The Disclaimer: What does a band “owe” its audience? (Live from Summerfest)
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Nearly every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher of WMSE, Evan Rytlewski of the Shepherd Express, and Matt Wild of The A.V. Club Milwaukee take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. The half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so titled because none of the sometimes cranky and ridiculous opinions expressed during the show represent those of the three hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon.
Earlier this summer, longtime indie darling Low stunned the crowd at the Twin Cities’ Rock the Garden festival by playing a 27-minute, one-song set. The normally 14-minute “Do You Know How To Waltz?” was capped off by 13 minutes of droning noise, and included a final kiss-off from frontman Alan Sparhawk: “Drone, not drones.” Perhaps understandably, the performance upset many in attendance, leading to plenty of Internet backlash and questions of what, exactly, bands “owe” ticket-buying audience members. Broadcasting live from the Summerfest grounds, Ryan, Evan, and Matt attempt to tackle these questions, in a discussion that covers Low, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Smashing Pumpkins, Built To Spill, and why jam bands aren’t so bad after all.
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