Listen To Laura Veirs’ New Album Online

“This is a vivid song cycle that’s part ecstasy, part sadness, and unfailingly lovely.” –Rob Hughes, Uncut

NPR is currently streaming Laura Veirs’ latest release, July Flame, in its entirety.  Click here to listen.

If you like what you hear, you better scoop up your tickets (they’re only 10 bucks) to Laura’s Madison show with The Hall Of Flames at The Frequency on February 28th before they’re all gone.

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Them Crooked Vultures’ Debut Hits YouTube

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They’re the musical heavyweight supergroup (consisting of Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones) causing major buzz among music fans lately.  Yeah, the band has some big names, but the sounds they’re creating also make them more than worthy of the hype, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Them Crooked Vultures has made their self-titled debut album available in its entirety on YouTube.  Take a listen, and tell us what you think.

Media Roundup: What Will Spring Bring?

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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After making a stop in Madison to play a fantastic show at the High Noon Saloon, An Horse made their way to NYC to play “Camp Out” for David Letterman.   If you haven’t done so already, check out our interview with the band here.

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Paul and Ringo will lead an alarmingly amazing lineup of musicians who will perform at the upcoming “Change Begins Within” benefit for the David Lynch Foundation.  The foundation “raises funds to teach one million at-risk children to meditate — giving them life-long tools to overcome stress and violence and promote peace and success in their lives.”

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The Roots are settling into their new role as house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  Check out a video interview complete with rehearsal footage of the band here.

The Roots

The Roots

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Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker has a new album called Further Complications due out in May.  Let’s hope he’ll make time for an American tour after he completes his European dates!

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If you read the endlessly entertaining memoir Petal Pusher from Madison-native, rocker and author Laurie Lindeen (which you definitely should have), then you’ll be interested to know that her former band, Zuzu’s Petals, has a new retrospective album available from Rhino.

Zuzu's Petals

Zuzu's Petals

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Thanks to NPR, Dan Deacon fans can stream his new album, Bromst, in its entirety.  What do you think of the new tunes?  If you didn’t already know, Deacon will be in Madison on May 4th with Future Islands and Teeth Mountain.  Get your tickets here!

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Check out P.O.S.‘s new video for “Optimist.”

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It’s time to compare notes.  NME recently compiled a list of the “20 Greatest Goth Tracks.” What do you think of their selection?  What would you have included?
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Madison’s own Stu Levitan recently spoke with folk icon Joan Baez in an interview for 92.1 The Mic.  Click here to listen!  (Listed under March 8, 2009 Hour 2).  If you still don’t have tickets to Joan’s show at the Barrymore, get ’em here!

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Joan Baez

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If you’re thinking about picking up tickets to catch No Doubt on their upcoming tour, here’s a little extra motivation:  fans who opt to purchase premium tickets online will be able to download the band’s entire catalogue, plus exclusive content.
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Lots of exciting news from the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club camp!  A new album, DVD and tour are all in the band’s game plan for 2009.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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While you’re waiting for the indie folk trio that is Good Old War to play Madison on April 6th, check out this interview with the band from Blare magazine.  Need tickets to the show?  Head over here.
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Hardly a week goes by without some news from Oasis.  This week there are no brawls or international incidents to report on–just some free music on its way this spring!

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Oasis

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This year’s festival season is starting to take shape.  Pitchfork announced the first batch of confirmed acts for their July showcase, plus a brand new feature where ticket holders have the opportunity to pick the bands’ setlists.

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Jack White and The KillsAlison Mosshart are so strangers to being members of fantastic musical duos, so it only seems natural that they would join forces to create a brand new band called The Dead Weather. Along with The Raconteurs‘ “other Jack” (Lawrence) and Queens of the Stone Age‘s Dean Fertita, White and Mosshart plan to release the band’s debut album in June. Get the full scoop here, and check out a video of their first single.

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Congratulations are in order for Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore, who recently wed in a private ceremony in Georgia.

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A new Jeff Buckley CD/DVD package to mark the 15th anniversary of his debut album’s release will be available on June 2.  The set features live performances and rare TV clips. Find out more about what the package will include.

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Jeff Buckley

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Dahni Harrison talked to Billboard about the upcoming release of his band’s first album, as well as the new version of Rock Band featuring that one group his dad was in.  You may have heard of them…

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Check out a preview of The Hold Steady‘s new DVD, A Positive Rage.  When it’s realeased on April 7th, there’ll undoubtedly be more than a few Madison fans scanning the screen to catch a glimpse of themselves getting blown away by the band’s amazing show at The Majestic last year.

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A new solo Iggy Pop album is due out in May.  Read what the godfather of punk had to say about finding his inspiration as well as the furture of the Stooges after the passing of Ron Asheton.

