Jason Isbell’s Southeastern A Fresh Air Favorite

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Just when we thought Jason Isbell’s Southeastern couldn’t possibly receive any more glowing words of praise in the press, we caught wind that Ken Tucker of NPR’s Fresh Air named the album his top pick of 2013!

He remarked that the album “cohered as a statement about love, regret, loneliness and joy, and also about what it’s like to make vernacular music concerning these themes. It was self-conscious without being self-absorbed.”

Catch Jason live in Madison on February 7 at his Barrymore Theater performance.

Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (1.20-1.26): The Expendables, Tea Leaf Green, Yo La Tengo, and The Hood Internet

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We hope the cold isn’t keeping you inside on these dark winter nights, because there’s a fury of activity at Madison’s top concert venues.  Come out and play!  This week, True Endeavors fans will have the opportunity to attend not one, not two or three, but FOUR highly-anticipated and varied shows.  Read on to get the details for upcoming concerts from The Expendables, Tea Leaf Green, Yo La Tengo, and The Hood Internet, and find out how you can enter to win tickets!

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The Word From Brother Ali Straight From The Barrymore + TV Appearance TONIGHT 12.15.09

When Brother Ali brought his Fresh Air Tour to the Barrymore Theatre last month, Madison was treated to a performance by one of the most impressive new stars of the rap world.  His latest release, Us, has been widely praised in the music press and has landed on several “Best of 2009” lists.  We were thrilled to bring this Madison-born artist back to town, and from the sounds of this insightful video interview, Ali was pretty thrilled to be here too!  Check out what he had to say, and see if you can spot yourself in the crowd shots.

Need more Brother Ali?  He’ll take the stage alongside The Roots as the special guest performer on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon tonight.  (NBC, 11:35 pm)

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Live Concert Photos: Colbie Caillat

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If you weren’t at the Barrymore Saturday night (12/05/09) you missed a phenomenal performance by Colbie Caillat and her guitarist/opener Justin Young.  Smiling constantly she seemed to enjoy herself as much as the fans did.  Colbie’s passion for the music shined through as she led the crowd in sing-alongs and explained lyric meanings.  It proved to be an entertaining kick off to the holiday season as she broke in to Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. This classic recording is part of a Special Olympics’ new CD, A Very Special Christmas 7.

Justin Young  -a fellow Hawaiian- mesmerized the crowd with his self-described “acoustic based, island influenced, soulful, pop music”.

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Free MP3 Download: Brother Ali’s “Us”

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Brother Ali – “Us”

Be sure to check out Brother Ali’s Madison show on November 19th at The Barrymore.  Get your tickets now!

Just Announced: Built To Spill

BUILT TO SPILL

BUILT TO SPILL with Disco Doom

Friday, September 25 – 8pm Barrymore Theatre

$22.50 adv $25 dos

Sponsored by WORT and The Decider

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Artists You Should Know: The Ditty Bops (Plus Ticket Giveaway)

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There aren’t many musical acts that could pull off a freshly modernized vaudeville-style show complete with costumes, puppet shows, and skits, but if anyone can rock ragtime chic, it’s the Ditty Bops. This duo has been taking their fearlessly quirky cornucopia of jazz, swing, folk and sounds to the stage for something of an “Andrews Sisters meets Sleater-Kinney” live experience.  Read on to find out more about the girls’ music, their green living crusade, and how you could win a pair of tickets to their show at the Barrymore on June 17th.

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