Live Concert Photos: Drive-By Truckers


Photographer Mo Menocal captured some glowing moments from Drive-By Truckers‘ highly-anticipated return to Madison in support of their recent English Oceans release.  Check out his work after the jump, and be sure to post your concert memories in the comments section below.  Enjoy!

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Drive-By Truckers Album Giveaway

Drive-By Truckers
Thanks to the generosity of our friends at MadCity Music, we are able to offer not one, but two Drive-By Truckers albums to one of our lucky blog readers this week!  To snag copies of the band’s Alabama Ass-Whuppin’ and  English Oceans in anticipation of their March 28 show at The Barrymore with Blitzen Trapper,  tell us about your favorite lyric from the ‘Truckers that you feel is a perfect mix of their “dirty South” and poetic indie gods personas.

Post your responses below and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to a True Endeavors club show of your choice!  (Click here to check out our current lineup.)

Have your responses posted by 6pm on Sunday, March 23.  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly thereafter.  Good luck!

Just Announced Madison Concert + Win Tickets Before You Can Buy: Drive-By Truckers, 3.28.14

Friday, March 28th, 2014


Drive-By Truckers

with special guests BLITZEN TRAPPER

Barrymore Theatre – 8:00pm

$25 Adv | $28 DOS

Tickets on sale through our Music Calendar Friday, January 10 at 10am.

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Monday Concert Connection: Suburban Home Records Tour

Two Cow Garage

Our hearts go out to all you downtown warriors who braved moving weekend over these last few scorching days.  To reward your hard, sweaty, pain-in-the-butt work, why not take in a show?  A nice, air-conditioned show…  We’ve got just the one!  Coming up this week, True Endeavors is proud to present the Suburban Home Records Tour featuring Two Cow Garage and Austin Lucas.  Read on to find out more and enter to win a pair of tix.

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Monday Concert Connection – Trampled by Tickets

You’re looking for a reason to get out aren’t you? It’s Spring! (took long enough grumble grumble) Midterms are finishing up this week. Exciting things abound! True Endeavors is helping you tap into some of that warm weather energy and say ‘Screw You, Wisconsin. I’m going out!’:

Scroll down for chances to WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS and hang out with Ellis Paul, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Handsome Family, and Trampled by Turtles!


Thursday, April 16


Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Pop
Sounds Like: Antje Duvekot, Richard Shindell, John Gorka, Peter Mulvey

Paul is one of folkdom’s most incisive and intimate songwriters.
-Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

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Learn More: Official Website, Myspace

Win Tix!: Ellis Paul often teaches song-writing classes in which he provides students with a six step process to get started. Pick someone, anyone; you can reveal them or not, and answer the last two steps:
5) Choose one non-human metaphor describing the person
6) Write one line of dialogue that conveys the way the person speaks.

Show Info: 7:00 pm (early show), High Noon Saloon, 608.268.1122, $17 adv $20 dos – 18+

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Media Roundup: Tours and Tracks for the New Year!

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!


For the fourth year in a row, B.R.M.C. has made a free mp3 track available to members of their website.  Click here to sign up, and take a listen!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club


She and….him!? is reporting that actress-turned-songstress Zooey Deschanel is engaged to Death Cab for Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard.


The Notorious B.I.G.‘s biopic, Notorious, will officially hit screens January 16th, but you can catch a clip from the upcoming film right here.


Jazz trumpet master Freddie Hubbard has passed away at age 70.  The influential musician collaborated with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Herbie Hancock.

Freddie Hubbard

Freddie Hubbard


Did you miss out on The Gaslight Anthem‘s recent passionate show at the The High Noon Saloon?  Well, as long as you’ve got some gas in the tank, you’ll have a second chance!  The band just announced a new headlining tour, with more dates on the way.


Before we thought Rod was sexy, and Ronnie joined the Stones, they rocked together as The Faces.  The band is reported to have reformed and is rehearsing  for a string of tour dates.

The Faces

The Faces


In other touring news, Drive By Truckers have a slew of new dates with the stage for 2009.  Check them out here.


The folks at Daytrotter had kind words for upcoming True Endeavors artists, Le Loup.  Check out what they had to say and preview a handful of the band’s moving songs.

Le Loup

Le Loup


Check out the rad new ’80s-inspired video from South African hip hop artists, Playdoe.


Here’s your intriguing cover of the week Alejandro Escovedo slows down The Gun Club‘s “Sex Beat,” to achingly eerie Nick Cave-esque results.