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Iggy Pop

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Media Roundup: What’s in store for 2009?

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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NME is already placing bets for who they think the biggest artists of 2009 are going to be. New York indie dance band The Virgins (who will play Madison Feb. 3rd) made the cut–see who else they are predicting good things for this year!

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The Virgins

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Deadheads, get ready to hit the road this spring!  The surviving members of the Grateful Dead are planning to head out on their first tour in nearly five years. The specific gigs haven’t been announced yet, but will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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A new bill is expected to be passed in Brazil, protecting fans of funk music from legal discrimination. Some critics of the genre claim that the music encourages drug use, underage sex and other criminal actvity, and would like to see funk parties banned.  Under the new bill, discrimination against such events featuring the music would be made illegal.

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Check out Bruce Springsteen‘s brand spanking new video for “Life Itself,” the single off his upcoming album, Working on a Dream.

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It’s being reported that Prince will independently release not one, not two, but an ambitious three new albums this year.

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Dirty on Purpose, who gave an impressive opening performance at The Wedding Present‘s show at the Annex last year, have called it quits, but fans can look forward to its members’ side projects.

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Dirty On Purpose

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Wisconsin’s own Bon Iver created one of the most beloved albums of 2008 with his deeply moving For Emma, Forever Ago. Fans curious to hear what beautiful music he’ll make next are getting a sneak peak, with his new EP, Blood Bank.

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Check out some of the first musical releases of 2009!

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The New York Times had some interesting things to say regarding music marketing.

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Thao Nguyen & The Get Down Stay Down were featured in a meaty article on Daytrotter.com.

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Thao Nguyen

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Animal Collective has a new ablum (Merriweather Post Pavillion) out this month.  Fans of the band will be ravenously devouring the new sounds from what is already being praised as a remarkable album, but they might also want to take a listen to some live gems from their ’05 Lexington, KY show.

CD Review: Volume 1, She and Him

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It’s no secret that actors haven’t had the greatest track record concerning their attempts to break into the music industry. Remember Russell Crowe’s band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, for example? Exactly. The musical efforts of other pretty faces haven’t fared much better, usually because, a.) they aren’t anywhere near convincing in their supposed passion for music, or b.) the product itself is just…well…crap. There are, however, a few pleasantly surprising exceptions to the thespian curse. She & Him, the pairing of actress Zooey Deschanel (Almost Famous, Elf) and indie folk favorite M. Ward, is one of these.

The two met while working on a song for the soundtrack to one of Deschanel’s movies, The Go-Getter. As their friendship grew, Deschanel revealed that she had been recording home demos of her own material for quite some time. Though initially shy about others hearing her work, she eventually gave into Ward’s encouragement and shared them with him. Impressed with the quality of her songwriting, Ward suggested a collaboration to formally record the songs and give the songs the audience they deserved.

It’s immediately clear upon listening to their album, Volume One, that whatever insecurities Deschanel might have had about her ventures into the music world were unfounded. Her voice sparkles over this collection of instantly classic songs, and leaves the listener with no doubts about her massive talent. Ward, already an indie darling known for his delicate, yet emotionally powerful folk, is the perfect musical partner for Deschanel. He is able to arrange the songs in such a way that Deschanel is always supported, but never overpowered or drowned out by superfluous production. As a result, Volume One is a lush, haunting throwback to the early ‘60s, with hints of old country, pop, and classic girl groups.

The first single, “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” is a bouncy, sweetly innocent plea to the boy who just doesn’t get how simple love can be. The Phil Spector-inspired beats and instrumentation coupled with the smooth oooo la, la, las on “Sweet Darlin’” are unmistakably reminiscent of girl groups like The Ronettes and The Crystals. Deschanel’s most compelling performance is on the country-tinged “Change is Hard.” A comforting aural arm around the shoulders, she sings directly to every broken heart within weeping distance. “I was never/ no I was never/ no I was never enough/ But I can try/ I can try to toughen up/ I listened when they told me/ if he burns you let him go/ Change is hard/ I should know,” she sings with equal parts regret and determination. Sure to be a pleasant listen any time of year, Volume One is supremely enjoyable in the current summer setting—the crisp, bright jangle of Ward’s George Harrison-influenced guitar on the easy-going “This Is Not A Test” is especially suited for warm, breezy evenings. The three covers on the album, “You Really Got A Hold On Me,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” compliment Deschanel’s originals with a charming, gentle vocal approach. With a style that classic, she knows she doesn’t need to make any drastic changes to what comes naturally to her to appeal to music listeners.

What Deschanel and Ward have achieved with Volume One is nothing short of extraordinary. Listeners can forget about the track advance button for this album—every song offers something special and instantly unforgettable, sure to be surpassed only by being performed in a live setting. Madison residents are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to experience just that. This Friday, She & Him will present their body of work at The Barrymore. Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond opens the show at 8:00 pm.

