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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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Freakfest 2010 Schedule Announced

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

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

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

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

9/27 The Clyde Stubblefield Band The Frequency, 9:30pm, Ages 21+, $5, More info
Funk
Clyde Stubblefield worked with James Brown.  Enough said.  He plays at The Frequency, located one block from the Capitol at 121 West Main Street. The Clyde Stubblefield Bands plays every Monday night starting at 9:30pm and has been bringing the funk to Madison for over 20 years.
9/28 Ben Harper Library Mall of UW Campus, 3:30PM
Alternative rock/reggae
Ben Harper will be playing before President Obama's speech on Tuesday. Harper is one of the top guitarists around and he will definitely get the crowd going.  The only bad thing is there's not going to be any breathing room to enjoy the music because this is going to bring a lot of people.
9/28 The National Orpheum Theatre, 7:30pm, $26/$28, more info
Indie Rock
The National has been around since 1999 and has the unique baritone voice of Matt Berninger who has been leading a tremendous band.  Originally from Ohio, they are now based out of Brooklyn and are coming off the very successful High Violet album.  Join them at the Orpheum on Tuesday night.
9/28 Drive by Truckers with The Henry Clay People Majestic Theatre, 8:30pm, All Ages, $25/$45, more info
Alternative country/rock
Drive by Trucks will definitely take you out on an interesting date.  These southern rockers come from Georgia and Alabama and are the real deal.  They have been very productive recently with the album The Big To Do released in March and they have an upcoming album Go-Go Boots slated for near the end of this year.  If you feel like putting on your country gear and heading out, these guys would be a good show to see.
9/29 Blitzen Trapper High Noon Saloon, 8:30pm, 18+, $12/14, More Info
Indie Folk/Rock
Blitzen Trapper will be a great show to see because they have a host of good songs to hear.  High Noon Saloon is a great venue for these guys because it has the relaxed backdrop to just enjoy the music and forget about that damn TPS report you have due tomorrow.
9/30 The Boxer Rebellion and Grayshot The Annex, 9pm, 18+, $10 more info
Alternative Rock
This band formed in London and is centered around lead singer Nathan Nicholson.  The have released two studio albums Exits in 2005 and Union in 2009.  They are sure to put on an interesting show at The Annex, located at 1206 Regent Street.
10/01 Valient Thorr w/ Junius and Howl and The Antiprism The Frequency, 10pm, 21+, more info
Hard Rock
This band looks like they belong raiding some village in Europe.  And they look like they can rock your pants off.  They originate from North Carolina and have an almost funky rock sound that is intriguing and terrifying.  You probably will have trouble hearing what anybody says to you the next day because they will be loud.  Check 'em out and let us know what you think.
10/02 The Thermals w/ Cymbals eat Guitars and Sleeping in the Aviary The Annex, 9:30pm, 18+, more info
Pop/Rock/Punk
The Thermals have been around since 2002 and have been punking up the rock scene since starting in Portland, Oregon.  Their latest album Personal Life was released this month and has faced lukewarm reviews, but they will put on a good show so you should check them out at the Annex.
10/02 The Acorn The Frequency, 10PM, $10, 21+, more info
Indie Rock
This Canadian band has released their new album No Ghost this summer and they will be a nice tranquil indie folk band to check out at The Frequency.  They have some driving guitar beats that lay down long tracks that are slow and moody and beautiful.  They would be a fun band to check out on Saturday.
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[Recommended] 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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[Shows this Week] Triple M Recommends for Sept. 13-19

9/13 Daniel & The Lion Java Cat Coffee, 8:00 pm, more info
Folk
Check out the 2010 Project M champion Jimmie Linville, the vocalist/guitarist of the band Daniel and The Lion who are kicking off a Midwest tour at Java Cat Coffee located at 3918 Monona Drive.  You can get a free download of their single "Hollywood" from Triple M when you sign up for their mailing list here.  Their myspace page also has some of their music.
9/13 The Clyde Stubblefield Band The Frequency, 9:30pm, Ages 21+, $5,  More info
Funk
Join the funk with former James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefie, most notably collaborating with "The Godfather of Soul" on the album Sex Machine and other hits.    He will be grooving at The Frequency, located one block from the Capitol at 121 West Main Street.  Clyde Stubblefiled plays every Monday night starting at 9:30pm and has been playing in Madison for over 20 years. The Clyde Stubblefield Band is usually accompanied by keyboardist Steve "Doc" Scaggs and incredible vocalists Charlie Brooks and Karri Daley.
9/13 Girl in a Coma (also with Hacienda, Sick of Sarah, and Little Red Wolf) High Noon Saloon, 8pm, 18+, $10/$12, more info
Rock
Join the sister duo Nina and Phanie Diaz with bassist Jenn Alva at the High End Saloon at 8PM for a fascinating show.  Singer Nina has been likened to Morissey from the alternative rock band The Smiths, and the band's name "Girl in a Coma" is taken from a Smith's song.   They also have an album out in October that will cover the Buffalo Springfield 1960's protest song "For What It's Worth."  The High Noon Saloon is located east of the Capitol at 701A E. Washington Avenue.  While you're there, you can also check out guests Hacienda, Sick of Sarah, and Little Red Wolf.
9/14 Big John Bates & The Voodoo Dollz The Frequency, 9pm, 21+, $7, more info
Punk Blues (with a live Burlesque show)
If you're into a night of B&B, blues and burlesque, this would be the most interesting live show of the week to check out.  Think of this band as Moulin Rouge meets The White Stripes meets Reverand Horton Heat.  This is a band based out of Vancouver and The Voodoo Dollz is the name of the live burlesque troupe that performs while Big John Bates plays.  They will be playing at The Frequency at 9PM on September 14th.
9/15 Mark Olson & Cory Chisel High Noon Saloon, 7pm, 21+, $13/15, More info
Alternative Country
Mark Olson, most notably of country band The Jayhawks, and Appleton native Cory Chisel are teaming up to provide a good ol' show at the High Noon Saloon at 7PM on Wednesday, September 15th.  Olson recently released a solo album called "Many Colored Kite,' so you will be in for a night of interesting fresh music.   You can download some of his songs here.
9/16  Tantric w/Burn Halo and Adema The Annex, 9pm, 18+, $14/$17 more info
Hard Rock
A night of hard rock might be good for the soul.  If you're in the mood to get your alternative metal on, you could run down to The Annex at 1206 Regent Street.  This band released an album last year called "Mind Control" that was produced by Brett Hestla of "Creed."
9/17  Bascom Hill and Mark Croft High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Pop Rock
It's hard not to like the name of this band if you come from Madison and they provide some very interesting music as well.  You should check out their hit song "My World (Sucks to be You)."  And to top off the song, the music video features the great Lou Ferrigno and features the members playing tennis with guitars.  You can check these guys out at the High Noon Saloon on Friday, September 17th at 9:30pm.
9/18 Brandi Carlile Barrymore Theatre, 8pm, $20/$25, all ages, more info
Alternative Country/Rock
Brandi Carlile's brand of music stretches across many genres from indie to rock to pop to country.  She has an incredible voice and had her 3rd studio album "Give Up The Ghost" was released in October of 2009 and she has done some great cover work of Bryan Adams and The Beatles.  She will be playing with Katie Herzig at the Barrymore Theatre at 2090 Atwood Ave on Saturday, September 18th at 8pm.
9/19 The Gaslight Anthem, with The Menzingers and Fake Problems. Majestic Theatre, 7:30PM, $20, more info
Alternative Rock/Punk
Gaslight Anthem will put on a great show and they have some new music with a third album "American Slang" that was released in June of this year.  The band formed in New Jersey and they exude an east coast vibe that transcends the Jersey shore and mixes in a thicker western folk to their rich sound.  They will be at the Majestic Theatre at 115 King Street on Sunday, September 19th at 7:30PM and are definitely worth checking out.
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[Shows This Week] August 23-29

