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{Recommended} Ray Davies at the Barrymore this Sunday!

What's your favorite Kinks song? All Day and All of the Night? Lola? Come Dancing? Sunny Afternoon? I'm Not Like Everybody Else? Chances are, Ray Davies will sing it for you Sunday November 6th when he plays the Barrymore Theatre.
 
I've never been lucky enough to see the Kinks, but I have had the opportunity to see Ray Davies live three times, and he does not disappoint. The guy can still sing and entertain..demonstrating that he's still got what it takes to be a fantastic frontman. The first time I saw him was probably more than a decade ago when he was on his Storyteller tour. That show was also at the Barrymore. The small but devoted audience got to hear all the great Kinks songs..and the stories that went with them. How did his brother Dave Davies get that signature tone on "You Really Got Me?" He stuck a knife in his amplifier. And all the stories were told with wit and passion.

I got to see Ray again  when he played the Barrymore to start off a 2006 U.S. tour, and then later in the tour at Summerfest. Mike and I sat right next to the soundboard at the Barrymore show, so we could see the setlist..and it was a great one! He included lots of hits, some chestnuts for hardcore fans, as well as songs from his new album...and those were great too! He's funny, he's a talented songwriter and performer..and he has more charisma than the average Well Respected Man. If you're a Kinks fan and have never seen him before..make sure you see this show. If you have seen him before, chances are you've already bought your tickets. --Previewed by Kitty Dunn


 
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(Recommended) Rockin' docs fight the blues

What are you doing on Sunday afternoon? Head to the High Noon Saloon to catch some great live music, and support the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Dane County. Here's an interesting twist--each of the bands performing at the Rock 'n Blues concert has one member who works in the Meriter Hospital Adults Psychiatry Unit. Here's the lineup: 1pm Mud Room, a rock band featuring Dr. Tyler Rickers singing and playing lead guitar 1:30pm Queenie & The Blue Cats, blues and funk featuring Bill Cheadle, a Meriter Adult Psychiatry Clinical Specialist on drums. 4pm Bonobo Secret Handshake, socially motivated rock funk and blues, with Meriter Adult Psychiatry Mental Health Specialist Teresa Nyholt as singer. Two doctors add to the mix as well, David Melnick and Scott Meskin. 5:30pm:  Jam session! It's just $7 for tickets if you buy them in advance, or $10 at the door. More info here. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness, and was founded right here in Dane County. NAMI Dane County provides free support meetings, educational meetings, a resource library and more.
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[Review] Teen Choir + My Morning Jacket = Awesome

After a decade spent excelling in hazy melodies,  My Morning Jackets' recently released album, Circuital, has managed to catch the attention the attention of music lovers by putting them back on track after their "Evil Urges" detour.   Circuital combines their experience with a rediscovered youthful zest. Although the album was recorded in a makeshift studio carved out of the gymnasium of a local church...according to Rolling Stone, the new record features "trippy keyboards, twisted pop hooks and fuzzed-out guitar attacks," and "feels like the culmination of the sonic adventures the band began with 2005's 'Z' -- while also capturing the power and dynamics that have made MMJ one of the greatest live bands of their generation." Check out this video of the band performing on Conan - the enjoyably daft Holding on to Black Metal suggests Evil Urges lurks in the band's DNA - but the addition of a teen choir and the horns creates an almost transcendental sound.
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Summerfest Before Dark

Most Summerfest headliners don't go on until 8pm or 10pm, a lot of people like to get their Summerfest on early. Kitty, who hasn't missed a Summerfest in nearly 20 years, looked over the schedule to find some not-to-miss shows that will happen while the sun's still out. Wed. June 29: The Nod 3pm at the Cascio Music Stage. Garage rock from Madison. Find out why Rob Thomas of 77 Square says their music is smart and jangly pop reminiscent of Cake or Spoon. Thurs. June 30 Mighty Short Bus noon at the Briggs & Stratton Stage. See Project M champ Frank Busch in his natural element..on stage with his band. The Jimmy's, 2pm at the Briggs & Stratton Stage. A great blues band featuring our favorite rock n roll farmer, Jimmy Voegeli Bascom Hill, 5pm at the Miller Oasis. More great Madison music! Friday July 1: Big Bob & the Ballroom Blitz with Greg Koch, 4pm at the Harley Davidson Stage. Greg Koch just might be the best guitar player in  WI.             Check this show out and experience real gristle! Saturday July 2 M & I Employee Party, Noon at the Classic Rock Stage. What? That's not a band name? Sunday July 3 De La Buena 6pm at the Harley Davidson Stage.  Danceable Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz. Say hi to Jeremy, the drummer. He used to work at Triple M! Monday July 4 Summerfest is closed. What's up with that? Tuesday July 5 Elusive Parallelograms 6pm at the Cascio Music Stage. That just might be the coolest band name ever! They play alternative experimental pop rock. Wednesday July 6 Mike Droho & The Compass Rose, 6pm at the Cascio Music Stage. Hey  it's Season One Project M winner Mike Droho! Woo hoo! Thursday July 7 Locksley, 3pm at the Rock Stage. Little Steven loves 'em, they're on tons of commercials..and they're from Madison! Friday July 8 Sue DeBaco & The Double Down 6pm at the Potawatomi Stage. How about a little blues for your evening listening pleasure? Saturday July 9 Pat McCurdy 5pm at the Briggs and Stratton Stage. How about a little Sex & Beer everybody? Sunday July 10 Daniel & The Lion, 4:30 at the Cascio Music Stage.  Featuring another Project M winner, Jimmie Linville. It's a Summerfest Trifecta!
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[Recommended] Avett Brothers

AVETT BROTHERS JULY 9 CONCERT FROM RED ROCKS TO BE SIMULCAST ON THE WORLD'S LARGEST HDTV AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY! [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/qqZZlL0l5Uk" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] The Avett Brothers sold-out show at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 9th will be broadcast live via satellite to the band's hometown of Concord, NC on the planets largest HDTV screen.  AEG Network LIVE is responsible for producing and shooting the entire event in HD & delivering it via iClips to Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Charlotte Motor Speedway, home to the massive 80' x 200' Panasonic HDTV, will host Avett Brothers fans from near and far for a chance to be part of this exciting show as it happens live.  Fans who can't make it to Colorado or North Carolina on July 9 will be able to stream the show on iclips.net. The live simulcast will give the Avett Brothers' rabid local fan base the opportunity to view their historical show from Red Rocks on the speedway's massive HD video board.  Tickets for this one-of-a-kind concert venue experience are on sale now and can be purchased at the speedway ticket office or by calling 1-800-455-FANS(3276).  Tickets are only $10 until July 1, when they will increase to $15 until July 8.  If purchased the day of the event, they will cost $20. If you're a fan, you don't want to miss the energetic performance that the Avett Brothers will surely deliver with no less than a true fan would expect.
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Bonnaroo 2011 Backstage Interviews

Check out the following backstage interviews from Warren Haynes, Ray LaMontagne, Justin Townes Earle, The Walkmen, The Decemberists, & Freelance Whales: Warren Haynes Int Justin Townes Earle INT Walkmen Int Decemberists Int Freelance Whales Int *Photo provided by Music Allies*
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Arcade Fire to Headline Bonnaroo Friday Night

Arcade Fire captured the attention of the entire mass of 100,000+ people Friday night. 15 minutes before they took the stage, faces turned up to the sky as around 7 parachutists trailed what looked like pounds of glitter on top of the audience.  Shouts of awe rang across the field as what we all thought was glitter started raining down in a random pattern across the sky.  As it began to get closer, the mystery of the falling objects progressed into further confusion.  It wasn’t glitter – it was something else.  As I managed to jump up and grab a package, I realized that it was a packet of several bands with different colored blinking lights on them.  After people connected to lights to either their bodies or a piece of clothing, a gargantuan sea of flashing lights surrounded the main stage.  Better yet, Arcade Fire’s energized performance catered to the stereotypical Roo attendee by having a movie screen playing clips/short films behind them that coordinated with the theme of each individual song.  There were repeating images of people dressed in strange, almost doll-like outfits, a short film of people riding bicycles that looked as if it had been produced in the 70s, & colorful or colorless patterns that was designed to induce a particular feeling as you listened to each individual song’s lyrics.  You couldn’t have walked away if you wanted to.  It was absolutely magic.  If you haven’t seen Arcade Fire perform live – I would strongly suggest finding out where they’re touring this summer and buying a ticket, today if not sooner. *Photo by MusicAllies*
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Live from Bonnaroo 2011

Yesterday at Bonnaroo, you couldn’t get a free moment if you tried.  The lineup was stacked with artists that couldn’t be missed, performances that had to be heard.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying stage hopping in order to hear the wide variety of artists whose performances exceedingly overlapped.  Here’s how my day went… Ben Sollee 1-2pm Belafleck & the Flecktones: The Original Line-Up 2-3:15pm Grace Potter & the Nocturnals 3:15-4:30 Warren Haynes Band 4-5:30pm The Decemberists 5:30-7 Ray LaMontagne 6:15-7:45pm Florence + the Machine 6:45-8:15 Bobby Long 8-8:50 Arcade Fire 11-12:30 + MORE! I had a hard time making decisions – who to see, how long to stay at which performances, & when to eat/sit.  Straight from Vermont, Grace Potter proved that her music was “rock” label worthy as thousands of people watched – her voice captured a tone that most singers could not pull off in a controlled manner as she masterfully does herself.  She also impressed with her guitar skills & simultaneous head banging/luring electric piano playing.   And the Nocturnals entertained with solos from their guitarists + the happiest face that you will ever see from any drummer out there.  Ray LaMontagne also mesmerized the crowd with his shy/humble demeanor and calming voice.  His song choices included several songs off of his recently released album, “God willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise.”  And believe me when I say they are as good live as they are recorded.  You wouldn’t have even been able to point out a discrepancy had he not sang as freely as he did.  The highlight of Friday night – the headliner. Arcade Fire, captured the attention of the entire mass of 100,000 people attending Bonnaroo.  About 15 minutes before they took the stage, something that no one will forget happened…read on to the next post for the details… Listen to the Ray LaMontagne interview below! Ray Lamontagne Int *Pictures taken by MusicAllies and Bonnaroo 2011 Cams*
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Day 1?

  It’s the 10th Anniversary of Bonnaroo and you can feel the excitement in the air as people are lining up at the main entrance from the campground.  The vendors have fully prepped everything and await the arrival of those who forgot to bring the essentials with them – food, beer, sandals  (yes, that happened).  They know that since the fest itself sold out, they’re bound to make a killing.  And they will!  I took an hour or so to check out the various stands that were set up – handmade nomadic shoes, hammocks that you can fold into a pouch, hand-crafted jewelry and clothes, it’s all there, and it’s all unique in some fashion.  It’s basically the most amazing assortment of gift shops that you’ve ever seen.  And the food – oh the food! You can find anything and everything there – as long as it’s fried or it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.  So, ya know, almost anything.  The food ranges from corn dogs to Thai food and your taste buds can be satisfied in under 5 minutes if you so choose.  Heaven in your mouth? The answer to that question is Yes, YES! There are 5 large stages – THAT tent, THIS tent, WHAT stage, WHICH stage, & the OTHER tent.  Last night, the Band of Skulls was the highlight of the 1st day of Bonnaroo.  They pulled the crowd in with music that made you want to move along with the beat – even if you’re not the dancing kind.  The crowd was up for anything and everything – they couldn’t get enough of it.  So much so that crowd surfing to the front of the stage became the “IT” thing to do because it was the easiest way to make it through the crowd, which fanned out far beyond the reach of the tent.  Never having listened to them much myself, I found myself making a note to buy their CD once I left. That’s the best part of this festival – there are so many bands that you’ve never heard of but when you make an effort to go watch them perform you could find your new music love! What will today have in store?  The line-up is stacked with Triple M artists and I’ll have an update for everyone tomorrow morning – Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Ray LaMontagne, Florence + the Machine – they’re all here! Check in tomorrow for your ROO update!
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"I can't wait to put up our tent, it's gonna feel like home!"

Yes, that was THE best 3am quote of the car ride...here'swhy... As we left on the car ride to Manchester, TN all I could think was, “only 14 hours of hell crammed into a tiny car and you’re there!”  Thankfully that 14 hours magically turned into 10 at our driver’s refusal to stop for anything other than 1 – 1 single -  pee/gas break.  As my bladder screamed at him, my thoughts were only those of gratitude.  We were that much closer, that much sooner. After the miracle car ride, we finally made our arrival at the Bonnaroo campground at 3am. Our hearts sank as we realized that on the opposite side of the road there was a line of cars on the right shoulder that went on for at LEAST 15-20 miles.  It was an endless sea of bright lights, tents littering the grass next to various cars, and people standing outside stretching their legs as they wait in anticipation to begin pitching their tent and actually getting settled in for the weekend.  People were waiting for UP TO 7 HOURS!  Either they seriously love music, or they seriously love to party.  My guess is that it was a combo.  Getting set up was the least of our worries.  It was quick, simple, but HOT.  HOT HOT HOT.  I’m talking 90 degrees at 9am hot.  Sweat dripping down your face as you empty the first item out of the back of your car.  It may sound bad…but once you’re done it’s all friendly neighbors, smiling faces, beer & of course, music!  Read the next blog to hear about the highlights from Thursday!
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Basilica Block Party Lineup Announced

The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to pay for the $9.5 million structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary, listed on the National Registration of Historic Places.  Proceeds from the event will fund the continued renovation of The Basilica.  5% of the proceeds have been designated for the St. Vincent de Paul outreach program to serve those in need.  The program provides food and shelter to nearly 3,500 people a month, as well as shoes and transportation assistance to 250 people every week.

The goal of the Basilica Block Party is to promote the spirit of volunteerism and community.  More than 25,000 people gather annually in the presence of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and surrounding blocks to celebrate good food, great music, and summer fun in Minneapolis, MN! The July 8-9 2011 lineup: David Gray The JAYHAWKS Lissie Scars on 45 Michael Franti and Spearhead Fitz and the Tantrums G. Love & Special Sauce Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs Amos Lee Gomez Stuart D'Rozario Drive-By Truckers Citizen Cope The 4onthefloor

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Outside Lands Lineup

Plan your San Fran trip around the Outside Lands music festival - held at Golden Gate Park.  The fest is geared to the new green movement that has been taking hold across the nation - each year it includes numerous initiatives to enhance the eco-friendliness of the event.  Check out the lineup + buy your ticket today! 2011 Lineup: Muse Phish (2 sets) Arcade Fire The Black Keys Deadmau5 The Shins MGMT Girl Talk The Decemberists John Fogerty Erykah Badu The Original Meters Beirut The Roots Arctic Monkeys STS9 Big Boi Big Audio Dynamite Warren Haynes Band Major Lazer Little Dragon Julieta Venegas SIA OK Go The Greyboy Allstars Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band Old 97's Mavis Staples !!! Latyrx featuring Lyrics Born & Lateef Best Coast Collie Buddz Phantogram Charles Bradley Foster the People Lotus STRFKR Junip Pajama Party The Infamous Stringdusters The Vaccines Toro y Moi Vetiver The Limousines The Stone Foxes The Joy Formidable Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Wye Oak Ana Tijoux Orgone Lord Huron Tamaryn Grouplove The Fresh & Onlys Ximena Sarinana Ry Segall Sunbirds Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers Diego's Umbrella Ghost Robot
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Recommended: Funk for Japan

Madison's very own "Funky Drummer" Clyde Stubblefield will lead a stellar lineup of musicians for an event called "Funk For Japan" this Sunday at High Noon Saloon. The idea to put the benefit together came from Stubblefield, who traveled the world with James Brown, making friends in countries around the world, including Japan. He has friends who live in Sendai, a city which suffered severe damage to its coastal areas when the quake and tsunami hit March 11th. That band that you hear every Friday at around 7:40 on 105.5 Triple M, the Gomers, will  be lending their considerable musical talent to the event, by hosting a special edition of Rock Star Gomeroke. Singers from Emmettville, The Tony Casteneda Latin Jazz Band, Primative Culture, Phat Phunktion, and Chick Singer have all agreed to sing a song or two..or perhaps three.  The Madison funk band The Mustache has also been added to the bill. All proceeds will go the American Red Cross, Badger Chapter. Suggested donation: $10. This is a 21+ show. Here's the schedule: 6:00pm: The Funky Gomeroke Allstars 7:30pm: Clyde Stubblefield Band 9:00pm  The Mustache More info here.
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[Recommended] Middle Brothers, Dawes and Deer Tick, Majestic Theatre, March 13th

Middle Brother with Dawes and Deer Tick Majestic Theatre, March 13th, 8:30 PM, $16/$18, $45 opera seats, Musical Style:  Rock Middles Brothers is coming to town with Dawes and Deer Tick on March 13th to put on a rock-your-socks off concert at the Majestic.  Middle Brothers is made up of Deer Tick's John McCauley, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, and Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez.  This will be an energetic show that you don't want to miss.  The Majestic is an awesome venue that is conducive to rocking out.  So, if you're of age, grab a few drinks and enjoy the show on Sunday at 8:30PM.  Here is Middle Brothers' song "Me Me Me" below: Middle Brother released their self-titled debut album on March 1st and is definitely something to check out. Why should you see the show?
  1. Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit is so much fun to see live.
  2. Sunday is the perfect night to do something fun before the start of the work week.
  3. Have you been to the Majestic Theater?  Now is your chance.
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[Recommended] Jackie Greene, Majestic Theatre, March 11th, 9PM

Jackie Greene w/ Baghdad Scuba Review Majestic Theatre, March 11th, 9PM, All Ages, $15/$18, $35 for Opera Seats Musical Style:  Blues and Rock Jackie Greene has been around in the musical scene since his early days growing up in California.  His first album Rusty Nails was released in 2004.  In 2005 he signed with the label Verve Forecast.  He has also done performances with Phil Lesh and Friends doing old Grateful Dead songs.  Greene has also done extensive touring with B.B. King, Huey Lewis and many others and has released his latest album Till The Light Comes last June.  Here is his song "Shaky Ground" below: So if you feel like a good dose of rock and blues, come down to the Majestic at  9PM on Friday night for an awesome show.  You can check more about Jackie Greene at his website.
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Electric Forest Lineup

Electric Forest, "the new Rothbury," will be held from June 30-July 3 in Rothbury, Michigan.  This year, the infamous Sherwood forest is speculated to be "bigger and better than ever!"  Honestly, if you've never experienced the awe of the forest, what are you waiting for?  It will be a vision you'll never forget! Tickets go on sale March 5th at 11am.  Early bird tickets will cost $199 for a four-day pass that includes camping. Electric Forest’s complete list of confirmed performers is as follows:
The String Cheese Incident (3 Shows)
Tiësto
Bassnectar
Pretty Lights
REO Speedwagon
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Stephen Marley
Kaskade
Shpongle Presents The Shpongletron Experience
Railroad Earth
Laidback Luke
JJ Grey & Mofro
Excision
The New Deal
EOTO
Emmitt-Nershi Band
Skrillex
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Toubab Krewe
Bonobo (DJ Set)
Beats Antique
Big Gigantic
Chiddy Bang
Eskmo
Lettuce
Eliot Lipp
Paper Diamond
The Infamous Stringdusters
Zion I & The Grouch
Greensky Bluegrass
Feed Me
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Beautiful Girls (Acoustic)
12th Planet
The Pimps of Joytime
Rubblebucket
Archnemesis
Emancipator
Break Science
The Macpodz
VibeSquaD
Euforquestra
The Hood Internet
Lynx
Two Fresh
KRAZ (DJ Set)
The Treasures
Steez
SuperDre
Panic Bomber
Dragon Wagon
**On Saturday, Electric Forest is holding a mini-festival, within the festival, starring none other than REO Speedwagon**
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[Recommended] Truth And Salvage Company, The Ragadors and Whitney Mann, The Freq

Truth and Salvage Company The Ragadors Whitney Mann The Frequency, February 18th, 10PM, 18+, $10 Independent Madison artist and former Project M contestant Whitney Man will be playing with Truth and Salvage Company and The Ragadors on Friday night at The Frequency (121 West Main Street).  Truth and Salvage Company are a 6 piece group that plays a southern country/rock sound.  They have been signed to Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson's Silver Arrow Label since 2009.  They have been around since 2005 and will be a fun band to see live. Whitney Mann released her self-titled debut EP The Way Back Home and was featured on NPR and won the 2010 Madison Area Music Award for New Artist of the Year.  She grew up in Camden, Michigan and started singing and songwriting there.  She went to school at the University of Michigan receiving a degree in English and now lives in Madison. Mann has played at Summerfest, opening for Willie Nelson and George Jones and recently with Loretta Lynn.  You can check some of her music and her upcoming shows on MySpace.  The Ragadors are a Milwaukee based quartet that play rock 'n roll.  Their debut album "blackinkyswells" was released in October of 2010. Here is a video of Truth and Salvage Company playing their song "Call Back" below: Why should you go?
  1. You'll get a variety of fun live bands that have incredible talent.
  2. Whitney Mann is a force to reckon with.
  3. The Frequency is a nice venue to have a few drinks and rock out to the music.
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Pickathon 2011 Lineup

Pickathon - Indie Roots Music Festival - has announced its 2011 lineup! Experience the 13th annual festival at the amazing 80 acre grounds of Pendarvis Farm on Mt. Scott near Portland, OR.  Pickathon provides on of the best summer festival lineups of the year.  No other festival brings you this mix of music.  It is true music lover's paradise! The Lineup: Mavis Staples Bill Callahan Lee Fields & The Expressions Califone Damien Jurado Thao Fruit Bats Ray Wylie Hubbard Vetiver Laura Veirs Brownout The Wilders The Sadies Richard Swift Pine Leaf Boys The Builders and The Butchers Danny Barnes Sonny & The Sunsets Whitey Morgan & The 78’s Mike + Ruthy Black Lillies Strand of Oaks Elliott Brood Bruce Molsky Ages and Ages Joy Kills Sorrow Charlie Parr Old Light Ted Jones and The Tarheel Boys Buffalo Killers Pokey LaFarge Rock Plaza Central Truckstop Darlin’ Cahalen Morrison & Eli West Diane Ferlatte
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Bonnaroo 2011 - Artist Lineup

Bonnaroo 2011 will be held June 9-12 in beautiful Manchester, TN! This is the widely appraised festival's 10th anniversary, and we know that those of you who continuously frequent the grounds have a true appreciation for the artistry that engulfs you once you set foot in this noteworthy atmosphere.  For those of you who have yet to experience the wonders of this festival, we strongly encourage that you check out the lineup that will be announced today at 11am central time.    We promise that reading it will lead to sparked interest and an unforgettable summer trip! What you've all been waiting for, the 2011 lineup: Eminem Arcade Fire Widespread Panic The Black Keys Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale My Morning Jacket Lil Wayne String Cheese Incident Robert Plant & Band of Joy Mumford & Sons The Strokes The Decemberists Ray Lamontagne Bassnectar Iron & Wine Girl Talk Primus Dr. John and The Original Meters performing Desitively Bonnaroo Alison Krauss and Union Station Pretty Light Florence & the Machine Superjam ft. Dan Auerbach and Dr. John Explosions in the Sky STS9 Gogol Bordello Beirut Big Boi Scissor Sisters Gregg Allman Ratatat Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz Robyn Warren Haynes Band Deerhunter Opeth Atmosphere Old Crow Medicine Show Bootsy Collins & the Funk University Wiz Khalifa Matt & Kim Grace Potter & the Nocturnals The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Mavis Staples Béla Fleck & the Flecktones Chiddy Bang Javanotti Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers Loretta Lynn Cold War Kids The Walkmen Devotchka Wanda Jackson Neon Trees Portugal. The Man Sleigh Bells Amos Lee Best Coast Dãm-Funk The Sword The Drums The Black Angels School of Seven Bells J. Cole Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea Wavves !!! Junip Freelance Whales Justin Townes Earle Ryan Bingham Deer Tick Band of Skulls Sharon Van Etten Abigail Washburn Omar Souleyman Twin Shadow Kylesa Man Man The Low Anthem Alberta Cross Railroad Earth Jessica Lea Mayfield Smith Westerns The Head and the Heart Karen Elson Beats Antique 22-20s Phosphorescent Clare MaGuire Hayes Carll
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[Recommended] Marc Broussard, Majestic Theatre, Feb. 19th, 8PM

Marc Broussard Majestic Theatre, Feb. 19th, 8Pm, all ages, $15/$17 Musical Style: Rock, Pop, Soul Marc Broussard is only 29 years old, but has been involved in the music scene for a long time.  He is of music stock, his father was the lead guitarist of The Boogie Kings.  He started a band in 2001, but quickly moved on to solo work.  His most recent album was released in 2008 and was called Keep Coming Back. He has toured with many acts including Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, OAR, and many others.  He has been featured on several late night talk shows and his song "Home" served as the theme song to the NBC show "Medium."  Here it is below: Why Should You go?
  1. Listen to the above song.
  2. He's a great singer live and it will be an energetic show.
  3. The Majestic is a cool venue to explore.
So come just off the square to the Majestic and enjoy a Saturday night with some good friends and music.  It starts at 8PM.
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[Recommended] Bobby Long, High Noon Saloon, Feb. 14th, 8pm, FREE DOWNLOAD

Bobby Long w/Mike Droho High Noon Saloon, Feb. 14th, 8PM, 18+, $12, more info at trueendeavors.com Style: Folk/Rock Musical Influences:  John Hurt, Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen,  Elliot Smith Bobby Long is a British songwriter who started playing guitar/cello and writing songs around the age of 18.  He played open mic clubs in London and self-released several albums in 2009.  He sprung to fame when Robert Pattinson performed his song "Let Me Sign" in the 2008 "Twilight" film.  Long signed with ATO Records in 2010 and just released his debut recording A Winter Tale on February 1st.  On February 3rd, he was on The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno.  Here is his song "Dead & Done" below: Here is a free download of his song "Penance Fire Blues" off of the new album: http://www.spinner.com/2011/01/31/bobby-long-penance-fire-blues-free-mp3-download/ You can check more music by him on his myspace page.  You should check him out live at the High Noon Saloon on Monday, February 14th at 8PM.  It will be an amazing show!
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[Recommended] James Hunter, Majestic Theatre, Feb. 9th, 8:30PM

James Hunter and Jesse Dee Majestic Theatre, February 9th, 8:30PM, all ages, $23-$40 Musical Style: Blues/Soul James Hunter is an English artist who has been around since the late 1980's.  He has toured with Van Morrison and sang backing vocals on Morrison's 1994 live album A Night In San Francisco. Hunter began his solo career and released People Gonna Talk in 2006 that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album of that year.  His last album The Hard Way was released in 2008.  Here is a short little video of him talking and then performing the song "People Gonna Talk."  Here it is below: Jesse Dee will be accompanying Hunter.  He is a soul singer from Boston and his album Bittersweet Batch is available online. This will be a pretty lively blues concert that I'm sure you will enjoy.  So come down to The Majestic on Wednesday for a sweet show that starts at 8:30PM!
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[Recommended] The Wailers, Majestic Theatre, Majestic Theatre, Feb. 8th, 8:30PM

The Wailers Majestic Theatre, Feb. 8th, 8:30 PM, all ages, $20-$45 Do I even need to mention Bob Marley?  If you're a fan of reggae music, you have heard of The Wailers.  They have been around in various forms and many of the original members are gone, but they have a strong legacy.  They were formed in 1963 and officially disbanded in 1974.  But, they are still touring with a new group of people and promise to bring high energy and some classic songs to the Majestic Theatre on Tuesday February 8th. Openers for the band include Tomorrow's Bad Seeds and Duane Stephenson. Here is one of their classic songs with Bob Marley called "Stir It Up.  Watch it below: Why Should You Go?
  1. Reggae is really fun and you will hear a lot of classic songs.
  2. Don't you want to do something cool on a Tuesday night?
  3. You will probably see a lot of interesting people there.
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[Recommended] Mason Jennings, Majestic Theatre, Feb. 5th, 9PM

Mason Jennings High Noon Saloon, February 5th (Saturday), 9:00PM, all ages, $20, 9PM, Musical style:  Folk-Rock Influences: Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Mason Jennings was born in Hawaii and has lived in Pittsburgh and moved to Minneapolis to explore his musical career.  He released his self-titled debut album in 1997 and has released over 10 albums since then.  He recorded his second album Blood of Man for Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records in 2009.  His newest release is The Flood that came out in 2010 and is a wide collection of songs he re-recorded. Here is one of his songs called "Fighter Girl": So, if you're a fan of this kind of music, you should definitely come down on Saturday, February 5th for a concert at the Majestic Theatre.  It will be a fun time!
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[Concert Review] Fitz And The Tantrums, High Noon Saloon, Jan. 30th, 2011

Fitz And The Tantrums High Noon Saloon January 30th, 2011 Fitz And The Tantrums is a band you must see live.  The 6-group band came to Madison and brought enough energy for everyone in the crowd at the High Noon Saloon (and it was full of people).  They have the art of showmanship down.  It's amazing.  Lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs are so complementary to each other.  If you haven't heard of the band before, you probably have heard of the song "MoneyGrabber."  Here it is below: The High Noon Saloon is the perfect venue for this group and the crowd was an eclectic mix of ages.  It's nice to go to a show where a wide variety of people like the music.  They played through a variety of their songs off their album "Pickin' Up The Pieces" and a few new hits, most notably the songs "Wake Up" and "6 AM." I think the beauty of this band is that they have a great sound that is both entrenched in the past and enterprising in the present.  They have a nice mix of indie and Motown.  Their songs are, for the most part, irresistibly good.  They have a foot-stomping storming sound that gravitates towards the drum and the beat.  Scaggs and Fitzpatrick have a great stage presence and seem to feed off of one another.  The physical and lyrical interplay between them is kinetic.  I also have to give credit to the others members of the band.  James King is incredible on saxophone and flute.  Joseph Karnes is forceful on bass.  Jeremy Ruzumka was energizing on the keyboards.  And the drummer John Wicks was great.  Wicks came on just before the encore and talked about how Clyde Stubblefield, the famous drummer from Madison, was an inspiration for him and he hoped everyone at the show would donate some money for Stubblefield's kidney transplant. The Best Moment of the Show: At the very end of the show, right before the grand finale of "MoneyGrabber," Fitzpatrick and Scaggs had everyone get as low as they could go to the floor and had everyone dance up as the song got louder.  It was so much fun. Overall: This was a phenomenal show that featured a great band playing some cool songs.  I still think this band has a lot more in them creatively and it will be great to see them get bigger and bigger.  I highly recommend that people go see them live. -Soren Nieminen
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[Recommended] Fitz And The Tantrums, High Noon Saloon, Jan. 30th, 8PM