-Shelley Peckham

Stevie Wonder talks Amy Winehouse, Obama, and more

As an addendum to our earlier birthday wishes to Mr. Wonder, Stevie recently held a press conference announcing his European tour. Other than playing a stunning line up of greatest hits to promote his album of same name, he also took time to muse about popular and political culture.

SW called presidential candidate Barack Obama “a combination of Martin Luther King and JFK“, a pretty impossible review to beat. Of Amy Winehouse he said “She reminds me of a young Etta James. ‘Rehab’ is a very good song. The CD [‘Back To Black’] was good, my daughter turned me onto it.” Hopefully we’ll all get to indulge in Amy’s talent for five decades of touring as well.

(Where we are now..the intersection of music, politics, history and culture: From left to right- Stevie Wonder, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, Amy Winehouse, Etta James)

This Weeks Shows & Downloads

We’ve got lots of videos, interviews, and songs you can watch or download for your very own.

Enjoy!

Friday June 27

ROSE POLENZANI

Genre: Indie/Folk/Americana

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MEG HUTCHINSON

Genre: Folk/Acoustic/Pop

The Boston Globe describes her sound as “elegant and free-floating melodies that feel both modern and rooted.

Song for Jeffrey Lucey- Meg Hutchinson

with special guest ROSE COUSINS

Friday, June 27, 6:30 pm early start time High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 – 18+

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Sunday June 29

PETE FRANCIS (of Dispatch)

Genre: Rock/Folk Rock/Jam Band

In his songs a poetic tension exists between textured imagery and pure improvised rock and roll. The record expresses Francis’ soulful rock, folk and blues influences with layered instrumentation of B-3 organ, lap-steel guitar, mandolin, and a driving rhythm section.

Similar to: Slightly Stoopid, John Butler Trio, Matt Nathanson, & Matt Costa

Shooting Star and the Ambulance- Pete Francis

Pete Francis Interview

with COLOURMUSIC

Genre: Pop/Rock/Experimental

messily refined indie rock..and innovative, yet catchy, melodies that work their way into your head without you even knowing it..wildly inventive shows, and it’s while performing that the band’s vivid personalities come through.

Similar to: The Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, & Kings of Leon

Circles- Colourmusic

Free Downloads:

Colourmusic- Yes Yes Yes

Colourmusic- Circles

Colourmusic- Calling Your Name

Sunday, June 29, 8pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 –

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Thursday July 3

DEAD CONFEDERATE

Genre: Rock/Psychedelic

Though the band is pinned as producing the same kind of indie rock aesthetic à la My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses, Dead Confederate dabbles in darker shades than their compared predecessors..Dead Confederate echo the Drive-By Truckers’ bittersweet southern rock angst with the smoke-heavy swagger of the Black Angels.

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Dead Confederate Interview

Free Download:

Dead Confederate

with special guests ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL

Genre: Folk/Americana

After a pair of glowing reviews from the influential music website Pitchfork they have recently come to prominence as a major indie rock band.

..evocative lyrics and powerful instrumentation..an outstanding fusion of alt-country earnestness and indie rock absurdity. Without any trace of flaunt or deliberateness, this homespun epic proves as casual in tone as it is ambitious in scope… sure to have tears welling and fists aloft in raucous salute.”- Josh Berquist, PopMatters, April 2007

Similar to: Okkervil River, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, M. Ward, The Avett Brothers, & My Morning Jacket

My Children, Be Joyful- Rock Plaza Central

Rock Plaza Central Interview 2007

Free Downloads:

Rock Plaza Central- My Children, Be Joyful, 2006 Are We Not Horses

Rock Plaza Central- We’ve Got a Lot to be Glad For, 2006 Are We Not Horses

Thursday July 3, 9pm High Noon Saloon 608.268-1122 $8 adv $8 dos

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Friday July 4

WORT-FM welcomes

STARS AND STRIPES EXTRAVAGANZA featuring ROBBIE FULKS AND FRIENDS

Genre: Country/Indie/Bluegrass

While most current country music is calculated to form an inoffensive backdrop to the suburban shopping experience, Robbie Fulks writes songs that make you think and feel and quite often laugh out loud.

Similar to: Steve Earle, Neko Case, & Lyle Lovett

Cigarette State- Robbie Fullks

plus ROMANTICA

Genre: Americana/Folk/Pop

With an album on Paste Magazine’s Top 100 of 2007 and comparisons popping up all over the place between singer/songwriter Ben Kyle and both Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams, it probably won’t be too long before you’ll no longer be able to catch these guys in such a cozy venue.

Drink the Night Away- Romantica

Free Downloads:

Romantica- The Dark (with Ryan Adams)

9:30 pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $15 adv and dos . 21+

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