Live Music Photos: Clem Snide At The Frequency

Clem Snide

We are so lucky to have such talented shutterbugs in the Madison area willing to share their live concert photography with our readers. We will have a massive collection of Mastodon photos up in the coming days, but in the meantime, we invite you to feast your eyes on Jess Dennis’ brilliant shots of Clem Snide, Heligoats, and Canasta taken at the Frequency last Friday, May 14th.  Enjoy!

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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (5.12-5.18): Natalia Zuckerman, Gold Motel & Family of the Year, The Knitters, Clem Snide, Devin The Dude, Hurricane Bells, and Mastodon

Gold Motel

Another week of uber cool, dynamic shows is upon us, so let’s not waste any time getting to the juicy details.  Over the next few days, Madison will open its arms to Natalia Zuckerman, Gold Motel & Family of the Year, The Knitters, Clem Snide, Devin The Dude, and Mastodon. If you’re looking to take a short road trip (or suggest a great show to your Milwaukee buddies), check out the details on the Hurricane Bells show below.  They’ll be playing at The Cactus Club next weekend, and trust us–they’ll be well worth the trek.

OK, you guys know the drill by now.  Read on for info on all of this week’s upcoming shows and enter to win a free pair of tickets.  Just remember, we need your contest entries posted by Tuesday, May 11th to be considered!

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Just Announced Madison Concerts: Horse Feathers, The Antlers, 100 Monkeys, Chris Pureka, and Clem Snide

HORSE FEATHERS

Horse Feathers

Wednesday, April 21, 8:30pm

High Noon Saloon

$10 adv $12 dos, 18+

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March LIVE- Free Concert Tix and Pics

To all those “True Fans” who wish to reminisce or recreate the memories, this is for YOU! Check out photos from last month’s shows and learn how you can get your pictures posted and win FREE tickets to an upcoming show!

March was a solid month for live music. With 16 different shows, ranging from small cafe performances to full-size theater productions, we witnessed a broad spectrum of musical styles and sounds that hailed from all parts of the U.S. From the hip-hop rhymes of Bronze Nazareth, to the electro-dub of STS9, we drowned ourselves in sound.

As one way to say “Thank You” to those who joined in, we have created this photo recap and a contest that is sure to please your creative palettes.  Send us any photo(s) that you have taken at a True Endeavors concert in 2009 to become automatically eligible to win a FREE PAIR  of tickets to the show of YOUR CHOICE between April 16 – April 24. Yep, you heard us right, that’s 11 shows to choose from (see our calendar).  If we like your photos, they may just end up being posted. All winners will be announced Tuesday, April 14.

Please send your photos to Shelley at shellpeckham@trueendeavors.com

Blind Pilot

delivered their signature acoustic, indie rock melodies to an enthused audience at the Orpheum Stage Door on March 14.

Blind Pilot in Harmony

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Wednesday’s Week in Shows

Thursday, March 26

Decider presents

CLEM SNIDE

Listen for Love
Official Website
Myspace

Species
Indie, Indie Rock, Alternative

Relatives & Ancestors
Centro-matic, Golden Smog, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt

“Hungry Bird” is very much a Clem Snide record. It ambitiously swings between illusory folk, dark apocalyptic dirge, and a rare spoken word performance from Pulitzer Prize winning poet Franz Wright. Lyrically Barzelay continues his quest to unearth the contradictions inherent in faith, love, and the future.
-JamBase.com

with

PLANTS AND ANIMALS and THE HELIGOATS

9:00 pm

High Noon Saloon

608.268.1122

$10 adv $12 dos – 18+

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Friday, March 27

CLOUD CULT

Listen for Love
Official Website
Myspace

Species
Indie, Experimental, Indie Rock, Alternative

Relatives & Ancestors
Tapes ‘n Tapes, Annuals, Menomena, Sea Wolf, Bishop Allen, Islands


Cloud Cult’s new album “Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus”debuted on the college radio charts at #3 (most adds) just under Cold Play. It has been nominated “Pop Album of the Year” for 2005 by the Minnesota Music Awards.
-JamBase.com

with special guests

MASON PROPER and JEREMY MESSERSMITH

9:30 pm

High Noon Saloon

608.268.1122

$12 adv $14 dos – 18+

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Friday, March 27

WORT-FM

welcomes

RAILROAD EARTH

Listen for Love
Official Website
Myspace

Species
Bluegrass, Jam Band, Alt-Country, Folk

Relatives & Ancestors
Yonder Mountain String Band, The String Cheese Incident, Tea Leaf Green, Widespread Panic, Keller Williams

Over the past three years Railroad Earth has carved a path wide and deep throughout the American roots music scene. Right from their first gigs in May 2001, to their most recent shows for their legion of loyal fans, Railroad Earth has been an undeniable force whose superb songwriting, singing and performances from the stage have made them one of the most talked about bands to arrive in years.
-JamBase.com

with

SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD

8:00 pm

Barrymore Theatre

608.241.8864

$20 adv $22 dos – all ages

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Sunday, March 29

Recession Beater Low Dough Show #2 Sub Pop recording artist

DANIEL MARTIN MOORE

Listen for Love
Official Website
Myspace

Species
Folk, Indie, Singer-Songwriter

Relatives & Ancestors
Horse Feathers, Dent May, Ben Sollee, Peasant, Blind Pilot


The first thing you’ll notice about his debut, Stray Age is its simplicity. Its a folk record, evoking certain feelings (as all good records should), but there’s a gentle approach to its sound and the way Moores voice phrases his words.
-JamBase.com

with special guests

JENTRI COLELLO ( solo ) and ROBBY SCHILLER (of the Blueheels)

