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[Shows this Week] June 28 - July 4

6/28 Wayne "The Train" Hancock High Noon Saloon, 8pm, 21+, more info
Southern Rock
Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing -- that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never "retro;" bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.
6/28 Funky Mondays with Clyde Stubblefield The Frequency, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Funk
Clyde Stubblefield IS the FUNKY DRUMMER! He drummed for James Brown from 1965 to 1970 and recorded such hits as "I Feel Good," "Coldsweat," and "The Funky Drummer." Clyde is the most sampled drummer ever, providing some of the most famous and familiar grooves used by DJ's and hip-hop artists around the world.
6/29 Thao and Mirah with The Most Of All and These United States High Noon Saloon, 8:30pm, more info
Indie Folk
Thao and Mirah will be performing a collaborative set, sharing a backing band and switching off playing each others songs as well as offering up some new ones.  Thao Nguyen is a folk singer-songwriter out of Virginia. She’s signed to Kill Rock Stars.  Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn was born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has released a number of albums under the K Records label. She has collaborated with her close friend Phil Elvrum of The Microphones and has also worked extensively with The Black Cat Orchestra.  For tickets, visit True Endeavors.
6/29 Paleo w/ Kenny Monroe and Dovekins Project Lodge, 7pm, more info
Indie
Songwriter David Andrew Strackany, a.k.a. Paleo, is best known for simply being prolific: He wrote and recorded 365 tracks between 2006 and 2007 for his project The Song Diary, then followed that up with the weekly Sunday Prayer series, amassing a giant list of MP3s on his website in the process. But on many of his scraggly solo-acoustic tracks, Strackany can at least create the illusion that the material's been gestating for more than a few days. He usually tours just as fast as he writes, and live, he can cast a spell of silence that chases off any notes of gimmickry.
6/30 Black Mountain w/ David Vandervelde High Noon Saloon, 9pm, more info
Indie Psych Rock
Black Mountain’s self-titled 2005 debut heaved with thick, druggy dirges and Sabbath-laden riffs—so much so that the Vancouver group seemed poised to charge Queens Of The Stone Age’s stoner-rock castle, unkempt beards flapping wildly in the wind. Followed by 2008’s In The Future, the highly touted release maintained Black Mountain’s psychedelic meanderings and throbbing, old-fashioned riff-rock. The band—more of a collective really—then went into hibernation as its members branched out to similarly minded (and usually overlapping) side projects as Pink Mountaintops and Lightning Dust. Returning this year to Black Mountain, the quintet already has a full-length in tow: The new Wilderness Heart is slated for release this September.  For more info and tickets visit True Endeavors.
7/1 Roots Collective (Free Summerjam!) Majestic Theatre, 9pm, more info
Reggae
Join Majestic Theatre for a Free Summerjam event ($5 cover for under 21)! Roots Collective is Madison, Wisconsin’s hottest roots reggae band in the finest one drop tradition. This award winning band features a collection of six seasoned musicians that mirror the horn driven reggae beats of Jamaican groups such as The Mighty Diamonds, The Abyssinians, The Wailers & The Skatalites.  Formed in 2005, by lead singer/keyboardist Michelle Flood, Roots Collective focuses on playing music with a message that speaks to all people no matter what race, age or background.  The players, all from the Madison, WI area have performed with other popular local acts such as Natty Nation, Que Flavor!, Jose & Sumlimes, Tony Brown & Vibe Syndicate.
7/1 Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo The Brink Lounge, 8pm, more info
Blues Rock
Madison blues-rock trio Aaron Williams And The Hoodoo's 2009 album, It Ain't Easy, doesn't evoke any images of Williams suffering alone in a shack along the Mississippi, but rather of a funky roadhouse rave-up. Drummer Eric Shackleford's snappy snare and hi-hat help to give the band a streak of New Orleans funk, so there's more going on here than Williams' brightly amped guitar and thick-tongued baritone vocals. Hammond organ (courtesy of Williams' recently deceased father) goes well with the music's shiny finish, and "Hypnotize" starts the album off with a feisty pulse, thanks to its balance of slide-guitar riffs and syncopation. The Hoodoo doesn't have the Midwest's most subtle take on blues, but its best moments are pretty fun regardless.
7/2 The Caribbean w/ All Tiny Creatures and Jivas Project Lodge, 8pm, more info
Indie Rock/Pop
Washington D.C. shape-shifters The Caribbean paddle in and out of waves of shuddering reverberation and guitar noise, resulting in a freeform fluidity that's comfortably based in pop. The ghostly, randomly appearing, distorted sound effects and refusal to adhere to conventional song structures make the band’s music disorienting yet oddly inviting. Keeping the buoyant abstract expressionism effectively grounded is the constant nasal whine of singer Michael Kentoff, whose rambling narratives blanket 2007’s Populations in a more earthbound haze. When it occasionally concedes to traditional choruses—almost as a reward for patient listeners—The Caribbean conjures up some of its strongest and most memorable moments, as on “The Go From Tactical.”
7/3 Dave Matthews Band w/ The Zac Brown Band Alpine Valley Music Theatre, 7pm, more info
Rock/Jam/Pop
The only thing more boring than Dave Matthews’ music is alleged to be is the rationale by which such allegations are usually made. The archetypal Matthews critique usually includes one of the following: a snort about the folkways (not to mention the mere existence) of fraternities, mention of the weirdness of saxophones in pop music that skews young, and a swipe at something or other having to do with khaki pants. Only the middle one is reasonable as a critical metric, and Matthews’ insistence on pairing saxophone with electrified violin introduces a whole other line of questioning worth following. The band's latest, called Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, came out last year, and serves as a tribute to its late saxophonist LeRoi Moore.
7/3 Justin Townes Earle w/ Dawes and The Nod Memorial Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Blue Grass/Rock
Justin Townes Earle's taste for the reassuring corniness of old honky-tonk, bluegrass, and Western swing makes for some captivating deception. Still in his late 20s, Earle uses these velvety sounds to line warped caskets of song. Rather than pour all the hurt out there, Earle's mannered rasp and rosy melodies throw just enough light on things to provide a glimpse. "Poor Fool," from 2009's Midnight At The Movies, and the title track of his 2008 debut, The Good Life, both pull off the classic country trick of dousing tales of the pathetic in drunken charm. Opening here is the impossibly sunny roots-rock group Dawes, sounding straight out of another, much simpler era: Its naked sentiments are lovingly stitched into a tender quilt of patient piano chords, gentle and lush vocal harmonies, and floating acoustic-guitar chords.
7/4 Dave Matthews w/ Zac Brown Band Alpine Valley Music Theatre, 7pm, more info
Rock/Jam/Pop
The only thing more boring than Dave Matthews’ music is alleged to be is the rationale by which such allegations are usually made. The archetypal Matthews critique usually includes one of the following: a snort about the folkways (not to mention the mere existence) of fraternities, mention of the weirdness of saxophones in pop music that skews young, and a swipe at something or other having to do with khaki pants. Only the middle one is reasonable as a critical metric, and Matthews’ insistence on pairing saxophone with electrified violin introduces a whole other line of questioning worth following. The band's latest, called Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, came out last year, and serves as a tribute to its late saxophonist LeRoi Moore.


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