And how about an old Pavement show to close things off this week?  Aquarium Drunkard has a lengthy 1992 Minneapolis show posted for your enjoyment.



A Note from The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady will be performing one week from today at the Majestic Theatre. Get your tickets now as they haven’t quite sold out yet but are very close..

The Hold Steady was born out of some loose talk in my Boreum Hill apartment in 2002. I had moved to Brooklyn about two years earlier. I was thirty-one years old, and the other dudes were about my same age. Our concept was to start a straight rock band, with low aspirations. Just local shows, no touring, and most likely no real records. We practiced for a while and then played our first show in January 2003 at North Six, in Williamsburg. I was surprised at how many people showed up.

The show went well. It reminded us, all veterans of hard luck bands, that music can be fun. We played our second show in Baltimore, and it sort of becomes a blur after that. We quickly broke our rules about no touring and records, and released three records in three years. We lost one member and added two others. The most recent record, 2006’s Boys & Girls in America, was successful enough to get us in a bunch of magazines and take us pretty much around the world. It was, to be honest, pretty ironic- the band that set out to do nothing became a critics favorite and a touring machine. The Hold Steady had become our lives.

Thus, when we began talking about a new record, it became obvious that in order to keep up our schedule of releases, we would have to start writing on the road. We hadn’t done a lot of this previously. Ideas started taking shape in hotel rooms during while we played European festivals in Summer 2007. Laptop demos were recorded and shared. I remember Tad coming up with the title track, “Stay Positive”, backstage at Manchester Academy. The music from “Lord, I’m Discouraged” had its genesis partly in Milan and partly in Hamburg. We couldn’t slow down, but we could get ready.

When the touring wrapped up, we went straight into rehearsals and fleshed out the ideas that were banging around. As with each record, there was a desire to make it more musical than the last one. In this case, more musical meant an attempt at more dynamics, different instrumentation, more complex arrangements, and not always hiding behind raw volume. The songs came together quickly, but were painstakingly rehearsed and reviewed, with many minor changes made along the way.

Finally, in early January 2008, we showed up at Water Music in Hoboken NJ to record our fourth record. We worked with John Agnello again, as we had developed a great sense of trust with him during the Boys & Girls sessions. When John says something sucks, it probably sucks.

We recorded basics for nineteen songs. Everyone was very excited with the progress. Everyone played to their utmost potential. Lyrically, I had an idea of what I was trying to say much earlier in the process than on our previous records. Spirits were high.

We moved on to Wild Arctic Studios in Queens for vocals and overdubs and then to the Magic Shop in Soho for mixing We got some of our most favorite rock musicians to sing and play on it. We had some minor struggles, and a bunch of really good times. Finally, in mid-February, it was done.

Its always interesting how a record reveals itself to you. You can go in with the best-laid plans, but there is always a fair amount of uncertainty. Late night brainstorms become defining moments. Accidents become choruses. You might write the record, but it ends up teaching you something about yourself.

We kick off this record with “Constructive Summer”, a driving song about trying harder. “Navy Sheets” features a guest harmony vocal by Patterson Hood from the Drive-By Truckers, who have been a modern day inspiration to us. “Both Crosses” was a live in the studio experiment that ended up working. The record ends with “Slapped Actress”, which combines a mammoth Tad Kubler riff with a lyric inspired by the John Cassavetes movie Opening Night.

I think this record, musically and lyrically, is about the attempt to age gracefully. This is no easy feat, especially in rock and roll. I am now 36, and will be 37 shortly after this record is released. At the age of 30 I was working in an office, thinking my rock band days were behind me. This last summer we opened for the Rolling Stones in Ireland. We have met many of our musical heroes.

Meanwhile, in the five years since forming, the guys in the band have gone through a bunch of typical thirty something stuff- babies born, family members dying, relationships started, relationships ended, health problems, joy, struggle, life, etc.

But possibly the most exciting aspect of our band is the community of fans that have followed us around the country. In talking to them, we have found that no matter their ages, they are so much like us as people, that they seem at times an extension of the music. A great American philosopher named D. Boon once said “Our band could be your life”. I think that is true. But “Your Life could be Our Band” is also a true statement. I know this because we have lived it.

These are our lives. These are your lives. This is our fourth record. Stay Positive.

Craig Finn

Brooklyn NY


Our hardworking interns and True Crew members snagged up the few coveted guest list spots we had available for this one. To make it up to all our super radical fans we are offering a guest list spot plus one to any other show we have this week. Just be the second person to email with “Win (the band you want to see) Tix” in the subject line. I will always respect your info, promise.