Artists You Should Know (ticket giveaway): Elmwood

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If you were lucky enough to catch the G. Love show at the Barrymore earlier this year, you were also treated to an opening set from funk rockers Elmwood.  Now, the boys are back and ready to entertain Madison audiences yet again with a headlining show at the High Noon Saloon on September 10th.  Read on to find out more about the band and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show! 

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Monday Concert Connection: Tons O’Tix!

We’re bursting at the seams with shows this week!  There’s sure to be something for even the pickiest of music fans.  Whether you’re into indie, hip hop, funk, electronic, or folk, we’ve got you covered!  Read on to get a sneak peek at the upcoming shows from Jenny Lewis, John Vanderslice, The Tallest Man On Earth, Pretty Lights, The New Mastersounds, Rock Plaza Central, Laura Gibson, and Mr. Lif.  Even better?  We’re giving away free tickets to almost all of them! Ready?  Set?  GO!

Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson

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Media Roundup: What’s in store for 2009?

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!

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NME is already placing bets for who they think the biggest artists of 2009 are going to be. New York indie dance band The Virgins (who will play Madison Feb. 3rd) made the cut–see who else they are predicting good things for this year!

The Virgins

The Virgins

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Deadheads, get ready to hit the road this spring!  The surviving members of the Grateful Dead are planning to head out on their first tour in nearly five years. The specific gigs haven’t been announced yet, but will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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A new bill is expected to be passed in Brazil, protecting fans of funk music from legal discrimination. Some critics of the genre claim that the music encourages drug use, underage sex and other criminal actvity, and would like to see funk parties banned.  Under the new bill, discrimination against such events featuring the music would be made illegal.

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Check out Bruce Springsteen‘s brand spanking new video for “Life Itself,” the single off his upcoming album, Working on a Dream.

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It’s being reported that Prince will independently release not one, not two, but an ambitious three new albums this year.

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Dirty on Purpose, who gave an impressive opening performance at The Wedding Present‘s show at the Annex last year, have called it quits, but fans can look forward to its members’ side projects.

Dirty On Purpose

Dirty On Purpose

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Wisconsin’s own Bon Iver created one of the most beloved albums of 2008 with his deeply moving For Emma, Forever Ago. Fans curious to hear what beautiful music he’ll make next are getting a sneak peak, with his new EP, Blood Bank.

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Check out some of the first musical releases of 2009!

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The New York Times had some interesting things to say regarding music marketing.

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Thao Nguyen & The Get Down Stay Down were featured in a meaty article on Daytrotter.com.

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

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Animal Collective has a new ablum (Merriweather Post Pavillion) out this month.  Fans of the band will be ravenously devouring the new sounds from what is already being praised as a remarkable album, but they might also want to take a listen to some live gems from their ’05 Lexington, KY show.

The Results Are In: Madison Adores Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings!

Sharon Jones

If you were one of the many enthusiastic fans in attendance at last Wednesday’s Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings show, you already know what an incredibly special night it was. The Barrymore was packed with witnesses to a truly one-of-a-kind performance by the new Queen of Soul.

Check out these rave reviews of the show!

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Madison Music Review

Did you catch Sharon’s show last week? Let us know what your impressions were. We want to hear from you!

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Nov 24 Monday Ticket Giveaway- Soul Excitement

From church choir to the face of soul and funk revitalization, Sharon Jones’ retro sound is pure soul that seduces the audience to let go of their inhibitions.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have built a growing reputation as the front runners of old-school soul and funk.

Show up for the music, but stay for the stage show. Sharon’s youthful energy and occasional dancing frenzies exude passion while the horn section grooves.

Think the Dap-Kings look or sound familiar?  That’s because some of the members backed up Amy Winehouse on her album “Back to Black”, check them out in her video “Rehab.”

Come to the Barrymore December 3 prepared to dance!  Get two tickets for the funk filled evening by telling us what your favorite funk/soul song to listen to in a recession is. Comment on this blog with your entry to have a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings show.

Answers will be judged by the staff at True Endeavors- the winner will be announced Tuesday (November 25) at 6pm.

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