8/23 Big Head Todd and the Monsters w/ Daniel and the Lion Capitol Theater, 7:30pm, more info
Rock
Big Head Todd and the Monsters will be rocking Monday night at the Capitol Theater in the Overture Center For The Arts in downtown Madison.  Big Head Todd arrives in Madison following the release of their ninth studio album Rocksteady.  Make sure to be at the Capitol Theater Monday night to hear all the classics and some new material from Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Opening for Big Head Todd and the Monsters will be local band Daniel and the Lion which features Project M's most recent winner Jimmie Linville.
8/24 Grill Out with Beth Kille Whole Foods Market, 4pm, more info
Acoustic Rock
Time to pull out the grill and celebrate warm weather, good friends and great food!  Join Whole Foods Market Madison each Tuesday night from 4:00-8:00 p.m. for a scrumptious menu from the grill (veggie alternatives too!). This month’s grilling activities include fun fundraisers, delicious local grub and outstanding live music. Pair that with friends, blue skies, and a few games…and we’ve got your Tuesday nights covered!   This week join Project M’s own Beth Kille for some great tunes.
8/24 Lou Barlow and The Missingmen w/ Wye Oak The Frequency, 9pm, more info
Indie/Folk/Big Beat
Lou Barlow and The Missingmen will arrive at The Frequency in downtown Madison this week to rock out for the Madison faithful.  Lou Barlow was a founding member of bands Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion.  Barlow was a pioneer of the lo/fi indie rock sound in that came out of the late 80s and early 90s and still exists today.
8/25 Clovis Mann Mr Roberts, 10pm, more info
Blues/Rock
Riding the release of their third full length studio album Metamorphic on August 19th.  The release contains nine new songs, eight of which were written by lead singer/guitarist and former Project M contestant Dan Walkner.  Head down to Mr Roberts to check out Clovis Mann and their new material.
8/26 Catfish Stevenson Up North, 9:30pm, more info
Blues
Catfish Stevenson spends much of his performance time on the streets of Madison playing for the masses.  If you are lucky, you can see him at the Farmer’s Market or on State Street strumming his bluesy guitar.  Don’t let this fact turn you away from this outstanding blues musician.  If you are a local blues fan, you should not miss Catfish Stephenson.
8/27 Ozomatli w/ Dumante Barrymore Theatre, 9pm, more info
Latin Hip-Hop/Rock
The seven piece hip-hop/rock act known as Ozomatli will bring their live sound to the Barrymore Theatre.  Ozomatli has a fused sound that can best be described by members Jiro Yamaguchi and Ulises Bella when they say, "You drive down Sunset Boulevard and turn off your stereo and roll down your windows and all the music that comes out of each and every different car, whether it's salsa, cumbia, merengue, or Hip Hop, funk or whatever, it's that crazy blend that's going on between that cacophony of sound is Ozomatli, y'know?"
8/27 Mark Little Band Capital Brewery, 6pm, more info
Genre
Based in Milwaukee, WI the Mark Little Band will play some great tunes as you enjoy some cold refreshing Capital brews.  The Mark Little Band has two releases, Imagine my Surprise and The Roots.  They self describe their sound as "Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and John Mayer getting drunk at a jazz club, singing along to the only Weezer CD in their juke box."
8/28 Kenny Rogers Crystal Grand Music Theatre, 8pm, more info
Country/Rock
By now, Kenny Rogers has become such an icon that it's easy to forget how he got there. The songs on 42 Ultimate Hits, bringing together the top songs of his career from the late 60s First Edition years up to his current return to the charts, offers a crash-course reminder that Rogers is a star because he excels at his craft.  Just look at the titles: "Lady," "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town," "The Gambler," "She Believes in Me," "Islands in the Stream," "We've Got Tonight," "Buy Me A Rose." Not a ditty among them. Then listen. The sweetly raspy vocals are instantly identifiable as Kenny Rogers - he sounds like nobody else. More importantly, he inhabits each song, making it vivid and tangible. For more than five decades, Rogers has delivered memorable songs, drawing fans among rock, pop, soul and country audiences.
8/29 Wanda Jackson w/ The Lustre Kings High Noon Saloon, 8pm, more info
Country/Rock
Wanda Jackson is the first female rock and roll singer in the United States, releasing her debut record in 1956. She is often hailed as the “Queen Of Rockabilly.”  Jackson's last release was in 2003 but she has been singing since.  Be sure to check out this legendary singer this Sunday at the High Noon Saloon.
8/29 Ride The Drive w/ Project M Contestants Stage on East Washington, 11am, more info
Festival
RIDE THE DRIVE is a celebration of Madison’s commitment to healthy, active lifestyles. This community event is an invitation for all citizens to leave their cars behind to experience some of Madison’s most scenic byways a whole new way - by riding, walking, skating, or strolling along some of our city’s most beautiful streets. Come check out the Triple People Powered Stage which includes performances by Beth Kille, Mark Harrod, Keefe Klug, Anna Laube and Corey Hart.  Want to help power the stage?  Sign up to pedal the power for the music.  For more information and signing up to power the stage, click here.
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[Shows This Week] August 16-22

