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Basilica Block Party Lineup Announced

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

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

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[Festivals] Coachella Lineup Announced

The west coast’s greatest music festival, Coachella, returns to Indio, California the weekend of April 15-17 with dozens and dozens of your favorite bands including festival headliners Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West and the Strokes. Highlights of the drop dead gorgeous lineup include The National, The Black Keys, Brandon Flowers and Cee Lo Green. There are also loads of acts performing that are expected to drop albums sometime this year, among them: Animal Collective, Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons, Bright Eyes, PJ Harvey and Duran Duran. See the full lineup
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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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[Concert Announcement] Freakfest 2010, OK GO to headline

Freakfest 2010 has announced their lineup! Date: October 30th, 2010.  7PM. Location: State Street in Downtown Madison OK GO The "treadmill" guys will be coming to Madison.  Featuring a unique mix of visual excitement and auditory heaven, this band will put on a fun show.  Hailing from the Chicago area, they released their first album in 2002 and released their newest album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky in January. LITTLE BIG TOWN This country band has had 3 Grammy nominations and have been touring all over.  Their newest album Little Big Town came out in August. MY DEAR DISCO Coming out of Michigan, My Dear Disco released their debut full length  album in January 2009 and have an interesting sound that blends disco (who would have guessed?),  funk, rock and techno in interesting ways. STEALING ANGELS This country band released their debut single "He Better Be Dead" in July and will have a new album coming out in 2011. AND LOCAL ARTISTS: Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo Daniel & The Lion:  Jimmie Linville, the lead singer was this year's Project M winner. Mechanical Kids Mike Droho & The Compass Rose:  Project M's winner last year. Tickets: $7 advance tickets will be sold starting Friday October 1 at 10:00 AM at the Coliseum box office, Ticketmaster, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or you can order them through Frank Productions.  Tickets will be sold through October 29th.  Gates will open at 7PM and tickets will be available day of for $10.
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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] 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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[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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Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee Oct.2

by Kitty Dunn It's about time Farm Aid makes it to the Dairy State! Having had the chance to attend one previous Farm Aid, I was ecstatic to hear that the 25th anniversary benefit concert is happening at Miller Park in Milwaukee October 2nd.  Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews are all scheduled to perform, and more artists will be announced later. Farm Aid founders  Nelson and Mellencamp made the announcement via webcast on Monday, and despite some technical glitches managed to get the information out. Mellencamp says Milwaukee is a perfect place to celebrate Farm Aid’s silver anniversary, noting that “Midwest farmers share the same struggle as family farmers across the country. They are survivors, and they’re on the land creating solutions for America’s most pressing issues.” According to a news release, the all-day festival will be a celebration of music, family farmers and good food and will again feature HOMEGROWN concessions—family-farm identified, local and organic foods. Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village will showcase hands-on activities that give concertgoers a chance to meet farmers, get their hands dirty, and learn how family farmers are protecting our land and water and connecting us to our roots. I got to attend Farm Aid in 1998 in Chicago, and it was a blast. Not only did I get to see the main headliners (minus Dave Matthews who hadn't joined the team yet), I got to see Wilco, Brian Wilson, Steve Earle with the Del McCoury Band and even Hootie and the Blowfish.  I have to say I was extremely blown away by Phish..who were joined on stage by Neil Young for a marathon guitar duel during "Down By The River."  Even though I don't know the complete lineup for the 2010 edition, I'm going to do everything I can to be there. Tickets for Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America will go on sale Saturday, August 14, at 9 a.m. CDT and are available at the Brewers box office, by phone at (414) 902-4000 or online at www.tickets.com. Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $97.50, including facility fee. Farm Aid will offer special advance sale tickets to Farm Aid members beginning Friday, August 6. To become a Farm Aid member, click here. (Cost is $40 per membership and the availability of advance tickets is not guaranteed).
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[Music News] Willie Nelson and Farm Aid 25 Will Be In Milwaukee October 2, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons with Daniel and the Lion Friday, July 16, 9pm Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace, more info One of the greatest things about summer evenings in Madison is live music at the Memorial Union Terrace.  Now pair this spectacular outdoor venue with some great homegrown Wisconsin music (and some cold delicious Wisconsin brews) and you have the makings of one fun night out in Madison, WI. This Friday evening, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons will be rocking the stage overlooking Lake Mendota with Project M's very own Jimmie Linville and his band Daniel and the Lion. You may remember Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons from the 2009 Madison Roots Festival.  They are an Americana/folk rock band led by the one and only Cory Chisel.  Cory Chisel grew up in Appleton, WI and developed his musical taste and abilities while playing music with family members from a young age along with an exposure to church gospel music.  His large family is filled with guitar players who over time taught him the tricks of the trade as well as expose the young musician to artists such as Sam Cooke, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan and others.  Chisel and the Wandering Sons have released a few discs including their 2009 album Death Won't Send A Letter.  Head over to Chisel's site for all the information and streaming tracks you could ask for! Opening for Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons is Baraboo based Daniel and the Lion.  Daniel and the Lion is a folk/rock/pop band that features Project M's most recent champion Jimmie Linville! If you are a Project M follower you already know how talented Jimmie Linville is.  Jimmie's band Daniel and the Lion fully showcases his singing and songwriting skill as well as the rest of the band's great musical talent.  Daniel and the Lion list their influences as including Counting Crows, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Wisconsin's own Bon Iver.  If you tossed all these artists and the state of Wisconsin in a blender, the amalgamation would be the graceful yet powerful sound of Daniel and the Lion.  Check out a couple of streaming tracks as well as snag yourself a copy of their This is Homemade EP and/or other goodies by heading to Daniel and the Lion's website. This is an evening of music you really should not miss.  Whether you are a Project M fan who can't get enough Jimmie Linville, a Wisconsin homegrown music junkie, or just a fan of fantastic music, Saturday night at the Terrace is for you!  Head to the Terrace and show some love for some of Wisconsin's most promising musicians this Saturday! Here are videos showcasing Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons as well as Daniel and the Lion's Jimmie Linville! -Sam Ryan
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[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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[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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[Shows This Week] July 6 - July 11

