Also Playing Tonight: Bodies of Water

Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink

The band has just released its debut full-length, titled Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink. It is, indeed, aptly named, an almost overwhelming blend of soaring vocals, off-kilter melodies, and the sort of mad, dancing-in-the-streets energy of a Cecil B. DeMille production number. Comparisons to Polyphonic Spree get to the intricate counterpoints, and references to Danielson Family try to pin down the explosive, spiritual energy of the record. Yet, really, Bodies of Water is its own entity, channeling the rhythmic complexity and vocal pyrotechnics of 1940s gospel quartets and the elated experimentation of Tropicalia. It’s a band of many contradictions, grounded in Christian tradition and faith, but without any overt religious references in the lyrics. It has a weird combination of outsider-ish naivety and extensive formal training.

-PopMatters

Wed Aug 6, Cafe Montmartre, doors at 8:30, $8, 21+

Media Round-up..The Queen of Rockabilly and More

Looking for the buzz on artists touring through Madison?

The Swell Season show this Monday sold out in 24 hrs. but for those of you have been wondering who the opener will be, Nina Nastasia has been chosen.

Mojo says: “These intimate hushes and lilts would be remarkable even as instrumentals…. Yet it’s Nastasia’s voice–and the words that it sings–that really sucks the air out of the room.”

Check out her free download: Nina Nastasia- Our Day Trip, 2006 On Leaving

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Were you one of the fans disappointed by the break up of Page France? Well the frontman for that now defunct band started “The Cotton Jones Basket Ride” playing at Café Montmartre on June 22.

Check out this free download: The Cotton Jones Basket Ride- To Death With You, 2007 Paranoid Cocoon

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If you are one of the few who don’t know about legendary Wanda Jackson listen up..Ms. Jackson is sometimes referred to as the first female rock-n-roll singer, and is celebrated as “The Queen of Rockabilly”. She toured with peers Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. Although ultimately she spurned Elvis’ romantic attempts, he is the one who encouraged her to shift from country and gospel to rock. Check out what else she has to say about the two of them in this Rolling Stone article. She has been nominated for 2 Grammys and inducted in to countless halls of fame. You can’t miss out on seeing the legend in person at age 71 Wed June 25 at the High Noon Saloon.

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Local media coverage of True Endeavors shows:
Austin psychedelic rockers The Black Angels interview/preview in Madison Music Review
Photos of Ingrid Michaelson at Barrymore in Muzzle of Bees
Ingrid Michaelson Review in Isthmus