Summer has finally arrived — the time of year when “the living’s easy,” as the well-known Porgy and Bess line goes — but there is still plenty to do for Madison concertgoers, as multiple new concerts are being announced every week on a near-daily basis. As a result, this entry is something of an exercise in name-dropping, but it is a testament to the number of incredible shows in the coming months.
Blogosphere favorites She & Him (comprised of actress Zooey Deschanel and renowned guitarist and producer M. Ward) will be rolling into the Barrymore Theatre for their first-ever Wisconsin show on Friday, August 8. Tickets are $20 in advance and are sure to go quickly.
Also among the many shows announced this past week: Cotton Jones Basket Ride are set to play Sunday, June 22, at Cafe Montmartre, and were profiled this week on the Washington Post site. Headlights are heading into town on Thursday, July 3, co-headlining at the High Noon Saloon with Dead Confederate. Check out Daytrotter to preview several free tracks from the Champaign, Ill., band.
Immortal Technique is lined up to head a packed bill of talented rappers on Sunday, July 20, at High Noon Saloon, and was recently highlighted in Prefix Magazine for his high school writing contest. Other artists in the July show include D.J. G.I. Joe, Poison Pen, The Circle and D.J. Arch.
Finally, The Hold Steady are returning to Madison on Monday, July 21, for a show at Majestic Theatre. The band is another blog favorite and was profiled this past week on Pitchfork and Paste Magazine, just to name a couple of headlines.
In terms of shows coming to town in the more immediate future, Buckethead was featured Thursday in the Capital Times, heading off an article spotlighting a number of other shows coming up this weekend from True Endeavors: French Kicks, Nels Cline Singers and the triple threat of Kate Walsh, Quincy Coleman and Brandi Shearer. Also don’t miss this entertaining interview with That 1 Guy, opening for Sunday’s Buckethead show at the Barrymore. When asked about his greatest lyrical influences, his answer? Shel Silverstein.
Finally, as usual, below are some reviews and photos from recent shows worth checking out:
“Though I consider myself a long-time admirer of [Langhorne Slim's] music, his most recent self-titled release displays an artist who’s released his masterpiece to date. On stage he takes those songs and injects their passion and heart on the sleeve honesty into the crowd more than willing to move their feet and have a good time.” – Muzzle of Bees
” The visceral psychedelic blues from Dead Meadow was a first time treat for me and I was completely impressed. Apparently this is the first time that they have been in Madison but I’m sure they’ll be back again to blow us away.” – Madison Music Review
“It seemed almost surreal to have Tegan and Sara playing in the town I live in. I had seen them play 25 times since they last time they played here…” – Miss the Signpost’s notes from following the duo’s tour for several weeks
Photos of the Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers’ High Noon Saloon show – Punk Rock Skunk
Filed under: Music News & Reviews Tagged: | Barrymore Theatre, Brandi Shearer, Buckethead, Cafe Montmartre, Cotton Jones Basket Ride, D.J. Arch, D.J. G.I. Joe, Dead Confederate, Dead Meadow, French Kicks, Headlights, High Noon Saloon, Immortal Technique, Kate Walsh, Langhorne Slim, M. Ward, Nels Cline Singers, Poison Pen, Quincy Coleman, She & Him, Tegan and Sara, Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers, That 1 Guy, The Circle, The Hold Steady, Zooey Deschanel