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

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

The 4 piece indie-rock/pop group One eskimO will be returning to Madison to play a show on July 7 at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison.  Originally from London, England this young band has been gaining prominent following and support as they spread their music across the United States.  One eskimO released a self-titled album in September of 2009 and also an EP the summer before.  Be sure to check out these releases before July 7 when One eskimO rolls into town. One eskimO was in Madison not real long ago when they opened for Guster.  It is exciting to see a band who within the last year was an opening act yet now has been given the opportunity to headline their own show.  Be sure to give these guys a listen and check out the upcoming show.  If past performances have anything to say, missing One eskimO at the Majestic on July 7 would be a mistake. Here is a free mp3 download of One eskimO's track Kandi. Here is video from One eskimO's visit to Studio M earlier this year! -Sam Ryan
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[Shows this Week] June 28 - July 4

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

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

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

It all boils down to this...

Project M Finale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Sam Ryan

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[Shows this Week] June 7-13

6/7 The Hussy w/ Wheels on Fire, The Honey Slides, Nester High Noon Saloon, 8pm, 21+, more info
Local Rock n' Roll
The Hussy is a two-piece piss and vinegar rock and roll act out of Madison, Wisconsin. Formed during the sweltering summer of 2008. Heather Sawyer and Robert Wegner used to play in the gratuitously loud and catchy Madison group Cast Not Dogs. Their current band, The Hussy, collides Wegner's garage-rock riffage, Sawyer's considerable drum-pummeling skills, and playfully obnoxious vocals from both.
6/7 Funky Mondays with Clyde Stubblefield The Frequency, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Funk
Clyde Stubblefield IS the FUNKY DRUMMER! He drummed for James Brown from 1965 to 1970 and recorded such hits as "I Feel Good," "Coldsweat," and "The Funky Drummer." Clyde is the most sampled drummer ever, providing some of the most famous and familiar grooves used by DJ's and hip-hop artists around the world.
6/9 Re-visioning Our Streets Barrymore Theatre, 6:30pm,  more info
Community Meeting
Sustainable Atwood will be hosting an event at the Barrymore Theatre with a goal of "Creating a Vision for a Sustainable Future for Our Neighborhood."  more info
6/10 SummerJam Kick-Off Party! Steez with WookMajestic Theatre, 9pm, more info
Funk and Jam
Steez has developed through churning out their self-described Creepfunk, a high energy, danceable variety of funk -- one uniquely laced with electronic and improvisational sensibilities – Steez has garnered a loyal following throughout the Midwest, winning contests to perform at both the 2008 Summer Camp and Rothbury Festival and performing to capacity crowds at rapidly growing venues.
6/10 Landon Pigg w/ Madi Diaz and Mikey Wax High Noon Saloon, 9pm, 18+, more info
Indie Pop/Rock
Nashville indie-pop rocker/singer-songwriter Landon Pigg credits David Mead and Rufus Wainwright for instilling in him an appreciation for a beautiful melody, Radiohead for encouraging him to expel his emotions into his songwriting; and rock music icons the Beatles and Led Zeppelin for exhibiting to him the importance of catchy licks and hooks. Says Pigg: "Maybe there is a naïveté in my approach. I never had a guitar lesson when I started out. I've always felt that when you don't learn all the rules you're much more inclined to break them with a smile."  For tickets, follow this link to the True Endeavors website.