Fitz And The Tantrums High Noon Saloon, Sunday Jan. 30th, 8PM, 18+, $10/$12 Based out of: Los Angeles Genre: Indie Rock, Soul Musical Influences: Motown, Talking Heads, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, and of course The Beatles/Stones Fitz & The Tantrums were founded by Michael Fitzpatrick and he shares vocals with Noelle Scaggs. The band has expanded to include horns and many other kinds of instruments. The groups debut EP was "Songs for a Breakup Vol. 1" that was released in 2009. They signed with Dangerbird Records and released their first album "Pickin' Up The Pieces" in August of 2010. They've toured with Maroon 5 and also recently did some songs on Jimmy Kimmel. Here is their awesome song "MoneyGrabber": Why should you go?
  1. They are legendary live.
  2. The High Noon Saloon is a cool place to go where you're unlikely to be harassed....but the hipsters will be out and about in swarms.
  3. Anybody that lists the Motown label AND Radiohead  AND Talking Heads as influences is awesome!
So come down to the High Noon Saloon this Sunday to enjoy a great show!
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[Festivals] Coachella Lineup Announced

The west coast’s greatest music festival, Coachella, returns to Indio, California the weekend of April 15-17 with dozens and dozens of your favorite bands including festival headliners Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West and the Strokes. Highlights of the drop dead gorgeous lineup include The National, The Black Keys, Brandon Flowers and Cee Lo Green. There are also loads of acts performing that are expected to drop albums sometime this year, among them: Animal Collective, Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons, Bright Eyes, PJ Harvey and Duran Duran. See the full lineup
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[Recommended] Funky Christmas!, The Majestic Theater, Dec. 17, 8:30pm

Funky Christmas! Featuring the Clyde Stubblefield Band with special guests The Mustache and DJ Jeremy Thomas, The Majestic Theater, Dec. 17, 8:30 pm, $10 The Music If your looking for a great way to get down this Friday look no further than the Majestic's Funky Christmas.  You know with Clyde Stubblefield, you're sure to get the best funk.  Clyde worked with the legendary James Brown and was featured on tracks like "Cold Sweat", "There Was a Time", "I Got The Feelin", "Say it Loud- I'm Black and I'm Proud", "Ain't it Funky Now" and "Mother Popcorn".  Stubblefield has been dubbed "the world's most sampled drummer" and a pair of his drumsticks are in the Cleveland, Ohio Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Here is a small taste of Clyde's amazing skills. Clyde and his band will be headlining the Majestic stage playing some funk and soul classics with, of course, a Christmas twist. Joining the Clyde Stubblefield Band will be funky Madison locals, The Mustache and DJ Jeremy Thomas will be spinning some more soul and hip-hop.  Other Goodies To get everyone in the Holiday spirit even more, there will be an ugly Christmas Sweater contest at midnight.  So dig into grandma's closet and find that light up sweater with puff balls that tells the story of "The Night Before Christmas". What else can you look forward to?  The whole majestic theater will be covered in all kinds of Christmas decorations including a huge Christmas tree!  And if you're 21 or older make sure you ask about the Christmas themed drink specials. Save some money and get into the spirit of giving all at once.  If you bring a donation for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin you can save $2 on your ticket price.  Click this link to see the most needed items. We hope to see you there getting into the Christmas spirit and dancing the night away!
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[Recommended] Joshua Radin, The Barrymore Theater, Nov. 23rd, 7:30pm

Joshua Radin With special guests Good Old War and Kelley James, The Barrymore Theater, Nov. 23rd, 7:30pm, $22 The man behind the music: Joshua Radin started his music career after he moved to New York City.  It was here he first picked up a guitar and taught himself to play.  Then after being inspired by a bad break-up, Radin started writing his own music.  These songs would come to be his first album, We Were Here.  He first released this exclusively to iTunes for a month before it started attracting a lot of attention.  Actor Zach Braff loved the sound and picked one of the tracks to be featured on Scrubs.  Josh has since released two more albums on Mom and Pop records.  His sophomore album, Simple Tide, debuted at 34 on the Billboard 200 chart and reached number 1 on the iTunes charts.  Radin’s latest album was released early last month and debuted at number 5 on the iTunes album chart. What’s his style? Odds are if you watch television, you’ve heard a song by Joshua Radin.  He’s accumulated over 75 film and TV placements including shows like House, Bones, One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs and Brothers and Sisters.  Radin’s first two albums are full of gentle whisper-like vocals backed with beautiful strings and acoustic guitars.  His lyrics tend to center on the pitfalls and wonders of romance and are either happily optimistic or pure melancholy.  Radin’s silver-bell voice matches perfectly with the tone of his music, enhancing the poignant themes and vulnerability of the songs.  Joshua branched out on his latest album however, dipping his toes into more of a rock sound.  Percussion, electric guitars and synthesizers all make an appearance creating a more pop/alt rock sound.  Josh’s vocals are also given some room to stretch on these tracks and it sounds just as good as his hushed version.  Best Songs One of Those Days I’d Rather Be With You    Road to Ride On Paperweight Take a look at Joshua's recently released video for his song Streetlight off his latest album The Rock and the Tide.
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[Recommended] Ezra Furman and The Harpoons, Rathskeller, Nov. 20th, 9:30PM

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons Der Rathskeller, University of Wisconsin Union, Nov. 20th, 9:30PM, FREE! Based out of: Chicago Genre: Indie Rock, folk, Musical Influences: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, John Lennon, Lou Reed, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, The Velvet Underground Ezra Furman & The Harpoons were founded by 4 students at Tufts University in Boston.  They self-released their first album Beat Beat Beat in 2006  that was made in their dorm rooms.  Since then they signed with Minty Fresh Records and had their debut album Banging Down The Doors and later Inside the Human Body.  After that, they self-released an album titled Moon Face. This will be an interesting show to go to and it's FREE...so you can't complain about being poor.  Here's a video of their song "Take Off Your Sunglasses" below: You can download their song "Take Off Your Sunglasses" here: http://wmmm.radiotown.com/TakeOffYourSunglasses.mp3 You can check out more of their music on myspace. Artist Bio (taken from their website): "The Harpoons are a wild bunch. So wild and free you forgot to laugh. Bassist Job Mukkada is a singer-songwriter in his own right, but staunchly avoids the limelight because of his citrus allergy. When not drumming for the Harpoons, drummer Adam Abrutyn manufactures and sells fast-acting valor syrup which is typically drizzled over the temples and groin area. He also enjoys watching pancake wars from aboard his hydraulic space-mobile. Lead guitarist Andrew Langer was raised on rock 'n' roll, if you can call Polish sausages rock 'n' roll. Which Andrew believes you can. He is nine feet tall and exudes a pulsating blue aura." Why should you go? 1) The Rathskeller is a cool venue where you can get some quality beer. 2) This will be an entertaining show. 3) It's free.
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[Concert Review] Delta Spirit, High Noon Saloon, Nov. 18th

Delta Spirit High Noon Saloon, Nov. 18th, more info at trueendeavors.com Delta Spirit shot me down at the High Noon Saloon.  I don't know what I was really expecting after hearing some of their music, but they exceeded my expectations live on almost every level.  And High Noon was crowded as well and everyone seemed to be enjoying the show. Delta Spirit has a raw soulful rock sound that is raw and potent.  Lead singer Matt Vasquez has a nice combination of soft and loud.  He isn't the most polished singer, but the whole band more than makes up for that with wild energy.  One of the my favorite songs of the night was "People, Come On" and here it is below: Participation: Delta Spirit was very engaging with the audience.  They had everyone clapping and even had a sing-a-long to their rendition of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here."  Any band that pays homage to Pink Floyd is a good band in my book, except if their name is Korn. They also played through their song "Trashcan" which features a trashcan lid and that was interesting. Encore: One of the last songs of the night was "People, Turn Around" and it is an incredibly emotional song and has a nice steady beat.  Lead singer Vasquez told everyone to be quiet and it was a moment of solidarity in the audience.  Then for the last song, Vasquez took the microphone and went into the middle of the audience and told everyone to get on a knee.  He then did his version of "Shout" by the Isley Brothers.  It was an amazing ending to a great night. Overall: Delta Spirit is a band that combines the wildness of rock and the serenity of soul.  They play an excellent show and I would highly recommend seeing them live because they're a lot of fun. -Soren Nieminen
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[Concert Review] Mike Gordon, Barrymore Theatre, Nov. 17th

Mike Gordon Barrymore Theatre, Nov. 17th, more info at trueendeavors.com Mike Gordon and his band are phenomenal musicians and his concert was a contagious dance-fest.  The spirit of the mota was in the air, both literally and figuratively, but that's something that just comes with any semblance of Phish.  Almost invariably all of their songs end up in long jam sessions that are like ecstasy for your ears. New Album: Gordon released his new album "Moss" in October and a lot of those songs were part of the performance. My favorite song of the night: "Cities".  This is a cover of the Talking Heads song and it was awesome.  The piano player was really good and he could play FAST.   They also did "Soulfood Man" and I thought it was excellent as well.   Here's a video of the song "Cities" from last year when they were at they Barrymore: Lights... The light show was fantastic.  You got spiraling visceral in-your-face lights of blue, red, green and purple that were really cool.  The effect of lights and music and mood allows you get to get lost in the melodies of the songs. Venue: I feel the Barrymore is a good place to have a concert like this.  There are seats available and you can stand at the front and dance to the music if you want. The Crowd: This was a real eclectic bunch of people from all different ages.  My favorite crowd moment in the show was when one guy lit up a 'cigarette' and he was smoking and one of the security people went up to him and said, "You have to put that out."  The guy looks at the security person with a deeply blank stare, looks down at this cigarette inquisitively furrowing his brow, and then asks this person, "Why?" Overall: This was an enjoyable concert that would be fun for a lot of different people.  The jam sessions are extraordinary and it feels like Mike Gordon has a real passion for all kinds of interesting sounds. -Soren Nieminen
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[Concert Review] Donavon Frankenreiter, Majestic Theatre, Nov. 15th

Donavon Frankenreiter, Majestic Theatre, Nov. 15th, Donavon Frankenreiter has been riding the waves of success for a while, from being sponsored as a professional surfer when he was 16-years-old to recording music.  Surfing and making music isn't a bad way to make a living in my opinion.  He follows in the tradition of Jack Johnson and plays the soft rock with surfer culture motif that has been his life.  And Mr. Frankenreiter came to Madison to perform at the Majestic Theatre and put on a pretty good show. Highlight of the Show: Donavon Frankenreiter has been known for taking well-known songs and covering them, slowing them down and making wholistically different songs.  He did a really good cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl" which was awesome.  He also did the same song when he was in Studio M and you can check out the audio here. Intro Song: "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.  I love it when band's have an intro song and this was a perfect one for them. Musical Motif: Donavon played through a lot of his career songs, but had some new stuff off of his new album, Glow, that was released in October.  The best song is probably the title one, but "Shadow" and "Keeping Me Away From You" are pretty good as well.  Here's the title song below: Energy: Donavon seems to me to be a pretty laid back guy.  He has a stage presence, but he isn't very engaging with the audience.  His demeanor is to let the audience sit back and enjoy the music, and I'm cool with that.  He's mellow and always offered a polite "Thanks" to the audience before introducing his next song. Overall: This was a pretty fun show to go to.  You got see a lot of ladies bearing the trademarked mustaches, but I noticed that most of them took theirs off midway through the show.  I assume they itch a lot.  Frankenreiter put on a good show and is band is composed of good musicians who know how to play and jam for the audience.  Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and I recommend everyone to at least give him a listen.  Not all of his music is my specific style, mostly because I don't really empathize with surfer music besides the Beach Boys, but he has put out some good music and his new album Glow has some great songs on it.
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[Recommended] Delta Spirit, High Noon Saloon, Nov. 18th, 9PM

Delta Spirit w/ Darker My Love and The Fling High Noon Saloon, Nov. 18th, 9Pm, 18+, $13/$15, more info at trueendeavors.com Based out of : San Diego California Musical Style: Indie Rock/Soul Toured with: Cold War Kids, Dr. Dog, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Debut Album: Ode to Sunshine (2008) Last album: History from Below (June 2010) Delta Spirit will be a fun show to go to.  They have a deep quest for soul and will bring forth a unique musical style that will be very engaging.  Here is their song "Motivation" below: The group has also been known to utilize all kinds of different instruments in their performances like garbage can lids. Darker My Love This is the opener for Delta Spirit and they are a psychedelic rock group from L.A.  They are said to have a great affection for older rock sounds from The Byrds to The Beatles. The Fling The High Noon Saloon website writes that they draw inspiration from a mix of folk, pop and psychedelic music and create a nostalgic sound of classic 60's pop and 90's alternative. Overall These bands will be really fun to watch and the High Noon Saloon is the perfect venue for this Thursday night performance.
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[Recommended] Mike Gordon, Barrymore Theatre, Nov. 17th, 8PM

Mike Gordon Barrymore Theatre, Nov. 17th, 8PM,  all ages, $20/$25, more info at trueendeavors.com Mike Gordon is the bassist for the band Phish and also plays the banjo, piano, guitar and does percussion.  Phish was formed in 1983 and blend together a wide variety of genres.  They're a fusion of rock, jazz and psychedelic.  The band broke up in 2004, but has reunited in 2009 and have begun to play together. Mike Gordon began to tour in his own solo band in 2003.  He put out his latest album "Moss" that was released last month. Here is Mike Gordon's song "Soulfood Man" from his album Inside In: Overall: This will definitely be a high energy and fun show to see.  Mike Gordon is a very well rounded musician and even has directed some films that have won awards. Why Should You Go?
  1. He's definitely an interesting person to check out.
  2. The Barrymore is a nice venue.
  3. Wednesday is a good night to go out on the town.
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[Concert Review] Dawes, The Majestic Theater, Nov. 12th

A big thanks to the Majestic Theater for hosting a great show! Although California rockers Dawes are pretty young in age they have a similar sound to bands of previous generations.  Dawes has a similar sound to some old school bands from their native state.  The Band, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Neil Young are some of the bands they get compared to most frequently. Dawes stopped by Studio M to give a great live performance and interview.  They played a few of their tracks in a really cool acoustic set.  I was immediately impressed with their talent and was taken with their sound. Take a look at their video for Love is All I Am below to hear their gentle simplicity and whimsy. After Studio M, Dawes headed over to the Majestic Theater. I was a little unsure about this concert.  After all Dawes doesn't exactly play the rock out jump around type music that make most live shows.  I turned out to be pleasantly surprised.  Even though Dawes has a laid back, easy going sound, they still played an amazing set.  They are great musicians and it was a show filled with passion and enthusiasm.  I think what makes them great live performers is their intensity.  Lead singer, Taylor Goldsmith, radiates a deep earnestness when he sings and its easy to see the fervor he has for playing music.  The most impressive thing about the group is their harmonies.  When these guys sing together its otherworldly and has the ability raise goosebumps.    The group is rumored to be releasing a new album sometime in the near future and they played a lot of new material.  Based on the songs they debuted on Friday, it should be a great sophomore record.  The new material stays true to their ethereal roots-rock style and fans will be thrilled.  The song most well received was When My Time Comes, their most popular song of their debut North Hills album.  The crowd went crazy making it clear this song it their most loved.
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[Recommended] Donovan Frankenreiter, Majestic Theatre, Nov. 15th

Donovan Frankenreiter w/ Ximena Sarinana Majestic Theatre, November 15th, 7:30PM, $18/$38, all ages. Musical Style: Soft surfer rock Latest album: "Glow" was released on October 5th, 2010. Donovan Frankenreiter is a surfer and musician.  He's from California (big surprise, I know).  He started pursuing a music career when he was 18-years-old.  He released his self-titled solo album in 2004 with the help of his close friend and co-producer Jack Johnson.  He released an EP of covers called "Recycled Recipes" that shows his appreciation of artists from Wilco to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Bob Dylan.  He then released "Pass it Around" in 2008 and has released "Recycled Reciples, vol. 2" in 2010.  He also released the album "Revisited" in June and his latest "Glow" in October.  He's pretty prolific.  Here's his song "Free" below: Musical Influences: Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Jack Johnson. Why should you check out this show?
  1. Donovan is a very talented musician and he will put on the show.
  2. You can sit down at The Majestic and just take in the music.
  3. You will probably hear some sweet covers.
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[Concert Review] Fang Island, High Noon Saloon, Nov. 11th

Fang Island High Noon Saloon, Nov. 11th 2010, more info at trueendeavors.com Fang Island is an infinitely fascinating band.  Their 5-man team includes a bassist, drummer and 3 guitarists.  Almost all of their songs end up in long jam sessions that are unequivocally good because of the talent level in the group.  They exceeded my expectations of them. Origins "Ok, everyone, raise your hands in the air.  Ok, now high-five the people next to you." The band is based out of Brooklyn.  They released their self-titled debut album was released in February and has been making it's circles around.  They are known for some very interesting music videos.  The band formed at Rhode Island and added guitarist Nick Sadler who was playing with another band in the region. The Show "This is our third show in Madison this year.  You guys rock." Fang Island is such a high intensity group.  They jump around, rocking out with extreme guitar hyper-picking and have some pretty interesting songs.  They darted out right away and climbed the way through their set even faster. The played through their album for the most part, most noteworthy songs being "Daisy," "The Illinois" and "Life Coach."  I can imagine these guys being exhausted after a live show because they play fast and hard.  It's magnetic.  Here's a video of their song "Daisy" below: Audience: High Noon was about half full and it made for a pretty intimate show with the band.  They played for about an hour and it was a pretty fun set.  These guys have made some good music and you should definitely check out their album. Ending Song: So, for the encore they played a mostly instrumental piece called "Amazing" that was...good.  Then they did a cover of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" that was pretty interesting.  The whole audience sang along and it was pretty moving. Overall: The band puts on a pretty high energy and fun show.  They collaborate well and mesh with the audience.   They describe their aesthetic as "everyone high-fiving everyone" and it's an accurate depiction of what it's like to see them. -Soren Nieminen
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[Recommended] Dawes, Nov. 12th, The Majestic Theater

Dawes November 12th, The Majestic Theater, 8pm, $12 in advance/$14 day of show, more info at www.majesticmadison.com Who are they? Dawes is made up of members Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber and Alex Casnoff.  Originally the group was called Simon Dawes and had an extra member, Blake Mills.  Mills bowed out of the group and took with him the their post-punk style.  The guys are from an area of Los Angeles known as North Hills (they love the place so much they named their debut album after it.)  While the group has enjoyed some major nods, particularly from Rolling Stone, they still remain low key.  I think their success is only going to increase and it will be fun to see them grow with it. What kind of sound? Inspired by fellow Californians, Dawes went to Laurel Canyon to record their first album.  Above all else, they wanted their music to be authentic.  As front man Taylor explains it "when you're listening to a guitar it sounds like a guitar, when you're listening to an organ it sounds like an organ."  Both Taylor and Wylie are fans of soul music and that has had a great influence on their sound.  Like their peers from Laurel Canyon, Dawes has excelled in the folk rock genre.  They have an incredible earthy, rootsy sound no matter the tempo of the song.  Lyrical content is incredibly important to me and Taylor Griffin proves to be a master with words.  His lyrics have meaning and depth and his vocals bring the emotions and truth to the forefront.  I think the video for When My Time Comes represents this group at their best.  Take a look: What are their best songs? -When My Time Comes -Love is All I Am -Bedside Manner Why should you go see them?  -Fans brag their live shows are even better than their record -Dawes has proved to be an original, breakout artist in their style.  They aren't like all the other folk-rockers but they put their own spin on a great genre.  -This band is on the verge of becoming a powerhouse so don't miss them in their humble beginnings!
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[Concert Review] Playing for Change, Nov 9th, The Overture Center

Special thanks to trueendeavors.com for this amazing performance! It was really an experience to see all of these people together sharing their histories and culture and bringing their differences together to make great music.  Each member introduced themselves and where they were from which was also represented by their nations flags wrapped around their microphones or instruments.  Before songs they gave a little background about its origins and meaning.  Then while they were playing all the members would groove and dance completely inspired by the music.  They did a couple of songs in their respective native languages and though I am no proficient in African languages, my lack of familiarity didn’t take anything away from the performance.  The tone and emotion of the song was still apparent, proving that music really is universal. The music they played ranged from Afro-pop to New Orleans style blues and for a while they “took us back to the church” playing songs like This Little Light of Mine.  The very cultured man behind me deduced “I think this is what they call that world music.”   The group used loads of instruments along with typical ones.  A variety of drums, a cow bell and maracas were combined with keyboards, two guitars and a bass to enhance their sound.  Having such a large group of people made for a really dynamic sound.  It also gave the group ample opportunity to have a jam session and take some solos to highlight their talents.  One of the highlights of the show was singer and lone female of the group, Titi Tsira of Guguletu, South Africa.  She did an A cappella solo and blew me away.  Her voice had so much soul and power it was impossible to ignore.  Her voice flew over a range of notes to produce a beautiful melancholy song that moved the audience.     The show closer was a great choice.  They ended the show with a fun and appropriate cover of Bob Marley’s Three Little Bird.  I love that song and hearing it will all of the African and blues influence made it sound amazing.
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[Recommended] Playing for Change, The Overture Center, Nov. 9th

Playing for Change The Overture Center, Nov 9th, 7:30 pm, Tickets: $36 Playing for Change has one mission and that’s to spread peace and love throughout the world with music.  “The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.”  This is the brainchild of founders Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono.  In 2004 Mark and Enzo rounded up some according equipment and got ready to take on the world.  They traveled to many places like New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland.  In every location they met musicians and recorded their talents.  The project’s first single was Stand by Me.  It was inspired by a street musician Rodger Ridley whom Mark heard playing the song.  Then Mark and Enzo filmed other musicians playing the song and cut them together.  Playing for Change decided they wanted to give back and in 2007 started the Playing for Change Foundation.  Now, musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope. The Playing for Change band includes a variety of street musicians, in the works of their second CD release tour, working with local PBS stations to air the Foundation’s special, and having each show donate $1 for every ticket sold to the Playing for Change Foundation
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Blues for Donna

TAB BENOIT TO HEADLINE BENEFIT CONCERT The Madison music community is coming together to help one of its own. A stellar lineup of musicians will play Scatz Wednesday November 17th for Donna, the wife of Westside Andy Linderman. She is in the midst of a very serious health battle...so please join us as we come together to show our support as friends,  and to help with the very costly expenses involved in her treatment. Here's the scoop: Wednesday, November 17th 6:30 PM Scatz Sports Bar and Night Club Middleton, WI Featuring Tab Benoit “Louisiana's # 1 Roots Export” Also Starring: Clyde Stubblefield Mel Ford & Jimmy Voegeli Steve Dougherty & Jeff Hammes Plus more local musicians Suggested donation: $15 at the door More info here.
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[Recommended] Fang Island, High Noon Saloon, Nov. 11th, 8:30PM, win FREE TICKETS

Fang Island w/openers Delicate Steve and The Felix Culpa High Noon Saloon, Nov. 11th, 8:30PM, $12/$10, more info at trueendeavors.com.  Comment on this post to get a chance to win 2 free tickets to see this show! Based out of: Brooklyn, NY Musical Style: Indie Rock Newest album: They're self-titled album was released in February. So, if you're into the whole indie rock scene, you have to check out Fang Island.  They have a nice fun jam sound and are on the rise in the music scene.  Word on the street (a.k.a. Wikipedia) is that they got their name from an article in The Onion.  Pretty sweet.  Here is an awesome music  video of their song "Life Coach." Fang Island was founded in 2005 by 4 guys who were attending the Rhode Island School of Design.  Later, a couple of other people joined the band and they released their first independent album Day of the Great Leap in 2007 and they released their 2nd EP Sky Gardens in 2008. Musical Influences: Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Arcade Fire Other reasons to check them out
  1. They have a pretty unique sound and will put on a fabulous show.
  2. If you comment below, you can enter an opportunity to win 2 FREE TICKETS!  Have you heard of Fang Island?  Have any favorite songs?  What do you think of the video of the song "Life Coach" above?
  3. The High Noon Saloon is a cool place to check out on a Thursday night.
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[Concert Review] The Weepies, High Noon Saloon, Oct. 28th

The Weepies The High Noon Saloon, Oct 28th, special thanks to trueendeavors.com The Weepies are back and better than ever! While on their latest tour, they stopped by the High Noon Saloon and played for a sold out crowd.  I have never seen the High Noon this packed and it was an enjoyable experience. Although the crowd was large and the High Noon is a pretty big place, the show felt amazingly intimate.  Everyone was laid back and loving the mellow feel of the show.  The stage was set like someone’s living room with subtle lights and candles lit everywhere.    The band’s personal life definitely comes through with their performance.  The happily married couple has great chemistry on stage and they only enhance each other's talent.  Steve and Deb have that quirky indie vibe that just emanates from them and you can’t help but be totally fascinated.  They are exactly what you would think Juno and Pauly Bleeker would grow up to be.  The two frequently sing simultaneously and their combined efforts make for haunting melodies.  Even more so in person I think.  I was happy to hear my very favorite song  World Spins Madly On which was done perfectly.  I also was impressed by their show closer This Is Not A Lullaby.  That tune is off their new album Be My Thrill and while I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite from the record, I was overwhelmed by the extra emotion and passion Deb seemed to put into it.  The Weepies played Little Bird for their encore, a song I had never heard before but immediately took to.  I found it an incredibly written song both musically and lyrically and immediately went home to find it.      The only objection I can give about the performance was its length.  They played a great show but a little short.  I heard many people in the crowd express the same feeling and wishing they would have stayed on a little longer, even after the one song encore.
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[Concert Review] Dar Williams, Barrymore Theatre, Oct. 27th

Dar Williams Barrymore Theater,  Barrymore Theater, Oct. 27th, more info at trueendeavors.com Dar Williams definitely has a stage presence.  A commanding one.  And she is in her element in Madison, WI amongst the, shall we say, far-left crowd.  She even said that on her calendar, the Madison, WI date of the tour is always circled and starred. The opener Madison native Tracy Jane Comer was very good,  ranging from songs about coping with loss to an Elton John cover.  She was really good. Then out came the Dar... And Dar William started out the night with her song "Spring Street" and it is indicative of her strong songwriting ability.  Dar Williams was subtle and poignant and incredibly funny.  She speaks very fast and it's kind of like listening to Hunter Thompson, if you can follow her, it's brilliant. The crowd was very much into the music and she received rapturous applause after every song. This is a group who is so familiar with her career, that they began shouting out song choices for her.  The obvious one was "The Christians and Pagans" which Dar described as a kind of pickup line for Wiccans.  Here it is below: Dar Williams had the audience singing along and even some people in the audience began dancing in the aisles of the Barrymore.  The last song of the night was "The One Who Knows" and my favorite song of the night.  I just love the lyrics: "You'll fly away but take my hand until that day So when they ask how far love goes When my job's done, you'll be the one who knows." Very elegant and beautiful lyrics. The "who carries that around in their pocket?" moment of the night: When Dar broke her guitar pick, there was  someone in the audience who had an extra one and brought it up to her. Overall: Dar Williams gave a great performance that is true to her form.  She is a skilled songwriter and has a presence with the audience.  She has many stories behind her music and the quick wits to banter with the audience.  It was an interesting night to see a woman who is well-known throughout the folk movement.
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[Recommended] The Weepies, The High Noon Saloon, Oct. 28th

The Weepies The High Noon Saloon, October 28th, 8pm, $18 in advance, $20 day of show, must be 18 years of age or older, more info at trueendeavors.com Who are The Weepies? The Weepies are an American band that could be described as indie-pop or folk-pop.  The two members, Steve Tannen and Deb Talan, both began their careers as solo sing-songwriters and met during one of Tannen's shows in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The pair quickly discovered their musical chemistry and began playing together.  Soon after they realized that chemistry extended to more than just music and Steve and Deb were eventually married.  They now reside in California with their son.  The Weepies career has experienced a lot of success.  Their work has been featured in a list of TV shows including; Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, The Riches, How I Met Your Mother, and Greek.  Not to mention a performance on Dirty Sexy Money.  They have also been a part of a JC Penny and Old Navy commercial, Sex and the City 2, and one of Barack Obama's presidential campaign ads.  There's no doubt this group has been busy. What do they sound like? The Weepies is one big give and take relationship.  Steve and Deb switch off lead and backing vocals while they match subtle acoustic guitar with caressing electric leads.  Their past albums have had more of a feeling of longing and a little bit of frustration.  This was no doubt due to the couple's attempts to get pregnant.  Their new album Be My Thrillwhich was released this past August is a whole different story.  This album is a bit more chipper with obvious contentment in their family life with their son.  Their tunes now have a sunnier but still gentle, wistful appeal.  I could compare them to a more upbeat Ray Lamontagne or William Fitzsimmons.  A lot of sweetness and sugary melodies. Want to sample The Weepies a little more?  Click here to stream their newly released album Be My Thrill in full! Best Tracks: World Spins Madly On Somebody Loved Why should you go see them? This will be the first time The Weepies have toured since 2006.  It will be great to see them back on the road and see how they've progressed during their baby break.  So tonight grab a date and head over to the High Noon Saloon to check them out tonight!
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[Concert Review] Matt Costa, Oct. 26th, High Noon Saloon

A big thanks to trueendeavors.com for another great show by Matt Costa! The High Noon Saloon isn’t really one of my favorite places to go to see bands.  It can’t decide whether it wants to be a venue or just a bar.  A lot of people treat it like a bar and ignore the band while sometimes the band doesn’t seem too thrilled to be there themselves.  Last night Matt Costa was at the High Noon and I have to say it was probably the best show I’ve ever seen there.  Not only was it great for the High Noon but it was great overall.  There was a significant crowd at the High Noon and they weren’t just there for a night out, they were there for Matt. Matt started the show with a bang.  He made an entrance by surprising the audience, singing in the back, and making his way through the crowd onto the stage.  I agreed when my friend said to me, “when there’s no backstage to make an entrance, the middle of the crowd is the way to go.”  Matt played great and transitioned from song to song seamlessly.  Although he didn’t talk to the crowd much he still made an effort to connect with the crowd and really put on an incredible show. He took a couple requests from the audience and led a sing-a-long to Astair. My favorite songs that were played were Whiskey and Wine and Ballad of Miss Kate.  A lot of his music, including those two tunes, has a rich down south country blues vibe while also being retro, which I really like.  Matt is a really talented guitarist and did a lot of impressive finger picking.  What I didn’t realize was he was also a talented keyboardist.  Matt took a good break from the guitar to play a number of songs on the keyboard and rocked it just as well as he did the anything else.  He also branched out to play the harmonica and the trumpet.  This guy is multi-talented.  Not only did Matt dominate in the instrument area but his vocals were to die for.  He was perfect on every song.  He was hitting high notes that many would have trouble with.  On Whiskey and Wine he had a little help from his backup singer.  This woman’s voice mixed with his in a bone chilling, haunting way that made everybody take notice.  Overall this was a great show and I will definitely see Matt Costa the next time he’s in town.  Best part of the show: Matt played a variety of his material.  He played everything from Sunshine to his new single Witchcraft to Sweet Thursday.  He just went from song to song and gave everything he had to each one.
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Freakfest 2010 Schedule Announced

This year’s event is slated for Saturday, October 30 on State Street in downtown Madison. Gates will open at 7:00 PM with tickets available at the gate for $10. $7 advance tickets are available now at the Coliseum box office, Ticketmaster, or at several businesses in the State Street area.