8/16 Stone Temple Pilots w/ Cage The Elephant and Fang Island The Rave (Milwaukee), 8pm, more info
Alternative Rock
The hard hitting sound of Stone Temple Pilots will be arriving in Milwaukee Monday night.  After a hiatus, Stone Temple Pilots have returned to recording and touring this year with a new self-titled album release.  If you are a fan of new or old STP, head to Milwaukee to check out some great music!
8/16 Funky Mondays with Clyde Stubblefield The Frequency, 9:30pm, more info
Funk Rock
Clyde Stubblefield IS the FUNKY DRUMMER! He drummed for James Brown from 1965 to 1970 and recorded such hits as “I Feel Good,” “Coldsweat,” and “The Funky Drummer.” Clyde is the most sampled drummer ever, providing some of the most famous and familiar grooves used by DJ’s and hip-hop artists around the world.
8/17 Grill Out with Anna Laube Whole Foods Market, 4pm, more info
Acoustic Rock
Time to pull out the grill and celebrate warm weather, good friends and great food!  Join Whole Foods Market Madison each Tuesday night from 4:00-8:00 p.m. for a scrumptious menu from the grill (veggie alternatives too!). This month’s grilling activities include fun fundraisers, delicious local grub and outstanding live music. Pair that with friends, blue skies, and a few games…and we’ve got your Tuesday nights covered!   This week join Project M's own Anna Laube for some great tunes.
8/17 500 Miles to Memphis w/ Ghost Town Council High Noon Saloon, 6pm, more info
Alternative/Punk/Country
500 Miles to Memphis is a rock band the brings together elements of both country and alternative/punk rock.  Originally from Cincinnati, 500 Miles to Memphis has released 3 studio albums including their 2010 release We've Built Up To Nothing.  Looking for some "cowpunk" on your Tuesday night?  Head to the High Noon Saloon!
8/18 Whitney Mann Alchemy, 10pm, more info
Alt. Country
Madison alt-country songstress Whitney Mann has established herself as a smart songwriter with a crystalline voice on 2009's splendid The Way Back Home EP as well as a couple of dates opening for Willie Nelson earlier this year. Now she's out to prove her versatility with a monthly residency at Alchemy, where Mann will take requests via e-mail (byrequestwithwhitney@gmail.com). Mann prefers that the requests lean toward country, but she says she'll try anything.
8/19 Clovis Mann Majestic Theatre, 9pm, more info
Blues Rock
Come check out this week's Free Summerjam at the Majestic with Clovis Mann which includes Project M's own Dan Walkner.  Clovis Mann is a local blues/rock band that will surely rock hard.  The CLOVIS MANN live experience has always been an intense musical commitment. The swirling styles and fire-breathing vocals continue to bend genres and explore new musical territories.
8/19 Aaron Williams and The Hoodoo The Brink Lounge, 9pm, more info
Blues Rock
Don’t miss your chance to see the 2010 winner of Madison Area Music Awards Artist of the Year!  Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo are back and performing at the Brink Lounge for the Madison faithful.  Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo bring a big beat and a smooth blues guitar when they rock local Madison clubs and bars.  Also, be sure to snag a copy of the bands new album “It Ain’t Easy.”
8/20 Lucas Cates Pooley's, 7pm, more info
Acoustic Rock
The Lucas Cates Band (TLCB) is a nationally touring, original acoustic rock group based in Madison, Wis. Their music includes a wide range of genres, including rock, pop, alt-country, folk, jazz, funk, r&b, jam and more. Fusing three- and occasionally four-part harmonies the band creates a big sound. They are a singer/songwriter group that has the energy of a rock band that jams, and with 10 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs) over the past 3 years--including best pop performer and artist of the year--TLCB has risen to new heights on a local, regional and national level.
8/21 Elf Lettuce Memorial Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Blues Rock
Elf Lettuce is a blues/rock act originated in Madison, WI.  The band played with Clyde Stubblefield for some time and now are hard at work touring the midwest.  Elf Lettuce released an EP that has sold over 1000 copies and are prepping a live release for later this year.
8/22 Cheap Trick Crystal Grand Music Theatre (WI Dells), 8pm, more info
Rock n' Roll
Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70s they've been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable.  With timeless classics such as "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," and the late 80s lighter-waving favorite, "The Flame," Cheap Trick are a musical institution.
8/22 Yokinazu Project w/ Baghdad Scuba Review, The Cosmonauts, and Richard Whitney High Noon Saloon, 5pm, more info
Local Jam Rock
The Yokanizu Project has been kicking around Madison and beyond for a good five years or more playing great rock, jam, and reggae.Baghdad Scuba Review is often lumped in with the "jam band" music genre. However they are truly defined as progressive rock, with elements of classic, jazz, and rock fusion. Long musical compositions and narratives are found in their music as the band explores the social and political awareness that is necessary in today's ever changing and unbalanced society.
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[Shows This Week] August 9-15

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

This Saturday the 2000 and 2100 blocks of Atwood Avenue (in front of the Barrymore Theatre) will be rockin' with great live music on two stages...that's right, it's Atwood Summerfest time again. It's one of the city's best neighborhood festivals..with yummy ethnic food, icy cold beer..and fun for the kids too with face painting, arts and crafts, and those inflatable jump-around thingies! The festival raises money for the Goodman Community Center (formerly known as the Atwood Community Center), so you can get a little wild, and feel good about yourself at the same time. Here's the line-up:  Harmony Bar/Capital Brewery Blues Stage 12:00-12:50 pm Kristy Larson Honky Tonk Band: A little country music never hurt you! The Kristy Larson Trio won a couple of Madison Area Music Awards in 2009..and it looks like she'll bring a few more musicians this time around! 1:10-2:00 pm  Piper Road Spring Band: How about some bluegrass? The Piper Road Spring Band has been playing together for more than 35 years, with bluegrass that's far from traditional. They've been known to weave in some Grateful Dead inspired jams! 2:20-3:10 pm  The Alex Wilson Band: Alex grew up immersed in the Milwaukee/Chicago blues scene and picked up the guitar at the age of 5. He's a little older now and ready to impress you with everything from Beale Street blues to Chicago swing. 3:30-4:20 pm  The Midwesterners: At the border of classic rock and country--that's where you'll find the Midwesterners. Led by veteran Madison musician Richard Weigel, it also features the highly charged guitar of Ernie Connor from the Rousers. 4:40-5:30 pm Altered 5: This Milwaukee based blues band takes pop and rock songs and "bluesifies" them! This is one of Gabby Parsons' favorite area bands. 5:50-7:00 pm  Jim Schwall/Andy Ewen Band: What a combo! Jim Schwall was half of the famed Siegel-Schwall Band that played places like the Fillmore..sharing the bill with folks like Janis Joplin and the Doors. And Andy is the seemingly ageless guitar player and singer for the band Honor Among Thieves. Sparks have got to fly when these guys get together. Maximum Ink / Ale Asylum Rock Stage times not listed, but this is the schedule in order The Shtetlblasters: Madison's very own electronic klezmer band. The Kingtown Rockers : Madison band described as reggae with a touch of metal. VO5 : They want you to party like it's 1978! A funk/disco/dance band from Madison. Soul Shaker: Blues band from Madison. ..self-described as "dirty blues rock for yo dirty minds." Influences include  Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Humble Pie, and Muddy Waters. Beatallica:  Beatles meet Metallica. 'Nuff said.
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[Shows This Week] July 26 - August 1