6/10 Special Screening of "Breaking Away" for Bike to Work WeekBarrymore Theatre, 5-9pm, more info
Film
Bike Night at Monty's Blue Plate Diner - Half the parking lot will be transformed into bicycling paradise with free bike checkups, and free tastings from Just Coffee Cooperative and Sassy Cow Creamery. Monty's will grill burgers and veggie burgers in the lot. 2089 Atwood Avenue. more info
6/10 Mini Mansions w/ Ralphed, Follow That Bird, Sleeping in the StereoThe Frequency, 9pm, 21+, more info
Psych Pop
Mini Mansions are a three-piece psych pop band from Los Angeles (w/ Michael Shuman from Queens of the Stone Age), who serve a mix of baroque-pop requiems, Motown eulogies, and Mersey-era break beats. Let's just say it's like The Zombies playing at ODB's funeral. Formed in January 2009, Mini Mansions have toured the US as main support for Them Crooked Vultures and Autolux, as well as played with bands such as The Dead Weather, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spinerrette, and Sleepy Sun.
6/11 Frog Eyes w/ Pearly Gate Music and Worrier The Frequency, 10pm, 21+, more info
Experimental Rock
Frog Eyes are equally informed by Scott Walker and Roxy Music, Nuggets collections and the Everly Brothers. But in truth, Frog Eyes' recordings sound like nothing else but Frog Eyes. In the past the band has lived in a no-man's-land reserved for musical anomalies, making music championed by discerning critics and discerning artists. For tickets, follow this link to the True Endeavors site.
6/11 The Jason Horowitz Band w/ Ida Jo High Noon Saloon, 5:30pm, 21+, more info
Folk Rock
The Jason Horowitz Band is folk/rock out of Madison, WI. Jason is what a lot of people would call a confessional writer. He's always figured that his experiences in life are a lot like other peoples' - success and failure, love and heartache, hope and sadness. So he tries to write about what is important to him and hope that people will relate. Ida Jo is a fiddle player and singer who won Best Urban/R&B song for her work with Mike Droho & The Compass Rose in this year's MAMA awards.
6/12 The Handsome Family w/ Elephant Micah High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm, 21+, more info
Gothic Country Folk (self described from myspace)
The Handsome Family creates music that mines the deep veins of fatalism in the Appalachian voice. As songwriters it's the eerie, ancestral voice of ‘Anonymous’ they ultimately resemble the most; music that moves forward by turning the clock back— haunting, primal and strangely heroic. It is music that is dark, elemental, mischievous and mournful.For tickets follow this link to the True Endeavors site.
6/13 Ellis w/ Beth Kille High Noon Saloon, 7pm, 18+, more info
Modern Folk
With music that is described as “joyful, unpretentious modern folk”, Ellis continues to build attention at venues and festivals throughout the country with heart-felt songs that reflect her sincere graciousness, vibrant nature, and contagious sense of humor. You’ll quickly be drawn in by her warmth and real-life journeys as reflected in her songs. Singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Beth Kille has risen through the ranks of the acoustic-rock/Americana music scene since her debut in 2000. Her music is a hybrid of rock, country, folk and blues that resonates with diverse musical influences ranging from the soul of the Indigo Girls, the grit of Melissa Etheridge, the sultry vocals of Norah Jones & the groove of Ani DiFranco. She led the highly decorated Madison, WI rock band, Clear Blue Betty, for 6 years, putting out 3 award winning albums.
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[Recommended] Landon Pigg 6/10, High Noon Saloon