Mountain Dew Amp Stage
7:15 PM Mike Droho & The Compass Rose
8:20 PM Mechanical Kids
9:25 PM Runner Runner
10:30 PM My Dear Disco
12:00 - 1:30 AM OK Go

Channel3000.com Stage
7:30 PM Project M's Daniel + The Lion
8:35 PM Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo
9:40 PM American Bang
10:45 PM Stealing Angels
12:00 -  1:00 AM Little Big Town

Ticketmaster Stage
8:30 PM DJ Will Calder
11:00 PM Costume Contest featuring Grand Prize of roundtrip airfare for 2 to London and a Nighttime Jack The Ripper Tour  and a LG 42” Plasma TV
12:00 -  1:30 AM DJ Will Calder
The business ticket outlets will be selling tickets through Friday, October 29 and there is no service charge at any of those locations (only service charges on tickets sold at Ticketmaster outlets).  Participating businesses are designated with special multicolored posters with the Freakfest logo and the words “Freakfest Tickets Available Here”.  Tickets on the day of the event will be available at booths near the entrances beginning at Noon and continuing through the end of the event or when the street reaches capacity.  Additional information is available at the official Freakfest website: http://www.channel3000.com/freakfest Freakfest 2009 drew a record number of people with an estimated 55,000 people enjoying the music and costumes on State Street.  Once again the city was able to cut back on costs and there were fewer arrests as the event continues to run smoothly and become more successful.  As the event continues to grow in popularity, it is definitely recommended that people purchase their tickets in advance or get to the event as early as possible to purchase their day of event ticket and insure admittance.
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[Recommended] Dar Williams, Barrymore, Oct. 27th

Dar Williams October 27th, Barrymore Theatre, 7:30PM, $26, more info at trueendeavors.com Hometown: Mount Kisco, New York Musical Style: Folk, Alternative, Country For fans of: Joan Baez, Suzanne Vega, Joni Mitchell Dar Williams is an incredibly talented vocalist who has put out 15 Albums and EPs.  She is probably best known on the folk circuit, touring with artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin and Joan Baez.  Over the years, Williams has built up a solid fan base because of her melodic style and songwriting ability.  You can see an example of her song "It's Alright" below: Also here's a FREE DOWNLOAD of her song "As Cool As I Am."  http://wmmm.radiotown.com/AsCoolAsIAm.mp3 Dar Williams has also been a leader in a lot of social causes, even blogging about pedal powdered gyms and talking about Triple M's radio Roots festival here in Madison in 2008.  You can check out her writing on Huffington Post here. Why should you go to see her?
  1. She is incredibly gifted and it will be a fun performance.
  2. The Barrymore Theatre is a cool venue.  And Wednesday night is free beer night.  (Just kidding)
  3. Williams really is a renaissance woman and is a natural storyteller.  She has also written two novels, Amalee in 2004 and Lights, Camera, Amalee in 2008.
  4. And she is a great collaborator with other artists.  You can see a picture to the right of her with Jackson Browne.
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[Recommended] Ingrid Michaelson, Overture Center, Oct. 23rd

Ingrid Michaelson Overture Center, Oct. 23rd, 8PM, $22, more info at trueendeavors.com Ahh, Ingrid Michaelson.  She's probably best known for her single "The Way I am," and has had several of her songs featured on popular TV shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs and Bones. She's  most known for her beautifully melodious voice and indie pop/folk sound.  She has released 4 albums, starting with Slow The Rain in 2005.  In 2008, she opened for Jason Mraz on his tour in Europe.   You can check out more of her music on myspace. Ingrid Michaelson will definitely put on a fun show.  She has a lovely voice and can play a variety of different instruments.  Her latest album Everybody was released in August of 2009 and peaked at 18 on the U.S. Billboard. Similar Artists: Regina Spektor, Death Cab for Cutie, The Magnetic Fields Why should you go see her?
  1. If you like Grey's Anatomy, you've probably heard Michaelson in at least 9 episodes.
  2. Wonderful voice.
  3. She has collaborated with lots of artists from Joshua Radin to British pop singer Cheryl Cole.
  4. She has been classically trained in music since she was 4-years-old.
  5. Nerdy glasses.
You can also check out her Live from Studio M Session. If you get a chance, you should check her out on Saturday Oct. 23rd at the Overture Center.
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[Concert Review] Guster, Oct. 15th, The Overture Center

Thank you trueendeavors.com for an amazing performance! This Friday was my third time seeing Guster perform and my opinion about them has only been confirmed and strengthened.  They are brilliant.  The band gives everything they can on stage but without being too serious.  They move around the stage and switch instruments with ease and proficiency.  It’s great to go to a show and have one song be performed with a regular drum kit and the next with bongos and then see the guitarist grab a trumpet for another.  Guster is a band with not one leader that excels but the whole band collectively is a driving force.  I love that Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller share vocals and when they sing together their harmonies are breath taking.   All my favorite songs were accounted for including: The Captain, One Man Wrecking Machine, Jesus on the Radio and Amsterdam. They also played some material from their brand new album including Do You Love Me?  Check out the newly released video for that track: The crowd loved them so much the band gave three encores; yup, three. During their last one, the band came on stage and for the second time this year I got to see a completely unplugged performance.  Although this one was a little dampened by the crowd’s sing-a-long casting a shadow over the bands voices and the many shushes didn’t help either.  None the less it was a great end to the show.   The best thing about a Guster show is the way they can mix music with humor.  During the set the guys gave a shout out to two Madison staples, Ian’s Pizza (the macaroni and cheese slice of course) and Ragstock.  They said they were impressed with Ragstock for its organization and also because they had a whole rack of Bill Cosby sweaters.  They then brought out a Cosby sweater while singing a song about it.  Best part of the show: During their second encore, the band did an unexpected but mind blowing mash up of Billy Joel’s My Life and their own Hang On.  I am a huge fan of My Life and the way they mixed the two together was magic. Cant get enough of Guster? Check out Guster's Website to download a free .mp3 of Bad Bad World! Go to Triple M's Facebook page for more pictures of the show! Go to our Live from Studio M blog page to see Guster perform!
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[Recommened] Guster with Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves, Oct

Guster with Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves Overture Center, 8pm, $29.50, more info at trueendeavors.com and www.overturecenter.com  Back in my high school days, I like so many others had an after school job to get some extra cash.  I worked at a clothing store in the mall and as many of you dedicated shopaholics will know, the music on rotation can get on your nerves quickly (especially when you can’t leave for 4 to 6 hours).  Mostly I tried to drown out songs like Paris Hilton's Stars are Blind and anything by Miley Cyrus but among those were a couple of tracks that I actually found I liked.  It wasn’t until I heard them in my friend’s car that I found out they were all by the same band and that band was Guster. Introductions: Guster originated as a three piece acoustic group that has grown to adopt a fourth member and whole new variety of instruments.  The band has now put out six studio albums and even more live records and with each one they seem to get better, and their audience seems to grow.   Their latest album Easy Wonderful was released just a little over a week ago.  You can check out Guster's website to stream a few tracks.  Even if you don’t immediately recognize this band by name chances are you’ve heard their music.   Their tunes have been featured on many television shows and movies, such as Martian Child, which featured their song "Satellite"; Disturbia; Wedding Crashers; Life as a House, The OC; and one of the band’s songs was used in an ad for The Weather Channel. Why should you see them? One of the things that sets Guster apart is their dual lead vocals.  Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller share the lead vocalist title on many of their tracks and together they create a great harmonized sound.  Another thing I like about the band is their range of instruments.  They like to create different sounds by using things like a banjo, keyboard, bongos, harmonica, xylophone and a trumpet.  The guys are not afraid to switch it up either.  The guys switch role for different songs including in their live performances.  It should be a great live performance especially because of the bands ability to consistently crack jokes.  It takes the show to the next level and makes it a really fun night out.  Their humor is what many of their fans, including myself, love about them. I have seen Guster a number of times and have yet to be disappointed.  Make sure you join me at the Overture Center TONIGHT! Best Tracks: -The Captain -One Man Wrecking Machine -Fa Fa
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[Concert Review] Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Oct. 13th, Majestic

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Oct. 13th, Majestic Theatre, more info at trueendeavors.com Hometown: Fayston, Vermont Album: Self-titled (released in June) Sounds like: Bonnie Raitt, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Janis Joplin Grace Potter exists for the stage.  She has this energetic rapturous presence that is contagious.  I hate to make the comparison, but she reminds me of Grace Slick, the lead singer behind several bands including Jefferson Airplane.  And to further the comparison, they performed an awesome cover of "White Rabbit" by the band.  Here's a video of the song below: Grace Potter visited Studio M back in 2007 - 85,000+ video views later, Grace is still rockin'! Check it out below: In the words of Vonnegut, "So it goes."  This band is so much fun to watch.  They have these incredible songs and their transitions are effortless and flawless, heated by the fires of musical convergence and rhythm.  These are talented individuals, but Grace Potter is the driver of this van.  She has this low salty voice that is marvelous and she exudes excitement during the show. "Nothing but water" was the greatest raw song of the night.  It reminded me of a Pink Floyd jam session that had most of the crowd dancing around.  Then later on in the show, the whole band gathered around the drum set and started pounding away for over a minute.  It was this visceral performance art where a gathered force played and played, stirring up this eclectic musical soup.   Grace Potter really enjoys the music and so does the band.  They're lively and jactate around the stage with precision and tranquility at moments and shoot out musical chords like fireworks the next. Best Part of the Show: "White Rabbit" and "Paris (Ooh La La)" were the greatest songs.  But Grace Potter also made a snotty remark about how Vermont cheese was better than Wisconsin cheese.  She took it back at the end of the show. Worst Part of the Show: Two women behind me who talked loudly.  It's a concert, not your living room.  It's not sacred ground, but when a good band is playing:  BE QUIET!  In hindsight, I really wish I had said that to them. Overall: One of the top shows of the year. They can play, they can sing and they rocked out.  Definitely check them out when they come back to Madison. -Soren Nieminen
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[Concert Review] Michael Franti & Spearhead

October 9th at the Overture Center.  Special thanks to www.trueendeavors.com Having performed music for over 20 years Michael Franti is no novice on the stage.  His performance on Saturday night was nothing short of exceptional.  Going in I was curious to see if Franti would play some of his older songs or stick to those from his newest release with Spearhead, Sound of Sunshine.  He did cover mostly material from the new album, and I was a little disappointed he didn’t branch into his older stuff a little more but hey, I’m far from complaining.  My personal favorite was the group’s rendition of I’ll Be Waiting. This track is a little more rock and sounded great inside the capital theater.  Other songs to be covered were Sound of Sunshine, Hey, Hey, Hey, and the best received was, of course, Say Hey (I Love You) which was the show closer.  For this last song he invited kids and seniors onto the stage with him and even enlisted the help of a young girl for the chorus.   Franti has rare stage presence.  He has a commanding aura about him that fills up a room and you can’t help but feel yourself acclimate with it. It’s like the sunshine and positivity shoot out at you from his eyes and you just feel yourself start to smile.  Not only is Franti an amazing front man but this group is filled with remarkable musicians.  Their performances with each other were very natural and comfortable.  I was especially impressed with guitarist Jay Bowman who had some great solos and even better enthusiasm.  Best parts of the show: -There was a packed house at the Capital Theater and it was a huge surprise for those of us in the balcony section when Michael and his guitar appeared up there with us.  He walked around all the way up to the top of the theater and then back down to the lower level to do a little more mingling before he went back to the stage.  And he didn’t miss a note the whole time. -A lot of people would kill to meet their favorite musicians but not many people ever get the chance.  Well for those of us who were at Michael’s concert on Saturday, we were in luck.  Michael jumped back into the crowd after the show to take pictures and give out hugs! Studio M was lucky enough to have Michael & Spearhead stop by.  Check out our interview here!
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[Recommended] Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Majestic Theatre, Oct. 13th

Grace Potter and the Noctournals Majestic Theatre, Oct. 13th, 8pm, $15/$17, all ages, more info at trueendeavors.com. If you're at all offended by provocative imagery, don't watch this video below.  It's the song "Paris (Ooh La La)" and it's a raw and smothering, take no prisoners song that is real treat to listen to: Grace Potter and the Noctournals will be putting on a wildly fun show at the Majestic Theatre on Wednesday, Oct.13th.  The band was formed in 2002 and have been paying homage to a variety of blues and rock artists ranging from Janis Joplin to James Brown.  This will be a great show to go see.  Potter has the stage presence to make the show good and they have the musical ability to really play some good songs.  They just released their self-titled album in June and it has been reviewed really positively.  It peaked on the U.S. Billboard at #19 and deservedly so.  The album is definitely one to check out and you should see her this Wednesday at the Majestic Theatre at 115 King Street. Similar Artists:
  1. Tom Petty/Neil Young
  2. Bonnie Raitt
  3. Wilco/Black Angels
Why should you go see this show?
  1. The Majestic is a lively venue for a fun band.
  2. Grace Potter and The Noctournals have been around for a while so they know how to put on a good show.
  3. Their music is an awesome mix of rock and blues and have been associated with The Black Crowes, Dave Matthews Band and T-Bone Burnett.
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[Concert Review] Peter Wolf Crier, High Noon Saloon, Oct. 9th

Peter Wolf Crier w/Jeremiah Nelson High Noon Saloon, Oct. 9th, more info at trueendeavors.com Ok, let's start with the good stuff first.  Jeremiah Nelson was pretty good.  He was the opener and he had the small crowd that was at the High Noon Saloon grooving to the beat as some of his songs are tremendously catchy.  It was the first time he was playing together with two of his band mates in front of a live audience so I gave him a lot of credit. But Peter Wolf Crier... They just weren't good.  I'm not going to beat around the bush and say that they gave it their best because they didn't.  Now, lead singer Peter Pisano and drummer Brian Moen are certainly talented individuals who are very skilled at playing, but the problem is they have very few interesting or catchy live songs.  Their best song of the night was "Hard as Nails" and they played it in the opening and everything went downhill from there. PROBLEMS The band's live songs are just not memorable in any way. There's only so much you can do with two people on stage and it seems like something is lost in translation from the album to their live performance.  Pisano has a very haunting way of singing and wailing into the microphone and often the songs build to a heightened acme of frenetic screeching and minimalist drumming and strumming, but it was often times hard to understand anything Pisano was saying.  I know the problems could have been technical, but Peter Wolf Crier was just not really in this performance.  Pisano thanked the audience and at the end of the show he said almost saddened, "We're going to do two more songs and then we'll let you get back to the bar" and it seemed like he was giving up on the audience.  It just felt like people drifted during the show and some of the audience even began talking during the performance, an ostensibly Oscar Wilde method of drowning out a poor performance.  I felt saddened by it.  At the end they played a cover of a Nick Drake song for their encore and I still wasn't feeling it. The silver lining You know what.  It was just one performance and I think this new band just needs more experience playing together in front of a live audience.  This is they're first time headlining and they only have one album out and they just need to keep at it and they will get better.  Like I said before, "Hard as Nails" was fantastic, it's just the other songs...weren't. -Soren Nieminen
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[Concert Review] Joan Baez, Wisconsin Union Theatre, Oct. 8th

Joan Baez Wisconsin Union Theatre, Oct. 14th, more info at trueendeavors.com Did you know Joan Baez dated Steve Jobs?  She's 69-years-old today.  She started performing when she was 18-years-old and had her first album in 1960 when she was 19-years-old.  She's a punchline in an Arrested Development episode (my all-time favorite show) and has over 30 albums including songs in 8 different languages. And she came to Madison on Friday Oct. 8th and played a host of songs and showed the audience that the power/beauty of Baez comes from her crisp presence and roaring vocal strength that has not diminished with age. The concert was extraordinary.  She launched off with the song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and the audience launched into a rapturous applause afterward, thanking a woman who along with providing great music, has been at the forefront of many philanthropic and social equality fronts and has lead a fascinating life.  Fed up with the pedantic nature of education, she told the audience that she never wanted to go to college, she wanted to explore the world. Joan Baez also was conversational with the audience and gave some back story to her life, told a few hilarious jokes and sang some incredible songs.  The thing with going to a Baez concert is there are a few staple songs that you expect, but she has such a deep repertoire of music at her disposal to impart on audiences that you will definitely hear something new each time with her.  She played her song "Stewball" about a horse that she told the audience she hadn't sung to an audience in over 20 years. The "magical" moment of the concert: There were a couple awesome moments, but I loved when she sung Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and for the last 30-45 seconds of the song she gave a raspy impression of Dylan.  It gave me goosebumps. The next magical moment was for the encore and she played "Imagine" by John Lennon and the whole audience sang along.  Beautiful. Overall: This was an amazing concert.  Joan Baez still has an incredible voice at 69-years-old and she is fun to listen to.  And I loved her "House of the Rising Sun" version, a song Joan Baez said is a "must know" for any musician who wants to play folk music.  I really enjoyed spending my time listening to her. -Soren Nieminen
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[Recommended] Peter Wolf Crier, High Noon Saloon, Oct. 9th

Peter Wolf Crier High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, $8/$10, 18+, more info at trueendeavors.com. Peter Wolf Crier is a duo that was formed in the Midwest and just released their debut album Inter-Be in May of this year and have been touring ever since.  They are composed of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen.  Pisano is known for being part of the quartet Wars of 1812 and teamed up with drummer Moen and they have taken off from there. This band said in an interview with Spinner that their main influences were Wilco and The Beatles and it really shows in their playing style.  They have the tranquility of Iron & Wine, but are growing slowly to be their own creative group.  Their album has some stretch marks, but I really think this is a group to watch for in the future. Why should you go? Here is a video of their song "Hard as Nails."  This is reason #1. Peter Wolf Crier - "Hard as Nails" from Northern Outpost on Vimeo. Similar Artists: Wilco, Iron & Wine, Rogue Wave Why else should I go?
  1. Their album is filled with lots of other great music.
  2. It's Saturday night and the High Noon Saloon will be a nice place to hang out for a few hours.
  3. Jeremiah Nelson and Conrad Plymouth will also be playing
  4. Listen to their song "Crutch & Cane" below:
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[Recommended] Joan Baez, Wisconsin Union Theatre, Oct. 8th

Joan Baez Wisconsin Union Theatre, 8:30 PM, $25-$44, more info at trueendeavors.com Joan Baez has been a growing part of the folk movement since she was 18 in 1959.  She is 69 years old now, has released over 30 albums and recorded songs in 8 different languages.  Mostly she is known for her cover songs, paying homage to artists like Bob Dylan, The Band, Woody Guthrie, The Beatles, and the list could go on and on.  And it should go on and on:  The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, etc.  If you like any of those acts, you should go see her. Baez's recorded her first album Joan Baez in 1960.  She met Bob Dylan in 1961 and the relationship took off from there as they toured together. Why Should I go see her?
  1. There is something beautiful about the way she sings and this will be a great venue to really hear and enjoy many of the songs she has been singing for decades.
  2. Baez is ICONIC.  You will be seeing a musical legend.
  3. What else are you doing Friday night?  Nothin'.
  4. Her songs usually speak about many social issues and responsibilities.
Here is a video of Joan Baez covering The Beatles "Let it Be."
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[Recommended] Michael Franti, Overture Center, October 9th

Michael Franti will be appearing at the Overture Center thanks to www.trueendeavors.com Michael Franti is just an all around great guy.  He’s probably one of the most positive and socially aware artists out there.  Evidenced by the number of charities he’s a part of and the fact that he walks around barefoot because he wanted to see how it felt to be an impoverished child that cant afford shoes.  Not to mention the fact that he gives free concerts to people who can’t afford them.  “We play outside our shows for those who can’t afford to come inside. They need the songs too -- maybe more,” he explains.  His life and his music is all about empowering people to make their own lives, as well as the world better. Franti’s positive life outlook and concern with major social issues come across fully in his music.  People are enthusiastically responding to that message.  Franti’s newest album, Sound of Sunshine, is currently number 17 on Billboard’s top 200. Each song talks about how life is a blessing and we should be happy to be alive.  He wants us to love one another instead of materials and be better human beings.  His last (and most recognizable) single Say Hey (I Love You) was featured in numerous media outlets including the introduction to the film Valentine’s Day.  His blend of hip hop with reggae, funk and sometimes rock makes his music easily accessible and moving to all. My Favorite Tracks:
  • Light up Your Lighter
  • Sometimes
  • I’ll Be Waiting
Why Should You Check Him Out?
  • You will probably leave the theater feeling extremely happy and like you can change the world
  • Will be a relaxed, easy-going concert
  • Some good jam sessions
Check out Michael's website to stream his new album, Sound of Sunshine!
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[Concert Review] Ryan Montbleau Band, October 3rd, The High Noon Saloon

The Ryan Montbleau Band stopped by the High Noon Saloon last night to play a casual show.  There was a very laid back vibe at the high noon last night and it was a great way to end a relaxing Sunday.  The bands newest album, Heavy on the Vine, was fully showcased with a majority of the tracks being performed including my favorites, Songbird and Carry. Ryan has an incredible voice.  One that is very distinct and hard to duplicate.  It sounded amazing at the High Noon.  It’s powerful but effortless.  The band also did a great job with their performance.  They have a great sound with a lot of funk.  It’s easy for bands like that to get a bit carried away in a jam session but they kept it reigned in. The only shortcoming of this show was the bands apparent lack of enthusiasm.  They all seemed to be a bit distracted.  For me music is all about a connection.  I like shows were the artists share things and tell us a little about them.  It allows the audience to feel a stronger bond with and become closer to the music.  Ryan Montbleau and the boys had limited words for the crowd and especially in a setting like it was I think that was a missed opportunity.  Highlights from the show:
  1. Ryan can WHISTLE. He can whistle better than I can sing.  When I first heard him I thought he was playing some obscure instrument or something but no it was really him whistling and I must say I was impressed.
  2. The band played to perfection.  They are just as good live as they are in the studio which is remarkable.
  3. By the end of the night a handful of people had really loosened up and watching them dance off-beat to funk music was extremely entertaining.  Especially since I had a balcony view.
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[Concert Review] Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, October 1st, The Majestic Theat

There was a lot of love at the majestic on Friday night for Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers.  A large part of that was from the guy that proposed to his girlfriend on stage!  The Sixers were cool enough to let the chap get down on one  knee in front of the whole crowd and after she of course said yes (who wouldn’t with a proposal like that?) the band serenaded them while they shared a romantic slow dance!  Major props to that man for putting together a great proposal and congratulations! The band did a hell of a job themselves.  These guys have a good sense of humor and it’s easy to see they don’t take themselves too seriously.  They are really phenomenal musicians as was demonstrated by Goose when he put his guitar fully behind his head and played like it was nothing.  It wasn’t just one or two chords, he was soloing it up behind his head…amazing.  The guys played a lot from their newest album including the title track The Bear, the feel good Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts, and the heartfelt Satisfied Man. Highlights from the show:
  1. Stephen is a great story teller and he was in his element on Friday.  He had the crowd cheering in agreement about mean high school girls that work at Hollister and how you shouldn’t buy pants from there if you didn’t want a blow to your ego.
  2. The Sixers were a lot of fun and got the audience going when they did a sing along version of Start the Day Early.  Who doesn’t love to sing about moonshine?
  3. Stephen can play the harmonica like no one’s business.  I love when bands have a little bluesy jam session and he was rocking that harmonica.
Intrigued? Then make sure you check out: -The live album the Sixers released of their 1000th show together.  It’s completely uncut and includes 22 tracks recorded in none other than NYC!  The two disc set is available on iTunes. -The song Milwaukee! Any time a Wisco nod comes I will be happy to take it, even if it is just the title of a song. Thanks to majesticmadison.com for hosting the show! Below see Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers Live from Studio M! Still want more?  Go to our Live from Studio M blog page!
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[Shows this Week] Triple M Recommends for Oct. 4-10

10/04 Disturbed,  Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm and Hellyeah Alliant Energy Center, 6:30 pm, $45.75, more info
Folk (just kidding, this is pure unadulterated HARD ROCK)
If you're in for a night of frenetic crowd jumping and fist pumping, Monday Night at the Alliant Energy Center is where you will find it.  Disturbed released it's newest album Asylum in August and Avenged Sevenfold had their album Nightmare released in July.  So this concert will probably feature a lot of new music along with some old favorites.
10/05 King Khan and the Shrines The Annex, 9:00pm, Ages 18+, $15, More info
Rock 'n Roll/Psychedelic
King Khan and the Shrines were founded in 1999 and are fronted by lead singer King Khan who was born in Canada, but now resides in Berlin, Germany.  This band combines a wide variety of instruments with strong experimentation and the speculations of what Khan wears to his concerts are almost Gaga-esque.  Regardless of whether you like the music or not, this will be a good show.
10/06 Boo Bradley Alchemy Cafe, 10pm, free, more info
Folk
Join Madison's own Scott Kiker and Brad Selz as they entertain you at the Alchemy Cafe on Atwood Avenue.  They are an energetic and fun trio to watch and the show is free.  You can't beat that.
10/07 Citizen Cope Wisconsin Union Theatre, 8pm, all ages, $22/$25, more info
Hip Hop
Citizen Cope is the pseudonym of Clarence Greenwood and he has been compared to Everlast and similar artists with laid back styles that offer a blend of blues and rap.  He self-released The Rainwater LP this year that has garnered some positive reviews.
10/08 Joan Baez Wisconsin Union Theatre, 8:30 PM, all ages, $25-$44, more info
Folk
If ever there was a list of people who were emblematic of the culture and zeitgeist of the 1960's, Baez would need to be included.  She is mostly known for her extraordinary vocal power and intuitive re-imaginings of other artist's work.  And she performed in 1969 at Woodstock.  Enough said.  Go see her.
10/08 The August Teens and Hum Machine High Noon Saloon, 5:30pm, 21+, $5, more info
Pop Rock
The August Teens are a local band that released A Kiss in Wisconsin in March that includes a variety of catchy pop hits that give odes to stalwart pioneers in the business, including mentions of Buddy Holly.  But they are ultimately a pop group.  Hum Machine has a more alternative rock sound and both of these bands are locals worth checking out.
10/09 Peter Wolf Crier w/Jeremiah Nelson High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, 18+, $8/$10, more info
Rock & Alternative
Peter Wolf Crier features the duo Peter Pisano and Brian Moen who just released their debut album Inter-Be that features a variety of great songs.  They have a rare ability to channel the folky style of Iron & Wine and experiment beyond to a whole new sound.
10/09 Michael Franti & Spearhead Overture Center, 8pm, $32.50, more info
Hip Hop/Funk/Reggae/Folk
Michael Franti has been active for 20+ years and has produced a lot of good music.  The Franti/Spearhead experience offers energetic songs with strong social messages, advocating for causes from anti-war to environmentalism.  Michael Franti & Spearhead released their newest album Sound of Sunshine in September and it has been given positive reviews. They are great one to check out live.
10/10 Jason Reeves, Joe Brooks, and Cait Shanahan The Frequency, 8pm, 18+, $10, more info
Indie Rock
L.A. based songwriter Jason Reeves offers a nice mix of folk and smooth melodies that will be sure to engage an audience at The Frequency.  Reeves is poised for a breakout and has collaborated with a variety of different artists from Colbie Caillat to Kara DioGuardi.
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[Concert Blogger] Farm Aid 2010, Oct 2, Milwaukee WI

We want to thank Triple M for the tickets to the Farm Aid concert as a result of the writing contest about small WI farms.  We had great seats and enjoyed the entire event! We would like to share some of our experiences about the concert and the human interest stories we learned or observed... [gallery link="file"] One fellow seated near us was from Springfield, IL.  Like most people, he was moving with the music.  When we got to visiting he said he had “lost his wife and might be looking for a new one.” We both had the same reaction, that he meant that she had recently died, but he clarified his comment to mean that she was roaming around the stadium taking pictures and that he was getting lonely! Another man sitting in our area mentioned that he lived a “stones-throw” from Miller Stadium!  We had a chance to visit quite extensively between performers and learned that he had brought his 80-year old parents who have been married 60 years this year!  They love Willy Nelson and frequently get to his performances throughout the Midwest.  His father was born on a farm in North Dakota and his family moved to Athens, WI where  they farmed as well.  There are pictures attached of his father in his Willy Nelson shirt and of the three of the members of the Duerr family together (mother is facing the other way). We stayed over in Milwaukee Saturday night and visited The Mitchell Park Domes on Sunday morning.  While there we ran into a retired couple from Maryland that had flown into Milwaukee for the concert.  They had attended many Farm Aid concerts before and they really enjoy the music and the cause!  This being their first trip to Wisconsin, they mentioned how much they like the area (reminded them of Vermont) and the people.  “Everyone is so friendly,” they said. The performers were all very enjoyable.  In addition to their individual acts, there were some wonderful duets and larger group performances that were fun. -      It was a treat to see Norah Jones – what a classy singer! -      It was neat the way Willy Nelson came out during each set to perform with others. -      Dave Matthews was a big hit with the audience singing along to many of his tunes. Some really emphasized the cause of the event better than others.  Jason Mraz, a wonderful singer, had a great message about voting in one month – he said that people should vote for candidates who are concerned with the environment and other ecological issues.  Neil Young made an impassioned speech against corporate farms and about how they are making ourselves and our children sick.  He repeatedly said, “Read the label” and “buy from local farmers’ markets.” A few other observations that we made included the following: -      We have attached a picture of Poncho and Lefty – they seemed to be having a great time – so much so, that they were escorted out by 6:00 p.m. -      The marijuana proponent (picture attached) was harassed and that person was escorted out.  He was among the most lively dancers we saw all day! -      There was a golden-robed Native American (picture attached) -      One person had a CSNY jacket with an emblem about free speech that was cool – he was definitely tined-in to Neil Young! -- John and Bambi
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[Recommended] Ryan Montbleau Band, October 3rd, The High Noon Saloon

