Live Videos: Atmosphere – The Orpheum – 9/8/2010

Everyday can’t be the best day.  Do what you can right now, don’t hesitate.

These were words to live by if you were an Atmosphere fan in Madison on Wednesday night.  Slug and company kicked off the first show of our massive fall line-up with a bang, never letting the energy of the sold-out crowd drop below epic proportions.  If you were like us, you were probably left dazed, confused, and wondering at the end of the night if this possibly was the best day?

Relive the chaos that Atmosphere brought to The Orpheum through these live videos, and be sure to leave us a comment on your experiences of the night!

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Live Video: P.O.S., Dessa, Astronautalis, F. Stokes

As F. Stokes took the stage at Friday’s sold-out show at the High Noon he made sure that crowd knew “hip-hop is alive and well in Madison.”  I don’t think the crowd needed much convincing.  Before the start time of 10pm all of the tickets had been bought up, and people had to be turned away in droves. (Pssst…buy your tickets in advance!)
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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways: “TEN,” the all-night dance party featuring KID SISTER

New Years Eve can’t get here soon enough!  We’re so excited about TEN, the all-night dance party we’ve got planned at The Orpheum, that we can’t hardly stand it!  We’ve said it before, but we truly believe this will be the party of the year.

In addition to a line-up to die for (including Kid Sister, Dirty Disco Kidz and F. Stokes), the night will also include tons of prizes, a free champagne toast at midnight and free breakfast at 5:00 am.  (Get the full schedule of events here.) We want you to get in on the fun, so we’re giving blog readers an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the show.  This night is going to be HUGE!  Read on to find out how to win.

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Rave Reviews For Our New Years Dance Party Artist: Kid Sister

Got your New Years plans lined up yet?  It’s already less than a month away!

We suggest that you grab your tickets to the hottest party in town now, because they won’t last long.  On the eve of 2010, we’ll be presenting TEN, the all-night dance party featuring an artist creating major buzz on the hip hop/club scene:  Kid Sister.   We’ll be releasing more exciting details soon (including MCs, DJs, and prizes), but for now, check out the music world’s warm reception to this talented, rising star and her new album, Ultraviolet.

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“The dance-pop album of the year.” – CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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This Week’s Nightlife and Giveaways: Giving Thanks For Great Music In Madison

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  The sentiment is felt year-round, but since the recent holiday has us thinking about it on a deeper level, please allow us to extend thanks to our awesome blog readers and Madison concert-goers, without whom the Madison music scene would hardly be as vibrant as it is!  You guys rock, and we look forward to sharing exciting performances from a diverse crew of talented artists for many years to come.  Speaking of exciting performances, we’ve got three (very different) shows coming up this week that you could win tickets to!  Melt-Banana‘s experimental punk, CunninLynguists‘ hip hop and Colbie Caillat‘s laid-back acoustic pop sounds will all grace our city this week.  Read on to find out how you could attend their shows on us!

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DJ/rupture On The Ethics Of Free Music

It’s always interesting to hear different perspectives on the evolution of music to its current state–especially when those perspectives are articulated by musicians themselves.  This recent essay by Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) posted on NPR’s website is well-worth a read:

“…I grew up in the ’90s. Toward the end of that decade, I upgraded to a PC with a CD burner — amazing! But, as a DJ, I still coveted vinyl LPs, not because they sounded “warmer” or “better” to my ears, but because I could literally get hands-on with them and use the slabs of wax as raw material in a mix session. Pre-MP3 smorgasbord, I would haunt the record shops and tape the radio, getting cassettes via mail order. I learned obscure paths through music — pre-Google, pre-Blogosphere, before Ms. Internet and Mr. MP3 got married and made us all their children…”

Check out the full legth article here.

Can you relate?  What do you think about what DJ/rupture had to say?  Let’s start some discussion…post your comments below.

Artists You Should Know (ticket giveaway): Brother Ali

Brother Ali

“If rap didn’t exist, he’d be the greatest high school guidance counselor in Minneapolis. But as a talent in a scene that holds decades’ worth of some of the most sensitive identity politics of any popular culture movement in the last 50 years, Brother Ali has had to put that populism to good use.” —Pitchfork

We’re extremely excited to bring Brother Ali to town headlining the Fresh Air Tour next Thursday (Nov. 19th).  The mp3s we’ve offered here on the blog have been downloaded in a furious frenzy (get em here, and here), leading us to believe you’re just as amped to see this righteous, socially outspoken hip hop artist as we are.  Read on to find out more about Brother Ali and enter to win a pair of tickets to his show.

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