7/26 Jim Schwall Crystal Corner Bar, 9:30pm, more info
Bluegrass Folk Rock
Jim Schwall has been a life long musician.  He started playing multiple instruments while in elementary school and progressed to bluegrass music by the time he hit high school.  In college Schwall formed Siegel-Schwall Band and released over a dozen albums throughout a decade of work.
7/27 Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers w/ The Punch Brothers Overture Hall, 7:30pm, more info
Bluegrass
Actor and comedian Steve Martin is a very busy talented man.  Martin has spent much of his recent time with his bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers playing throughout the country.  Don't be fooled, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are no joke.  The band won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy this past January for their release The Crow / New Songs For The Five-String Banjo.
7/27 Grilling Out With Anna Laube Whole Foods Market, 4pm, more info
Singer/Songwriter
Tuesday Night Grill-Out followers are in for a treat this week. Enjoy a pasture raised grass fed beef burger topped with Quince & Apple small batch preserves, Pleasant Ridge Reserve artisanal farmstead cheese and fresh, local produce. Be sure to say hello to the local artisans themselves and tell them what you think! And be sure to stick around for some great local live music with the talented Anna Laube from Triple M’s Project M!
7/28 Greg Laswell w/ Carey Brothers and Harper Blynn High Noon Saloon, 8:30pm, more info
Alternative Rock
Greg Laswell will be arriving in Madison to rock some fresh tunes at the High Noon Saloon.  Laswell is a writer and producer as well as a multi-instrumentalist who has released a plethora of music over time.  Most recently, Laswell released his 2010 studio album Take A Bow.  Joining Laswell on the 28th at the High Noon will be singer songwriter Carey Brothers as well as Harper Blynn.
7/28 Daniel and The Lion Pizzeria UNO Madison, 7pm, more info
Indie Folk Rock
Daniel and the Lion is an indie/folk/rock band that features Project M’s most recent champion Jimmie Linville! If you are a Project M follower you already know how talented Jimmie Linville is.  Jimmie’s band Daniel and the Lion fully showcases his singing and songwriting skill as well as the rest of the band’s great musical talent.
7/29 Mahjongg w/Cool Memories Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Minimalist Progressive
On the electronic side of music, Mahjongg will be playing at the beautiful Union Terrace this week with the help of Cool Memories.  Mahjongg is based out of Chicago and has been touring the Western US this July.  Cool Memories is an experimental group also from Chicago, Illinois.
7/30 Westside Andy / Mel Ford Band Capital Brewery, 6pm, more info
Blue/Rock
Westside Andy / Mel Ford Band is a blues band based out of Madison, WI.  The band has released over a dozen albums over the past two decades.  Come check out some of Madison's finest and enjoy some great crisp Capital brews.
7/30 Lucero w/ Ha Ha Tonka High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, more info
Country/Punk
Memphis, Tennessee based punk/country fused band Lucero will be arriving in Madison Friday July 30 for a show at the High Noon Saloon.  The band's Southern roots influence their blending of elements of both country and punk to generate their sound.  Lucero have released 7 full length albums including their most recent, 1372 Overton Park, in October 2009.  1372 Overton Park was Lucero's first album off record label Universal Republic after signing a 4 album agreement with Universal Music Group in 2008.
7/31 John Eddie w/ The Rowdy Prarie Dogs High Noon Saloon, 9pm, more info
Folk Rock
John Eddie is a folk rocker singer originally from Richmond, Virginia.  Eddie moved to New Jersey to spark his musical career while occasionally playing with Bruce Springsteen.  John Eddie later signed with Columbia records, charted his single "Jungle Boy," and released a handful of albums throughout his day.
7/31 Jessepalooza Benefit with Keefe Klug Capital Brewery, 1pm, more info
Rock Benefit
Jessepalooza is a benefit show for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  The show is dedicated in the memory of Jesse Alswager who sadly passed away from the diseases earlier this year.  Project M runner-up Keefe Klug will be rocking out in the Capital Brewery Garden throughout the day.
8/1 Bill Maher Overture Hall, 8pm, more info
Comedy
Stand-up comedian and HBO host Bill Maher has a date set for Sunday, August 1, at the Overture Hall in downtown Madison.  Bill Maher, well known for his successful stand up career as well as his hosting of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."  Maher's political commentary and satire are the backbone of his stand-up material.  Don't miss your chance to see the hilarious and thought provoking Bill Maher in downtown Madison.
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[Shows This Week] July 20 -July 25