I have always been a big fan of the mix tape.  When you listen to the same album for too long all the songs start sounding similar and then all sort of meld together and sometimes a little variety is needed.  I like to change it up to keep my interest.  The Ryan Montbleau band has saved me the time and energy of making my own playlist by doing it themselves.  To try and categorize this band would mean a lot of time spent head scratching and mind changing.   One song is funk, then another is country, the next is folk and then they hit you with reggae.  “I'm not one of these people who say 'Oh, we can't be pigeonholed,” says Montbleau “It's all over the map, but it's all us, and we do it all wholeheartedly.”   The bands intriguing instrumentation and proficiency mixed with Ryan’s unforgettable voice and profound lyrics make for remarkable music, no matter which type it is. Ryan started writing and performing music while he was attending Villanova University.  He had a solo career performing at the Boston House of Blues and releasing some albums.  The assortment of the current band was by no means a preplanned affair.  Ryan had only a vague idea of what type of sound he wanted and grabbed guys who helped him fill that evolving vision.  Enter Matt Giannaros (acoustic upright bass, electric bass) Laurence Scudder (viola), Jason Cohen (piano, organ, clavinet, Moog synthesizer) and James Cohen (drums).  Since the groups first collective release in 2006, One Fine Color, they have also released other albums such as Patience on Friday and Stages: Volume II all while playing upwards of 200 gigs per year. Fresh off the release of Martin Sexton produced Heavy On The Vine, Ryan Montbelau band will be performing right here in Madison at the High Noon Saloon! The show is this Sunday night at 8:00pm. So take your mind off of the approaching case of the Mondays and close your weekend out with a great show. Visit the band's website to see videos for all the tracks from Heavy On The Vine and to download a free .mp3 of Songbird
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[Concert Review] Blitzen Trapper, High Noon Saloon, Sept. 29th

So, with a name like Blitzen Trapper, this band has to be unique.  They are.  But they are  also heavily influenced by 60's and 70's rock 'n roll.  Blitzen Trapper has a classical rock backdrop to most of their songs that integrates very well with their folksy appeal and blend of Mr. Bob Dylan meets Sonic Youth.  It's hard to describe how they sound, but they are all very talented. The show was terrific.  They went through some of their classic songs and some of the new stuff off their newest album "Destroyer of the Void" that was released in June.  They wisely moved backwards to some of their greatest songs including Furr, Black River Killer, God & Suicide, and Lady on the Water off their 2008 album "Furr." You can download the songs Exclusive Heaven and Earth Demo off their new album  below:
The show was lively and engaging and I love it when performers talk with the audience.  And Blitzen Trapper loves loves LOVES Wisconsin beer and cheese.  Hey, I'll take points for my state when I can get 'em.  They said they'd been touring for a week in Canada and were glad to be home.  I was glad they were too.
Highlights of the Show
  1. Hearing them do a live version of Black River Killer.  Check out the video here.  It's an amazing video and song.
  2. Just chilling with the cool crowd at High Noon Saloon.  It's so damned relaxing.  You know when you go to a concert and some jerk pushes you?  Well that doesn't happen that much at High Noon, which is cool.
  3. Watching all the band (6 people) PERFORM.  They joked around, got the audience clapping and it was just a fun time.
  4. Singer Eric Earley performed a new song "Taking it easy for too long" that was incredible.
Why should Blitzen Trapper be on the radar?
  1. Their biggest fan is Rainn Wilson (who plays Dwight on The Office).  He even offered to tour with them, but they declined and Rainn Wilson killed them.  Or so is the makings of a video they are shooting that will come out shortly.  Click here for more info.
  2. They supply plenty of onstage banter.  And they sound pretty damn good live.
Most surreal moment of the show:
  • During the last two songs of the show, drummer Brian Adrian Koch took out a tape recorder and passed it around the room for people to record messages to the band while they played.  It was kind of a metaphysical experiment on the nature of reality...and kind of awesome.
For more info about this band, go to trueendeavors.com. -Soren Nieminen
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[Recommended and Free Download] Blitzen Trapper, High Noon Saloon, Sept. 29, $14

Blitzen Trapper with Pearly Gate Music High Noon Saloon, 8:30PM, Sept. 29th | $14, more info @ trueendeavors.com Blitzen Trapper blitzed (clever, I know) to the scene roughly ten years ago with their interesting blend of folk and pop, cultivated to produce 6 albums, the latest one titled Destroyer of the Void was released in June of this year. You have to check out this video of their song "Black River Killer."  Be warned, it does contain some graphic imagery.   But, it's the coolest video I have seen in a LONG time. Click here for it. Here's a free download for "Dragon Song" which is on their new album and the demo of "Heaven and Earth."
Blitzen Trapper has a unique blend of indie and rock 'n roll.  Their latest record conjures up  Neil Young and Robert Plant, but Blitzen Trapper needs to be their own.  They should focus on their success in songs like "Furr." According to an interview with the website Inflatable Ferret, Blitzen Trapper's lead singer Eric Earley has been playing music since the age of 3 so this will be a show that has some good musicians.  Wednesday night they will be playing at the ultra cool High Noon Saloon on Washington Avenue in Madison.  The show starts at 8:30.  See ya there. Musical Influences: Bob Dylan, Neil Young (they have been known to do covers of his work during shows), Sonic Youth,  and (obviously) The Beatles. Why should you  go?
  1. It will be nice to drink a beer/beverage of choice at a cool venue and enjoy a good show.
  2. When someone at work asks you what you did last night, you actually have something to say besides, "Oh, I watched 6 re-runs of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
  3. They are a cool band and will play some decent songs.
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[Recommended] Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, October 1st, The Majestic Theater

Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers are making their way to Madison! Growing up with a miss match of influences from his dad’s record collection and his sister’s love of 80’s rock, Kellogg has burst onto the scene with an interesting flavor.  Artists like the Goo Goo Dolls, Josh Ritter, The Pat McGee Band and former tour mates Needtobreathe come to mind. It’s a blend of alt-country rock music with a poppy edge. After releasing four solo albums Stephen was looking for true musical camaraderie.  He found it in Kit Karlson and Boots Factor. He met the pair at UMass-Amherst and formed the Sixers, or as they’ve affectionately become to be known the “Sk6ers” in 2003.  Since then the group has doing well for themselves, releasing multiple albums and having their tracks featured on shows such as Mercy and One Tree Hill.  They have recently added a fourth addition to the group, Sam Getz, to assist with guitar.  The four-sum released their latest album The Bear on Vanguard Records which was voted "Best of 2009" by No Depression and JamBase.  Additionally they received the honor of being named 2009 Entertainers of the year by Armed Forces Entertainment. After performing a little over 1000 shows together, Stephen and the Sixers pride themselves on high energy performances and showmanship.  The Sixers like to keep the audience guessing and alter about 70% of their set list every night.  That way there is always room for spontaneity and authentic memorable moments.  Although they all have their area of expertise they love to switch instruments throughout their shows. This should definitely be a fun and distinctive live act and one you shouldn’t miss!
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[Concert Review] Drive By Truckers, Spetember 28th, The Majestic Theater

Ask any one that knows me and they will be sure to tell you that country music is near the bottom of my favorite genes; Drive by Truckers, however, are an exception.  Even though there was an abundance of camo and I was one among many to be wearing a red flannel shirt, DBT positively rocked it out last night at the Majestic.  Luckily for me this is not your typical ho-down, backyard barbecue country but more rock with southern country flair and I loved it! The group said little between songs, instead letting their music speak for itself.  The set was filled with their signature brand of guitar frenzied and feet stomping rock-country, mainly those tracks off their latest album The Big To-Do.  Between the kick ass guitar solo filled anthems were some extremely touching soft spoken ballads that showcased the bands softer side.  While Mike Cooley and Paterson Hood are the forerunners of the group, it was good to see Shonna Tucker also get a chance to showcase her haunting voice.  The group also surprised the audience with special guest Kelly Hogan.  Kelly, an Evansville, Wisconsin native and current full time member of Neko Case’s backing band, had performed earlier with good friend Hood at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.  Hood then invited her to join them at the majestic where she gave a hand in an earlier song and returned for the encore edition of “Angels and Fuselage”. The spectators completely loved the whole show, but were most enthusiastic about Let There Be Rock, of course reserved for the encore.  The crowd was a spirited one, singing loud and proud and dancing to the point of almost becoming a mosh pit.  Drive by Truckers style of 70’s inspired alternative country is just what my fellow Wisconsin residents love.  This music seemed especially meaningful to the men present in the audience where it was easy to see many a bromance in full swing.  So guys the next time you’re having a boy’s night and are looking for some tunes to throw on, reach for some Drive by Truckers! Check out some live footage of Patterson Hood performing That Man I Shot at The Wisconsin Veterans Museum below! Thanks to the Majestic Theater for hosting another great show!
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[Shows this Week] Triple M Recommends for Sept. 27-Oct. 2

9/27 The Clyde Stubblefield Band The Frequency, 9:30pm, Ages 21+, $5, More info
Funk
Clyde Stubblefield worked with James Brown.  Enough said.  He plays at The Frequency, located one block from the Capitol at 121 West Main Street. The Clyde Stubblefield Bands plays every Monday night starting at 9:30pm and has been bringing the funk to Madison for over 20 years.
9/28 Ben Harper Library Mall of UW Campus, 3:30PM
Alternative rock/reggae
Ben Harper will be playing before President Obama's speech on Tuesday. Harper is one of the top guitarists around and he will definitely get the crowd going.  The only bad thing is there's not going to be any breathing room to enjoy the music because this is going to bring a lot of people.
9/28 The National Orpheum Theatre, 7:30pm, $26/$28, more info
Indie Rock
The National has been around since 1999 and has the unique baritone voice of Matt Berninger who has been leading a tremendous band.  Originally from Ohio, they are now based out of Brooklyn and are coming off the very successful High Violet album.  Join them at the Orpheum on Tuesday night.
9/28 Drive by Truckers with The Henry Clay People Majestic Theatre, 8:30pm, All Ages, $25/$45, more info
Alternative country/rock
Drive by Trucks will definitely take you out on an interesting date.  These southern rockers come from Georgia and Alabama and are the real deal.  They have been very productive recently with the album The Big To Do released in March and they have an upcoming album Go-Go Boots slated for near the end of this year.  If you feel like putting on your country gear and heading out, these guys would be a good show to see.
9/29 Blitzen Trapper High Noon Saloon, 8:30pm, 18+, $12/14, More Info
Indie Folk/Rock
Blitzen Trapper will be a great show to see because they have a host of good songs to hear.  High Noon Saloon is a great venue for these guys because it has the relaxed backdrop to just enjoy the music and forget about that damn TPS report you have due tomorrow.
9/30 The Boxer Rebellion and Grayshot The Annex, 9pm, 18+, $10 more info
Alternative Rock
This band formed in London and is centered around lead singer Nathan Nicholson.  The have released two studio albums Exits in 2005 and Union in 2009.  They are sure to put on an interesting show at The Annex, located at 1206 Regent Street.
10/01 Valient Thorr w/ Junius and Howl and The Antiprism The Frequency, 10pm, 21+, more info
Hard Rock
This band looks like they belong raiding some village in Europe.  And they look like they can rock your pants off.  They originate from North Carolina and have an almost funky rock sound that is intriguing and terrifying.  You probably will have trouble hearing what anybody says to you the next day because they will be loud.  Check 'em out and let us know what you think.
10/02 The Thermals w/ Cymbals eat Guitars and Sleeping in the Aviary The Annex, 9:30pm, 18+, more info
Pop/Rock/Punk
The Thermals have been around since 2002 and have been punking up the rock scene since starting in Portland, Oregon.  Their latest album Personal Life was released this month and has faced lukewarm reviews, but they will put on a good show so you should check them out at the Annex.
10/02 The Acorn The Frequency, 10PM, $10, 21+, more info
Indie Rock
This Canadian band has released their new album No Ghost this summer and they will be a nice tranquil indie folk band to check out at The Frequency.  They have some driving guitar beats that lay down long tracks that are slow and moody and beautiful.  They would be a fun band to check out on Saturday.
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[Recommended] Drive By Truckers, September 28th at The Majestic

Tomorrow night the members of drive by truckers will be headlining at the Majestic Theater! The band was founded by long time friends Patterson Hood (son of bassist David Hood of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) and Mike Cooley back in 1996. Since the band’s beginning, members have rotated in and out but the music has been consistently noteworthy. It’s easy to see their home state of Georgia influences their work. History, folklore, politics, and character studies are prevalent in their music all from a southern perspective. Drive by Truckers have released 8 studio albums to date with a 9th due out in late 2010. Additionally they have released two live albums and Barr Weissman featured them in The Secret to a Happy Ending, a documentary showcasing the struggles of the group. They seem to have found their niche in concept albums with 2001’s Southern Rock Opera, 2003’s Decoration Day and 2004’s The Dirty South. Southern Rock Opera has undoubtedly been their most successful album.  Hood used his fascination of 70’s rock as a means of analysis of the cultural deterioration of the South during that era. It earned them a four star review from Rolling Stone. Drive by Truckers are most noted for their use of a muscled three-guitar attack evocative of Lynyrd Skynyrd. This style does wondrous things for their country rock feel.  With all the genius musicians the band has developed a knack of telling a great story with their music. The journeys of the songs’ protagonists are perfectly coupled with appropriate rock and roll bounce or melancholy country blues riffs. At times gritty and gravelly and others slick and sweet, it’s hard not to fall for that southern charm that streams from their tunes. Come rock out with me when Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, John Neff, Brad Morgan, Shonna Tucker and Jay Gonzalez hit the stage at the Majestic tomorrow night!
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[Concert Announcement] Freakfest 2010, OK GO to headline

Freakfest 2010 has announced their lineup! Date: October 30th, 2010.  7PM. Location: State Street in Downtown Madison OK GO The "treadmill" guys will be coming to Madison.  Featuring a unique mix of visual excitement and auditory heaven, this band will put on a fun show.  Hailing from the Chicago area, they released their first album in 2002 and released their newest album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky in January. LITTLE BIG TOWN This country band has had 3 Grammy nominations and have been touring all over.  Their newest album Little Big Town came out in August. MY DEAR DISCO Coming out of Michigan, My Dear Disco released their debut full length  album in January 2009 and have an interesting sound that blends disco (who would have guessed?),  funk, rock and techno in interesting ways. STEALING ANGELS This country band released their debut single "He Better Be Dead" in July and will have a new album coming out in 2011. AND LOCAL ARTISTS: Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo Daniel & The Lion:  Jimmie Linville, the lead singer was this year's Project M winner. Mechanical Kids Mike Droho & The Compass Rose:  Project M's winner last year. Tickets: $7 advance tickets will be sold starting Friday October 1 at 10:00 AM at the Coliseum box office, Ticketmaster, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or you can order them through Frank Productions.  Tickets will be sold through October 29th.  Gates will open at 7PM and tickets will be available day of for $10.
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[Recommended] The National with Owen Pallett, Sept. 28th, Orpheum Theatre

The National with Owen Pallett Orpheum Theatre, 7:30PM, $26/$28, more info If you like Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire or Wolf Parade, you will love The National.  The deep baritone voice of lead singer Matt Berningner is highly resonate, along with the gifted guitarist brother duo Aaron and Bryce Dessner and other brothers Bryan (who plays drums) and Scott (bass) Devendorf who comprise the band.  This group will give you something special. This band has been around since 1999 and originated in the Midwest (Cincinnati, Ohio) and are well established now in the Brooklyn music scene and just came out with an album High Violet that was released last May that is something everyone should listen to.  It is haunting and beautiful and I can't get enough of the deep brooding sound of this band. Here is their song "Bloodbuzz Ohio": Why should you check them out?
  • See above video
  • They collaborated with Sufjan Stevens on the song "Afraid of Everyone"
  • Owen Pallett plays the violin (click here to listen to him)
Musical influences:
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Violent Femmes
  • The Smiths
  • Nick Cave and Joy Division
Do you need more reasons to check these guys out?  Go to the Orpheum Theatre on State Street this Tuesday Sept. 29th and see them put on a killer show!
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[Recommended] Eastern Conference Champions, Spetember 23rd, High Noon Saloon

If the people responsible for the Twilight movie have made any right decisions, it’s the bands they’ve decided to include on their soundtracks; among them is a trio named the Eastern Conference Champions.  Their song A Million Miles an Hour contributed to the Twilight franchise’s third film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.  Its bouncy bass line and soaring guitars made it a perfect fit for the film.  The band behind that track is an eastern bred group made up of Joshua Ostrander, Greg Lyons and Melissa Dougherty.  Ostrander and Lyons had previously played together in a group called “Laguardia” but split ways to start a project of their own.  Dougherty was later added to contribute her fantastic guitar skills.  The band released their first LP Ameritown with Suretone records but soon wanted Independence from a major label.  Their next independently released EP Sante Fe was praised as their best work to date.  Eastern Conference Champions refers to themselves as a “one stop shop” in regards to their music.  They handle everything from recording to mixing to designing the artwork for their posters.  The group is currently loving their freedom and excited about the release of their newest album Speak-ahh. Eastern conference has a similar sound to A.A. Bondy or Spoon. They feature a lot of towering guitar with tricky finger work and soft singing.  They shine with their own take on a gritty blues sound.  Most of their tracks are a raw mix of folk and garage rock.  Ostrander adds a lot with his vocals.  He has an almost whiney twang reminiscent of the great Bob Dylan.  The likeness is probably why the people at Gossip Girl loved the band’s cover of Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice Its All Right, which quickly became one of ECC’s most popular songs. Eastern Conference Champions also made a stop by Studio M for a live performance.  Check out the video! Make sure you come see Eastern Conference Champions perform TONIGHT! They will be at the High Noon Saloon.  See our Concerts page for more details! See you there! -Emily Cartwright
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Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers Live at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Patterson Hood photo Enter to win tickets to see the Drive-By Truckers at the Majestic From museum.dva.state.wi.us Tuesday, September 28, 2010 – 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Exclusive acoustic performance The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is honored to host Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers for a special acoustic performance in its galleries. Hood has long been a supporter of American soldiers and veterans, having written such songs as "The Sands of Iwo Jima" and "The Home Front," which was inspired by the passing of Madison native, SGT Mark Maida. SGT Maida's personal effects can be seen in "Faces in the Sand," an exhibit honoring Wisconsin's men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The concert will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. and is FREE (do not be late – you will miss the show). Space is limited for this very special event, so arrive early (no advance reservations). Drive-By Truckers will be performing on the evening of September 28 at the Majestic Theater in Madison. The all-ages show starts at 8:30 p.m. with support from Henry Clay People. Purchase tickets for the Majestic Theater performance here.
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[Concert Review] Matt and Kim, September 21st, The Majestic Theater

Something about Matt and Kim’s performance at the Majestic on Tuesday night gave me an extra feeling of glee.  It wasn’t just the music (although that was phenomenal) but it was also Matt and Kim themselves.  They looked like they were the two happiest people to walk the earth and nothing would please them more than playing on that stage right then.  Kim had a huge smile on her face the entire show and it was so infectious I found myself smiling to.  You couldn’t look at those two and not see that they love to play and love their fans and want them to have a great time at their show.  And that they did.

The energy and excitement of this crowd was like nothing I’ve ever seen.   Everyone was jumping, dancing, waving hands in the air and there was fist pumping that could rival even the cast of the Jersey Shore.   Every song that Matt and Kim played was greeted with a roar of cheers and more dancing, particullarly their most recognized song Daylight and their fastest song Cinders.  I personally screamed myself hoarse and probably lost 3 pounds from leaping around.  With their catchy tunes blasting your eardrums, you couldn’t help but throw your hands in the air and dance the night away.

Matt and Kim’s performance was like a cardio session in itself.  They were getting as hyped up as anyone.  At various points throughout the show Matt would jump up on his chair and do a sort of head stand contortion on his keyboard while still managing to play.  He even got as brave as to scale their set and climb all the way up to the ceiling of the theater.  Kim similarly would stand up on her seat and electrify the crowd.  She also had the fans hold her up in the air by her ankles, crowd surfing style, while she just danced.  She must have biceps like a goddess because watching her play those drums with such enthusiasm got me tired.

Even though there was a ton of movement and noise going on everywhere this show felt really intimate.  It was like everyone in the room was best friends that happened to be hanging out and having the time of our lives.  There was no show of arrogance or cockiness from Matt or Kim, only a feeling like they wanted to share with us some of their passion for music.  It’s rare to see a band make so much of an effort to be in touch with their fans.  They grabbed as many hands as they could in between songs, cracked jokes, had us sing with them and gave us a feeling of being part of something.  You got the sense that Matt and Kim would be the most fun people to hang out with; like you could easily approach them and it would feel as if you knew them already. 

This is a duo that I'm certainly going to see again and I encourage you to check them out the next time they come to town!

Whether you are a diehard Matt and Kim fan or have a budding curiosity about their music, you can get a glimpse of their upcoming album, Sidewalks, on their webpage!  

-Emily Cartwright

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[Concert Review] Built to Spill, High Noon Saloon, Sept. 21

Built to Spill, Sept. 21 @ High Noon Saloon They came.  They rocked.  They left.  That is how I can sum up my experience with Built to Spill.  Now, they are an interesting band and have been around for a LONG time (since 1992).  Their lead singer, Doug Martsch, is an incredible vocalist and guitarist and it really shows that he has been doing this for a while and perfected everything along the way.  They sound EXACTLY like their recorded studio efforts.  It's incredible. Built to Spill played through some songs off their new album Their Is No Enemy that was released last October.  They also played some classics like "Untrustable/Part 2" from their 1997 album Perfect From Now On.  Highlights of the Concert:
  • I like High Noon Saloon.  It has a nice relaxed atmosphere...and they have bars on both sides of the room, which is nice
  • The band was incredible live.  They are amazing musicians who can PLAY!
  • Lead singer Doug Martsch has such a nice voice.
Critique of the Concert: Ok, it may seem nit-picky, but Martsch has no presence on stage.  I think he spoke like 5 times during the whole show to the crowd.  When he was finished with a song, he would just lean into the mic and offer a polite "Thanks," and then go to the next song.  I know, it's not a huge deal, but I like it when people at least acknowledge a location.  I think he's just a guy who likes to go out there and speak through his music, which is cool.  I guess it's better than having someone tell a long incoherent story that doesn't go anywhere.  (Que Miss South Carolina here). BUT...OVERALL Great concert.  I would highly recommend going to the High Noon Saloon because they have bands there all the time. Click here for their upcoming schedule.  And this band is incredibly good live Or you can check out one of their awesome songs that they played at the show: -Soren Nieminen
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(Recommended) Willy Street Fair this weekend

For a lot of people..the Willy Street Fair is bittersweet. It's one of the city's best, most unusual neighborhood festivals, but it also marks the end of summer.  If you've never been there..it's hard to explain. Mix in some tie-dye and political activism with great live music, food and beer, and throw in some bubbles for good measure, and that might give you a bit of an idea. Saturday, the Willy Street Fair features 3 stages with a variety of live music options on the 800 block of Williamson Street.  This year, the Fair is continuing its relationship with the Madison World Music Festival to bring some really outstanding entertainment our way. Click here to see the entire World Music Festival schedule. (It actually gets underway Thursday at the Wisconsin Union Theatre). As I looked at the list, one act really jumped out at me as one to see. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are a group of musicians who escaped the horrific violence of Sierra Leone's civil war, landed in a West African refugee camp and formed a band to keep their spirits up and their hopes alive. You can catch their performance Saturday at 7:15pm. Sunday the fun continues on the 800 to 1000 blocks of  Willy Street, starting off with the world's coolest parade at 11am. This is not your typical "bring out all the fire trucks and Shriners' kind of parade. In fact, any one can join this rag-tag assemblage! Look for Triple M's Gabby Parsons and some lucky Triple M listeners waving to the crowd from a super-snazzy convertible. There are five stages filled with a wide variety of acts on Sunday. Here are my picks: The Jimmys 4pm on the Main Stage. Led by Triple M's favorite rock and roll farmer, the newly married Jimmy Voegeli on keys, the Jimmys are guaranteed to get our mojo working! Wayne Baker Brooks 5pm on the Main Stage: Wayne continues the rich heritage of his dad Lonnie Brooks, with a "liquid fire" guitar style and passionate vocals. Purgatory Hill w/Pat MacDonald + Melanie Jane. 5:50pm on the Underground Stage. Yes, that Pat MacDonald, whose future was so bright he had to wear shades back in his Timbuk3 days. But don't expect to hear that song. This band's music is described as "a shocking reinvention of blues and rock music." That's just a tiny sliver of what you can experience on Saturday and Sunday. There's also a kids stage, a folk stage and a culture stage.  See the complete schedule here. The Willy Street Fair is a benefit for Commonwealth Development and the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, so you can have a good time and know you're doing good at the same time. See you there! --Kitty Dunn..Willy Street Fair attendee, 20 years and counting! (Thanks to Gabby for the pics)
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[Recommended] Matt and Kim, September 21st, The Majestic Theater

I don’t know about you guys but I can barely put into words my excitement to see Matt and Kim live at the Majestic Theater TONIGHT! If the band’s name didn’t give you a hint, Matt and Kim is a two piece band that hail from Brooklyn, New York.  Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino met at school while attending the Pratt Institute.  They never really made a concrete choice to start up a band but around 2004 picked up some instruments that they didn’t know how to play and ended up playing some local gigs.  Both artists contribute to vocals while Matt takes over the keyboard and Kim is all about the drums.  Come on people what is cooler than a female drummer?  The duo took on a do-it-yourself attitude about their music and booked shows and toured as much as they could until the release of their first self titled album on the iHeartcomix label.  After that they went back on the road playing festivals like Lollapalooza and gathering an even larger fan base.  Since the release of the band’s second album, Grand, the pair has only seen their popularity explode.  They have been working on a new album entitled Sidewalks which is set to be released November 2nd.  If you want a sneak peek at their latest stuff check out their website here: http://mattandkimmusic.com/ Matt and Kim first hit me when I heard they’re most famous single Daylight on a Bicardi commercial.  As soon as I heard that commercial I pretty much ran to my computer and got to googling.  Props to you people at Bicardi.  After listening to that track a couple hundred times that day, I decided to go for it and just buy their whole Grand album.  What a right decision that turned out to be.  I even changed them to my ringtone, which let me tell you, is no easy achievement. You can’t help but fall instantly in love with their catchy drum heavy electro-rock/punk tracks.  Every song ignites an urge to have a huge happy dance party.  If you don’t feel like getting off your feet and jumping around to this album, then you must be dead. I would give you an example of a similar sound but to be honest nothing comes to mind.  They aren’t your average band.  They have a totally new sound and their own way of doing things, and I love them more for it. Now this is not a show you will want to miss.  Fans of Matt and Kim absolutely rave about their live performances.  I, myself, have never seen them before but based on some clips I’ve seen this is about to be one hell of a show.  They always look like they are having an absolute blast and have an excitement and fervor for being on stage.  If you’re looking for a great rock out night then come to the Majestic tonight!! Buy your tickets! http://www.majesticmadison.com/index.php/calendar/detail/matt_kim_092210 -Emily Cartwright
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[Concert Review] Brandi Carlile, September 18th, The Barrymore Theater

If I learned one thing from Saturday night, it is that Brandi Carlile is best appreciated live. While I love her albums, videos and the like, none of those things can quite give you the sense of the type of performer she really is. Carlile has an amazing stage presence and you can tell how involved she gets in her performances. She just really loves to play and that feeling emanated out of her on Saturday and washed over the entire audience. Download "Dying Day" Her show had a great variety and pace. Since she had played Madison not too long ago, she made a point to play a different set than she had previous, which her returning fans were grateful for. The story, Turpentine, and Dreams were all accounted for but she also snuck in some surprises. Switching from an all out rock atmosphere to softer ballads and back kept the audience on their toes the whole time. Carlile snuck in a couple of covers including a heart breaking version of Over the Rainbow, a solo of Alphaville’s 80’s hit Forever Young, and she paid homage to the late great Johnny Cash. She transitioned seamlessly from Closer to You to a Beatles cover. Now growing up with a parent who is borderline obsessed with the Beatles (yes dad, I’m talking to you) has made me a huge fan and a harsh critic of those who cover their material. Brandi’s version of I’ve Just Seen a Face however, was brilliant. It would have made my papa proud. While the whole show was remarkable the part that stood out to me the most was something that I have never ever seen a band do before. They played a completely unplugged rendition of “Dying Day”. I thought that was a pretty chancy move considering the size of the Barrymore but as Brandi said, “That’s what these rooms were made for.” Utilizing the natural acoustics of the room, her voice carried to every row and it made for an incredible feeling throughout the audience. Not only was the music amazing but Carlile really made an effort to bond with the audience. Many times she told us what a great group we were and her supporters showed their appreciation with an ear-splitting cheer every time. Instead of the usual one or two word exclamation between songs, Carlile told funny anecdotes and shared some great personal stories which only made the crowd more connected to her. At one point she got the whole audience to act as a “Three part Madison choir”. With her interest in her fans, it’s no wonder they hold her in such high esteem. If you missed Brandi this time around, I strongly urge you to go see her the next time you have a chance. She truly is an amazing performer and listening to her albums or watching a patchy video of her live performances just isn’t going to cut it. -Emily Cartwright
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[Recommended] Built to Spill, Sept. 21, High Noon Saloon