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/3 - The Clyde Stubblefield Show, 9pm, The Frequency, $5 Cover, 21+, more info
  • Clyde Stubblefield is the "Funky Drummer" and has been hosting a weekly show in downtown Madison for over 20 years.  The Clyde Stubblefield Show features the vocal talents of the lovely Karri Daley (who also represents Madison Media Institute and is a guest blogger for Project M) and the soulful Charlie Brooks, along with Steve Skaggs (keyboards), Dave Goplen (bass), Joe Wickham (guitar) and the three-piece horn section of Bryan Husk, Pete Ross and Chad Whittinghill.
5/4 - Canja Rave w/ Nicole Rae, 9pm, The Frequency, $5 cover, 21+, more info
  • Canja Rave is a pop-rock duo from Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Since the release of their first album in 2005, Canja Rave has been touring the world and hitting many festivals as they bring their sound to Madison this week.  more info
5/4 - The Dirty Shirts, 6:30pm, High Noon Saloon, $4 cover, 21+, more info
  • Honkytonk, country, and roots music, complemented by 2 for 1 rail drinks and select taps until 7pm. The Dirty Shirts grace the High Noon stage the 1st Tuesday of every month (typically...), so come on down and check 'em out!
5/4 - Anna Laube, 6pm, The Brink Lounge, Free 5/5 - Everybody Was In The French Resistance.. Now! w/ Team Band, 9pm, The Frequency, $10 cover, 21+, more info
  • Eddie Argos and Dyan Valdés are correcting the mistakes of pop songs past. So far they have defended the belittled blue collar worker from Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” told Gerry and the Pacemakers that in fact it is okay to walk alone, dumped the manipulative Martha Reeves on behalf of poor Jimmy Mack and taken the misguided instructions of a 17th century ballad to its logical conclusion.  m
5/6 - Natty Nation w/ Urban Empress and the Urbanites, 9pm, Majestic Theatre, $5 cover, more info
  • Local reggae band Natty Nation will be performing with special guest Urban Empress and the Urbanites.  A must see for any  local reggae fan.
5/6 - Down The Line  CD Release Show w/ Ryan Casey, 9pm, High Noon Saloon, $10 cover, 21+
  • Chicago’s Down The Line's  music delivers mighty hooks and harmonies within smart writing and truly shining vocals. It’s an acoustic mix—guitar, mandolin, violin, harmonica and djembe, driven by a lone-electric bass—that the Chicago Sun-Times praised as “an organic blend of rollicking pop.” The group prefers to describe their sound more simply: acoustic pop. However you label them, Down The Line creates music that’s pure, unique and unforgettable. In 2010 Down The Line released Open The Door, a stirring EP of new originals. They are not to be missed.
5/6 - The Cork n Bottle String Band, 6pm, The Frequency, $4, 21+, more info
  • The Cork 'n Bottle Bottle String Band was formed in 1996 by a group of friends with more enthusiasm than experience. Named after the liquor store where most of them either worked or shopped they soon began a weekly Wednesday night gig at Ken's Bar in downtown Madison, a gig that lasted until the bar closed in 2002. The band still plays regularly with a monthly show at the UW Memorial Union and various other Madison area gigs.
5/6 - Chick Singer Night w/ Anna Laube, Beth Kille and more, 8pm, The Brink Lounge, more info
  • Watch multiple Project M contestants perform as Anna Laube and Beth Kille take the stage with other Madison female vocalists.  Interested in Project M?  Here are Anna Laube and Beth Kille's Project M pages.
5/7 - Madpolecats, 9pm, The Frequency, $5, 21+
  • The Madpolecats are a family band. Featuring Jesse on banjo, his father Papa 'Ski, on drums, his cousin Paul on guitar and accordian, his uncle Bobby Evans from The Alimony Blues Band on lap steel and guitar, and cousin J on stand-up bass. EVERYBODY SINGS and they have a sweet blend of 3, 4, and 5 part harmonies, playing reggae, ska, punk, psychobilly and bluegrass versions of your favorite songs.
5/7 - Kaki King w/ An Horse, 9:30pm, High Noon Saloon, $16 door/$14 adv, 18+
  • Kaki King is an American guitar player and singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia.  In February 2006, King was named as a “Guitar God” by Rolling Stone Magazine, becoming the first ever female to make this list in the history of the publication.
5/8 - Butch Walker & the Black Widows, 9pm, Majestic Theatre, $16 cover, more info
  • Butch Walker & the Black Widows are an alternative rock band lead by Butch Walker originally from Cartersville, GA.  Walker is on tour following his earlier 2010 release, I Liked It Better When You Had No Heartmore info
5/9 - Ashley Raines w/ Jeremy Porter, 8pm, The Frequency, $5 cover, 21+, more info
  • Ashley Raines grew up in the Midwest and began running away from home almost as early as he could walk. By the age of fourteen he was hitchhiking from his home in Kansas to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He hopped boxcars and taught himself any instrument he could get his hands on, recording his songs on four-track reel-to-reel machines which he sold while performing on the street. Raines has released seven studio and one live album(s).
-Sam Ryan
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Verge Music Festival Takes Milwaukee