7/20 Grill Out For Blue Grass Whole Foods Market, 4pm, more info
Blue Grass
Enjoy a special grill out for Four Lakes Traditional Music Cooperative! All proceeds of tonight’s grill will go to this Madison nonprofit that puts on the incredible Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival each year (coming up August 6-7…tickets available in-store). Be sure to stick around for live music from Oak Street Ramblers, the Kentucky Waterfalls, and (This is the) Squirrel Hunters! And what would good music be without a few tasty brews? Enjoy samples and chat with the brewers from O’so Brewing Company.
7/20 Squeeze w/ Mike Jarvis Barrymore Theatre, 8pm, more info
New Wave Pop Rock
British rock band Squeeze will arrive in Madison to perform a show at the Barrymore Theatre.  Most well known in the US for their tracks "Tempted," "Hourglass" and "853-5937" the band has gained commercial success and critical acclaim throughout much of the world.  Be sure to head to the Barrymore to catch this great show.
7/21 Earl Foss and the Brown Derby Crystal Corner Bar, 9:30pm, more info
Country Rock
Earl Foss and the Brown Derby are a country band based out of Madison Wisconsin. The band is a traditional country band that play their own music as well as a cover here and there. The current members of the Brown Derby are: Earl Foss, Andrew Harrison, Nick Brown, and Kyle Motor.  Earl Foss and the Brown Derby stay true to their country roots and are sure to maintain their country style in all they do.
7/21 Concerts On The Square Presents: Let It Be Capitol Square, 7pm, more info
Rock n' Roll
Come Together with friends and family as the "Fab Four" visit the Capitol Square. I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Yesterday, plus many, many more Beatles hits. Don't miss this one!
7/22 Catfish Stephenson Up North, 9:30pm, more info
Blues
Catfish Stevenson spends much of his performance time on the streets of Madison playing for the masses.  If you are lucky, you can see him at the Farmer's Market or on State Street strumming his bluesy guitar.  Don't let this fact turn you away from this outstanding blues musician.  If you are a local blues fan, you should not miss Catfish Stephenson.
7/23 Natalie Merchant The Riverside Theater, 8pm, more info
Singer Songwriter
Over her 28-year career Natalie Merchant has earned a place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating performer. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released two platinum and four gold records with the group.
7/23 Natty Nation! Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Reggae
Come check out local Reggae band Natty Nation! this Friday at the beautiful Wisconsin Union Terrace.  Nothing says summer like local reggae on the lake.  Don't miss this sure to be fun show.
7/23 Fuzzy Side Up Capital Brewery, 6pm, more info
Classic Rock
Fuzzy Side Up is a five piece rock band that will rock all night to 60's, 70's, and 80's classic rock.  Bring your dancing shoes because Fuzzy Side Up will keep you grooving into the night.  Enjoy some cold Capital Brews in the Capital Brewery Garden.
7/24 Jack Johnson w/ G. Love and ALO Alpine Valley, 7pm, more info
Acoustic Rock
Jack Johnson will be in Wisconsin Saturday with friends G. Love and ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra).  Jack will surely bring his smooth chill surfer sound to the Valley.  Johnson is on tour to promote his most recent album To The Sea.  G. Love will be playing a solo show and ALO will bring their chill yet funky sound to southern Wisconsin.
7/25 Peter Wolf Crier w/ Heartless Bastards and The Builders and The Butchers Wisconsin Union Terrace, 8pm, more info
Indie Rock
Peter Wolf  Crier is a musical duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota who recently released their debut album Inter-Be on indie label Jagjaguwar.  Jagjaguwar is the label who brought you fellow midwesterner (Eau Claire, Wisconsin to be specific) Bon Iver.  Be sure to check out their release Inter-Be and make it to the Union Terrace Sunday night. Joining Peter Wolf Crier on Sunday is Cincinnati native rockers Heartless Bastards as well as Portland, Oregon's own The Builders and The Butchers.
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[Shows this Week] July 12 - July 18

7/12 Mat Kearney w/ Jane Carrey Majestic Theatre, 8:30pm, more info
Folk Acoustic Pop
Singer-songwriter Mat Kearney will arrive in Madison to showcase his talent at this intimate acoustic show at the Majestic Theatre.  Kerney is originally from Eugene, Oregon but has based his music career out of Nashville, Tenneessee where his band lost much of their equipment due to the flooding in the Nashville area this spring.  Kearney is most well known for his work on his 2006 release Nothing Left to Lose as well as his more recent 2009 album City of Black and White.
7/12 Marques Bovre and SoDang Yang Crystal Corner Bar, 10pm, more info
Americana Folk Rock
Madison local Americana and folk rockers Marques Bovre and SoDang Yang will be playing the Crystal Corner Bar on Williamson Street.  Marques Bovre and SoDang Yang are a 5-piece band who have a catalog of original music as well as the ability to play covers all night long.
7/13 Tuesday Night Grill Out with Heather Maywood Whole Foods (Madison), 4pm, more info
Folk Pop Rock
Come check out Project M's own Heather Maywood as she plays Tuesday Night Grill Out at Whole Foods in Madison. Time to pull out the grill and celebrate warm weather, good friends and great food!  Join Whole Foods Market Madison each Tuesday night from 4:00-8:00 p.m. for a scrumptious menu from the grill (veggie alternatives too!). This month’s grilling activities include fun fundraisers, delicious local grub and outstanding live music. Pair that with friends, blue skies, and a few games…and we’ve got your Tuesday nights covered!
7/14 Liars w/ John Wiese High Noon Saloon, 9pm, 18+, more info
Indie Rock
Liars write music that is surprisingly formulated after the beats are laid down on the drum machine -- exhibiting fundamental elements of punk rock. Synthetic keypads, vocal modulation, and interspersed prearranged compositions, mixed with their guitar-bass-drums equation, create angular yet melodic songs. Liars are reminiscent of U.K. groups that embraced dance music during the late '70s/early '80s (A Certain Ratio, Gang of Four, the Slits) -- bands that are all known for insidiously adding danceable rhythms to punk.  For tickets, head over to True Endeavors!
7/14 Earl Foss and the Brown Derby Crystal Corner Bar, 10pm, more info
Country Rock
Earl Foss and the Brown Derby are a country band based out of Madison Wisconsin. The band is a traditional country band that play their own music as well as a cover here and there. The current members of the Brown Derby are: Earl Foss, Andrew Harrison, Nick Brown, and Kyle Motor.  Earl Foss and the Brown Derby stay true to their country roots and are sure to maintain their country style in all they do.
7/15 Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo Brink Lounge, 9pm, more info
Blues Rock
Don't miss your chance to see the 2010 winner of Madison Area Music Awards Artist of the Year!  Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo are back and performing at the Brink Lounge for the Madison faithful.  Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo bring a big beat and a smooth blues guitar when they rock local Madison clubs and bars.  Also, be sure to snag a copy of the bands new album "It Ain't Easy."
7/16 Todd Snider w/ Samantha Crain High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Southern Acoustic Rock
Todd Snider's roots trace back to Portland, Ore., his music recalls headstrong Southern styles from Austin, Houston and Atlanta. With more than 10 albums under his belt, Snider continues to exude wit and optimism.  Don't miss this chance to see Todd Snider in Madison and pick up some tickets through True Edeavors!
7/16 Salt Creek Capital Brewery, 6pm, more info
Bluegrass/Rock
Local bluegrass rockers Salt Creek will bring their sound to the  Capital Brewery Garden for a special performance.  As some guy in Milwaukee said, "It's like all my favorite bands and music rolled inton one!"  Be sure to head to Middleton to check out Salt Creek jam as well as enjoy a refreshing brew from Capital Brewery.  Sounds like a beautiful Friday evening!
7/16 Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons w/ Daniel and the Lion Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Indie Rock
Cory Chisel visits the Union to play a show with his band the Wandering Sons.  Cory Chisel is a singer and guitarist from Appleton, Wisconsin who recently won the 2010 Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for Artist of the Year. Daniel and the Lion is an indie rock band from Baraboo, WI.  leading the band is recent Project M champion Jimmie Linville.  Linville along with Daniel Pingrey on piano will arrive at the Union to open for Cory Chisel while showcasing great Wisconsin grown music.  This is a must not miss show at the beautifully scenic Union terrace.  Enjoy some Wisconsin beer, a Wisconsin lake sunset, and some wonderful Wisconsin music.
7/17 Southern Culture on the Skids High Noon Saloon, 10pm, 21+, more info
Alternative Rock
True to their name, North Carolina's Southern Culture on the Skids offers an affectionate parody of local white-trash trailer-park culture, matching their skewed outlook with a wild, careening brand of rock & roll. SCOTS' music is a quintessentially Southern-fried amalgam of rockabilly, boogie, country, blues, swamp pop, and chitlin circuit R&B, plus a liberal dose of California surf guitar, a hint of punk attitude, and the occasional mariachi horns. Following an early incarnation as a relatively straightforward roots rock outfit, they morphed into a raucous, sleazy, tongue-in-cheek party band obsessed with sex and food; in fact, fried chicken became a crucial part of their live performances, whether it was used in eating contests or tossed into the audience. Southern Culture may play chiefly to an underground rock audience, but their gonzo tributes to the South aren't as smug as some of their peers working similar territory, since the band has genuine roots in the area.  For tickets, head to True Endeavors!
7/17 John Hiatt & the Combo Barrymore Theatre, 8pm, more info
Americana Folk Rock
Americana  legend John Hiatt will be in Madison Saturday night to grace Wisconsin with his folky rock goodness.  John Hiatt will be joined by his supporting band the Combo for this highly anticipated show.  Hiatt released his album Same Old Man in 2008 and will be releasing an album, The Open Road, later in 2010.  Don't miss you chance to see  John Hiatt in Madison this Saturday!
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[Shows This Week] July 6 - July 11

