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.


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!

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.)

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.


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!


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…