Todd Barry’s “Crowd Work” A Crowd Pleaser

Todd Barry

The Louis CK-produced comedy special, The Crowd Work Tour, from deadpan funny man Todd Barry is now available (for a very reasonable $5) via Louie’s site.

The special has garnered Barry some excellent reviews, and a chuckle-filled sit-down with Conan, but if you’re more inclined to see his off-the-cuff interactive performance performance in-person, you’ll get your chance tomorrow night (Thursday, April 17) at the High Noon Saloon as The Final Crowd Work Tour rolls into town.

Get your tickets to see Barry with support from local comedian Bryan Morris here.  


Live Concert Photos: Gramatik


Photographer Ross Harried caught some absolutely beautiful sights as Gramatik took the Majestic’s stage last week with support from BranxGibbz and Russ Liquid.  Enjoy his shots below, and see if you can spot yourself in the crowd!

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Just Announced Madison Concert: Steely Dan, 8.16.14

Saturday, August 16, 2014 

Presented by Frank Productions and True Endeavors


“Jamalot Ever After” Tour 2014

Steely Dan

Overture Hall – 8:00 pm

$199.75 | $134.75 | $99.75 | $79.75

Tickets on sale through our Music Calendar Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 11:00 am.



Just Announced Milwaukee Concert: Boy & Bear, 7.15.14

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Boy & Bear

Turner Hall (Milwaukee) - 8pm

$15 adv and dos – All Ages

Tickets on sale through our Music Calendar Thursday, April 17 at noon.


Just Announced Madison Concert + Win Tickets Before You Can Buy: Boy & Bear, 7.16.14

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Boy & Bear

High Noon Saloon – 8pm

$15 adv and dos – 18+

Tickets on sale through our Music Calendar Thursday, April 17 at 10am.

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True Endeavors’ Question Of The Week: Coachella Edition


The first weekend of Coachella’s legendary two-part festival experience is compete and you’ve no doubt already been bombarded by photos, video, and stories from all the lucky attendees.   (Way to rub it in, guys.)

We want to know which artists’ sets you would have most liked to catch.  Post a comment telling us about your picks and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to a True Endeavors club show of your choice!  (Click here to check out our current lineup.)  Oh, and for all of you who were there, we’ll try not to be too jealous if you tell us about your favorite experiences from the fest.

Have your responses posted by 6pm on Sunday, April 20.  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly thereafter.  Good luck!

Getting Personal: Mates Of State In Madison 4.14.14

Mates of State

Beneath the sugary sweet surface of the perfect pop songs that Mates of States craft lies a vein of deep truth. Their discography could be a diary of married life, from the thrills of first love to doubts of lasting love. Given that the driving force behind the band is married couple Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, 2008’s Re-Arrange Us felt uncomfortably autobiographical at times. Lines like “Everything’s gonna get lighter/Even if it never gets better,” “My friends they all agree/Give in to our defeat,” and all of “The Re-Arranger,” feel like intimate revelations of private details from spousal spats. The songs feel like a couple going through a rough patch where they haven’t given up on the relationship but haven’t quite yet they found the way forward.

Mountaintops, their 2011 follow-up, continued the autobiographical, lyrical theme but instead of finding a couple at a crossroads, they now sang of perseverance, of taking one another back, of accepting change, of needing each other; they turned into a couple comfortable in stability. While the narrators of their songs might not always be Garner and Hammel in actuality, it’s easy — and rather romantic — to imagine the two musicians hashing out their problems over the piano/organ and drumkit for more than fifteen years.

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