7/6 Jeremiah Nelson and Blake Thomas Mickey's Tavern, 10pm, 21+, more info
Local Singer/Songwriter
Jeremiah Nelson and Blake Thomas perform weekly at Mickey's Tavern on Willy Street.  Both singer-songwriters bring  a distinct sound to their performance while mixing in new material and covers.
7/6 Tuesday Night Grill Out with Keefe Klug Whole Foods, 4pm, more info
Indie/Pop/ Folk
Join Triple M for a special Tuesday Night Grill Out with the musical stylings of Project M Contestant Keefe Klug at the Whole Foods located at 3313 University Avenue!
7/7 One eskimO w/ Jeffery David Majestic Theatre, 8pm, more info
Indie Pop Rock
The brainchild of singer/songwriter Kristian Leontiou, One eskimO arrives with an impressive breadth of imagination that instantly marks them as something extraordinary. The London-based band’s Shangri-La Music self-titled debut is an ambitious and affecting collection of widescreen modern pop, alive with iridescent textures and intricately created songcraft. Songs like “Hometime” and the buoyant “All Balloons” are moving and expressive, touching upon such universal themes as love and heartbreak, success and failure. As if that weren’t enough, the release comes in tandem with a full-length animated film. One eskimO’s unorthodox self-visualization only serves to add idiosyncratic color and character to a beguiling musical work already abounding with invention and emotion.
7/7 Boo Bradley Alchemy, 9pm, 21+, more info
Acoustic Blues
Check out the bluesy slide guitar and washboard of Boo Bradley.  Consisting of Brad Selz and Scott Kiker, Boo Bradley has spent plenty of time all around Madison performing their gritty blues/rock for local fans.
7/7 Trapper Schoepp & the Shades w/ Sylvia Beach and Blackwell Beauties High Noon Saloon, 8:30pm, 18+, more info
Folk Rock
Nineteen year old Trapper Schoepp will be bringing his vivid folk lyrics and the Shades to Madison for a great show at the High Noon Saloon.  Trapper has been making the rounds of Midwest college towns in preperation for his sophomore release  Livid  and Moved.
7/8 Free Summerjam with Sweetgrass Majestic Theatre, 9pm, more info
Folk Rock
SweetGrass is an acoustic quintet based out of Madison, WI. Its five members share a passion for bluegrass music that is the driving force behind the band. They play a mix of original music and traditional bluegrass songs that combine to create the SweetGrass experience. Their beautiful four part harmonies and finger burning solos helped them win the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Organization’s band competition in 2009, making them the reigning “Race for a Place” champions. They play that hard-driving kind of bluegrass that makes you want to get up, stomp your feet, and dosy-doe with your neighbor. SweetGrass honed their craft on the sidewalks of State Street in Madison, but you can find them now, making that high lonesome sound, at music venues across the Midwest.
7/9 Ken Lonquist Capital Brewery Garten, 6pm, more info
Pop, Children Pop
began writing songs at seven, took up the guitar at twelve, and has been performing professionally since his college days at UW-Madison. He won a national audition and traveled widely as “Minstrel for the Environment,” writing and performing for K-12 students about environmental concerns. A series of acclaimed recordings for adults and children followed.  His charm and energy as a live performer remain the heart of his work.
7/9 Josh Dupont and Michael Massey The Brink Lounge, 9pm, more info
Piano Rock/Pop
Come check out Project M contestant Josh Dupont as he hits the stage with Michael Massey as they perform as a duet on piano.   Both Dupont and Massey will bring a rich rock piano sound that you will not want to miss!
7/10 Islands w/ Active Child and Steel Phantoms Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Indie Rock/Pop
Montreal based Islands is a indie rock/pop band who has had critical success over the past 4 years with 3 released studio albums including their 2009 release Vapours. Islands' 2006 release Return to the Sea contained appearances by members of both Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade.
7/11 Anna Laube and Beth Kille Tofflers Pub and Grill (New Glarus), 2pm, more info
Folk Rock
Don't miss two former Project M contestants play their sweet tunes in the picturesque town of New Glarus.  Anna Laube and Beth Kille are singer-songwriters who have individual distinct sounds.  To check out Anna and Beth performing head to Project M for video.
7/11 Jonny Lang Capitol Theater at the Overture Center, 7:30pm, more info
Blue Rock
Jonny Lang burst onto the rock and blues scene at the tender age of 15. Six albums and ten years later, Lang has won a Grammy, played for a White House audience that included President and Mrs. Clinton and performed alongside music legends B.B. King, Sting, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones. Lang’s unique method of guitar playing paired with his soulful voice continue to draw audiences throughout the country.
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[Shows this Week] June 28 - July 4

