Monday Concert Connection: A Tasty Trio

Mondays usually mean one thing to our loyal readers: FREE TICKETS.  Today is no exception to the rule, as we are giving away a pair of tix to each of this week’s upcoming shows.  That means you have the chance to hit up The Ditty Bops, The Detroit Cobras or The Rural Alberta Advantage—on us.  Read on to find out how you can win.

The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Rural Alberta Advantage

Wednesday, June 17

THE DITTY BOPS with RUTH BARRETT

Genre: Cabaret, Jazz, Swing

Sounds Like: Nellie McKay, Dressy Bessy, Jill Sobule

“Amanda Barrett and Abby DeWald channel their music from a 1920’s dance hall. With bell-clear vocal harmonies, finger picked banjos and honky-tonk pianos, they might as well have echoed through your grandmother’s Victrola.” -Stylus Magazine

Win A Pair Of Tix: The Ditty Bops are sure to remind listeners of times gone by—specifically the roaring ’20s.  What classic old timey fashions would you like to see make a resurgence in 2009 and why?

Show Info: 7:30 pm Barrymore Theatre $16 adv $18 dos – all ages (Generous support for this show has been provided by 105.5 Triple MMM, Isthmus, WORT, Yellow Jersey, and the Willy Street Co-Op. A portion of the proceeds from The Ditty Bops’ show will benefit The Bike Fed.)

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Friday, June 19

THE DETROIT COBRAS with DEX ROMWEBER TRIO and THE MIDWEST BEAT

Genre: Garage Rock, Soul

Sounds Like: The Mooney Suzuki, The Sonics, The Von Bondies

“The Cobras’ secret weapon is frontwoman/human tornado Rachel Nagy, a mesmerizing mash up of Dusty Springfield, Neko Case, Chrissie Hynde and Ronnie Spector.” — Amplifier

Win A Pair Of Tix: We gave away tickets to this show last week and it was a blast reading your responses, so the question will remain the same for round two: The ‘Cobras have us thinking about cover songs that surpass their original recording. Tell us at least 3 songs that have a cover version that is superior to their original recordings. What makes them memorable?

Show Info: 9:30 pm High Noon Saloon $12 adv $12 dos – 21+

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Sunday, June 21

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE with THE CELEBRATED WORKINGMAN and MERIDENE

Genre: Indie, Pop, Folk

Sounds Like: Handsome Furs, Plants and Animals, The Acorn

“The percussive, stripped down indie-folk trio plays acoustic everything, but there’s nothing quiet about them. Frontman Nils Edenloff sings in a strained yelp and plays his guitar like he’s mad at it.” – Pitchfork

Win A Pair Of Tix: If the band’s name is any indication, these artists carry a fair amount of pride about their homeland.  Do you?  What do you think the “Madison Metropolitan Advantage” is?

Show Info: 8pm High Noon Saloon $8 adv $8 dos – 18+

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Winners will be announced tomorrow (June 16th) at 1:00 pm.

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7 Responses

  1. Attention all ye blog readers: don’t forget about Blind Pilot tomorrow June 16 at High Noon…it’s an early show, starting at 7pm and lasting til about 9pm…followed by Rockstar Gomeroke….

    Blind Pilot are awesome…they were here earlier this spring sharing a bill with The Broken West…..some of you may have seen them open for The Decemberists at their Riverside show on May 29.

    Don’t miss out on this cool show…!

  2. The “Madison Metropolitan Advantage” is an abundance of cultures fusing together to create a unique city life that defies the Midwestern standard.

  3. “The Cobras’ secret weapon is frontwoman/human tornado Rachel Nagy, a mesmerizing mash up of Dusty Springfield, Neko Case, Chrissie Hynde and Ronnie Spector.” — Amplifier

    Win A Pair Of Tix: We gave away tickets to this show last week and it was a blast reading your responses, so the question will remain the same for round two: The ‘Cobras have us thinking about cover songs that surpass their original recording. Tell us at least 3 songs that have a cover version that is superior to their original recordings. What makes them memorable?

    ANSWERS:
    1) Ike & Tina Turner, “Proud Mary” – Beautiful, slow, soulful beginning compared to Fogerty’s.
    2) The Who, “Summertime Blues” (Eddie Cochran in the 50’s) – The Who’s version makes the original sound jokey by comparison
    3) Jimi Hendrix, “All Around the Watchtower” – Bob Dylan is a most-covered artist. Why? Well, in this case Hendrix’s solos actually sound like wind howling and wildcats growling – and his voice is a roar that stalks the song’s despair-drenched depths.

  4. Detroit Cobras

    Mogwai – Gouge Away (Pixies) – okay, the idea that anyone could do a song better than the Pixies might seem laughable, but really the Mogwai version is amazing; drenched (not drowned) in feedback and distortion, the song jumps out at you so immediately – at the very least it demands to be heard and considered against the original…

    The Twilight Sad – 24 Hours (Joy Division) – another potentially treasonous suggestion, but The Twilight Sad wake up Ian Curtis’s sad-sounding vocals with added anger and excitement to the mix. Plus, the guitar sound on the Twilight Sad’s version will melt your face right off.

    Devo – Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) – Does anyone really believe Mick Jagger couldn’t get satisfaction??? Doubtful. But it’s certainly believable that a group of art-nerds from Ohio might have some experience with sexual and/or generalized frustrations. They make the song as much theirs as it is a cover.

  5. The Ditty Bops

    I would love to see swing dancing make a triumphant return. I really don’t see the skill involved in bumping and grinding, plus swing carries so much more energy. Gotta Love It!!

  6. The Ditty Bops

    I’d love to see a resurgence with Doo Wop!!! Particularly Kiddie Doo Wop…like with a young vocalist, such as Frankie Lymon, during his hey day. Perhaps even make it into a new sub-category of Doo Wop Hip Hop! During the late 1950s and early 1960s, radio stations were flooded with new doo-wop records. So much so, that many high-quality recordings never received air time. Some unaired recordings are still being re-discovered to this day. Some estimates say over 30,000 Doo Wop songs were recorded but only a handful were made into hits. This could be a gold mine for anyone who has the feasibility to reprise these songs from their early graves.

  7. Thanks for your responses, everybody! Fun to read as always. I’m going to have to check out some of those great covers…the Mogwai/Pixies one sounds especially interesting.

    And as for the swing dancing and doo wop, can I get a HELL YEAH!? Maybe some fun flapper dresses need to make a comeback too…

    The contest is now closed. Check your e-mail to see if you’re a winner! If not, we still hope to see you at the show. Remember to keep checking the blog for more chances to win.

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