8:00 pm

High Noon Saloon

608.268.1122

$5 – 18+

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Tuesday, March 31

TALLEST MAN ON EARTH

Listen for Love
Myspace

Species
Singer-Songwriter, Folk

Relatives & Ancestors
Horse Feathers, Bon Iver, Bowerbirds


Matsson’s melodies are remarkably pliant, and while it’s understandable to be skeptical of another skinny dude with a mustache, a guitar, and a worn-out copy of The Anthology of American Folk Music, the more time you invest in Shallow Grave, the more you’ll realize how unusually memorable it is. Ultimately, Shallow Grave transcends comparison– which is saying an awful lot, given the popularity of its prototype– and Matsson is a natural-born folksinger, earnest, clever, and comforting.
-Pitchfork.com

with special guest

RED CORTEZ

7:00 pm ( early show )

High Noon Saloon

608.268.1122

$8 – 18+

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Monday Ticket Giveway: Clem Snide and Cloud Cult

OK, blog readers, let’s get to it!  We’re giving away tix to two fantastic upcoming indie shows this week.

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First up is Clem Snide. Eef Barzelay’s indie rock/alt–country outfit is slotted to play the High Noon Saloon this Thursday with Plants and Animals and The Heligoats.  Clem Snide takes its name from a recurring character in William S. Burroughs’ novels, but it’s certainly not the only tie-in to literature that music has seen.  Give us your list of band names, songs, lyrics, or albums that have been inspired by the literary world. See how many references you can find, and you might just win a  pair of tickets to Clem Snide’s show!

with PLANTS AND ANIMALS and THE HELIGOATS
Thursday, March 26 9pm
High Noon Saloon $10 adv $12 dos – 18+

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If you’ve had your eye on Friday’s Cloud Cult show instead, you’re in luck!  We’re offering an exclusive giveaway for that show right here on the True Endeavors blog.  The Minneapolis-based indie rockers don’t just make great music–they’re also raising awareness on a number of environmental issues.  (Read more about Cloud Cult’s commendable green crusade here.)  In honor of the band’s environmental awareness, we’d like you to tell us what you’ve been doing, or what you resolve to start doing, to make your existence a bit easier on Mother Earth. Your response may earn tickets for you and a guest to Cloud Cult’s show! (While you’re thinking green, you might want to check this out too.)

with special guests MASON PROPER and JEREMY MESSERSMITH
Friday, March 27 9:30 pm
High Noon Saloon $12 adv $14 dos – 18+

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Can’t get enough live music? Subscribe to our newsletter!  An upcoming mailing will include info on how you can win tickets to Friday’s Railroad Earth show.

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We also want to make sure that all of our blog readers know about our Recession Beater Low Dough Shows, a new live concert series we’re presenting that’s easy on your wallet.  If you missed out on this week’s giveaways, this is the next best thing!  Sub Pop recording artist Daniel Martin Moore‘s Sunday show at The High Noon is the next in this series and tickets are a steal at only 5 bucks a pop! Keep an eye out for more Recession Beater Low Dough Shows.  We’ll be adding more in the future!

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As always, be creative and HAVE FUN with these ticket giveaways! We’ll announce winners based on your responses tomorrow, March 24th. Be sure to include your full name in your responses.

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Media Roundup: Happy 4th! More concerts announced!

If American independence isn’t enough reason to celebrate on this beautiful Friday, with a long weekend allowing time to relax, we’ve got a number of shows spotlighting rising talent to mark on your calendar in the coming months.

Sunday, July 27, Brooklyn pop-rockers The XYZ Affair play at the High Noon Saloon.  The band, whose members met while attending New York University, are gaining a following for their catchy melodies that draw comparisons to their friends and colleagues Jukebox the Ghost, or even The Rocket Summer.  To learn more about the band’s history — and who lead singer Alex Feder feels would win in a fight between an elephant and two bears — check out the following interview from earlier in the month.

Eef Barzelay, of Clem Snide fame, will also be rolling into Madison this summer on the heels of the release of Lose Big, an album that has been grabbing attention from music critics across the nation.  The album has been recently featured in the Washington Post and featured as NPR’s Song of the Day.  Barzelay, who was born in Tel Aviv, plays Thursday, August 6, at wine bar Cafe Montmartre — I would recommend pairing this show with a brisk malbec.

Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim last rocked Madison in May, but returns to the Orpheum Stage Door with Centro-Matic on Friday, September 12.  Check out this interview with the Brooklyn performer to learn more about his sophomore release and outlook on music.

Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet

Finally, Chicagoland native and Bonnaroo darling Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow  Quartet (featuring renowned master of mandarin Bela Fleck) will play the Barrymore Theatre for a very special show on Tuesday, September 16, midway through a busy fall touring season.  The 28-year-old appears to be living the “American dream” with critics and fans alike falling in love with her folky sound.  Learn more about Washburn in this interview with The Sequitur and check the band out in a recent studio performance for KPBS.

America, you don’t look so bad for 232…