Artists You Should Know (ticket giveaway): All That Remains

All That Remains

“ATR stand out because they refuse to succumb to the crippling conventions of metalcore. Like local brethren Unearth, Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage, they continue to evolve from the scrappy blare of their rudimentary metalcore roots.” -Alternative Press

Get your metal on with All That Remains!  The band will be melting faces this Saturday at the Barrymore and we’ve got a pair of tickets to the show to give away to one lucky blog reader.  Read on to find out how they could be yours!

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This Week’s Nightlife and Giveaways: Something for Everyone


Music obsessives from all walks of life will be more than satisfied this week as bring an eclectic medley of choice artists to our city.  Indie, rock, metal, folk, jazz and soul are all represented in this week’s showing.  Read on to find out how you could win tickets to Monotonix, Mirah, Company of Theives, All That Remains, Juliette Lewis, The Most Serene Repubilc, Grand Archives, Butthole Surfers, Rebelution, and Ryan Montbleau.

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Live Music Photo Tuesdays – All That Remains

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Good News: There was a 3-foot pit, the space between the stage and the barricade, for the “bouncers” and the media, which includes photographers like me.  Bad News: When All That Remains (ATR) came on stage, the pit got smaller and smaller as the barricade got pushed closer and closer to the stage.  Saying ATR amped up the crowd would be an understatement.  Early on, vocalist Phil Labonte sounded a little disappointed as he did not see a mosh pit being generated Friday night at The Annex.  To the crowds’ defense, it was jam packed.  I mean if the person next to you decided to sway, you swayed too, regardless if you wanted to or not.  It was TIGHT!!!  Pun Intended. 

Luna Mortis opened the night up with songs from their newly released album, The Absence.  Based in Madison, the band was formed in 2001 in Monroe and went by the name The Ottoman Empire.  They later changed their name in 2008 to Luna Mortis.

Dirge Within followed.  Before the set, vocalist Jeremy “Jerms” Genske warned me that he likes to jump back and forth from the stage to the barricade.  I now see why.  The crowd loved the up-close and personal touch.  Rumor has it that a day before the show on May 14th, Dirge Within inked a deal with E1 Music (formerly Koch Records).  If it is true, congrats! 

Another great show.  Thanks for looking.

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Monday Concert Connection – Free Tickets Here, Getch Yer Free Tickets!

So, a lot of the times, we’re asked the hefty question of where do you envision yourself in a month, a year, a decade? Here at True Endeavors, we like to keep it simpler, more relaxed. I think that’s because you can’t enjoy music in the future, or the past for that matter. Music is for the present. And as a present present (i.e. gift), we’d like to give you the opportunity to relax and enjoy your time here in Madison for FREE!

Don’t miss your chance to WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS to experience the sounds of Kelly Joe Phelps or All That Remains!

Friday, May 15


Genre: Blues, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Acoustic
Sounds Like: John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal

… while typically idiosyncratic, [Phelps is] as remarkable and offbeat as you’d expect from a man of such proven talent.
-Chris Jones of BBC

Win A Pair of Tix!: Describe the feeling you get, place you see yourself in and/or what you see yourself doing when you’re listening to Kelly Joe Phelps’ “Big Shaky”. You could be thinking just this on Friday!
Show Info: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (special early show), Cafe Montmartre, 608.255.5900, $15 adv – 21+


Friday, May 15


with special guests


Genre: Metalcore, Melodic Death Metal, Metal
Sounds Like: As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Trivium

some great solo work, powerful double bass, and features one of the few Americans who can transition effectively from growls, to clean vocals that are actually sung in key with the right tone!
-Cody of

Win A Pair of Tix!: So, this is looking to be a pretty exciting show! What’s the most exciting concert you’ve been to? Things that would be good to know are who played, where it was, and what made it exciting?
Show Info: 8:00pm (7:00pm doors), The Annex, 608.256.7750, $16 adv $20 dos – 18+

Also Available at and at the following ticket outlets: Regent Street Retreat, B Side Records, Mad City Music and Strictly Discs


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All ticket winners will be announced tomorrow Tuesday May 10th at 1:00pm. To leave a comment please click on title of blog and scroll down.

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