Built to Spill High Noon Saloon 8:30PM, $22, 18+, more info Built to Spill has been around since 1992.  That's 18 years for the mathematically inclined.  (I checked by calculator.)  So they have seen the test of time and have come back stronger with their new album There is No Enemy in 2009.  Hailing from Boise, Idaho, Built to Spill is heavily influenced by a blend of pop and rock.  Also a little blues.  Lead singer, Doug Martsch mentions in an interview with Pitchfork he was heavily influenced by a wide range of people, from Jimi Hendrix to the driving guitar of Butthole Surfers to Modest Mouse. One of my favorite songs from the new album is "Things Fall Apart."  It is so poetic and beautifully simple and then launches into an incredible trumpet and guitar solo.  This is a great album to just sit and relax to.    Listen to this song and tell me it's not soothing: Why should you check them out?
  • High Noon Saloon has a nice balance of being personal, but not too small
  • They will play a range styles
  • The will probably cover someone you know and it will be good
Musical Peers:
  • Neil Young
  • The Strokes
  • Death Cab for Cutie
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[Recommended + Free Download] The Gaslight Anthem, Sept. 19, Majestic Theatre

The Gaslight Anthem Majestic Theatre, 7:30PM, $20, more info It may seem crazy, but the Gaslight Anthem has only been together for about 3 years with their debut album "Sink or Swim."   They are coming off their recently successful album "American Slang" that was released in June.  You can check out their song "The Diamond Church Street Choir" below. The Diamond Church Street Choir (click to download) If you want to read Triple M's previous review of that album, click here.   This band is incredibly good.  They have a talent that mixes folk with punk.  It's like Bruce Springsteen fell in love with the Ramones, or something like that.  Their Majestic show will most likely feature a lot of stuff off the new album, so it is definitely something to buy.  They have a lively sound that will definitely keep an audience engaged.  So come on down this weekend on Sunday to the Majestic Theatre at 7:30 PM at 115 King Street.  It will be a fun show. Why should you check them out?
  • The Majestic is a cool locale and Wisconsin's oldest theatre
  • They are featured on NPR a lot
  • The will get their folk on
Musical influences:
  • The Clash
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • The Misfits
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[Recommended + Free Download] Brandi Carlile, Sept. 18th, Barrymore Theatre

Brandi Carlile w/ Katie Herzig 8pm, Saturday, September 18 - SOLD OUT Barrymore Theatre, more info @ trueendeavorsblog.com Once in awhile you find a song that strikes you instantaneously and you know that you're hearing something special.  This is exactly what happened to me when I was introduced to Brandi Carlile’s single The Story.  It hit me like a wrecking ball.  Hear her powerhouse vocals for yourself in her single Dying Day, which perfectly epitomizes Brandi’s kick ass attitude and tender soul: Download "Dying Day" I thought to myself, this girl has raw talent, no question.  I’ve wanted to see her perform live ever since and luckily Carlile and her band will be appearing at the Barrymore Theater in Madison this Saturday night! The singer/songwriter is a native of Ravensdale, WA and like most Washingtonian musicians, she began her career by showcasing her songs at local Seattle hang outs.  Then in 2003 Carlile caught the attention of music heavyweights Dave Matthews Band which intensified her popularity.  She grabbed a record deal with Columbia Records and released her first self-titled album to general approval.   However, it was her second album The Story that skyrocketed her to star status and  garnered her acclaim from critics and fans alike.  Ever since, her work has been enjoying the praises of the musical community and has been featured in a number of prominent television shows and ads. To me, it’s not really a mystery what makes Carlile so special.  In a world of bubble gum and fake electronics, her music has a refreshingly natural sound.  It’s a mash up of a number of different basic backgrounds;  a little blues, a little folk, a little country all with a rock twist.  It’s sort of a mix of Ray Lamontagne and John Mayer with a dash of the Dixie Chicks.  It all works. The only thing to pair with such a unique sound is, of course, killer vocals which is undoubtedly Carlile’s best selling point.  No matter if it’s a sweet caress or a forcefull authority that will knock you sideways, it never fails to impress.  The girl can scale octaves back and forth without breaking a sweat and it gives her songs a unique quality. Feeling it?  Then make sure you check out the rest of Brandi’s latest album Give up the Ghost.  If you don’t want to miss an incredible event, be sure to hit up the Barrymore this weekend and see her live show (tickets are now sold out.) And don’t be surprised if you leave in total amazement. -Emily Cartwright
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[Shows this Week] Triple M Recommends for Sept. 13-19

9/13 Daniel & The Lion Java Cat Coffee, 8:00 pm, more info
Folk
Check out the 2010 Project M champion Jimmie Linville, the vocalist/guitarist of the band Daniel and The Lion who are kicking off a Midwest tour at Java Cat Coffee located at 3918 Monona Drive.  You can get a free download of their single "Hollywood" from Triple M when you sign up for their mailing list here.  Their myspace page also has some of their music.
9/13 The Clyde Stubblefield Band The Frequency, 9:30pm, Ages 21+, $5,  More info
Funk
Join the funk with former James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefie, most notably collaborating with "The Godfather of Soul" on the album Sex Machine and other hits.    He will be grooving at The Frequency, located one block from the Capitol at 121 West Main Street.  Clyde Stubblefiled plays every Monday night starting at 9:30pm and has been playing in Madison for over 20 years. The Clyde Stubblefield Band is usually accompanied by keyboardist Steve "Doc" Scaggs and incredible vocalists Charlie Brooks and Karri Daley.
9/13 Girl in a Coma (also with Hacienda, Sick of Sarah, and Little Red Wolf) High Noon Saloon, 8pm, 18+, $10/$12, more info
Rock
Join the sister duo Nina and Phanie Diaz with bassist Jenn Alva at the High End Saloon at 8PM for a fascinating show.  Singer Nina has been likened to Morissey from the alternative rock band The Smiths, and the band's name "Girl in a Coma" is taken from a Smith's song.   They also have an album out in October that will cover the Buffalo Springfield 1960's protest song "For What It's Worth."  The High Noon Saloon is located east of the Capitol at 701A E. Washington Avenue.  While you're there, you can also check out guests Hacienda, Sick of Sarah, and Little Red Wolf.
9/14 Big John Bates & The Voodoo Dollz The Frequency, 9pm, 21+, $7, more info
Punk Blues (with a live Burlesque show)
If you're into a night of B&B, blues and burlesque, this would be the most interesting live show of the week to check out.  Think of this band as Moulin Rouge meets The White Stripes meets Reverand Horton Heat.  This is a band based out of Vancouver and The Voodoo Dollz is the name of the live burlesque troupe that performs while Big John Bates plays.  They will be playing at The Frequency at 9PM on September 14th.
9/15 Mark Olson & Cory Chisel High Noon Saloon, 7pm, 21+, $13/15, More info
Alternative Country
Mark Olson, most notably of country band The Jayhawks, and Appleton native Cory Chisel are teaming up to provide a good ol' show at the High Noon Saloon at 7PM on Wednesday, September 15th.  Olson recently released a solo album called "Many Colored Kite,' so you will be in for a night of interesting fresh music.   You can download some of his songs here.
9/16  Tantric w/Burn Halo and Adema The Annex, 9pm, 18+, $14/$17 more info
Hard Rock
A night of hard rock might be good for the soul.  If you're in the mood to get your alternative metal on, you could run down to The Annex at 1206 Regent Street.  This band released an album last year called "Mind Control" that was produced by Brett Hestla of "Creed."
9/17  Bascom Hill and Mark Croft High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Pop Rock
It's hard not to like the name of this band if you come from Madison and they provide some very interesting music as well.  You should check out their hit song "My World (Sucks to be You)."  And to top off the song, the music video features the great Lou Ferrigno and features the members playing tennis with guitars.  You can check these guys out at the High Noon Saloon on Friday, September 17th at 9:30pm.
9/18 Brandi Carlile Barrymore Theatre, 8pm, $20/$25, all ages, more info
Alternative Country/Rock
Brandi Carlile's brand of music stretches across many genres from indie to rock to pop to country.  She has an incredible voice and had her 3rd studio album "Give Up The Ghost" was released in October of 2009 and she has done some great cover work of Bryan Adams and The Beatles.  She will be playing with Katie Herzig at the Barrymore Theatre at 2090 Atwood Ave on Saturday, September 18th at 8pm.
9/19 The Gaslight Anthem, with The Menzingers and Fake Problems. Majestic Theatre, 7:30PM, $20, more info
Alternative Rock/Punk
Gaslight Anthem will put on a great show and they have some new music with a third album "American Slang" that was released in June of this year.  The band formed in New Jersey and they exude an east coast vibe that transcends the Jersey shore and mixes in a thicker western folk to their rich sound.  They will be at the Majestic Theatre at 115 King Street on Sunday, September 19th at 7:30PM and are definitely worth checking out.
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[Recommended] Mark Olson, Sept. 15, High Noon Saloon + FREE .mp3s!

Mark Olson w/ Cory Chisel 7pm, Wednesday, September 15 High Noon Saloon, tickets, more info Arriving this week at the High Noon Saloon in downtown Madison is none other than Mark Olson, founder of alternative country band The Jayhawks.  Olson is riding the release of his second solo album titled Many Colored Kite from early this summer. Mark Olson was an establishing member of The Jayhawks, taking on much of the songwriting and singing tasks for the Americana-country rockers.  Along with Olson, The Jayhawks included Gary Louris, Marc Perlman on bass and Thad Spencer on drums.  Olson left The Jayhawks in 1995 after 4 studio albums to pursue a new musical direction.  Olson formed The Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers with the help of his (at the time) wife Victoria Williams and the multi-talented Mike Russell.  From 1997 to 2004 The Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers recorded 7 albums before Olson and Williams separated in 2005. Olson again to try a new direction musically, opting for a solo career with some collaboration with former Jayhawk Gary Louris.  Recently Olson released a solo album titled The Salvation Blues in 2007, a collaboration album with Gary Louris titled Ready For The Flood in 2008 and most recently, Olson's earlier noted 2010 album Many Colored Kite. Whether you have been following Olson musically over the years or are a Jayhawks fan from back in the day, the High Noon Saloon is the place to be on Wednesday night.  If you have not heard any of Olson's solo/recent work, here are some free .mp3 files to check out before the show. Mark Olson - Little Bird of Freedom (click the plus sign to stream, click the link to download) Mark Olson - Scholastica (click the plus sign to stream, click the link to download) If you like what you hear, grab a copy of Mark Olson's new album Many Colored Kite and be sure to make it to the High Noon Saloon Wednesday night. Joining Mark Olson on stage will be the talented Mr. Cory Chisel. Chisel is a singer-songwriter originally from Appleton, WI.  Chisel and his band, the Wandering Sons, won 2010 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards for Artist of the Year and record of the year for their song "Born Again." One cover charge, two great artists.  Be sure to be there Wednesday night. -Sam Ryan
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[Recommended] Daniel and the Lion, Sept. 13, Java Cat Coffee

Daniel and the Lion Monday Sept. 13 at 8pm Java Cat Coffee, Madison, WI Local indie-folk rock band Daniel and the Lion are preparing for their fall 2010 "Heartland" tour.  The band is kicking off the tour on Monday night at Java Cat Coffee in Madison, WI.  Daniel and the Lion fans better head to Java Cat Coffee on Monday night to catch the band and their new material before they hit the road. If you are unfamiliar with Daniel and the Lion, the band was founded by vocalist and guitarist Jimmie Linville and pianist Daniel Pingrey.  Jimmie Linville was the 2010 Project M champion, 105.5 Triple M's singer-songwriter competition.  Linville wrote a handful of songs for Project M, including the recently released Daniel and the Lion song "Hollywood" (which can be heard on their myspace page.) Jimmie and Daniel will be joined by Hilary Neesam on organ and vocals and Cody Wheeler on drums for the upcoming tour.  These additions to the band bring  exciting new dynamics to the sound of Daniel and the Lion.  If you have enjoyed Daniel and the Lion in the past, checking out the new look band on Monday is highly recommended. Do you not live in Madison, WI but love Daniel and the Lion?  Well you may be in luck that Daniel and the Lion will be arriving near your hometown this fall sometime.  The band will visit numerous Wisconsin cities as well as other cities in surrounding states including Chicago, Iowa City and Minneapolis.  To check out full tour dates, head to Daniel and the Lion's myspace page to get exact details. Before you head to Java Cat Coffee on Monday night, grab yourself a free.mp3 of Daniel and the Lion's song "Hollywood" when you follow this link.  Also, sign up for your chance to see Daniel and the Lion live in Studio M through the same link. On a side note, the tour t-shirt design is fantastic.  Much "love" from Triple M on the "heart"-felt design.  If you like the design as much as us here, be sure to grab one for yourself. -Sam Ryan
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[Recommended] Trevor Hall, Sept. 12, High Noon Saloon

Trevor Hall w/ Cas Haley 8pm, Sunday September 12, 2010 High Noon Saloon, tickets, more info This weekend I went home to the Twin Cities to see family and celebrate Labor Day weekend away from all sources of "labor."  While I was driving with my Dad we listened to a public radio special on The Beatles' 1966 classic album Revolver.  My Dad made a comment about the use of the sitar on the track "Love You To" and how the use of that sort of instrument was never used on a pop album before that.  We both laughed at the fact that even today the use of sitar is far from common. As I drove back to Madison along I-94 with anticipation for this Sunday's Trevor Hall show I listened to Mr. Hall's most recent self-titled studio album.  Although I have heard the album a number of times, the presence of a sitar on the very first track made me smile. Trevor Hall is a singer and songwriter originally from Hilton Head, South Carolina.  He has been fully absorbed with music since the age of 14 when he first was exposed to his father's drum kit.  Hall soon recorded some of his own music and later attended Idyllwild Arts Academy in California to develop his musical talent in high school.  He has recorded a number of releases including his 2006 EP The Rascals Have Returned, his 2009 full length self-titled album and a live album titled Chasing The Flame in 2010.  Trevor's song "Other Ways" was featured on the soundtrack of Shrek the Third. Hall's musical style has a hybrid reggae and pop feel.  His voice has a distinct and bold sound to it.  Hall has an accent while singing that is tough to describe, but beautiful when heard.  His music is crisp and is filled with messages of peace and unity.  From both a musical perspective as well as the message perspective, everyone could use some Trevor Hall. The opening lines of Trevor's song "Where's The Love" are a perfect example of the message of love that Hall is working to spread. "So many gods but no love for the people My Mama told me that we are all made equal What are we fighting for? Why are we still at war? Where's the love? Where's the love?" If I remember correctly, a band back in 1967 worked to spread this same message.  The same band that rocked the sitar... "All you need is love." -The Beatles Be sure to head to the High Noon Saloon on Sunday to catch Trevor Hall with guest Cas Haley.  You will not want to miss this young musician as he arrives in beautiful Madison, WI. -Sam Ryan
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Orton Park Festival 2010!

Orton Park Festival August 26-29, 2010 Orton Park, Madison, WI Although summer is nearing an end and schools will soon be starting a near year, you still have opportunity to fully enjoy your summer right here in Madison! This weekend is the Orton Park Festival presented by the Marquette Neighborhood Association.  This year will be the annual festival's 45th year and will feature a diverse lineup of performances.  The Orton Park Festival has purpose of creating and growing community and friendship.  The festival is free of charge, but funds raised throughout the festival will go to implement community projects and organizations. What is a festival without music?  Well we are in luck because Orton Park Festival will feature a great lineup of music and other performers.  The schedule for the four day event is as follows. Thursday, August 26th Family Night (Ice Cream & Soft Drinks for sale):
  • 6:30 p.m. - Daithi Wolfe & Company
  • 8:00 p.m. - Cycropia Aerial Dance Theater
Friday, August 27th
  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - International Dinner with Vendors
  • 5:45 p.m. - The Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet
  • 6:45 p.m. - MNA Auction
  • 7:15 p.m. - Razia Said (NYC/Madagascar)
  • 8:45 p.m. - Cycropia Aerial Dance Theater
Saturday, August 28th
  • Noon - Whitney Mann
  • 1:30 p.m. - Robert J and the Rowdy Prairie Dogs
  • 3:00 p.m. - Cris Plata and Extra Hot
  • 4:15 p.m. - MNA Auction
  • 5:15 p.m. - Monika and Christian Nieves (Puerto Rico)
  • 7:00 p.m. - The Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • 9:00 p.m. - Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble
Sunday, August 29th
  • 9:00 a.m. - Jazz Brunch with The Randall Harrison Trio
  • 11:30 a.m. - The Rohnalleros
  • 1:00 p.m. - The Getaway Drivers
  • 2:00 p.m. - Orton Cake Walk
  • 2:30 p.m. - Kings Go Forth
  • 3:45 p.m. - MNA Auction
  • 4:45 p.m. - The Rousers
  • 6:45 p.m. - Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women
So if you are in Madison this weekend and looking for a fun way to spend a late August weekend, head to Orton Park!  More info!
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People-Powered Stage Lineup at Ride The Drive This Weekend

Looking for a great way to spend your Sunday?  Well grab your bike, helmet and sunglasses and head into downtown Madison and join Lance Armstrong, Triple M and all your fellow Madisonians at Ride The Drive! Ride the Drive Sunday August 29 Downtown Madison/John Nolen Drive (Route) RIDE THE DRIVE is a celebration of Madison’s commitment to healthy, active lifestyles. This community event is an invitation for all citizens to leave their cars behind to experience some of Madison’s most scenic byways a whole new way - by riding, walking, skating, or strolling along some of our city’s most beautiful streets. Join legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong and cruise designated downtown Madison streets without worry of motor vehicle traffic. After or during your ride join Triple M at the "Ride The Drive - People Powered Stage" to catch some of your favorite Project M contestants!

The schedule for the "People Powered Stage"

11-11:35 Beth Kille 11:50-12:25 Mark Harrod 12:40-1:15 Keefe Klug 1:30-2:05 Anna Laube 2:20-2:55 Corey Hart For more information and details, head over to our Triple M information page. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
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[Shows This Week] August 23-29

8/23 Big Head Todd and the Monsters w/ Daniel and the Lion Capitol Theater, 7:30pm, more info
Rock
Big Head Todd and the Monsters will be rocking Monday night at the Capitol Theater in the Overture Center For The Arts in downtown Madison.  Big Head Todd arrives in Madison following the release of their ninth studio album Rocksteady.  Make sure to be at the Capitol Theater Monday night to hear all the classics and some new material from Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Opening for Big Head Todd and the Monsters will be local band Daniel and the Lion which features Project M's most recent winner Jimmie Linville.
8/24 Grill Out with Beth Kille Whole Foods Market, 4pm, more info
Acoustic Rock
Time to pull out the grill and celebrate warm weather, good friends and great food!  Join Whole Foods Market Madison each Tuesday night from 4:00-8:00 p.m. for a scrumptious menu from the grill (veggie alternatives too!). This month’s grilling activities include fun fundraisers, delicious local grub and outstanding live music. Pair that with friends, blue skies, and a few games…and we’ve got your Tuesday nights covered!   This week join Project M’s own Beth Kille for some great tunes.
8/24 Lou Barlow and The Missingmen w/ Wye Oak The Frequency, 9pm, more info
Indie/Folk/Big Beat
Lou Barlow and The Missingmen will arrive at The Frequency in downtown Madison this week to rock out for the Madison faithful.  Lou Barlow was a founding member of bands Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion.  Barlow was a pioneer of the lo/fi indie rock sound in that came out of the late 80s and early 90s and still exists today.
8/25 Clovis Mann Mr Roberts, 10pm, more info
Blues/Rock
Riding the release of their third full length studio album Metamorphic on August 19th.  The release contains nine new songs, eight of which were written by lead singer/guitarist and former Project M contestant Dan Walkner.  Head down to Mr Roberts to check out Clovis Mann and their new material.
8/26 Catfish Stevenson Up North, 9:30pm, more info
Blues
Catfish Stevenson spends much of his performance time on the streets of Madison playing for the masses.  If you are lucky, you can see him at the Farmer’s Market or on State Street strumming his bluesy guitar.  Don’t let this fact turn you away from this outstanding blues musician.  If you are a local blues fan, you should not miss Catfish Stephenson.
8/27 Ozomatli w/ Dumante Barrymore Theatre, 9pm, more info
Latin Hip-Hop/Rock
The seven piece hip-hop/rock act known as Ozomatli will bring their live sound to the Barrymore Theatre.  Ozomatli has a fused sound that can best be described by members Jiro Yamaguchi and Ulises Bella when they say, "You drive down Sunset Boulevard and turn off your stereo and roll down your windows and all the music that comes out of each and every different car, whether it's salsa, cumbia, merengue, or Hip Hop, funk or whatever, it's that crazy blend that's going on between that cacophony of sound is Ozomatli, y'know?"
8/27 Mark Little Band Capital Brewery, 6pm, more info
Genre
Based in Milwaukee, WI the Mark Little Band will play some great tunes as you enjoy some cold refreshing Capital brews.  The Mark Little Band has two releases, Imagine my Surprise and The Roots.  They self describe their sound as "Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and John Mayer getting drunk at a jazz club, singing along to the only Weezer CD in their juke box."
8/28 Kenny Rogers Crystal Grand Music Theatre, 8pm, more info
Country/Rock
By now, Kenny Rogers has become such an icon that it's easy to forget how he got there. The songs on 42 Ultimate Hits, bringing together the top songs of his career from the late 60s First Edition years up to his current return to the charts, offers a crash-course reminder that Rogers is a star because he excels at his craft.  Just look at the titles: "Lady," "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town," "The Gambler," "She Believes in Me," "Islands in the Stream," "We've Got Tonight," "Buy Me A Rose." Not a ditty among them. Then listen. The sweetly raspy vocals are instantly identifiable as Kenny Rogers - he sounds like nobody else. More importantly, he inhabits each song, making it vivid and tangible. For more than five decades, Rogers has delivered memorable songs, drawing fans among rock, pop, soul and country audiences.
8/29 Wanda Jackson w/ The Lustre Kings High Noon Saloon, 8pm, more info
Country/Rock
Wanda Jackson is the first female rock and roll singer in the United States, releasing her debut record in 1956. She is often hailed as the “Queen Of Rockabilly.”  Jackson's last release was in 2003 but she has been singing since.  Be sure to check out this legendary singer this Sunday at the High Noon Saloon.
8/29 Ride The Drive w/ Project M Contestants Stage on East Washington, 11am, more info
Festival
RIDE THE DRIVE is a celebration of Madison’s commitment to healthy, active lifestyles. This community event is an invitation for all citizens to leave their cars behind to experience some of Madison’s most scenic byways a whole new way - by riding, walking, skating, or strolling along some of our city’s most beautiful streets. Come check out the Triple People Powered Stage which includes performances by Beth Kille, Mark Harrod, Keefe Klug, Anna Laube and Corey Hart.  Want to help power the stage?  Sign up to pedal the power for the music.  For more information and signing up to power the stage, click here.
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[Review] Keane, August 10 at Riverside Theatre, Backstage Blogger

Big thanks to Triple M for the Ingrid Michaelson/Keane tickets, Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, 8/10/10. We were able to congregate with Keane for their sound check in the afternoon. Tom Chaplin was a great host, personable, kind, and very welcoming. Tim Rice-Oxley won my heart after the sound check chatting about the tour, enjoying their visit to the States, etc. Rice-Oxley won my heart even more at the show as the most physical keyboard player I have ever seen.
But, honestly, Ingrid Michaelson pretty much stole the show...as the opening act! She and her band truly seemed to love what they were doing. They had great energy and her use of the ukulele was absolutely endearing. They closed by covering Britney Spears' Toxic and I now cannot get that darn song out of my head!! The band does a charmingly choreographed routine to the song in the end. Here is a version that someone caught at their show in NJ. Truly a great evening with two great bands connecting with their fans and not taking themselves too seriously! And, I have to offer a shout-out to Mo's Irish Pub on W. Wisconsin. Magen Snipas is, by far, the best bartender I have come across and I think we convinced her to move to Madison!! Thanks again Triple M! --Melissa Amos-Landgraf

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[Shows This Week] August 9-15

8/10 - Keefe Klug and the Surgical Precision Wisconsin Memorial Union, 9:30pm, more info
Pop/Rock
Come check out Project M Finalist Keefe Klug as he performs with The Surgical Precison at the picturesque Union terrace.  Come listen to some great music at a great location while showing your support for Madison's great music scene.  Check out some of KKSP's jams here then head to the Union Tuesday night!
8/10 - Steve Miller Band w/ Dave Mason WI State Fair, 7:30pm, more info
Classic Rock
The Steve Miller Band will officially be rocking the state of Wisconsin when they arrive at the State Fair this week.  Steve Miller Band is coming off the release of their most recent album, Bingo!, on June 15.  Whether you are a fan of the new album or of classic Steve Miller, head to the Fair this week!
8/10 Jeremy Messersmith w/ Conrad Plymouth High Noon Saloon, 7pm, more info
Singer-Songwriter
To call Jeremy Messersmith a musician is half-truth: He’s also a storyteller, who has carefully crafted a trilogy of songs that narrate life. His first full-length release The Alcatraz Kid is a moving collection of acoustic-driven lullabies with titles like “Novocain” and “Beautiful Children” that innocently question the purpose of things to come.
8/11 Melissa Etheridge Riverside Theater (Milwaukee), 8pm, more info
Singer-Songwriter
Singer-songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge will be performing at the beautiful Riverside Theater in Milwaukee this week.  Etheridge released her most recent studio album, Fearless Love, earlier this year on April 27.  Don't miss your chance to see this Etheridge live this week!
8/11 Rooney w/ Violent Soho High Noon Saloon, 8pm, more info
Pop/Rock
Rooney is a five-piece pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. Their music is reminiscent of British invasion rock and 80’s pop. They have been compared to The Beatles, The Cars, Jellyfish, and Blur. As Rooney manages to capture elements from the past four decades and make them sound modern. They have toured the nation with acts such as Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Weezer, and The Hanson Brothers.
8/12 - Train w/ Kris Allen WI State Fair, 7:30pm, more info
Pop/Rock
Train will be bringing their pop/rock sound to the Wisconsin State Fair this Thursday.  The San Francisco based trio has charted three number one US adult Top 40 songs including "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)," "Calling All Angels," and most recently "Hey, Soul Sister."  The band will likely perform their hits as well as tracks off their most recent album Save Me, San Francisco which was released last October.
8/12 - Baghdad Scuba Review w/ Soul Shaker Majestic Theatre, 9pm, more info
Jam Rock
Sprouting out of the dawn in Madison Wisconsin, Baghdad SCUBA Review (BSR) is a first-rate model of what the band is attempting to introduce to its listeners: full scale, well disciplined progressive rock. As a six-piece group of uncommonly talented musicians, with both entertaining and amusing personalities, this bold group of artists carries impeccable musicianship to spawn a chimerical stage presence and as a newborn band has already embraced a sizeable following.
8/14 - John Mayer w/ The Avett Brothers First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Tinley Park, IL), 7pm, more info
Pop, Rock, Blues
One of the biggst names in modern pop-blues rock, John Mayer, will be performing in the state to our south.  John Mayer has had great success throughout his musical career with chart-topping tracks like "Daughters,"Waiting on the World to Change," and "Say."  Mayer brings a pop friendly look and feel with the skills of a talented blues guitarist.  Performing with Mayer is the alternative country rockers The Avett Brothers.  This will truly be a fantastic show.
8/14 - Phish Alpine Valley Music Theatre, 7pm, more info
Jam Rock
There is not much you can even say to describe this upcoming show.  Phish, known for their live jam performances will be in southern Wisconsin for two shows this weekend.  Phish's live sets are legendary among fans and describing the atmosphere would likely not be giving the band enough justice.  Look for our own Gabby Parsons this week at Alpine as Phish will truly rock the weekend away.  Bottom line, if you enjoy live music, you should head to Alpine Valley this weekend.
8/15 - Phish Alpine Valley Music Theatre, 7pm, more info
Jam Rock
There is not much you can even say to describe this upcoming show.  Phish, known for their live jam performances will be in southern Wisconsin for two shows this weekend.  Phish's live sets are legendary among fans and describing the atmosphere would likely not be giving the band enough justice.  Look for our own Gabby Parsons this week at Alpine as Phish will truly rock the weekend away.  Bottom line, if you enjoy live music, you should head to Alpine Valley this weekend.
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[Recommended] Live Music at Atwood Summerfest this Weekend

This Saturday the 2000 and 2100 blocks of Atwood Avenue (in front of the Barrymore Theatre) will be rockin' with great live music on two stages...that's right, it's Atwood Summerfest time again. It's one of the city's best neighborhood festivals..with yummy ethnic food, icy cold beer..and fun for the kids too with face painting, arts and crafts, and those inflatable jump-around thingies! The festival raises money for the Goodman Community Center (formerly known as the Atwood Community Center), so you can get a little wild, and feel good about yourself at the same time. Here's the line-up:  Harmony Bar/Capital Brewery Blues Stage 12:00-12:50 pm Kristy Larson Honky Tonk Band: A little country music never hurt you! The Kristy Larson Trio won a couple of Madison Area Music Awards in 2009..and it looks like she'll bring a few more musicians this time around! 1:10-2:00 pm  Piper Road Spring Band: How about some bluegrass? The Piper Road Spring Band has been playing together for more than 35 years, with bluegrass that's far from traditional. They've been known to weave in some Grateful Dead inspired jams! 2:20-3:10 pm  The Alex Wilson Band: Alex grew up immersed in the Milwaukee/Chicago blues scene and picked up the guitar at the age of 5. He's a little older now and ready to impress you with everything from Beale Street blues to Chicago swing. 3:30-4:20 pm  The Midwesterners: At the border of classic rock and country--that's where you'll find the Midwesterners. Led by veteran Madison musician Richard Weigel, it also features the highly charged guitar of Ernie Connor from the Rousers. 4:40-5:30 pm Altered 5: This Milwaukee based blues band takes pop and rock songs and "bluesifies" them! This is one of Gabby Parsons' favorite area bands. 5:50-7:00 pm  Jim Schwall/Andy Ewen Band: What a combo! Jim Schwall was half of the famed Siegel-Schwall Band that played places like the Fillmore..sharing the bill with folks like Janis Joplin and the Doors. And Andy is the seemingly ageless guitar player and singer for the band Honor Among Thieves. Sparks have got to fly when these guys get together. Maximum Ink / Ale Asylum Rock Stage times not listed, but this is the schedule in order The Shtetlblasters: Madison's very own electronic klezmer band. The Kingtown Rockers : Madison band described as reggae with a touch of metal. VO5 : They want you to party like it's 1978! A funk/disco/dance band from Madison. Soul Shaker: Blues band from Madison. ..self-described as "dirty blues rock for yo dirty minds." Influences include  Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Humble Pie, and Muddy Waters. Beatallica:  Beatles meet Metallica. 'Nuff said.
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[Music News] Willie Nelson and Farm Aid 25 Will Be In Milwaukee October 2, 2010

