thom.

What Doesn’t Kill Us is out 3/4 on Barsuk. It was produced by Sparklehorse’s Chris Michaels. You can catch them live with Louis XIV in March/April, after they complete a Los Angeles residence (hopefully they don’t have any shaker incidents). Here goes:

02/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
02/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bordello
02/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo Lounge
02/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Cid
03/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
03/07 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Record Release Party
03/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft at Center Stage +
03/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar +
03/14 – New York, NY @ The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza +
03/15 – Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel +
03/16 – Albany, NY @ Jack Rabbit Slim’s +
03/18 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa +
03/19 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club +
03/21 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement +
03/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro +
03/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater +
03/25 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre +
03/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound (formerly Bricks) +
03/29 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey (formerly Breakroom) +
03/30 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre +
04/03 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore +
04/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon +
04/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse Theater

+ w/ Louis the XIV

Comments (12)
  1. F 10  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2008 0

    The Braves & Brewers? Wait.. was this another quiz/joke. .?

    http://www.milwaukeecountyhistsoc.org/timeline.htm

  2. Milwaukee  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2008 0

    And they’re not even playing in Milwaukee? Pfftt…

  3. Anna  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2008 0

    They’re not playing any gigs in Wisconsin :?
    As a fellow wisconsinite (aww childhood), I’m a little disappointed…

  4. yeah  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2008 0

    i thought their name was a reference to a song by…the talking heads or….gang of four or something? this would be more meaningful if i could remember the band name. but there is a song by an older band called ‘what made milwaukee famous’.

  5. yawn  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2008 0

    Jerry Lee Lewis.., Flogging Molly [ack].. ?

  6. nick  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2008 0

    does anybody actually like this band?

  7. roscoe  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2008 0

    this band is a freakin’ breath of fresh air…yeah, i like them.

  8. Brenda  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2008 0

    I love the new single! Can’t wait to see you guys!

  9. LIZX  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2008 0

    This band is awesome like a blossom on your moms car.

  10. Jaqueline  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2008 0

    You should check out this band live, if you havnt already. totally worth it.

  11. JohnL  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2008 0

    Freaking awesome band.

  12. Timmy  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2008 0

    I forgot the band name too, yeah… But they are named after that song. I’ve read it.
    And They are a great bad. I’ve seen them twice.

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