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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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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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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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[Recommended] Matt Costa, High Noon Saloon,Oct. 26th

Matt Costa High Noon Saloon, Oct. 26th, 8pm, $17, Must be 18 years of age or older.  More info at trueendeavors.com A little bit about Matt: Matt Costa is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Huntington Beach, California.  While Matt always had a love for music, his original dream was to become a pro skateboarder.  But those dreams were shattered when he was 18 and hurt his knee.  During his rehabilitation, he rediscovered his love for music and began recording some demos.  One made its way to No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont who offered to help produce Costa’s material.  After recording a few EPs his talents caught the attention of Jack Johnson who signed Costa to his Brushfire Records.  Ever since, Matt’s success has continued to grow.  With three full length albums under his belt and his songs featured in a number of movies and television shows, Costa is proving to be a remarkable musician and songwriter with a promise to do great things.  What does he sound like? It’s easy to hear Matt’s Californian roots in his songwriting.  His songs have a laid back and mellow feel.  There is a lot of beautiful acoustic guitar, whether upbeat or a little more melancholy.  While his early songs are more similar to Donavon Frankenreiter or his label owner Jack Johnson, his newest album is a little different.  Mobile Chateau was released just this past September and proves Matt is not afraid to branch out.  This album has a definite 60’s feel to it.  It’s a little more guitar heavy and boasts some psychedelic organ and backing influences to give it a completely retro feel. Some of his best songs: Sunshine Cold December Mr. Pitiful Witchcraft See the retro style video for Matt's new single Witchcraft.
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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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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[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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(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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[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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[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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[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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[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] 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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[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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[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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[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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