UPDATE 8/2/10: The concert has been confirmed! As Mr. Willie Nelson's website explains, there has been a "Willie-leak."  Earlier today Willie Nelson had a slip of the tongue while on The Bill Mack Show on XM radio (Willie's Place is Willie's XM channel) when he revealed that the location for Farm Aid 25 will be Milwaukee, WI.  The date of Farm Aid is reportedly October 2, 2010, but few details beside a date have been revealed.  More details will be officially released Monday August 2, 2010. Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the original Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the decline of family farms.  Farm Aid was established to prevent family farms from losing their land while providing financial aid to local farmers.  Last year Farm Aid was held in St. Louis, Missouri and featured a great lineup of artists including Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco and many more.  For more information about Farm Aid musicians and other general inquiries, head over to the Farm Aid site and check it out. As more details about this amazing event are released, Triple M will make sure you are informed.  Until then, check out Willie and Neil rocking Farm Aid 2009!
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[Recommended] John Eddie, High Noon Saloon, July 31

John Eddie with The Rowdy Prairie Dogs Saturday July 31, 9pm, 21+ High Noon Saloon, more info American folk-rock singer John Eddie will be taking the stage Saturday night at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI.  Eddie is a skilled guitarist and songwriter who has plays rock 'n' roll with folk country influences.  Originally from Virginia, Eddie moved to New Jersey to progress his music career in the 1970s where he became friends with Bruce Springsteen and signed with a major record label.  Many critics compared the young John Eddie to Bruce Springsteen, but the comparisons fell short due to Eddie's country music inspired sound. John Eddie is a wonderful songwriter and musician who has released a handful of records both studio and live throughout the last two decades.  This skilled musician's first album, self-titled John Eddie, reached number 83 on the Billboard album charts in 1986. Joining John Eddie at the High Noon Saloon are Madison's own The Rowdy Prairie Dogs.  The band focuses on Americana and southern rock music and have won 6 Madison Area Music Awards, including Best Country Album and Best Americana Song. So, if you are free Saturday and looking for a fun night filled with great Americana-Folk music, head to the High Noon Saloon for John Eddie and The Rowdy Prairie Dogs!  For more information and ticket information, head over to True Endeavors. In preparation for the show, check out the official video from John Eddie's 1986 hit "Jungle Boy"
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[Recommended] Greg Laswell w/ Cary Brothers and Harper Blynn, High Noon Saloon,

Greg Laswell w/ Cary Brothers and Harper Blynn Wednesday July 28, 8:30pm, 18+ High Noon Saloon, More Info, Tickets Another fantastic singer-songwriter will be arriving in Madison on July 28.  Greg Laswell is an alternative pop rock musician who has been writing and recording music since the late 90's.  Greg Laswell's early music career started in his native San Diego with a band called Shillglen.  Shillglen gained slight popularity before the band "took a break" in 2001 and never got back together. Greg Laswell has released 4 solo studio albums beginning with 2003's Good Movie, his 2006 release Through Toledo, 2008's Three Flights from Alto Nido, and most recently his May 4, 2010 release Take a Bow.  Laswell has had music included in films and televisions shows including "Grey's Anatomy," "True Blood," "One Tree Hill," and My Sister's Keeper.  Specifically for the season 5 finale of "Grey's Anatomy," Laswell specifically wrote his single 'Off I Go." Joining Greg Laswell at the High Noon Saloon will be Cary Brothers as well as Harper Blynn.  Cary Brothers is a Nashville based indie rock singer songwriter.  Brothers scored success with his track "Blue Eyes" after it was included on the widely popular Garden State soundtrack.  Cary Brothers released a new album titled Under Control on April 6 of this year.  Harper Blynn is an indie rock band from New York and will be joining Cary Brothers and Greg Laswell on the bill. Be sure to check out these 3 outstanding musical acts on July 28 at the High Noon Saloon.  Head over to True Endeavors for tickets!
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[Shows This Week] July 26 - August 1

7/26 Jim Schwall Crystal Corner Bar, 9:30pm, more info
Bluegrass Folk Rock
Jim Schwall has been a life long musician.  He started playing multiple instruments while in elementary school and progressed to bluegrass music by the time he hit high school.  In college Schwall formed Siegel-Schwall Band and released over a dozen albums throughout a decade of work.
7/27 Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers w/ The Punch Brothers Overture Hall, 7:30pm, more info
Bluegrass
Actor and comedian Steve Martin is a very busy talented man.  Martin has spent much of his recent time with his bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers playing throughout the country.  Don't be fooled, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are no joke.  The band won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy this past January for their release The Crow / New Songs For The Five-String Banjo.
7/27 Grilling Out With Anna Laube Whole Foods Market, 4pm, more info
Singer/Songwriter
Tuesday Night Grill-Out followers are in for a treat this week. Enjoy a pasture raised grass fed beef burger topped with Quince & Apple small batch preserves, Pleasant Ridge Reserve artisanal farmstead cheese and fresh, local produce. Be sure to say hello to the local artisans themselves and tell them what you think! And be sure to stick around for some great local live music with the talented Anna Laube from Triple M’s Project M!
7/28 Greg Laswell w/ Carey Brothers and Harper Blynn High Noon Saloon, 8:30pm, more info
Alternative Rock
Greg Laswell will be arriving in Madison to rock some fresh tunes at the High Noon Saloon.  Laswell is a writer and producer as well as a multi-instrumentalist who has released a plethora of music over time.  Most recently, Laswell released his 2010 studio album Take A Bow.  Joining Laswell on the 28th at the High Noon will be singer songwriter Carey Brothers as well as Harper Blynn.
7/28 Daniel and The Lion Pizzeria UNO Madison, 7pm, more info
Indie Folk Rock
Daniel and the Lion is an indie/folk/rock band that features Project M’s most recent champion Jimmie Linville! If you are a Project M follower you already know how talented Jimmie Linville is.  Jimmie’s band Daniel and the Lion fully showcases his singing and songwriting skill as well as the rest of the band’s great musical talent.
7/29 Mahjongg w/Cool Memories Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Minimalist Progressive
On the electronic side of music, Mahjongg will be playing at the beautiful Union Terrace this week with the help of Cool Memories.  Mahjongg is based out of Chicago and has been touring the Western US this July.  Cool Memories is an experimental group also from Chicago, Illinois.
7/30 Westside Andy / Mel Ford Band Capital Brewery, 6pm, more info
Blue/Rock
Westside Andy / Mel Ford Band is a blues band based out of Madison, WI.  The band has released over a dozen albums over the past two decades.  Come check out some of Madison's finest and enjoy some great crisp Capital brews.
7/30 Lucero w/ Ha Ha Tonka High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, more info
Country/Punk
Memphis, Tennessee based punk/country fused band Lucero will be arriving in Madison Friday July 30 for a show at the High Noon Saloon.  The band's Southern roots influence their blending of elements of both country and punk to generate their sound.  Lucero have released 7 full length albums including their most recent, 1372 Overton Park, in October 2009.  1372 Overton Park was Lucero's first album off record label Universal Republic after signing a 4 album agreement with Universal Music Group in 2008.
7/31 John Eddie w/ The Rowdy Prarie Dogs High Noon Saloon, 9pm, more info
Folk Rock
John Eddie is a folk rocker singer originally from Richmond, Virginia.  Eddie moved to New Jersey to spark his musical career while occasionally playing with Bruce Springsteen.  John Eddie later signed with Columbia records, charted his single "Jungle Boy," and released a handful of albums throughout his day.
7/31 Jessepalooza Benefit with Keefe Klug Capital Brewery, 1pm, more info
Rock Benefit
Jessepalooza is a benefit show for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  The show is dedicated in the memory of Jesse Alswager who sadly passed away from the diseases earlier this year.  Project M runner-up Keefe Klug will be rocking out in the Capital Brewery Garden throughout the day.
8/1 Bill Maher Overture Hall, 8pm, more info
Comedy
Stand-up comedian and HBO host Bill Maher has a date set for Sunday, August 1, at the Overture Hall in downtown Madison.  Bill Maher, well known for his successful stand up career as well as his hosting of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."  Maher's political commentary and satire are the backbone of his stand-up material.  Don't miss your chance to see the hilarious and thought provoking Bill Maher in downtown Madison.
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[Review] Jack Johnson, July 24 @ Alpine Valley

By: Michael Mahnke Seeing Jack Johnson in concert is a joy, seeing him from reserved seats, as I was fortunate enough to do 2 years ago, is fantastic, but seeing him perform while standing on the stage is incredible.  Thanks to 105.5 Triple M, Live Nation and Jack Johnson I was able to experience this on Saturday July 24th at Alpine Valley as winner of the Jack Johnson- Best Seats in the House contest. A Jack Johnson concert quickly turns into one big sing along and Saturday night was no exception.  The only thing missing was a big fire for everyone to sit around or hearing the waves hit the beach.  The Wisconsin humidty provided some of the heat and everyone singing along made up for the lack of the sound of the ocean. After an opening set by ALO (Animal Libertation Orchestra) and an acoustic set by G-Love, and a quick glimpse of Jack himself backstage, we were led to the stage for an amazing view and an amazing time.  Seeing a great artist perform up close and seeing a concert from their vantage point, especially at a venue such as Alpine Valley, was tremendous. Jack started off his part of the night with his current hit from his latest album To The Sea, "You and Your Heart."  The joy of the crowd, the singing, the dancing were only getting started. The evenings set list, 29 songs in total, included many of his hits and fan favorites.  The first half of the set list included many well loved songs from years and albums ago with songs from his newest effort mixed in.  Older songs included The Horizon Has Been Defeated, Inaudible Melodies, Upside Down (for the kids in the audience as Jack commented), the big hit from his last album If I Had Eyes and Breakdown.  As an introduction to his popular Bubble Toes, Jack gave a small glimpse into his catalogue when he said "The love songs are for my wife, the break-up songs are about my friends." There were also some great live versions of new songs like To The Sea, My Little Girl (for his new daughter) and Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology. The second half of the set list was heavier with past songs like Flake, Banana Pancakes and Sitting, Waiting, Wishing.  There were sit-ins from Dan Lebowitz of ALO, Paula Fuga and G-Love as well.  A real treat was Jack and his band covering the Steve Miller Band classic Joker. The encore started with Jack alone doing acoustic versions of Do You Remember, Angel and Times Like These.  To finish the evening Jack was rejoined on stage by his band, G-Love, Paula Fuga and the members of ALO for a wonderful version of Better Together. An amazing night, an amazing opportunity and and amazing view.  Jack's feel good music, the talent of the musicians and the energy of the crowd made everyone go home happy.  It would have been a great concert either way but I was truly honored to have been selected to watch a concert in this way. Again, I have to thank 105.5 Triple M, Live Nation for having the contest and Jack Johnson himself for allowing fans on the stage to experience a concert in a truly memorable way.
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[Shows This Week] July 20 -July 25

7/20 Grill Out For Blue Grass Whole Foods Market, 4pm, more info
Blue Grass
Enjoy a special grill out for Four Lakes Traditional Music Cooperative! All proceeds of tonight’s grill will go to this Madison nonprofit that puts on the incredible Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival each year (coming up August 6-7…tickets available in-store). Be sure to stick around for live music from Oak Street Ramblers, the Kentucky Waterfalls, and (This is the) Squirrel Hunters! And what would good music be without a few tasty brews? Enjoy samples and chat with the brewers from O’so Brewing Company.
7/20 Squeeze w/ Mike Jarvis Barrymore Theatre, 8pm, more info
New Wave Pop Rock
British rock band Squeeze will arrive in Madison to perform a show at the Barrymore Theatre.  Most well known in the US for their tracks "Tempted," "Hourglass" and "853-5937" the band has gained commercial success and critical acclaim throughout much of the world.  Be sure to head to the Barrymore to catch this great show.
7/21 Earl Foss and the Brown Derby Crystal Corner Bar, 9:30pm, more info
Country Rock
Earl Foss and the Brown Derby are a country band based out of Madison Wisconsin. The band is a traditional country band that play their own music as well as a cover here and there. The current members of the Brown Derby are: Earl Foss, Andrew Harrison, Nick Brown, and Kyle Motor.  Earl Foss and the Brown Derby stay true to their country roots and are sure to maintain their country style in all they do.
7/21 Concerts On The Square Presents: Let It Be Capitol Square, 7pm, more info
Rock n' Roll
Come Together with friends and family as the "Fab Four" visit the Capitol Square. I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Yesterday, plus many, many more Beatles hits. Don't miss this one!
7/22 Catfish Stephenson Up North, 9:30pm, more info
Blues
Catfish Stevenson spends much of his performance time on the streets of Madison playing for the masses.  If you are lucky, you can see him at the Farmer's Market or on State Street strumming his bluesy guitar.  Don't let this fact turn you away from this outstanding blues musician.  If you are a local blues fan, you should not miss Catfish Stephenson.
7/23 Natalie Merchant The Riverside Theater, 8pm, more info
Singer Songwriter
Over her 28-year career Natalie Merchant has earned a place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating performer. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released two platinum and four gold records with the group.
7/23 Natty Nation! Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Reggae
Come check out local Reggae band Natty Nation! this Friday at the beautiful Wisconsin Union Terrace.  Nothing says summer like local reggae on the lake.  Don't miss this sure to be fun show.
7/23 Fuzzy Side Up Capital Brewery, 6pm, more info
Classic Rock
Fuzzy Side Up is a five piece rock band that will rock all night to 60's, 70's, and 80's classic rock.  Bring your dancing shoes because Fuzzy Side Up will keep you grooving into the night.  Enjoy some cold Capital Brews in the Capital Brewery Garden.
7/24 Jack Johnson w/ G. Love and ALO Alpine Valley, 7pm, more info
Acoustic Rock
Jack Johnson will be in Wisconsin Saturday with friends G. Love and ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra).  Jack will surely bring his smooth chill surfer sound to the Valley.  Johnson is on tour to promote his most recent album To The Sea.  G. Love will be playing a solo show and ALO will bring their chill yet funky sound to southern Wisconsin.
7/25 Peter Wolf Crier w/ Heartless Bastards and The Builders and The Butchers Wisconsin Union Terrace, 8pm, more info
Indie Rock
Peter Wolf  Crier is a musical duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota who recently released their debut album Inter-Be on indie label Jagjaguwar.  Jagjaguwar is the label who brought you fellow midwesterner (Eau Claire, Wisconsin to be specific) Bon Iver.  Be sure to check out their release Inter-Be and make it to the Union Terrace Sunday night. Joining Peter Wolf Crier on Sunday is Cincinnati native rockers Heartless Bastards as well as Portland, Oregon's own The Builders and The Butchers.
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[Recommended] Todd Snider, High Noon Saloon, July 16

Todd Snider w/ Samantha Crain Friday July 16, 9:30pm, 21+ High Noon Saloon, More Info, Tickets Todd Snider is an Americana/alternative country singer-songwriter originally from beautiful  Portland, Oregon.  Too Snider has been recording and releasing music since 1994 when he released his first album Songs for the Daily Planet.  Snider has released more than ten albums over the past 16 years including his highly regarded 2006 release The Devil You Know.  The Devil You Know was included in many best of 2006 lists, ranking as high as 14 by Blender Magazine. Todd Snider blends a "folky" acoustic guitar with a sometimes sang and other times talked lyric delivery.  Songs such as "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues" and "Alright Guy" are lyrically simple to understand while delightfully entertaining.  Snider intermixes hilarious stories into his sets as if he is part musician and part stand up comic.  His sound as well as his comedic style make Todd Snider resemble a young Loudon Wainwright. Opening for Todd Snider is young singer-songwriter Samantha Crain.  Originally from Shawnee, Oklahoma, Crain is an alternative/indie guitar player and singer.  She has released two studio recordings, The Confiscation EP in 2007, and more recently her first album Songs in the Night in April of 2009. So, if you are already a fan or looking to become one, head to the High Noon Saloon this Friday night and check out Todd Snider and Samantha Crain! In the spirit of the midsummer classic, here is a video of Todd Snider performing his track "America's Favorite Pastime." -Sam Ryan
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[Recommended] Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons with Daniel and the Lion, Wisco

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons with Daniel and the Lion Friday, July 16, 9pm Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace, more info One of the greatest things about summer evenings in Madison is live music at the Memorial Union Terrace.  Now pair this spectacular outdoor venue with some great homegrown Wisconsin music (and some cold delicious Wisconsin brews) and you have the makings of one fun night out in Madison, WI. This Friday evening, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons will be rocking the stage overlooking Lake Mendota with Project M's very own Jimmie Linville and his band Daniel and the Lion. You may remember Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons from the 2009 Madison Roots Festival.  They are an Americana/folk rock band led by the one and only Cory Chisel.  Cory Chisel grew up in Appleton, WI and developed his musical taste and abilities while playing music with family members from a young age along with an exposure to church gospel music.  His large family is filled with guitar players who over time taught him the tricks of the trade as well as expose the young musician to artists such as Sam Cooke, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan and others.  Chisel and the Wandering Sons have released a few discs including their 2009 album Death Won't Send A Letter.  Head over to Chisel's site for all the information and streaming tracks you could ask for! Opening for Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons is Baraboo based Daniel and the Lion.  Daniel and the Lion is a folk/rock/pop band that features Project M's most recent champion Jimmie Linville! If you are a Project M follower you already know how talented Jimmie Linville is.  Jimmie's band Daniel and the Lion fully showcases his singing and songwriting skill as well as the rest of the band's great musical talent.  Daniel and the Lion list their influences as including Counting Crows, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Wisconsin's own Bon Iver.  If you tossed all these artists and the state of Wisconsin in a blender, the amalgamation would be the graceful yet powerful sound of Daniel and the Lion.  Check out a couple of streaming tracks as well as snag yourself a copy of their This is Homemade EP and/or other goodies by heading to Daniel and the Lion's website. This is an evening of music you really should not miss.  Whether you are a Project M fan who can't get enough Jimmie Linville, a Wisconsin homegrown music junkie, or just a fan of fantastic music, Saturday night at the Terrace is for you!  Head to the Terrace and show some love for some of Wisconsin's most promising musicians this Saturday! Here are videos showcasing Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons as well as Daniel and the Lion's Jimmie Linville! -Sam Ryan
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[Concert Review] One eskimO, July 7, Majestic Theater

This past Wednesday evening Madison's indie rock faithful arrived at the Majestic Theatre to witness the next chapter in One eskimO's musical journey.  One eskimO arrived in Madison for their third time in the past nine months, this being the first as the headliner of the bill.  The band was grateful for the warm reception Madison seems to always present them especially as a headlining act. Instrumentally the band consisted of Pete Rinaldi on acoustic guitar, Jamie Sefton on bass guitar and horns, the cool vocals of Kristian Leontiou and Adam Falkner playing a distinct percussion set-up.  Falkner sat on a Cuban box drum and struck various other percussion instruments with drum mallets and brushes including a spiral cymbal and an electronic sampling pad. As part of their debut album, One eskimO created an animated film to visually represent their album.  A projector played sections of the animation above the as One eskimO rocked their tunes below. Track wise, One eskimO played all the tracks from their debut self-titled as their Madison fans sang along.  Some track highlights included "Kandi," "Hometime,"Givin' Up" and even an unexpected Warren G cover.  Guitarist Pete Rinaldi told the crowd last time the band was in Madison, rapper/singer/producer Warren G performed the night before One eskimO and this inspired the band to listen to and work on a cover of a Warren G track. One eskimO played an acoustically great set for their quickly growing Madison fan base.  It was clear Madison was glad to have One eskimO back in town, and I am sure they will be welcomed with open arms any time in the future. Here are some photos from the show! -Sam Ryan
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[Recommended] Jonny Lang, Capitol Theater, July 11

Jonny Lang Sunday July 11, 7:30pm Capitol Theater at the Overture Center Jonny Lang has been performing professionally for nearly 15 years now.  He is 29 years old.  Doing the quick math... that equals impressive. The Fargo, North Dakota native began playing guitar at twelve and less than three years after he was in a band and releasing his first album titled Smokin (under the band name Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang.)  Jonny has gained great success and respect over the last 15 years in the blues guitar world while releasing 6 albums and performing countless shows throughout the world.  Jonny has performed at the White House for President Clinton while also performing alongside legends including B.B. King, the Rolling Stones and Sting. Madison is lucky to have this extraordinary guitarist and singer visit and perrform at the beautiful Capitol Theater in the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison.  This will surely be a show you will not want to miss. Jonny Lang has made this show a "Live by Request" show allowing fans to submit song requests to Jonny prior to the show.  Visit this site and send your track desires directly to Jonny! For more information and tickets visit True Endeavors or the Overture Center. Here is the official video for the single "Red Light" off Jonny's 2003 release Long Time Coming. -Sam Ryan
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[Recommended] Art Fair on the Square + La Fete de Marquette this Weekend

Bummed the Fourth of July is already behind us?  Don't fret friends, there are plenty of things to keep you smiling this weekend in Madison!  Be sure to take advantage of the great events happening this weekend downtown. Art Fair on the Square Capitol Square, Saturday July 10 (9am-6pm) and Sunday July 11 (10am-5pm) Art Fair on the Square is an event organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art that brings artists from across the country to downtown Madison to present and  share their works.  Of the over 1600 applicants from across the nation, 450 artists were selected to join Art Fair on the Square and 30 percent of this years artists are first time participants. Art Fair on the Square will contain a vast array of arts including ceramics, drawing, graphics, prints, glass, sculpture, mixed media and much much more. Be sure to check out the Triple M Music Stage while at Art Fair on the Square.  There will be great music all weekend long pumping from our stage on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  The schedule for the Triple M Music Stage includes... Saturday, July 10 9:30–10:30                         Steve Doiel 11:00–12:00                       Ryan Mauer Band 12:30–1:30                         Mark Croft 2:00–3:00                           Tim Hort and the Radio Hour 3:30–4:30                           The Locals 5:00–6:00                           Silent Agency Sunday, July 11 10:00–11:00                       The Bower City Lights 11:30–12:30                       Patchouli 1:00–2:00                           Natty Nation 2:30–3:30                           The Selfish Gene 4:00–5:00                           Whish If you are still interested in picking up some fresh produce this Saturday, the usual Saturday morning Dane County Farmers Market will be moved to Wilson Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. More information regarding Art Fair on the Square can be found here. La Fete de Marquette Intersection of South Dickinson and East Washington, Madison, WI Beginning on Thursday July 8 at 6pm and continuing all weekend until late Sunday evening. French culture will be taking over downtown Madison this weekend.   La Fete de Marquette is a music festival that celebrates all things French.  Artists from Paris to Haiti will arrive in Madison for this great event celebrating French music.  This years music lineup is rich and diverse and includes Ivory Coast native Dobet Gnahore, smooth singing blues singer Marcia Ball, along with the "brassy" horn-filled sound of Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and many more! La Fete de Marquette will also include the giant La Fete Flea Market, a silent auction, children's games and face-painting, a vintage 1930's era ferris wheel and the largest dance floor of any free Madison music festival all summer. Also, Triple M's own Jonathan and Kitty will be hosting Acoustic Cafe on Sunday (July 11) morning from 9am until 11:45 which will feature Vishten and Red Stick Ramblers. Thursday--July 8th 6:00 --- Willy St. Coop Annual Membership Meeting (open to all) 7:30- 8:45 --- Les Sans Culottes* (Brooklyn) 8:45-915 -- Tent-- Laura Llorens (Paris) 9:15 -10:45 --- Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys* (Lafayette, Louisiana) Friday - July 9th 5:00- 11:00- Le Nuit des Etoiles 5:30- 6:45-- Les Saltimbanks* (Calais, France) 7:30- 8:45 - The Occidental Brothers Dance Band International featuring Samba Mapangala* (Congo/ USA) 9:30- 11:00 - Dobet Gnahore* (Ivory Coast/ Paris) Saturday - July 10th Noon-11:00- Le Jour du Monde 9:00 - Great Festival Flea Market 12:30- 1:30 Tent -Robin Pluer with Mrs. Fun* (Milwaukee) 2:15-3:15 Tent - Robin Pluer with Mrs. Fun* 3:15- 4:30-- Vishten* (Prince Edward & Magdalene Islands) 5:15- 6:30 - Les Saltimbanks (Calais, France) 7:15 - 8:45 - Boukman Eksperyans ( Port-au-Prince, Haiti) 8:45- 9:30 Tent-- Vishten Dance with caller 9:30- 11:00 - Marcia Ball* (Austin, TX) Sunday - July 11th 9am - 9:00 pm- Le Jour de Louisiane 9:00 - Great Festival Flea Market 9:00 -Noon -- Tent-- Acoustic Café -- - Vishten*, Red Stick Ramblers * Noon -1pm ---John Chimes* (Madison) 1:30 -2:45-- Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters *(Arnaudville, Louisiana) 3:15 - - Red Stick Ramblers * 5:15- 6:45 - Sonny Landreth* (Lafayette, LA) 6:45-7:30 -- Tent - Cajun Dance- Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters * 7:30- 9:00pm -- Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue*(New Orleans) More information  for La Fete de Marquette can be found here. Don't allow your beautiful summer weekends to slip by and be sure to check out these great events in downtown Madison this weekend! -Sam Ryan
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[Review] Dave Matthews Band, July 4 @ Alpine Valley

by Derek Paulowski I was fortunate enough to be selected as the Concertgoer’s blogger for the Dave Matthews Band at Alpine Valley for the Sunday July 4th show!!  My prize package was AMAZING, and included 4 great seats along with the entire studio CD collection from the Dave Matthews Band.  My many thanks to the great people at 105.5 Triple M for their generosity and providing me with the opportunity to create some lifelong memories!! We started our adventure by following Gabby’s advice and finding a parking spot near the back of the lot.  Great tip for anyone attending a concert at Alpine, as it saved us sooo much time at the end of the night getting out!!  We enjoyed the lively crowd, tailgated with friends, and kept an eye on the skies as rain was in the forecast.  I also learned some great tips for picking the right line at the port-o-potty from Lynn who flew in from FL to see Dave.  She informed me that one should always pick the line with more men, as they are faster, and often bail from the line making it even quicker.  I knew I was dealing with a pro when she displayed her own toilet paper for the “just in case” moment!! It was now time to go into the show, and there was definitely some great energy in the air.  Unfortunately, one of our friends took a “wrong turn at Albuquerque” and we didn’t get there in time for the opening act of the Zac Brown Band, but we heard they put on a great show.  We worked our way through the crowd and kept walking down, down, down to our seats.  As I mentioned, we had AMAZING seats just 7 rows behind the pit area!! Dave made his way out and the crowd exploded!!  I have seen the Dave Matthews Band a couple of other times, but never from seats like this.  Before he even got started, Dave stated that even though he is originally from South Africa, he considers this country his home and wished us all a Happy 4th of July, followed by flashing his hands and calling “Boom…Boom…” into the mic ☺. A few songs in he played an incredible version of “Everyday” and brought the energy that only the Dave Matthews Band can.  Other highlights of the night included “Say Goodbye”, “Why I Am”, and a couple of personal favorites “Jimi Thing” and “Tripping Billies”.  Another real highlight was when Dave broke into a little Neal Young performing “The Needle and the Damage Done” solo on stage!! He ended the show with an extended version of “Ant’s Marching” that got everybody on their feet.  Dave was doing his signature dance and trading riffs with Boyd Tinsley with the liveliness and enthusiasm that has made him famous.  They left the stage and the amphitheatre began to fill with lighters, cell phones and probably a few iphone “zippo” apps.  Dave reappeared and played an encore including an extended violin solo from Boyd.  The show ended with a rendition of “All Along the Watchtower” that only DMB can pull off!! Again, thanks to Gabby’s tip to park near the back, we were out of the park shortly and returned part of our crew to the Whitewater campground at the Kettle Moraine Forest.  Trust me, not much traffic if you head that route back to Madison ☺ (thank goodness for GPS!!)  Surprisingly, the security at the campground was tighter than we saw at Alpine Valley as we were greeted by 5 DNR officers checking wristbands for admission back into the campground!!  Finally, an FYI for those heading back to Madison after a show, the Taco John’s off Hwy 59 & the interstate is closed at 1 a.m. ☹ I once again would like to thank 105.5 Triple M for the incredible prize package, and would encourage everyone to become a Triple M member.  As they say “membership has its privileges!!”  We had an unforgettable evening, and Triple M made it possible!!
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[Shows This Week] July 6 - July 11

