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Milwaukee Group Mike Mangione and the Kin Release 'But I've Seen the Stars'

Singer-songwriter Mike Mangione joins Lake Effect on a semi-regular basis to talk about some of the big questions he explores with people in his podcast, Time and the Mystery. But the Milwaukee-based musician continues to create music, and he recently teamed up with SistaStrings - a cello and violin duo made up of sisters Monique and Chauntee Ross. 

The Ross sisters joined Mangione and his brother Tom to form the aptly-named group Mike Mangione and the Kin. Their new album is called But I've Seen the Stars.

This is the first album Mangione has released in 4 years, something he attributes in part to focusing on other projects like his podcast, spending time with family, and his desire to do something different with his music. 

"Only Love," live in studio by Mike Mangione and the Kin.

"I wanted whatever I did musically to be thoroughly thought out and I didn't want to continue a version of what I had been doing, I wanted [the next album] to be something new and fresh," he says. "I didn't pressure myself, I took time." 

"Three Days," live in studio by Mike Mangione and the Kin.

Mike Mangione and the Kin will perform at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point Friday, November 17. The event is a launch party for their new album, But I've Seen the Stars

"Nothing Lasts Forever," live in studio by Mike Mangione and the Kin.