6/28 Wayne "The Train" Hancock High Noon Saloon, 8pm, 21+, more info
Southern Rock
Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing -- that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never "retro;" bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.
6/28 Funky Mondays with Clyde Stubblefield The Frequency, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Funk
Clyde Stubblefield IS the FUNKY DRUMMER! He drummed for James Brown from 1965 to 1970 and recorded such hits as "I Feel Good," "Coldsweat," and "The Funky Drummer." Clyde is the most sampled drummer ever, providing some of the most famous and familiar grooves used by DJ's and hip-hop artists around the world.
6/29 Thao and Mirah with The Most Of All and These United States High Noon Saloon, 8:30pm, more info
Indie Folk
Thao and Mirah will be performing a collaborative set, sharing a backing band and switching off playing each others songs as well as offering up some new ones.  Thao Nguyen is a folk singer-songwriter out of Virginia. She’s signed to Kill Rock Stars.  Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn was born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has released a number of albums under the K Records label. She has collaborated with her close friend Phil Elvrum of The Microphones and has also worked extensively with The Black Cat Orchestra.  For tickets, visit True Endeavors.
6/29 Paleo w/ Kenny Monroe and Dovekins Project Lodge, 7pm, more info
Indie
Songwriter David Andrew Strackany, a.k.a. Paleo, is best known for simply being prolific: He wrote and recorded 365 tracks between 2006 and 2007 for his project The Song Diary, then followed that up with the weekly Sunday Prayer series, amassing a giant list of MP3s on his website in the process. But on many of his scraggly solo-acoustic tracks, Strackany can at least create the illusion that the material's been gestating for more than a few days. He usually tours just as fast as he writes, and live, he can cast a spell of silence that chases off any notes of gimmickry.
6/30 Black Mountain w/ David Vandervelde High Noon Saloon, 9pm, more info
Indie Psych Rock
Black Mountain’s self-titled 2005 debut heaved with thick, druggy dirges and Sabbath-laden riffs—so much so that the Vancouver group seemed poised to charge Queens Of The Stone Age’s stoner-rock castle, unkempt beards flapping wildly in the wind. Followed by 2008’s In The Future, the highly touted release maintained Black Mountain’s psychedelic meanderings and throbbing, old-fashioned riff-rock. The band—more of a collective really—then went into hibernation as its members branched out to similarly minded (and usually overlapping) side projects as Pink Mountaintops and Lightning Dust. Returning this year to Black Mountain, the quintet already has a full-length in tow: The new Wilderness Heart is slated for release this September.  For more info and tickets visit True Endeavors.
7/1 Roots Collective (Free Summerjam!) Majestic Theatre, 9pm, more info
Reggae
Join Majestic Theatre for a Free Summerjam event ($5 cover for under 21)! Roots Collective is Madison, Wisconsin’s hottest roots reggae band in the finest one drop tradition. This award winning band features a collection of six seasoned musicians that mirror the horn driven reggae beats of Jamaican groups such as The Mighty Diamonds, The Abyssinians, The Wailers & The Skatalites.  Formed in 2005, by lead singer/keyboardist Michelle Flood, Roots Collective focuses on playing music with a message that speaks to all people no matter what race, age or background.  The players, all from the Madison, WI area have performed with other popular local acts such as Natty Nation, Que Flavor!, Jose & Sumlimes, Tony Brown & Vibe Syndicate.
7/1 Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo The Brink Lounge, 8pm, more info
Blues Rock
Madison blues-rock trio Aaron Williams And The Hoodoo's 2009 album, It Ain't Easy, doesn't evoke any images of Williams suffering alone in a shack along the Mississippi, but rather of a funky roadhouse rave-up. Drummer Eric Shackleford's snappy snare and hi-hat help to give the band a streak of New Orleans funk, so there's more going on here than Williams' brightly amped guitar and thick-tongued baritone vocals. Hammond organ (courtesy of Williams' recently deceased father) goes well with the music's shiny finish, and "Hypnotize" starts the album off with a feisty pulse, thanks to its balance of slide-guitar riffs and syncopation. The Hoodoo doesn't have the Midwest's most subtle take on blues, but its best moments are pretty fun regardless.
7/2 The Caribbean w/ All Tiny Creatures and Jivas Project Lodge, 8pm, more info
Indie Rock/Pop
Washington D.C. shape-shifters The Caribbean paddle in and out of waves of shuddering reverberation and guitar noise, resulting in a freeform fluidity that's comfortably based in pop. The ghostly, randomly appearing, distorted sound effects and refusal to adhere to conventional song structures make the band’s music disorienting yet oddly inviting. Keeping the buoyant abstract expressionism effectively grounded is the constant nasal whine of singer Michael Kentoff, whose rambling narratives blanket 2007’s Populations in a more earthbound haze. When it occasionally concedes to traditional choruses—almost as a reward for patient listeners—The Caribbean conjures up some of its strongest and most memorable moments, as on “The Go From Tactical.”
7/3 Dave Matthews Band w/ The Zac Brown Band Alpine Valley Music Theatre, 7pm, more info
Rock/Jam/Pop
The only thing more boring than Dave Matthews’ music is alleged to be is the rationale by which such allegations are usually made. The archetypal Matthews critique usually includes one of the following: a snort about the folkways (not to mention the mere existence) of fraternities, mention of the weirdness of saxophones in pop music that skews young, and a swipe at something or other having to do with khaki pants. Only the middle one is reasonable as a critical metric, and Matthews’ insistence on pairing saxophone with electrified violin introduces a whole other line of questioning worth following. The band's latest, called Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, came out last year, and serves as a tribute to its late saxophonist LeRoi Moore.
7/3 Justin Townes Earle w/ Dawes and The Nod Memorial Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Blue Grass/Rock
Justin Townes Earle's taste for the reassuring corniness of old honky-tonk, bluegrass, and Western swing makes for some captivating deception. Still in his late 20s, Earle uses these velvety sounds to line warped caskets of song. Rather than pour all the hurt out there, Earle's mannered rasp and rosy melodies throw just enough light on things to provide a glimpse. "Poor Fool," from 2009's Midnight At The Movies, and the title track of his 2008 debut, The Good Life, both pull off the classic country trick of dousing tales of the pathetic in drunken charm. Opening here is the impossibly sunny roots-rock group Dawes, sounding straight out of another, much simpler era: Its naked sentiments are lovingly stitched into a tender quilt of patient piano chords, gentle and lush vocal harmonies, and floating acoustic-guitar chords.
7/4 Dave Matthews w/ Zac Brown Band Alpine Valley Music Theatre, 7pm, more info
Rock/Jam/Pop
The only thing more boring than Dave Matthews’ music is alleged to be is the rationale by which such allegations are usually made. The archetypal Matthews critique usually includes one of the following: a snort about the folkways (not to mention the mere existence) of fraternities, mention of the weirdness of saxophones in pop music that skews young, and a swipe at something or other having to do with khaki pants. Only the middle one is reasonable as a critical metric, and Matthews’ insistence on pairing saxophone with electrified violin introduces a whole other line of questioning worth following. The band's latest, called Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, came out last year, and serves as a tribute to its late saxophonist LeRoi Moore.
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[Shows This Week] June 21-27