7/6 Jeremiah Nelson and Blake Thomas Mickey's Tavern, 10pm, 21+, more info
Local Singer/Songwriter
Jeremiah Nelson and Blake Thomas perform weekly at Mickey's Tavern on Willy Street.  Both singer-songwriters bring  a distinct sound to their performance while mixing in new material and covers.
7/6 Tuesday Night Grill Out with Keefe Klug Whole Foods, 4pm, more info
Indie/Pop/ Folk
Join Triple M for a special Tuesday Night Grill Out with the musical stylings of Project M Contestant Keefe Klug at the Whole Foods located at 3313 University Avenue!
7/7 One eskimO w/ Jeffery David Majestic Theatre, 8pm, more info
Indie Pop Rock
The brainchild of singer/songwriter Kristian Leontiou, One eskimO arrives with an impressive breadth of imagination that instantly marks them as something extraordinary. The London-based band’s Shangri-La Music self-titled debut is an ambitious and affecting collection of widescreen modern pop, alive with iridescent textures and intricately created songcraft. Songs like “Hometime” and the buoyant “All Balloons” are moving and expressive, touching upon such universal themes as love and heartbreak, success and failure. As if that weren’t enough, the release comes in tandem with a full-length animated film. One eskimO’s unorthodox self-visualization only serves to add idiosyncratic color and character to a beguiling musical work already abounding with invention and emotion.
7/7 Boo Bradley Alchemy, 9pm, 21+, more info
Acoustic Blues
Check out the bluesy slide guitar and washboard of Boo Bradley.  Consisting of Brad Selz and Scott Kiker, Boo Bradley has spent plenty of time all around Madison performing their gritty blues/rock for local fans.
7/7 Trapper Schoepp & the Shades w/ Sylvia Beach and Blackwell Beauties High Noon Saloon, 8:30pm, 18+, more info
Folk Rock
Nineteen year old Trapper Schoepp will be bringing his vivid folk lyrics and the Shades to Madison for a great show at the High Noon Saloon.  Trapper has been making the rounds of Midwest college towns in preperation for his sophomore release  Livid  and Moved.
7/8 Free Summerjam with Sweetgrass Majestic Theatre, 9pm, more info
Folk Rock
SweetGrass is an acoustic quintet based out of Madison, WI. Its five members share a passion for bluegrass music that is the driving force behind the band. They play a mix of original music and traditional bluegrass songs that combine to create the SweetGrass experience. Their beautiful four part harmonies and finger burning solos helped them win the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Organization’s band competition in 2009, making them the reigning “Race for a Place” champions. They play that hard-driving kind of bluegrass that makes you want to get up, stomp your feet, and dosy-doe with your neighbor. SweetGrass honed their craft on the sidewalks of State Street in Madison, but you can find them now, making that high lonesome sound, at music venues across the Midwest.
7/9 Ken Lonquist Capital Brewery Garten, 6pm, more info
Pop, Children Pop
began writing songs at seven, took up the guitar at twelve, and has been performing professionally since his college days at UW-Madison. He won a national audition and traveled widely as “Minstrel for the Environment,” writing and performing for K-12 students about environmental concerns. A series of acclaimed recordings for adults and children followed.  His charm and energy as a live performer remain the heart of his work.
7/9 Josh Dupont and Michael Massey The Brink Lounge, 9pm, more info
Piano Rock/Pop
Come check out Project M contestant Josh Dupont as he hits the stage with Michael Massey as they perform as a duet on piano.   Both Dupont and Massey will bring a rich rock piano sound that you will not want to miss!
7/10 Islands w/ Active Child and Steel Phantoms Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Indie Rock/Pop
Montreal based Islands is a indie rock/pop band who has had critical success over the past 4 years with 3 released studio albums including their 2009 release Vapours. Islands' 2006 release Return to the Sea contained appearances by members of both Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade.
7/11 Anna Laube and Beth Kille Tofflers Pub and Grill (New Glarus), 2pm, more info
Folk Rock
Don't miss two former Project M contestants play their sweet tunes in the picturesque town of New Glarus.  Anna Laube and Beth Kille are singer-songwriters who have individual distinct sounds.  To check out Anna and Beth performing head to Project M for video.
7/11 Jonny Lang Capitol Theater at the Overture Center, 7:30pm, more info
Blue Rock
Jonny Lang burst onto the rock and blues scene at the tender age of 15. Six albums and ten years later, Lang has won a Grammy, played for a White House audience that included President and Mrs. Clinton and performed alongside music legends B.B. King, Sting, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones. Lang’s unique method of guitar playing paired with his soulful voice continue to draw audiences throughout the country.
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[Recommended] One eskimO, July 7, Majestic Theatre

One eskimO w/ Jeffrey David July 7, Majestic Theatre, Doors @7pm, Show @8pm Tickets $12 adv, $14 door, more info and tickets

The 4 piece indie-rock/pop group One eskimO will be returning to Madison to play a show on July 7 at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison.  Originally from London, England this young band has been gaining prominent following and support as they spread their music across the United States.  One eskimO released a self-titled album in September of 2009 and also an EP the summer before.  Be sure to check out these releases before July 7 when One eskimO rolls into town. One eskimO was in Madison not real long ago when they opened for Guster.  It is exciting to see a band who within the last year was an opening act yet now has been given the opportunity to headline their own show.  Be sure to give these guys a listen and check out the upcoming show.  If past performances have anything to say, missing One eskimO at the Majestic on July 7 would be a mistake. Here is a free mp3 download of One eskimO's track Kandi. Here is video from One eskimO's visit to Studio M earlier this year! -Sam Ryan
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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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[Concert Review] Max Weinberg's Big Band, Majestic Theatre

This past Tuesday the full sound of a fifteen piece band complete with a full horn section resonated from the Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison.  Legendary drummer Max Weiberg, known for his work as a drummer with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and also his work as band leader for Conan O'Brien's late night talk shows, arrived in Madison with his recently formed Big Band.  Weinberg informed the audience that the band had been together for only two weeks but their shows were all going great and that "we all agree, this could be something big for all of us." Max Weinberg's Big Band played a great collection of music.  One of the highlights of the show included the playing of a Count Basie arranged medley of Beatles songs including "Help" and "Kansas City."  A second highlight was the funky theme song to the 1957 police drama "The M Squad."  Weinberg joked that despite the fact that "The M Squad" was not on very long, the song was catchy and fun, and that he (Max) has experience with short lived television shows, poking fun at his friend Conan O'Brien's short-lived "Tonight Show" attempt. The Majestic was filled with a mixed audience including both "experienced" big band fans along with members of the younger Conan O'Brien worshiping generation.  Although audience members were likely at the show for different reasons, it was clear the audience was truly enjoying the great beats of Max Weinberg's Big Band.  The talent that joined Max on stage as part of his Big Band was outstanding.  The band sounded full and dynamic from the alto saxophones to the stand-up bass. It had been a while since I had seen a full horn section in action and the rich sound reminded me of my middle school trumpet playing days.  I will definitely have to check out more classic Count Basie and other big band recordings after hearing this great showcase. If everything goes as well as Weinberg anticipates and "big things" happen for his Big Band, Triple M listeners may have an opportunity sooner rather than later to see Max Weinberg's Big Band back in Madison.
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[Shows This Week] June 21-27

6/21 Hands on Nashville Benefit w/ The American Dead, Nellie Wilson & The Hellbound Honeys, Owen Mays, and the MPC 3 High Noon Saloon, 6:30pm, 21+, more info
Rock n' Roll Benefit
Hands On Nashville (HON) was founded in 1991 to help people transform the world around them by volunteering. HON is a recognized leader in programs, partnerships and services that maximize volunteer impact for youth, adult, corporate, and nonprofit constituencies in the greater Nashville community. Each year, Hands On Nashville refers or places 38,000 volunteers to projects in more than 300 area service agencies and schools.Hands On Nashville (HON) expresses sincere gratitude to the thousands of volunteers who are leading flood recovery efforts. Your incredible gifts of time and talent showcase the spirit of Middle Tennessee. Help us to raise funds for this worthy cause.
6/21 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.
6/22 Travis Caudle High Noon Saloon, 6pm, more info
Pop Rock
Travis Caudle's guitar-based pop songs push his voice out front and have been said to echo artists like England’s David Gray and Scottish band The Blue Nile. Following in the footsteps of some of his favourite artists like Colin Hay, Lloyd Cole and The Church, Caudle's lyrics are powerful instruments for reflection. Anyone who likes Bob Dylan can groove along with John Statz's soothing, soulful and skillful scores delivered with his Dylanesque soft voice. His passionate songwriting, cool guitar and harmonica also evoke Dylan. Other influences include Ryan Adams, Iron & Wine, and Sufjan Stevens.
6/22 Max Weinberg's Big Band Majestic Theatre, 7:30pm, more info
Jazz, Rock, Pop
Entering what F. Scott Fitzgerald might term the third act of an already celebrated career, Max Weinberg presents the Max Weinberg Big Band.  Building upon his worlwide recognition for his thirty six years with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and seventeen years as the leader of what Tom Shales,  famed TV critic of the Washington Post called, “the best band in late night Television,” the Max Weinberg Big Band is a bold, swinging fifteen piece aggregation that continues the traditions established by Max’s musical heroes—among whom, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Doc Severinsen, and Maynard Ferguson lead the pack.  More Info
6/23 Spill Canvas w/ Paper Lions, Mechanical Kids Orpheum Stage Door, 8pm, more info
Indie Pop/Rock
Nick Thomas, the singer, guitarist, and mastermind behind The Spill Canvas, recorded his first songs at age 15 while growing up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and honed his largely acoustic-based style playing solo shows in and around his hometown. Calling himself The Spill Canvas, Thomas released the raw and emotive Sunsets and Car Crashes, which earned him eager fans around the country. After officially transitioning from solo act to full-fledged rock band, The Spill Canvas recorded their dynamic debut full-length, One Fell Swoop, with producer Ed Rose (The Get-Up Kids), releasing it on One Eleven in May of 2005 to great acclaim, eventually selling more than 50,000 copies. The Spill Canvas are currently in the studio with Mike Green working on the follow-up to No Really, I’m Fine, to be released by Reprise Records in 2010. On January 12th, they released Abnormalities — a three-song collection of new songs, which will be followed by an EP in March.
6/24 Mike Droho & The Compass Rose w/ Liza Day Brink Lounge, 8pm, more info
Acoustic, Pop, Hip Hop
Come watch last season's Project M winner play for the home town crowd.  Mike Droho released his first solo album in 2007 titled These Parts Unknown.  Accompanying Droho will be the sweet sound of an electrical violin and the bumping sounds of human beat boxing.  Mike Droho has drawn comparisons to Jason Mraz and O.A.R.  To check out some tracks visit Mike's Myspace page.
6/24 The Wood Brothers w/ Pinot Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Folk Rock
The 2006 debut from the Wood Brothers had, in a sense, been a lifetime in the making. Their folk and acoustic blues tunes, tinged with gospel hopefulness and country melancholy, were welcomed like old friends by both fans and pundits. National Public Radio named their debut disc one of their top ten discoveries that year. Pinot is a funk/soul/jam band that is on a mission to make audiences dance uncontrollably at each and every show.
6/25 SweetGrass w/ Charlie Parr and Past Blue Rhythm High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Bluegrass
SweetGrass is an acoustic quitet that plays a mix of original music and traditional bluegrass songs. They play the hard-driving bluegrass that makes you want to dance, but can also tone it down with some beautiful four part haromnies.Charlie Parr is a folk and country blues musician who is routinely labeled “authentic” and “the real deal” by fans and critics alike. Charlie shows up with a lived-in rasp of a voice, National resonator and 12-string acoustic guitars, a banjo and a batch of his own songs and well-traveled numbers by Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton and other cohorts from another time. Past Blue Rhythm provides an energetic recipe of music containing hints of Country, Rock, and Traditional Bluegrass. The tight harmonies and fast paced picking will provide you with a lively framework for any afternoon or evening.
6/25 Jeff the Brotherhood w/ Natural Child Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9:30pm, more info
Pop Grunge
Jeff the Brotherhood is a duo consisting of two brothers from Nashville, playing only drums and guitar. They have been called "psychedelic grunge" and "noise pop" drawing comparisons to bands like Hawkwind, Wipers, and early Sonic Youth. Natural Child is a loud and energetic punk band that has played at festivals such as House by House Fest in Denton, SXSW in Austin, and Todd P's Fest in Monterrey, Mexico.
6/26 Zola Jesus w/ Dada Trash Collage and Jabon The Frequency, 9:59pm, 21+, more info
Local Indie
Zola Jesus leads a growing contingent of female home recording trailblazers into a new era of wide open possibilities. With her seductive sonic textures reverberating over multiple levels of low-key DIY static slime, Zola Jesus is undoubtedly one of the most original sounding home-recording outfits in the Midwest. Zola recently joined Fever Ray on her 2010 European Tour.  To give Zola Jesus a listen visit her MySpace page.
6/26 Melvins w/ Totimoshi High Noon Saloon, 10pm, 21+, more info
Rock, Grunge
The Melvins are an American rock band that formed sometime in the early 1980s. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers. Since 1984, singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne (occasionally known as King Buzzo) and drummer Dale Crover have been the band's constant members. They are said to be "The Godfathers of Grunge music."  For Tickets and more information visit True Endeavors.
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[Recommended] Max Weinberg's Big Band, June 22, Majestic Theatre

Max Weinberg's Big Band Tuesday June 22, 7:30pm, Majestic Theatre All Ages, $30 GA, $100 VIP, Tickets and More Info Legendary Drummer Max Weinberg is bringing his recently formed Big Band to the Majestic for a special performance.  Weinberg is known for being the drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street band and also known for his role as the drummer and band leader of the Max Weinberg 7 along with the Tonight Show Band which were both the house bands for various Conan O'Brien late night shows.  Since the sad demise of the Conan O'Brien Tonight Show, Weinberg has taken his drumming skills on the road with a new band and new energy to jam. Max Weinberg's Big Band is a strong 15 piece ensemble that is inspired by Weinberg's musical heroes including Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Doc Severinsen and Maynard Ferguson. This will surely be a high energy great sounding show that you will regret missing.
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[Project M] Live Finale Tomorrow! + Free Downloads!

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Project M Finale

7pm, June 17, The Brink Lounge, Free Cover, 21+

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Tomorrow evening is the finale for Project M, the singer-songwriter competition and reality show through Triple M.  The Brink Lounge at 701 East Washington is the place to be tomorrow (Thursday 6/17) at 7pm.  Project M began with 10 contestants and week by week has slowly dwindled down to the final three contestants.  The final three include Keefe Klug, Anna Laube, and Jimmie Linville. All three contestants will perform a thirty minute set with the big announcement to follow.  Crowd response will be a factor in the decision, so make sure to make it to the Brink Lounge and show support for your favorite contestant.  Past and present Project M contestants and judges will be in attendance. The three contestants who remain have all displayed their songwriting skills throughout the competition and these talents will be on showcase tomorrow evening.  If unfamiliar, or familiar and a fan, here is some information and free downloads from the three remaining contestants.
Keefe Klug
Keefe Klug - Two Wrongs (click to download, click the plus sign to stream)
Keefe Klug is from Madison, WI and has been playing guitar since the age on 13.  Keefe has a desire to win this competition because he wants to introduce the Madison area to his style of music while developing a strong relationship within the Madison music community.  For more information on Keefe here is a link to his Project M page.  Below is a free download of his track "Two Wrongs."
Anna Laube
Anna Laube - Hippie Boyfriend (click to download, click plus sign to stream)
Anna Laube is also from Madison, WI and credits here great music upbringing to her parents as they played great music in the house throughout her childhood.  She began playing piano at the age of three and continued to learn a whole arrangement of instruments as time went on.  Anna wants to win because of her love for music and the fact that Triple M is a great radio station and she would love to hear Gabby put her music into regular rotation.  For more information visit Anna's Project M page here and check out her free downloadable track below.
Jimmie Linville
Jimmie Linville - Tracing Circles (Click to download, click plus sign to stream)
Jimmie Linville is from Baraboo, WI and has been playing songs for four years.  Jimmie Linville influences include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Ray LaMontagne and Sufjan Stevens.  He wants to win Project M because the $500 gift card to Good 'n' Loud sounds perfect for a new PA for his band Daniel and the Lion while meeting and getting to know members within the Madison music scene.  Here is a link to Jimmie's Project M page and below is a free download of his song "Tracing Circles."
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[Bonnaroo] All wrapped up...back to the real world...

My long weekend at Bonnaroo has sadly come to an end as I have returned to the Triple M office.  I had an absolutely amazing experience and enjoyed nearly every moment (the exception being waking up sweating and finding little relief all day).  The music throughout the weekend was diverse and sounded great.  The atmosphere and crowd was friendly and kind.  Bonnaroo was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend the festival to anyone and everyone no matter your musical taste.  I am already looking forward to next year! As far as music goes, my top three performances of the weekend include the hometown Kings of Leon, rapper and all around entertainer Jay-Z, and the smooth yet funky sounds of Daryl Hall and Chromeo.  All performances throughout the weekend were very solid. Our humble campsite Inside the Centeroo area Relief from the heat and humidity in Centeroo Thousands of people and cars equals...mud. The King of all stages, The What Stage!  During Nas and Damian Marley The second largest stage, the Which Stage There are three stages about this size, this is the That Tent Umphrey's McGee performing Friday afternoon at the Which Stage British folk rockers Mumford & Sons Indie rockers Local Natives on Thursday Mayer Hawthorne and the County jammed their groovy sound late night I hope this was not the first and last live show by these guys together, Daryl Hall and Chromeo The famous Bonnaroo bobbleheads were painted in World Cup uniforms this year. The wonderful people of Bonnaroo dancing in the glistening sun.  The man in neon has a sign that reads "Smile! You're at Bonnaroo!" I will admit, I smiled a few times this weekend. A short clip I shot of Damian Marley with Nas performing the Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved" to close up their set. A short clip I recorded of Mumford & Sons playing their song "Little Lion Man."  Be sure to check out their release Sigh No More. Bonnaroo 2010 was a huge success!  Already anticipating next year! If you are interested in some professional video footage from Bonnaroo, here is a link to the official YouTube Bonnaroo channel. -Sam Ryan
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[Bonnaroo] Day Three, Another Great Day

Waking up bright and early in a steamy tent is getting a bit old.  Especially after only a couple hours of sleep. Another amazing day here down on the farm.  Yesterday was a great day with great performances from artists like Stevie Wonder, the Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Jimmy Cliff, and Jay-Z.  My performance picks of yesterday include Mumford and Sons and Jay-Z.  Mumford and Sons put on a great blue grass rock performance and hit on all the tracks from their most recent release "Sigh No More."    For being such a young band Mumford and Sons sounded perfectly together with each other.  The crowd for the Mumford and Sons show was the most diverse crowd yet including people of young and old. On the other end of the spectrum Jay-Z brought the most energy of the festival thus far.  The entire What stage (largest stage) crowd was jamming out with Jay for his entire set and dancing the night away.  Jay-Z was an artist who I always wanted to see live and I am so happy I was finally able to because HOVA was absolutely fantastic.  I will have Jay-Z lines in my head for the next few weeks. Music that I am most anticipating today includes the Dave Matthews Band and Phoenix.  I am not the biggest Dave Matthews fan out there, but I have never had the chance to see Dave live and am looking forward to the bands performance to close down Bonnaroo.  Phoenix released a free live from Sydney download a few months ago and after listening to the release I am anticipating a great show. I have been having a great time here at Bonnaroo and it is crazy to think that the last day is here.  I am looking forward to the music all day today and anticipating the long drive ahead.  Although leaving the farm after a great weekend will be rough, a nice cold shower and sleeping in my own bed are positive reasons getting back to the real world will be nice. Last day of 'roo, here we come. -Sam Ryan
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[Bonnaroo] Day Two, Soaked Through

Friday, Day Two Whew! Today was roasting!  I was up before 8 am without any sort of alarm (which is very unusual for me).  It is just too hot to sleep.  Our tent/makeshift pressure cooker evidently must be vacated by 7am sharp.  Awesome Tennessee.  Awesome. While strategically planning my next cool-off session, I got to see a tremendous group of bands.  Luckily, concerts/events don’t begin until at least noon, so we had time to putz around camp before heading off for an epic day of concert hopping.  Definitely crossed some must-sees off my list today. We started with Tokyo Police Club (so glad Conan is performing again tomorrow, avoided one conflict!) and stuck around at the Other Tent to see Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.  I discovered I had heard of him/them before and really enjoyed their set.  Before the band got on stage, from my perch on the side of the stage, it was really difficult to figure out who was in the band and who were friends of the band.  After a group huddle to focus the band (and friends?), it was time to hit the stage.  Definitely a highlight to see this moment:



She & Him were full of energy, despite the sweltering heat.  I’m glad they pump air and blast fans from the back of the stage or Zooey/M. Ward and the rest of the band would’ve been drowning in their own sweat like the crowd.  I think Gregor will have to step up his game to win Zooey’s heart.  One dedicated fan had a friend hoist him up on their shoulders to attempt to give her a bouquet of flowers.  Gregor claims he’ll have to reevaluate his strategy and instead go for one of the backup singers and hope for an in.  Still scheming…. Les Claypool was definitely another highlight.  I’ve never seen him live before and only recently started listening to any of his stuff.  With frequent mask changes and crazy instrumental tricks, his show was great.  And Kings of Leon were totally meant to play the GIANT What Stage.  As natives of Nashville, they worked their way up through the stages of Bonnaroo and finally played a stage where they honestly felt they had “made it.” And now for some pics!

Tokyo Police Club

OK Go

and of course, Zooey, probably sweating sugar and sunshine -Abby Braatz
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[Bonnaroo] An Epic Day Two

Another amazing day here at Bonnaroo.  The atmosphere here is outstanding.  Walking around this festival site you will cross paths with many many different people sorts of people.  Along with that I have found it interesting when conversing with others the wide range of bands people are here to see.  For some reason I had in my head that most people were here to essentially see the headliners like Kings of Leon and Jay-Z, but everyone I have talked to has mentioned a different band for their most anticipated set.  The music diversity within this festival is awesome and the festival goers truly appreciate that. My top sets for Friday include Kings of Leon, Nas and Damian Marley, and also Tenacious D. KIngs of Leon were the main headliners last night taking the What Stage (Largest stage) for a 9:30 set when no one else throughout the festival was playing.  The crowd was absolutely massive and the local boys represented well.  Their sound was perfect, they had great energy and crowd presence, and they played literally all the songs I wanted to hear them play.  I have been a Kings of Leon fan for a while, but my friend Dean was not that familiar prior to their show.  I think Dean summed up the performance best when after the show he said to me, "Wow, I am going to have to get all their music from you… I think I may have just gained a new favorite band."  The boys who grew up just down the street as they described rocked the festival grounds and the Tennessee crowd loved it. Nas and Damian Marley also performed on the What Stage, but instead earlier in the afternoon.  Nas and Damian Marley released a collaboration album a few weeks ago titled "Distant Relatives" and played most songs from the album.  As much as I enjoyed the material off "Distant Relatives" what sealed the deal for me was the cover of poppa Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved."  I have always thought that Damian sounds the most like his father of any of the sons.  The blue sky and green trees surrounding the stage made for a perfect afternoon of thinking I was in fact at a Bob Marley concert. But to not be out done, the rock and roll f-bomb laced intensity of Tenacious D delivered grandly between Nas and Damian Marley on the What Stage.  I had never seen Tenacious D before but after this performance I would love to see them again.  The backing band for Jack Black and Cage was very talented and kept the guitar heavy rock smoothly going.  Entertainment value alone this show was top notch.  Jack Black's facial expressions are a work of art that cause me to crack up when I just see him grinding his ax.  Absolutely loved Tenacious and highly recommended to anyone looking to be entertained and rocked out of mind at the same time. As for today, Saturday, I am most looking forward to Jay-Z, Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, The Dead Weather, and Deadmau5.  I am sure today will be another great day of music.  I hope the sun takes some pity on my shoulders.  I didn't think I would be saying this, but rain would be very refreshing today.  It has been blazing hot and sunny, which is amazing yet brutal. I will do my best to keep updating all you Triple M fans and listeners as to what is going down here on the farm. -Sam Ryan
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[Bonnaroo] Arriving at Bogaroo

Thursday, Day 1 Unfortunate lesson learned today.  When traveling to Bonnaroo (even if you have special contest-winning directions and access), it always takes longer than you initially think to get to the fun part of seeing concerts.   By the time we finished setting up the tent, it was well after dark and exhaustion had set in.  So, I sadly missed Miike Snow as I waited in line for our passes.  Very, very :( But after tonight, I could not be happier that we sacrificed saved gas mileage for a four-wheel drive vehicle.  We arrived on the campgrounds after picking up our appropriate wristband to a sloppy, muddy mess.  I watched countless vehicles get stuck and then have to be rescued by a tractor as we cruised right through the muck to our outlined campsite.  Hopefully it won’t rain again anytime soon, the ground definitely doesn’t need it! See full size image As for Centeroo, it's actually smaller than I imagined.  Fewer stages than what I’ve experienced at Summerfest, but tons of space for the big-name acts.  The second largest stage, the Which Stage, is massive.  We'll have to wait and see how big the biggest stage will be (What Stage) for Kings of Leon.  Should be ridiculous based on what I've seen so far! Time to hit the air mattress :)
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[Bonnaroo] Night One

Hello Triple M fans! What a night... Last night was the first official night of Bonnaroo 2010.  Despite my high expectations, the music along with atmosphere was/is amazing.  Some first impressions of the atmosphere include the pure size of this festival along with the wide array of interesting people. The festival grounds are absolutely massive.  At least 5 huge stages with tents covering the area in front of the stages.  The largest stage, named the What stage, did not have any performances on it last night so I am looking forward to seeing the epic crowd at the What stage later tonight. There are vendors of all kinds including a "Broo" tent where you can try some of the finest micro-brews in the Tenneessee region.  I have not been able to explore all the areas of Centeroo because by the time I was in Centeroo and listening to music the sun was setting making exploration slightly more difficult.  Today should be a great day of exploring Centeroo and experiencing some of the best people watching in the world. As far as music goes, my highlights of the night include Local Natives, Mayer Hawthorne and the County, and finally Afrojack.  The Local Natives sounded beautiful as they played through nearly every song of their freshman release Gorilla Manor. Their sound was crisp, the band was energized and thankful for the Bonnaroo crowds support.  I recommend giving Gorilla Manor a listen if you have not yet. Mayer Hawthorne and the County is neo-R&B band from Ann Arbor lead by the smooth singing mastermind Mayer Hawthorne.  I was not expecting a great set from the young band for some reason.  I guess I was expecting a slightly watered down sound, but Hawthorne delivered.  The band has so much energy and was rocking harder than I anticipated.  If you like a poppy soul and R&B sound give Mayer Hawthorne a listen. And finally, my night cap last night was Afrojack.  This dutch DJ absolutely destroyed his set making the masses groove and boogie the night away.  I have known about Afrojack for a while now, but I had the feeling last night that even within the large crowd many were not familiar with Afrojack or the artists he included in his set.  Despite this hesitance the crowd was fully on board rocking out.  I think and hope that this country will soon embrace the party music of choice as electronic.  I sadly lost a pair of sunglasses in the chaos of Afrojack, but that is a small price to pay for the fun I had. As far as today goes, my plan is to explore the Centeroo area while trying to stay cool in the hot humid Tennessee sun.  My most anticipated shows for today include Damian Marley and Nas, Kings of Leon, Daryl Hall and Chromeo, and LCD Soundsystem. I will continue to update Triple M fans and listeners as best I can.  The internet is slightly spotty along with cell reception, but I will do what I can.  I hope all is well in good old Madison, WI and I look forward to a great day of music. -Sam Ryan
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[Bonnaroo] En Roote to Bonnaroo!

Dear Fellow Music Enthusiasts, For those of you unable to attend the Bonnaroo Music Festival this year, I hope these blog posts allow you to live vicariously through a 22 year old college student on her long-awaited pilgrimage.  Hopefully I’ll inspire you to embark on your own musical odyssey.  For me, the countdown is nearly at zero.  We’re all packed up and ready to go and we’ll soon be en Roote to Bonnaroo! I couldn’t be more excited to head down to Tennessee.  I am an obsessive planner, so I’ve be reviewing the lineup and stage schedules for weeks.  However, my friend Gregor will be taking a more focused approach:  get Zooey Deschanel to dump Ben Gibbard so they can run away together.  We’ll see if that plan works out....  Perhaps Regina Spektor is available instead. Thanks to generous friends and family, we’ll arrive and camp at Bonnaroo in style.  I’m not an avid camper, but I think I’m ready for anything.  Now the trick is weighing who to see.  Decisions, decisions! My MUST see: Miike Snow, Stevie Wonder, Phoenix, Regina Spektor, Weezer, She & Him, Jay-Z, and Kings of Leon Artists new to me that are of serious interest: Disco Biscuits, Tokyo Police Club, Japandroids, The Temper Trap, and Les Claypool With pit stops at the Silent Disco and the Brooery, we’ll see if I have time to sleep! I’ll be posting throughout the festival and sending photos too, so be sure to check back!  Thank you to all who voted for me, thanks to you my dream is coming true!  Here we go!  Wish us luck! Abby Braatz
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[Bonnaroo] ...and so it begins!

Hello Triple M fans and listeners.  My name is Sam Ryan and I am the digital content producer intern for Triple M radio here in Madison, WI.  Through this position I have been extremely fortunate and have been given the opportunity to cover this weekends Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, TN.

The idea of going to Bonnaroo has been in the back of my mind for the past couple years, but has usually fallen short due to lack of time, money, or some other issue within members of a group.  But finally I am able to go and I can't express my excitement for this experience enough.

To cover Bonnaroo I am bringing my good friend and recent UW graduate Justin Dean, known to most friends simply as Dean.  Dean too has a love for music and it will be great being able to share music knowledge and experience with him and the other tens of thousands at Bonnaroo.

When I found out I would be heading to Tennessee as the representative for Triple M this year, I instantly went to the active forums of Inforoo and weeded through topics and finding good-to-know nuggets from experienced 'roo-ers.  I have thrown together a list of items to bring that is very similar to other packing lists I have seen on the internet.  Some of my note worthy must haves are a flagpole with "motion W" UW flag for flying high at our campsite and marking the great city of Madison's territory at the fest, a 30gb ipod loaded with strictly Bonnaroo performer music, instant coffee for the caffeine fix, and a selection of vintage NBA jerseys for the (cross my fingers) beautiful sunny days.

I have a tendency to try not to look at the projected weather for more than a couple days before an event, but yesterday I had to look at the ten day forecast for Manchester, TN.  I will admit, my findings were not great.  It looks like scattered thunderstorms are likely for my four days in Tennessee.  Could be interesting, but as the Local Natives say, "Who knows, who cares."  Regardless of weather, I am sure Bonnaroo 2010 will be an experience of a lifetime.

Moving on to the main purpose for a Bonnaroo weekend, the music!  The lineup for Bonnaroo is absolutely amazing.  For the first six or seven glances at the lineup I was still finding artists I did not see before.  The depth of the number of great artists is amazing as well as the large breadth of genres covered.  The festival begins Thursday afternoon and caps off Sunday night as Dave Matthews wraps the festival up.  As I look over the schedule here are my most anticipated sets for the weekend.

Thursday @7pm-8pm Local Natives @7:30pm-8:30pm Miike Snow @10pm-11pm The Temper Trap @11:30pm-12:45pm The xx @1am-2am Afrojack Friday @2:30pm-3:30 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @4pm-5:30pm Nas and Damian Marley @5:45pm-7:15pm The National @9:30pm-11:30pm Kings of Leon @12am-1:30am Daryl Hall and Chromeo @2:30am-4am LCD Soundsystem Saturday @3:30pm-5pm Jimmy Cliff @4:45pm-6:15pm The Avett Brothers @5pm-6:15pm Mumford and Sons @6pm-7:30pm The Dead Weather @8:30pm-10:30pm Stevie Wonder @11:30pm-1:30am Jay-Z @2:15am-3:45am Deadmau5 Sunday @2:45pm-4pm Jamey Johnson @3pm-4:15pm Regina Spektor @7:15pm-8:45pm Phoenix @9pm-11:30pm Dave Matthews Band Link to the Official Bonnaroo Schedule if interested. Interested in some Bonnaroo tunes? As readers can see, there will be more than a few scheduling issues that will arise over the four days of music. I will navigate around these issues to the best of my ability and take note of as much as I can.  Again, I am very excited for this experience and I look forward to giving Triple M listeners and readers a view from 'Roo!

