Long before the sudden wave of homespun performances and living room livestreams in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there was a video series that offered viewers the opportunity to see world-class punk rock performances filmed in the confines of one Midwestern man’s basement. That man is Smoking Popes drummer Mike Felumlee, who started Live From The Rock Room in May of 2016.

Since the series launched, Live From The Rock Room has released more than 300 videos from sessions with more than 100 bands that hail from all corners of the country. Over the course of the four years the series has existed, Felumlee relocated from the western Chicago suburb of Westmont, Illinois to Milwaukee. In addition to the frequent pre-recorded videos he still releases, Live From The Rock Room also recently started offering a weekly stream on its YouTube page with a wealth of punk and emo songwriters, including members of Get Up Kids, The Ataris, Limbeck, Smoking Popes, and more.

Milwaukee Record is a proud sponsor of Live From The Rock Room. With another month of videos in the books, we thought we’d catch you up on some of Mr. Felumlee and company’s latest video and livestream releases from May (with a few April installments we missed as well). Enjoy!

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.