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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Artists You Should Know: The Ditty Bops (Plus Ticket Giveaway)

Ditty Bops

There aren’t many musical acts that could pull off a freshly modernized vaudeville-style show complete with costumes, puppet shows, and skits, but if anyone can rock ragtime chic, it’s the Ditty Bops. This duo has been taking their fearlessly quirky cornucopia of jazz, swing, folk and sounds to the stage for something of an “Andrews Sisters meets Sleater-Kinney” live experience.  Read on to find out more about the girls’ music, their green living crusade, and how you could win a pair of tickets to their show at the Barrymore on June 17th.

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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: 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!

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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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

Pavement

Pavement

Media Roundup: You Say Hello, I Say Goodbye…

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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Carl Barat‘s post-Libertines outfit, Dirty Pretty Things, have played their final show. Check out the video for “Bang, Bang You’re Dead,” from the band’s brief, but successful career.  They will be missed.

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Though fans will have to shell out big bucks to get their hands on some of the limited edition packages, it’s being reported that U2‘s new album will be made available in five different (and arguably unnecessary) versions.

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In an unexpected move, Morrissey has signed on with alt-country label Lost Highway Records for the release of his next album, Years of Refusal, due out in February of next year.

Morrissey

Morrissey

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As the year draws to a close, music fans are busy compiling their Best of 2008 lists.  Check out Spin’s collection of 10 great albums you may have missed.

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A dispute between Warner Music Group and Google has led to the removal of several artist’s music videos from YouTube.

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On the eve of the 20th anniversary (!) of their debut, The Stone Roses‘ bassist reveals that the band is 3/4ths of the way decided in favor of a reunion.

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses

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Hear the story of  Robert Wyatt, “the godfather of righteous jazz-pop lullaby,” in his own words.

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The video for “The Fear,” the first single from pop Brit wit Lily Allen‘s upcoming record hit YouTube.  Do you think Lily will avoid the sophomore album curse?

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Hear a different side of Strokes drummer Fab Moretti with his side project, Little Joy.

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