6/21 Hands on Nashville Benefit w/ The American Dead, Nellie Wilson & The Hellbound Honeys, Owen Mays, and the MPC 3 High Noon Saloon, 6:30pm, 21+, more info
Rock n' Roll Benefit
Hands On Nashville (HON) was founded in 1991 to help people transform the world around them by volunteering. HON is a recognized leader in programs, partnerships and services that maximize volunteer impact for youth, adult, corporate, and nonprofit constituencies in the greater Nashville community. Each year, Hands On Nashville refers or places 38,000 volunteers to projects in more than 300 area service agencies and schools.Hands On Nashville (HON) expresses sincere gratitude to the thousands of volunteers who are leading flood recovery efforts. Your incredible gifts of time and talent showcase the spirit of Middle Tennessee. Help us to raise funds for this worthy cause.
6/21 Funky Mondays with Clyde Stubblefield The Frequency, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Funk
Clyde Stubblefield IS the FUNKY DRUMMER! He drummed for James Brown from 1965 to 1970 and recorded such hits as "I Feel Good," "Coldsweat," and "The Funky Drummer." Clyde is the most sampled drummer ever, providing some of the most famous and familiar grooves used by DJ's and hip-hop artists around the world.
6/22 Travis Caudle High Noon Saloon, 6pm, more info
Pop Rock
Travis Caudle's guitar-based pop songs push his voice out front and have been said to echo artists like England’s David Gray and Scottish band The Blue Nile. Following in the footsteps of some of his favourite artists like Colin Hay, Lloyd Cole and The Church, Caudle's lyrics are powerful instruments for reflection. Anyone who likes Bob Dylan can groove along with John Statz's soothing, soulful and skillful scores delivered with his Dylanesque soft voice. His passionate songwriting, cool guitar and harmonica also evoke Dylan. Other influences include Ryan Adams, Iron & Wine, and Sufjan Stevens.
6/22 Max Weinberg's Big Band Majestic Theatre, 7:30pm, more info
Jazz, Rock, Pop
Entering what F. Scott Fitzgerald might term the third act of an already celebrated career, Max Weinberg presents the Max Weinberg Big Band.  Building upon his worlwide recognition for his thirty six years with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and seventeen years as the leader of what Tom Shales,  famed TV critic of the Washington Post called, “the best band in late night Television,” the Max Weinberg Big Band is a bold, swinging fifteen piece aggregation that continues the traditions established by Max’s musical heroes—among whom, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Doc Severinsen, and Maynard Ferguson lead the pack.  More Info
6/23 Spill Canvas w/ Paper Lions, Mechanical Kids Orpheum Stage Door, 8pm, more info
Indie Pop/Rock
Nick Thomas, the singer, guitarist, and mastermind behind The Spill Canvas, recorded his first songs at age 15 while growing up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and honed his largely acoustic-based style playing solo shows in and around his hometown. Calling himself The Spill Canvas, Thomas released the raw and emotive Sunsets and Car Crashes, which earned him eager fans around the country. After officially transitioning from solo act to full-fledged rock band, The Spill Canvas recorded their dynamic debut full-length, One Fell Swoop, with producer Ed Rose (The Get-Up Kids), releasing it on One Eleven in May of 2005 to great acclaim, eventually selling more than 50,000 copies. The Spill Canvas are currently in the studio with Mike Green working on the follow-up to No Really, I’m Fine, to be released by Reprise Records in 2010. On January 12th, they released Abnormalities — a three-song collection of new songs, which will be followed by an EP in March.
6/24 Mike Droho & The Compass Rose w/ Liza Day Brink Lounge, 8pm, more info
Acoustic, Pop, Hip Hop
Come watch last season's Project M winner play for the home town crowd.  Mike Droho released his first solo album in 2007 titled These Parts Unknown.  Accompanying Droho will be the sweet sound of an electrical violin and the bumping sounds of human beat boxing.  Mike Droho has drawn comparisons to Jason Mraz and O.A.R.  To check out some tracks visit Mike's Myspace page.
6/24 The Wood Brothers w/ Pinot Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9pm, more info
Folk Rock
The 2006 debut from the Wood Brothers had, in a sense, been a lifetime in the making. Their folk and acoustic blues tunes, tinged with gospel hopefulness and country melancholy, were welcomed like old friends by both fans and pundits. National Public Radio named their debut disc one of their top ten discoveries that year. Pinot is a funk/soul/jam band that is on a mission to make audiences dance uncontrollably at each and every show.
6/25 SweetGrass w/ Charlie Parr and Past Blue Rhythm High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Bluegrass
SweetGrass is an acoustic quitet that plays a mix of original music and traditional bluegrass songs. They play the hard-driving bluegrass that makes you want to dance, but can also tone it down with some beautiful four part haromnies.Charlie Parr is a folk and country blues musician who is routinely labeled “authentic” and “the real deal” by fans and critics alike. Charlie shows up with a lived-in rasp of a voice, National resonator and 12-string acoustic guitars, a banjo and a batch of his own songs and well-traveled numbers by Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton and other cohorts from another time. Past Blue Rhythm provides an energetic recipe of music containing hints of Country, Rock, and Traditional Bluegrass. The tight harmonies and fast paced picking will provide you with a lively framework for any afternoon or evening.
6/25 Jeff the Brotherhood w/ Natural Child Wisconsin Union Terrace, 9:30pm, more info
Pop Grunge
Jeff the Brotherhood is a duo consisting of two brothers from Nashville, playing only drums and guitar. They have been called "psychedelic grunge" and "noise pop" drawing comparisons to bands like Hawkwind, Wipers, and early Sonic Youth. Natural Child is a loud and energetic punk band that has played at festivals such as House by House Fest in Denton, SXSW in Austin, and Todd P's Fest in Monterrey, Mexico.
6/26 Zola Jesus w/ Dada Trash Collage and Jabon The Frequency, 9:59pm, 21+, more info
Local Indie
Zola Jesus leads a growing contingent of female home recording trailblazers into a new era of wide open possibilities. With her seductive sonic textures reverberating over multiple levels of low-key DIY static slime, Zola Jesus is undoubtedly one of the most original sounding home-recording outfits in the Midwest. Zola recently joined Fever Ray on her 2010 European Tour.  To give Zola Jesus a listen visit her MySpace page.
6/26 Melvins w/ Totimoshi High Noon Saloon, 10pm, 21+, more info
Rock, Grunge
The Melvins are an American rock band that formed sometime in the early 1980s. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers. Since 1984, singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne (occasionally known as King Buzzo) and drummer Dale Crover have been the band's constant members. They are said to be "The Godfathers of Grunge music."  For Tickets and more information visit True Endeavors.
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