Posted on October 25, 2012 by Shelley Peckham
Early birds to last Friday’s Heartless Bastards concert were fortunate to see not one but three talented groups rock their unique folk-pop to a packed High Noon Saloon crowd. Beginning first with the harmonious orchestrations and pixie-like vocals of Austin opener Dana Falconberry, fans were warmed by cuts from her latest album Leelanau, instigating a thrum of toe-tapping as well as a strange feeling in my heart that I later tried to pass off as indigestion.
In a post-show e-mail interview, Dana gave us her perspective on the night and shared some stories from the road and beyond.
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Posted on October 9, 2012 by Shelley Peckham
The synth-surfer doo-wop of Louisiana duo Generationals has you wiping tears off the joystick of your local arcade council. Whether they are tears of happiness or sadness, no one asks. For one thing, the songwriting of members Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer often teeter on the precipice of heartache with such an upbeat click of their heels that you’re never quite sure which side they fall on. More importantly, however, is that your tears have short-circuited Ms. Pacman, and the little girl behind you is about to kick your ass.
Following the spritely-woe of their impressive 2009 debut Con Law, Generationals’ subsequent albums have followed in a similar suit, although maturing into a tighter and crisper sound with 2011’s Actor-Caster and has continued to evolve with their latest EP Lucky Numbers.
Before performing at The High Noon Saloon tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 10), we asked the band about lagoon creatures, song structure and the brief wondrous life of Thomas J. via email. What we didn’t talk about is what the hell exactly is going on in their video for “Ten-Twenty-Ten,” for which the writer apologizes.
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Posted on October 7, 2012 by Shelley Peckham
Austin Duerst had a recent chat with the punk rock living legend who will grace Madison’s Barrymore stage this Tuesday (October 9) night. Check it out over on The Daily Page. Henry Rollins also spoke to The Mic’s Stu Levitan in an interview that you can listen to in 2 parts:
Henry Rollins interview (part 1)
Henry Rollins interview (part 2)
Read more about his adventures on the road as he discovers and reflects on the world in his own LA Weekly column.
Rollins’ live shows are sharp, funny, poignant, thoughtful, and engaging. We hope to see you there!
Tickets to Henry Rollins’ Madison show are still available here.
Related Content: The Road Less Traveled: Henry Rollins Goes Global
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Posted on September 23, 2012 by Shelley Peckham
An hour and a half into the bands’ performances at last Wednesday’s Nobunny show, I was pretty sure I was going deaf. I mean this in the best way possible, of course. It was a voluntary deaf. A punk rock deaf. In between set breaks, I heard the distant sound of severe thunderstorm warnings, and yet I couldn’t take my eyes off of the stage or inch myself to safety away from the room’s speakers. If you left the show that night hearing anything but subtitles, then sorry to say it: you were somewhere else entirely.
With the smell of what I’ll lovingly refer to as ‘punk funk’ wafting through the air, openers Bad Sports and Lonesome Savages kept the fuzz going throughout the night. A special performance from Madison’s own The Hussy however deserves special acclaim. The dizzy twosome got everyone’s heads zombie nodding throughout their set, and in between crescent kicks to his own tuning pegs, lead singer Bobby Hussy was suave enough to bring listeners closer for a “slow one” before karate kicking temples back towards the bar. Drummer Heather Hussy kept the cymbals crashing like broken glass. A couple of guitar surfs, body surfs, and crowd splashings later, The Hussy had invaded the collective psyche and left with hearts in their back pockets.
And then entered the bunny.
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Posted on September 14, 2012 by Shelley Peckham
The artist formerly known as Gene Ween has officially hung up the cape on his eccentric alter-ego of two decades, but it seems to have lead singer/songwriter Aaron Freeman into a new and comfortable state of grace.
Finding his softer side in the ethereal poetry of 60’s songwriter/artist Rod McKuen, Freeman’s first solo record Marvelous Clouds is a reconfiguration of classic McKuen tunes that are as buoyant as the clouds themselves. Freeman will be playing live at the High Noon Saloon on September 16th (tickets here), but he was nice enough to answer a few of True Endeavors’ questions via email before what is sure to be a marvelous performance.
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