It Was A Very Good Year: True Endeavors Contributing Writers’ Favorites of 2011


In addition to having a wildly talented stable of live concert photographers working with us (check out some of the best shots of 2011 here), we are similarly fortunate to have such an amazing, growing crew of contributing writers submitting pieces for our blog readers to feast their eyes on.

Read on to hear from just a few of these razor sharp wordsmiths about the music that made them smile in 2011.

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It Was A Very Good Year: Joe’s Favorites of 2011

Joe Copeland

Joe Copeland’s many responsibilities at True Endeavors aren’t all fun and games, but you’d never know it by hanging out with this wise-cracking, kind-hearted, devilishly hilarious soul.  Joe has a hand in a many of the goings-on at True Endeavors including artist hospitality, management of live shows, coordination of the TE True Crew Street Team (find out more here), and booking new concerts.  It’s no wonder the guy has great taste in tunes.  Read on to check out what caught his ear in 2011.

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It Was A Very Good Year: Shelley’s Favorites of 2011


Our 2011 wrap up continues with Shelley Peckham’s list of her favorite albums and live concerts of the past year.

Shelley takes care of business behind the scenes of the True Endeavors Blog.  She manages writers, photographers, and also contributes artist interviews of her own.  Upon meeting this digital diva you’ll quickly realize that she is the funniest gal you’ll ever shake hands with, should you be so lucky. Read on to check out her picks.

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It Was A Very Good Year: Top Ten (Free) 2011 MP3s

We’re continuing our 2011 wrap-up series with a look back at some of our most popular MP3 downloads from the year. Read on to discover and grab the top ten most popular tracks by artists we’ve brought through Madison’s venues….

“…primitive and ultra-modern, dark and enchanting, tranquil and energetic.” –


10.) CocoRosie – “Lemonade”

Check out the live concert photos here.

“…a wild rumpus of harmony and rhythm…” –

Breathe Owl Breathe photo

9.) Breathe Owl Breathe – “Across The Loch”

“…combining twanged-up roots-rock, zydeco, and disarmingly funny lyrics to make rollicking barnstormers…” – A.V. Club

the gourds photo

8.)  The Gourds – “I Want It So Bad”

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Caveman and EMA Make NPR’s Best New Artist List


We were thrilled to find that both EMA (pictured) and Caveman, artists coming to Madison venues in the very near future, were included in NPR’s list of their favorite artists of 2011.   Check out who else made the cut here.

See Caveman at the High Noon Saloon during our FRZN Festival on January 14 (tickets here), and EMA at The Frequency on March 9 (tickets here).


Related Content:  Live Concert Photos: EMA