-Sam Ryan

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[Shows this Week] June 7-13

6/7 The Hussy w/ Wheels on Fire, The Honey Slides, Nester High Noon Saloon, 8pm, 21+, more info
Local Rock n' Roll
The Hussy is a two-piece piss and vinegar rock and roll act out of Madison, Wisconsin. Formed during the sweltering summer of 2008. Heather Sawyer and Robert Wegner used to play in the gratuitously loud and catchy Madison group Cast Not Dogs. Their current band, The Hussy, collides Wegner's garage-rock riffage, Sawyer's considerable drum-pummeling skills, and playfully obnoxious vocals from both.
6/7 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.
6/9 Re-visioning Our Streets Barrymore Theatre, 6:30pm,  more info
Community Meeting
Sustainable Atwood will be hosting an event at the Barrymore Theatre with a goal of "Creating a Vision for a Sustainable Future for Our Neighborhood."  more info
6/10 SummerJam Kick-Off Party! Steez with WookMajestic Theatre, 9pm, more info
Funk and Jam
Steez has developed through churning out their self-described Creepfunk, a high energy, danceable variety of funk -- one uniquely laced with electronic and improvisational sensibilities – Steez has garnered a loyal following throughout the Midwest, winning contests to perform at both the 2008 Summer Camp and Rothbury Festival and performing to capacity crowds at rapidly growing venues.
6/10 Landon Pigg w/ Madi Diaz and Mikey Wax High Noon Saloon, 9pm, 18+, more info
Indie Pop/Rock
Nashville indie-pop rocker/singer-songwriter Landon Pigg credits David Mead and Rufus Wainwright for instilling in him an appreciation for a beautiful melody, Radiohead for encouraging him to expel his emotions into his songwriting; and rock music icons the Beatles and Led Zeppelin for exhibiting to him the importance of catchy licks and hooks. Says Pigg: "Maybe there is a naïveté in my approach. I never had a guitar lesson when I started out. I've always felt that when you don't learn all the rules you're much more inclined to break them with a smile."  For tickets, follow this link to the True Endeavors website.
6/10 Special Screening of "Breaking Away" for Bike to Work WeekBarrymore Theatre, 5-9pm, more info
Film
Bike Night at Monty's Blue Plate Diner - Half the parking lot will be transformed into bicycling paradise with free bike checkups, and free tastings from Just Coffee Cooperative and Sassy Cow Creamery. Monty's will grill burgers and veggie burgers in the lot. 2089 Atwood Avenue. more info
6/10 Mini Mansions w/ Ralphed, Follow That Bird, Sleeping in the StereoThe Frequency, 9pm, 21+, more info
Psych Pop
Mini Mansions are a three-piece psych pop band from Los Angeles (w/ Michael Shuman from Queens of the Stone Age), who serve a mix of baroque-pop requiems, Motown eulogies, and Mersey-era break beats. Let's just say it's like The Zombies playing at ODB's funeral. Formed in January 2009, Mini Mansions have toured the US as main support for Them Crooked Vultures and Autolux, as well as played with bands such as The Dead Weather, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spinerrette, and Sleepy Sun.
6/11 Frog Eyes w/ Pearly Gate Music and Worrier The Frequency, 10pm, 21+, more info
Experimental Rock
Frog Eyes are equally informed by Scott Walker and Roxy Music, Nuggets collections and the Everly Brothers. But in truth, Frog Eyes' recordings sound like nothing else but Frog Eyes. In the past the band has lived in a no-man's-land reserved for musical anomalies, making music championed by discerning critics and discerning artists. For tickets, follow this link to the True Endeavors site.
6/11 The Jason Horowitz Band w/ Ida Jo High Noon Saloon, 5:30pm, 21+, more info
Folk Rock
The Jason Horowitz Band is folk/rock out of Madison, WI. Jason is what a lot of people would call a confessional writer. He's always figured that his experiences in life are a lot like other peoples' - success and failure, love and heartache, hope and sadness. So he tries to write about what is important to him and hope that people will relate. Ida Jo is a fiddle player and singer who won Best Urban/R&B song for her work with Mike Droho & The Compass Rose in this year's MAMA awards.
6/12 The Handsome Family w/ Elephant Micah High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Gothic Country Folk (self described from myspace)
The Handsome Family creates music that mines the deep veins of fatalism in the Appalachian voice. As songwriters it's the eerie, ancestral voice of ‘Anonymous’ they ultimately resemble the most; music that moves forward by turning the clock back— haunting, primal and strangely heroic. It is music that is dark, elemental, mischievous and mournful.For tickets follow this link to the True Endeavors site.
6/13 Ellis w/ Beth Kille High Noon Saloon, 7pm, 18+, more info
Modern Folk
With music that is described as “joyful, unpretentious modern folk”, Ellis continues to build attention at venues and festivals throughout the country with heart-felt songs that reflect her sincere graciousness, vibrant nature, and contagious sense of humor. You’ll quickly be drawn in by her warmth and real-life journeys as reflected in her songs. Singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Beth Kille has risen through the ranks of the acoustic-rock/Americana music scene since her debut in 2000. Her music is a hybrid of rock, country, folk and blues that resonates with diverse musical influences ranging from the soul of the Indigo Girls, the grit of Melissa Etheridge, the sultry vocals of Norah Jones & the groove of Ani DiFranco. She led the highly decorated Madison, WI rock band, Clear Blue Betty, for 6 years, putting out 3 award winning albums.
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[Recommended] Landon Pigg 6/10, High Noon Saloon

Landon Pigg w/ Madi Diaz, 9pm, June 10, High Noon Saloon, 18+, $10 adv/$12 door Singer/songwriter and Nashville native Landon Pigg will be arriving in Madison on June 10 to perform at the High Noon Saloon. Landon Pigg is a 26 year old pop-rock musician who has released three albums and has been featured on numerous shows and films.  Pigg has a backbone of great music that has influenced his sound for years. As far as influences are concerned, Landon Pigg credits David Mead and Rufus Wainwright for instilling in him an appreciation for a beautiful melody, Radiohead for encouraging him to expel his emotions into his songwriting; and rock music icons the Beatles and Led Zeppelin for exhibiting to him the importance of catchy licks and hooks. Landon Pigg originally reached national spotlight when one of his tracks was used in an episode of Grey's Anatomy and later One Tree Hill along with appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Pigg recently made his big-screen debut when he played Ellen Page's guitar-strumming love interest in Drew Barrymore's 2009 film Whip It. Landon Pigg will be joined by Nashville neighbor and opening act Madi Diaz. For more show information and tickets, visit TrueEndeavors.com. -Sam Ryan
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[Shows This Week] June 1-6

6/1 - Broken Teeth w/ The Media, 9pm, The Frequency, 21+, more info
  • Once again, Diablo Rockers Broken Teeth are playing with fire on the release of their hell-stomping new album, “Viva la Rock, Fantastico!”  As expected, the fifth release from the hard-bitten Texas head-knockers is torn from the same hellraiser’s hymnal that gave us the likes of Motorhead, AC/DC, Rhino Bucket and other wheels-of-steel rockers.
6/1 - Dirty Shirts, 6:30pm, High Noon Saloon, 21+, more info
  • Honkytonk, country, and roots music, complemented by 2 for 1 rail drinks and select taps until 7pm. The Dirty Shirts grace the High Noon stage the 1st Tuesday of every month (typically...), so come on down and check 'em out!
6/2 - Noah Engh, 9:30pm, The Frequency, 21+, more info
  • Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Noah Engh arrives in Madison to perform his 'ragtime millionaire' sound.  The crisp southern sound of Noah Engh has been gracing the nation as Noah has performed numerous shows throughout the US.  This show is a free show and the opening act is yet to be determined.
6/2 - Gooding w/ Eden's Empire, 8:30pm, High Noon Saloon, 18+, more info
  • On his upcoming release “The Return”, Gooding’s razor sharp songwriting and soul-searching lyrics, brilliant musicianship, cutting edge production and hopeful optimism shine through loud and clear. Instantly accessible without sacrificing sophistication or musicality, the new songs hit the AAA airwaves on Jan 11, 2010.  Eden's Empire are "the sound of Jimi Hendrix strapped to the front of a run-away freight train with Motown and Dylan feeding the fire."
6/3 - Project M Top Three Finalists Announcement, 7pm, High Noon Saloon, no cover, more info
  • Project M urges Madison songwriters to put their talent where their mouths are with Triple M’s first-ever reality show: Project M. It started with 10 of Madison’s finest musicians. Each week the artists have been given a challenge and have returned the next week to perform that challenge. And each week, one artist has been asked to pack their guitar case and leave the stage. At the end, there’ll be just one left. The winner will have one of his or her songs will be placed in regular rotation on Triple M for one month! Plus, he or she will have the opportunity to get one-on-one career advice from an Atlantic Records A&R Rep and then open for an Atlantic Records artist coming through Madison in the next year! Come celebrate the announcement of the final three performers in this exciting challenge!  More info
6/3 - Romania, 10pm, The Frequency, 21+, more info
  • Romania is a Baltimore based band stemming from The Oranges Band.  Consisting of three members, Dave Voyles, Roman Kuebler and Pat Martin, Romania play an indie/rock sound influenced by Nick Lowe.  The band has a recent release out titled Every7th.com that capitalizes on their indie/rock roots.  This is a free show and the opening act has yet to be determined.
6/4 - The Nod (CD Release Party) w/ Rescue School and Automata, 10pm, The Frequency, 21+, more info
  • Comprised of students at the University of Wisconsin, The Nod reformulated in November '08 with a new roster and setlist. Traveling over the Badger lands and through the bars, these dedicated musicians refuse to fatigue. The Nod brings back all the merrymaking that gets lost amongst the senseless screeching amps and gleepy-sleeze of an average rock concert. Recognizable rock renditions of tunes from various genres, The Nod creates party-ready hits that complement their original tunes keenly. With a fun, outgoing stage presence and multi-generational appeal of music, Nodding off will hopefully nod be an option.
6/4 - Houses in Motion (Talking Heads Tribute), 10pm, High Noon Saloon, 21+, more info
  • Houses in Motion, a Talking Heads tribute band from Madison, pack the house with their incredible live performances! If you like the Talking Heads, you will love this gem that Madison has to offer. A typical performance features a set as a four-piece dedicated to Talking Heads' earlier material, and another set with additional musicians focusing on the Heads' later material.
6/5 - Get Up!  A James Brown Dance Party with Motion Potion and Vinnie Toma, 10pm, Majestic Theatre, 18+,  more info
  • A dance party dedicated to the Godfather of Soul will take over the Majestic Theatre as San Francisco DJ, Motion Potion, and Dirty Disco Kidz member Vinnie Toma spin James Brown records and other dance jams all night.  There is a $5 cover for those over 21, and a $10 cover for those between 18-21.
6/6 - Blame Sally w/ Rodeo Ruby Love, 7pm, The Frequency, 21+, more info
  • A unique collective of four distinct voices and musical backgrounds, Blame Sally has forged a compelling and original sound that has earned the band the well-deserved reputation as Bay Area phenomenon. The San Francisco Chronicle raved that Blame Sally’s music recall(s) the artful romanticism of Jane Siberry, the rich folk harmonies of the Indigo Girls, and the percolating soulfulness of Joy of Cooking.
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Memorial Weekend Music & Festivities

5/28 - Bier Garten Opening Night @ The Capital Brewery Feat. The Westside Andy / Mel Ford Band, 6pm, The Capital Brewery (Middleton)
  • Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd calls Andy Linderman “one of the most dynamic electric harmonica players of our generation.” Jazz performer and producer Ben Sidran calls Mel Ford “one of the finest blues players in the Midwest if not the country.”  Put “one of the most dynamic electric harmonica players” on the same stage as “one of the finest blues players in the Midwest if not the country” and you have one of the most exciting blues groups in the country: The Westside Andy & Mel Ford Band. more info
5/30 - Madison Marathon, Madison Capital Square (Start and Finish), 7am
  • The Madison Marathon is an annual 26.2 mile foot race that covers much of the city of Madison.  Along with the 26.2 mile run, there is a half marathon, a half marathon walk, a quarter marathon, a kids race, and a wheelie race.  The race starts and finishes around the scenic Capital square in the heart of downtown Madison.  For more information and registration click here.
5/31 - Monona Memorial Day Parade, Route from Monona Drive to Pflaum Road, 10am
  • Join the Celebration of 55 years for Wisconsin's largest and longest running Memorial Day Parades will consist of more than 100 units. For everone's enjoyment there will be military color guards, clowns, marching bands, live animals, fire trucks, scouts, floats, antique autos, local elected officials, dance groups and much more. The 1.5 mile parade route will start just past Monona Grove High School and travel south on Monona Drive left on Pflaum Road disbanding at Sennett Middle School.  more info
5/28-5/31 - Bratfest, Willow Island – Alliant Energy Center, more info
    Brat Fest is 4 days filled with music, food and fun in the heart of downtown Madison, Wisconsin.  The World’s Largest Brat Fest is held every Memorial Day weekend – rain or shine – with all proceeds benefiting the local charities that help to staff the event. Brat Fest is also about enjoying good food at great prices while celebrating Wisconsin’s heritage and the people who make Madison a great place to live.
    Date Time Performance Stage
    Friday, May 28th 11:10 AM - 12:10 PM Art Schlosser Art Schlosser is a street musician from Madison, WI specializing in novelty songs. Axley Brynelson Stage
    Friday, May 28th 12:40 PM - 1:40 PM Mud Angels Mud Angels are a blues rock band from Madison, WI. Metcalfe's Entrance Stage
    Friday, May 28th 4:10 PM - 5:20 PM Selfish Gene Selfish Gene is a three-piece rock band from Madison, WI. Quench Gum Stage
    Friday, May 28th 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Beth Kille Come see Project M contestant Beth Kille! Axley Brynelson Stage
    Friday, May 28th 6:40 PM - 8:20 PM Mark Croft and Friends Mark Croft brings his acoustic rock/pop sound to Bratfest! Axley Brynelson Stage
    Saturday, May 29th 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Rowdy Prarie Dogs Madison-based Rowdy Prairie Dogs perform their Southern-Style Americana for the home town crowd Metcalfe's Quann-Olin Stage
    Saturday, May 29th 11:50 AM - 12:40 PM Black Star Drumline & Music Makers Boys and Girls Club of Dane County's drumline.  "Kids playing beats and staying off the streets." Quench Gum Stage
    Saturday, May 29th 12:50 PM - 2:10 PM Blue Beyond Blue Beyond combine modern blues and rock with classic soul and jazz. Quench Gum Stage
    Saturday, May 29th 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Sunspot Sunspot perform sing along rock with big guitars! Metcalfe's Quann-Olin Stage
    Saturday, May 29th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM Eden's Empire Eden's Empire is a Madison based alternative rock blues band front by former Project M Contesant Mike Tecku Metcalfe's Entrance Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM The Shibs The Shibs are a rock band from Madison, aka The Sharpe and Harkins Band Metcalfe's Entrance Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 10:00 AM - 1:20 PM Madison's Emerging Music Series Come see local up and coming artists rock out! Metcalfe's Quann-Olin Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Lucas Cates Madison local Lucas Cates performs his pop rock at Brafest Quench Gum Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 3:10 PM - 4:20 PM Honor Among Thieves New York rockers Honor Among Thieves Metcalfe's Entrance Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 5:40 PM - 6:40 PM LeeDing Zeros Local indie R&B and Rock band LeeDing Zeros bring the sound. Metcalfe's Quann-Olin Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Chick Singer Night Presented By Beth Kille Project M contestant performs with other local female musicians. Metcalfe's Entrance Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Aaron Williams and the HooDoo Aaron Williams and the HooDoo are local Madison rockers. Quench Gum Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 2:10 PM - 4:10 PM Madison Blues All-Stars Local Madison blues artists together at Bratfest! Metcalfe's Entrance Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lucas Cates and Friends: Josey Wails Duo, Mike Tecku, Katie Scullin Lucas Cates brings his pop-rock sound to Bratfest and is joined by friends including the Josey Wails Duo, Mike Teku, Katie Scullin Axley Brynelson Stage
    Sunday, May 30th 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Mark Croft Local singer/songwriter Mark Croft set to perform a pop-rock set Metcalfe's Entrance Stage
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[Show This Week] May 17-23

5/18 - The Dirty Shirts (CD Release Party), 6:30pm, High Noon Saloon, 21+, more info
  • The Dirty Shirts will release "Two Dollar Turpentine," their debut album of original honky-tonk music tonight at this special happy hour party!  For more than three years, the Dirty Shirts have held a regular happy hour show at the High Noon, with critical acclaim from regulars and newcomers alike. The band members' credentials include performing with the Cork N Bottle String Band, Cajun Strangers, Barley Brothers and Cornelius Klein.
5/19 - Stinking Lizaveta w/ The Parish, Guzzlemug, Control, 9:30pm, The Frequency, more info
  • One of America's most durable and powerful rock bands is back with its sixth album. Stinking Lizaveta's "Sacrifice and Bliss" is the latest from the instrumental trio specializing in what one reviewer calls "insane improvisations, relentless rhythms and volumes of groove."
5/20 - Colin Hay (of Men at Work), 8:30pm, The Majestic Theatre, more info
  • Colin Hay, the lead vocalist of Men at Work, is bringing his solo act to the Majestic Theatre.  Colin Hay released his tenth album this past August titled American Sunshine.  Be sure to check out American Sunshine and other Colin Hay releases including his Men at Work "work" prior Mr. Hays date in Madison.
5/20 - Mono w/ The Twilight Sad, 9pm, High Noon Saloon, 18+, more info
  • This instrumental band was formed in February of 2000 in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, MONO has quickly piqued interests in both audience and critics alike by staging overwhelming, emotionally splendid, atmospheric performances.  Within the rage of distortion and bombardment of feedback, you are just as likely to experience sadness and beauty, light and darkness, chaos and peace, happiness and melancholy. It is MONO’s ability to combine, intertwine and swing back and forth from two such opposite extremes to create an emotional phantasmagoria that makes this band worth experiencing.
5/21 - Crash Test Dummies w/ Ross Morseberger, 7pm, The Majestic Theatre, more info
  • The Crash Test Dummies will be performing at the Majestic Theatre on Thursday with the help of Ross Morseberger.  The Crash Test Dummies, most well known for their 90s hits  including "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "Afternoons and Coffeespoons."  Along with an upcoming live show, the Crash Test Dummies have released a new album earlier this May titled Oooh La Lamore info
5/21 - The Lucas Cates Band w/ The Mighty Short Bus, STEEZ and Derek Ramnerace, 8pm, The Brink Lounge, more info
  • Kenny's Fifth annual birthday Mustache Bash Party! This year is number 5 and oh is it awesome! TLCB, Mighty Short Bus, and Steez, all in one sitting! Doors at 8. Bands at 9-whenever!  $10 or $7 with a mustache on. "That goes for all you ladies as well! Win a stache award!"  Also, congratulations to The Lucas Cates Band for winning the 2010 Madison Area Music Awards "Rock Performer of the Year" award.
5/21 - Gary Louris (of the Jayhawks) w/ Ben Kyle, 9:30pm, High Noon Saloon, 21+, more info
  • As singer, guitarist and songwriter of the Jayhawks, Gary Louris built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. With Vagabonds, Louris launches his solo career on a high note, delivering a deeply felt, exquisitely-crafted set that features some of his most evocative and personally-charged work to date.
5/21 - Icarus Himself w/ Flight, Sleeping in the Aviary, 10pm, The Frequency, 21+, more info
  • Nick Whetro is the founder of Icarus Himself. And after leaving Northern Indiana in ‘04, to relocate to Madison, Wisconsin, he started writing songs and ended up forming the group National Beekeepers Society (a sort of a slacker rock/garage pop group), which has released two albums; self-titled debut in ‘07, and Pawn Shop Etiquette in ‘08.
5/21 - Hometown Sweethearts, 10:30pm, The Majestic Theatre, more info
  • The Hometown Sweethearts are one of the best party bands going today. This trio has pulled together a list of songs that are as eclectic as they come. 80’s new wave, classic country, oldies, disco, T.V. theme songs, 70’s A.M. ballads, hip-hop, college rock, and everything in between. If you love it, they’ll play it.
5/22 - Tin Foil Helmet w/ Letter 8, 6pm, High Noon Saloon, more info
  • Tin Foil Helmet emerges from its slumber to unleash potent, accessible, original rock on the waiting world. Lyrically, the songs range from the seriousness of urban sprawl and phobias, to the whimsy of kicking ass at the poker table or just standing on the corner waiting for something to happen.  Letter 8 may have recently changed their lineup, but they still continue to bring their fresh poppy sound.
5/22 - Paul F. Thompkins, 8pm, Majestic Theatre, more info
  • Paul F. Thompkins, actor and comedian, originally from Philadelphia brings his comedic style to the Majestic for this one night event.  Thompkins has been the host of VH1's "Best Week Ever" and is also a frequent guest on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."  more info
5/22 - Youngblood Brass Band w/ El Valiente and Fatbook, 9:30pm, High Noon Saloon, 18+, more info
  • Youngblood Brass Band destroys convention. They are focused on creating consistently progressive, acoustic, groundbreaking music, employing whatever sonic means necessary to do so. This nine-member ensemble hails from all over these sprawled United States (Madison, WI / New York, NY / San Francisco, CA / Chicago, IL) and sound absolutely focused on unleashing new music to the rest of the world.
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[Shows This Week] May 10-16

5/10 - The Clyde Stubblefield Show, 9:30pm, The Frequency, 21+, more info
  • Clyde Stubblefield is the “Funky Drummer” and has been hosting a weekly show in downtown Madison for over 20 years.  The Clyde Stubblefield Show features the vocal talents of the lovely Karri Daley (who also represents Madison Media Institute and is a guest blogger for Project M) and the soulful Charlie Brooks, along with Steve Skaggs (keyboards), Dave Goplen (bass), Joe Wickham (guitar) and the three-piece horn section of Bryan Husk, Pete Ross and Chad Whittinghill.
5/11 - Murder By Death w/ Ha Ha Tonka and Linfinity, 8pm, High Noon Saloon, 18+, $15 door/$13 adv, more info
  • Murder By Death is a 4-piece alternative rock band based out of Bloomington, Indiana.  Murder By Death is on tour in support of their 5th studio album Good Morning, Magpie.  Murder By Death will be supported by the bands Ha Ha Tonka, an indie-rock band from Missouri, and Linfinity, a alternative rock act from New York.
5/12 - Natalia Zukerman w/ Trina Hamlin, 7pm, High Noon Saloon, 18+, $12 door/ $10 adv, more info
  • Natalia Zukerman is a singer/songwriter whose Weasel Records debut Brand New Frame introduces listeners to her rich layers of top notch guitar playing, contemporary beats and dark, sweet, provocative vocals. Musically sophisticated, intimate and irreverent all at once, this record highlights what’s best about Americana music and offers it a Brand New Frame.
5/12 - Gold Motel w/ Family of the Year, 9:30pm, High Noon Saloon, 18+, $8 door, more info
  • The fused sound of Greta Salpeter (The Hush Sound) and members of This is Me Smiling comes to Madison this week as Gold Motel arrives at the High Noon Saloon.  Gold Motel is a collaborative effort between these bands that takes the sound of these separate bands to create a different yet comfortably similar feel.  Gold Motel is an alternative/indie rock band with roots in pop.  Family of the Year join Gold Motel as they bring their indie/folk sound from Silverlake, California.
5/13 - Nite Jewel w/ Rory Kane, 9:30pm, Project Lodge, $8 cover, more info
  • Groovy synth filled jams will fill the Project Lodge when Nite Jewel and local Rory Kane take stage on May 13.  Nite Jewel is an artist based out of Los Angeles focusing on limited indie-electronic dance grooves with synths and simple drum beats.  Rory Kane is a local Madison artist focusing on synth-pop “faux&B."  A great show for any fan of up-and-coming artists who lean on the electronic side of indie.
5/13 - The Knitters w/ Josh Harty and Blake Thomas, 8pm, High Noon Saloon, 21+,$20 door/$18 adv, more info
  • The Knitters blend country, rockabilly, and folk music, and, at the time of their formation, were pioneers of country punk, cowpunk, or folkpunk, the genres which eventually evolved into alternative country. Originally a spinoff of the seminal punk band X, they are influenced by the earthy, honky tonk sound of Bakersfield, CA.
5/14 - Baghdad Scuba Review (CD Release Party) w/ The Grasshoppers, 10pm, High Noon Saloon, 21+, $7 cover, more info
  • Madison based Baghdad Scuba Review will celebrate the release of their 2nd full length album Friday, May 14th at the High Noon Saloon, 10p. Weighing in at over 60 minutes, Breathe consists of 13 original tracks, many of which the band has been playing live for months or even years. Some are already crowd favorites showing up on live recordings and youtube videos. However, the album versions are crisp, recording studio quality renditions thanks to longtime recording engineer Mark Weber (Pressure Wall, formerly with DNA) who spent over a year working with the 6 piece group to get the live band sound down to digital.  The Grasshopper's blend of psychedelic rock, funk, and jam has made them one of the fastest growing names in the area.
5/14 - Clem Snide w/ Heligoats and Canasta, 10pm, The Frequency, 21+, $12 cover, more info
  • Clem Snide is a rock/alternative country band originally from Boston, MA.  Earlier this year they released a new album titled The Meat of Life. Joining Clem Snide are the two indie rock bands, Heligoats from Washington and Canasta from Chicago.
5/15 - 10th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute w/ Kevin "Tex" Tubb and the Rainy Day Women, 9pm, High Noon Saloon, 21+, $7 cover, more info
  • Kevin "Tex" Tubb and the Rainy Day Women (featuring Chris Wagoner , Mary Gaines w/ Jim Lottridge and Kenny Koepler) plus Dos Ninos.  Kevin Tubb is a Madison institution. Transplanted from Austin, Texas, his musical talents extend far beyond his (uncanny) ability to impersonate Bob Dylan. Join us for the 10th annual Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute, and enjoy tunes that span Dylan's great career, sung by one of Madison's finest.
5/15 - Will Hoge w/ Andy Davis, Mike Droho and Scott Leslie, 9pm, Majestic Theatre, $12 cover, more info
  • Will Hoge is an singer/guitar player originally from Nashville, Tennessee.  Hoge will bring his Americana guitar strumming to the Majestic with fellow singer/songwriters Andy Davis, Mike Droho, and Scott Leslie.  This is a show that any fan of guitar driven Americana rock.
5/16 - Reptet w/ Mad haPPy, 8pm, The Frequency, $5 cover, 21+, more info
  • Reptet is a bass, drums and four horn band based out of Seattle. These six multi-instrumentalists all have an expansive approach to their music, performing original compositions that incorporate jazz, rock, ska, punk, modern classical, avant garde, eastern European folk influences and more.
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[Recommended] Butch Walker and the Black Widows, 5/8 at the Majestic

May 8, 9pm Majestic Theatre, w/ Locksley, $16, tickets This Saturday evening alternative rock singer-songwriter Butch Walker will arrive in Madison to perform with his band Butch Walker and the Black Widows. Walker's sound has been influenced by many styles of music, but maintains a clean pop-rock sound with the additional notes of harmonicas and banjos in the mix. Originally from Cartersville, GA, Butch has spent much of the last two decades writing and performing his music to audiences across the country. This past February, Butch Walker released his fifth full length studio album I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart. Butch Walker has previously spent time with the bands SouthGang along with the Marvelous 3. Band webpage, Band Myspace Butch Walker - The Weight of Her -Sam Ryan
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[Shows this Week] May 3-9

5/3 - The Clyde Stubblefield Show, 9pm, The Frequency, $5 Cover, 21+, more info
  • Clyde Stubblefield is the "Funky Drummer" and has been hosting a weekly show in downtown Madison for over 20 years.  The Clyde Stubblefield Show features the vocal talents of the lovely Karri Daley (who also represents Madison Media Institute and is a guest blogger for Project M) and the soulful Charlie Brooks, along with Steve Skaggs (keyboards), Dave Goplen (bass), Joe Wickham (guitar) and the three-piece horn section of Bryan Husk, Pete Ross and Chad Whittinghill.
5/4 - Canja Rave w/ Nicole Rae, 9pm, The Frequency, $5 cover, 21+, more info
  • Canja Rave is a pop-rock duo from Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Since the release of their first album in 2005, Canja Rave has been touring the world and hitting many festivals as they bring their sound to Madison this week.  more info
5/4 - The Dirty Shirts, 6:30pm, High Noon Saloon, $4 cover, 21+, more info
  • Honkytonk, country, and roots music, complemented by 2 for 1 rail drinks and select taps until 7pm. The Dirty Shirts grace the High Noon stage the 1st Tuesday of every month (typically...), so come on down and check 'em out!
5/4 - Anna Laube, 6pm, The Brink Lounge, Free 5/5 - Everybody Was In The French Resistance.. Now! w/ Team Band, 9pm, The Frequency, $10 cover, 21+, more info
  • Eddie Argos and Dyan Valdés are correcting the mistakes of pop songs past. So far they have defended the belittled blue collar worker from Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” told Gerry and the Pacemakers that in fact it is okay to walk alone, dumped the manipulative Martha Reeves on behalf of poor Jimmy Mack and taken the misguided instructions of a 17th century ballad to its logical conclusion.  m
5/6 - Natty Nation w/ Urban Empress and the Urbanites, 9pm, Majestic Theatre, $5 cover, more info
  • Local reggae band Natty Nation will be performing with special guest Urban Empress and the Urbanites.  A must see for any  local reggae fan.
5/6 - Down The Line  CD Release Show w/ Ryan Casey, 9pm, High Noon Saloon, $10 cover, 21+
  • Chicago’s Down The Line's  music delivers mighty hooks and harmonies within smart writing and truly shining vocals. It’s an acoustic mix—guitar, mandolin, violin, harmonica and djembe, driven by a lone-electric bass—that the Chicago Sun-Times praised as “an organic blend of rollicking pop.” The group prefers to describe their sound more simply: acoustic pop. However you label them, Down The Line creates music that’s pure, unique and unforgettable. In 2010 Down The Line released Open The Door, a stirring EP of new originals. They are not to be missed.
5/6 - The Cork n Bottle String Band, 6pm, The Frequen