Free Show This Sunday!

How would you feel about seeing us for free? Outdoors? With free hot dogs? Thought so. Well this coming Sunday, June 28, we will be playing the always amazing Jaill’s record release show at Just Art’s Saloon in Walker’s Point. The whole thing starts at 3pm. Sugar Stems and Head on Electric will also play. Get there early or else we’ll eat all the hot dogs.

Even Newer News

We have some shows coming up this summer! You can see us surrounded by art, water, or a barn. Take a look at our calendar to see when and where these things are happening, as well as how to get tickets.

Tons of News

So we have some news. Most of it is big. Maybe even huge. First, we have a new full-length record on Mini50 Records. It’s called RU Person or Not, and Milwaukee Record has already called it “an unhinged, unlikely masterpiece.” It will be available beginning February 23rd. We will play a release show with Dead Rider at Company Brewing on Saturday, March 14.

The February 23rd release date will also see the debut of “Forgiveness Rules” come alive in video format, directed by our own Heather Hass.

In between these momentous events, we will be merging into the Piddletractor Orchestra to perform with the one and only Grandma Sparrow. Who is he? Click here to start figuring that out. Then click here to buy tickets. This will only happen once. You should only skip it if you don’t want your brain to melt.

And if all that’s not enough, soon after we play our release show, we will gather our personal belongings and head to SXSW in Austin, Texas to play at the Hideout on March 18 at midnight. Then we will start drinking Lone Stars in the sun. Please join us for all of it.

Back At It!


Things have been quiet here at the Altos’ website. We played music for a movie over a year ago, and then there is just silence?! Have we given up? What happened? Where have we been? Did one soundtrack take it out of us? Although this website might give the impression of intense slacking, we have actually been incredibly busy. We wrote a bunch of songs. Then we played them into space-age recording machines. These recordings were “mixed.” They were also “mastered.” They will be available this winter. But this Saturday, October 11th, in the year of our lord two-thousand and fourteen, we will be performing many of these new songs in public for the very first time. With new members and special guests! This will happen at the Cactus Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin around 10pm Central Standard Time. The mighty Scrimshaw will also perform. We are excited. We are nervous. Many of us are having trouble sleeping. This is a big deal for us. Consider gracing us with your presence.

On Friday, October 4th, as the centerpiece event of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, Altos will perform a live score to a rare 35mm print of Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s 1930 masterpiece, Earth. We are extremely proud and excited to have this opportunity. Watch a preview for the event above, and click here or here for tickets or more information. Infinite gratitude is due to Alverno Presents and Milwaukee Film for making this possible. Please join us at this one time only event.

Audiotree Live Session

On Saturday, the fine folks at Audiotree Music invited us into their Chicago studio to do a live session with them.  They recorded audio and visuals for the session, and streamed it live on their site.  If you missed it, you can hear the audio from the session here.  The edited video from the session will be uploaded shortly.

UPDATE: You can now watch the full session, complete with edited video here.

We hope you all enjoy the session, and our sincerest gratitude goes out to everyone at Audiotree.


and a new video!, by new friend Sean Williamson

Sing (for trouble)

so, sometimes we sound like this (if adam’s around)…and sometimes we look like this (if heather is)

Atrack! the first one from our soon not un named [or maybe forever?] record!

and our files did come!


we played music into microphones, beautiful people recorded it, three wizards did things, and pretty soon you heard it!   [and i sure do hope you liked it]    and maybe you gave it to other people and they heard it too! and maybe even liked it more than you did!!

some really smart people are making it happen electronically as we speak. and the great PIRATE PRESS is making sure that (in a few weeks) your record players did play!