A new music festival is scheduled this summer in Milwaukee.  The Verge Music Festival is a two day alternative rock music festival scheduled for June 4 and 5 at Summerfest Grounds along the lake in Milwaukee.  The Verge lineup includes both local and national artists including Weezer, She & Him, Cold War Kids, Rogue Wave, Locksley, and more. Here are some videos to tide you over until June 4-5. She & Him "In The Sun" Rogue Wave "Lake Michigan" -Sam Ryan
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Lollapalooza Lineup 2010

Lollapalooza created quite a buzz this year by revealing their lineup one letter at a time. Today, the wait is finally over...the lineup is here and is shaping up to be pretty awesome! Lollapalooza takes places in Chiacgo's Grant Park Aug 6-8. * Soundgarden * Green Day * Lady Gaga * Arcade Fire * The Strokes * Phoenix * Social Distortion * MGMT * Jimmy Cliff * Hot Chip * The Black Keys * The National * Spoon * Devo * Cypress Hill * Cut Copy * The New Pornographers * Erykah Badu * Slightly Stoopid * Grizzly Bear * Gogol Bordello * Chromeo * Wolfmother * Yeasayer * X Japan * MUTEMATH * Metric * Dirty Projectors * AFI * Mavis Staples * Matt & Kim * The xx * Drive-By Truckers * Blues Traveler * Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros * The Temper Trap * Jamie Lidell * Frightened Rabbit * F**k Buttons * Deer Tick * Blitzen Trapper * Stars * Raphael Saadiq * The Cribs * Minus the Bear * Switchfoot * The Walkmen * Mumford & Sons * Wild Beasts * Rogue Wave * Los Amigos Invisibles * The Big Pink * The Dodos * Hockey * Cymbals Eat Guitars * B.o.B * Dawes * Warpaint * The Antlers * The Soft Pack * Rebelution * Balkan Beat Box * Wavves * American Bang * The Ike Reilly Assassination * Company of Thieves * Nneka * Harlem * The Constellations * Miniature Tigers * Mimicking Birds * The Kissaway Trail * HEALTH * Javelin * The Morning Benders * Foxy Shazam * Violent Soho * Royal Bangs * Freelance Whales * Semi Precious Weapons * Dan Black * The Band of Heathens * Dragonette * My Dear Disco * Shawn Fisher * Neon Hitch * Skybox * The Ettes * Jukebox the Ghost * These United States * MyNameIsJohnMichael
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