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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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[Concert Review] Matt and Kim, September 21st, The Majestic Theater

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Emily Cartwright

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Dar Williams' October Show to Benefit MACSAC

Dar Williams is going to be playing the Barrymore theater, October 27th and will be donating $1 for every ticket sold to the Partner Shares Program of the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC). Eating healthy foods is super important but being on a tight budget can make that a bit of a challenge.  The Partner Shares Program of MACSAC is easing that burden for less fortunate families in Wisconsin.  Their aim is to improve nutrition by making fresh fruits and veggies more accessible. Partner Shares provides financial assistance for fresh, sustainable grown produce from local CSA farms and at the same time raises money for an Assistance Fund which is used to subsidize CSA shares for low-income households. Want to learn more or do some donating to promote healthy eating? Check out MACSAC's homepage and their Partner Shares Program.
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