Live Concert Videos: Fences & Mansions (8.5.11)


Before heading on to Chicago to perform at Lollapalooza, Chris Mansfield of Fences made a stop in Madison to try out the smaller stage of the High Noon Saloon on Friday, August 5.  In tow was Chris Browder, a.k.a Mansions, who has shared the stage with Fences for this tour throughout the Pacific Northwest and Midwest.  The stage, as well as the knack for writing a depressing song, is not the only thing that the two Chris’ share.  The two artists also each lend a song to a side of a new split 7″.

Enjoy these live vids from their recent Madison performance:

More videos after the jump!

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Madison One Of Top 10 Cities To See Live Music

Madison Wisconsin skyline

The folks at recently rated Madison as one of the best cities in the country to see live rock music (second only to Austin, TX) based on number of shows per capita and the average price of concert tickets.  See for yourself.

Pretty cool, eh?  We’re flattered, but we’ve got our eyes on that no. 1 spot!


Soundcheck Sessions Videos Live From Studio M: Guster

As promised, we have more Soundcheck Sessions Live From Studio M to share with you courtesy of Ryan Heraly.  Enjoy these videos of Guster performing stripped down versions of their hit songs.  A lucky few were able to sit in on the band’s set prior to their sold-out show at the Capitol Theater.  More after the jump…

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Live Concert Photos: Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillet live concert photo Madison WI Barrymore Theatre

If you weren’t at the Barrymore Saturday night (12/05/09) you missed a phenomenal performance by Colbie Caillat and her guitarist/opener Justin Young.  Smiling constantly she seemed to enjoy herself as much as the fans did.  Colbie’s passion for the music shined through as she led the crowd in sing-alongs and explained lyric meanings.  It proved to be an entertaining kick off to the holiday season as she broke in to Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. This classic recording is part of a Special Olympics’ new CD, A Very Special Christmas 7.

Justin Young  -a fellow Hawaiian- mesmerized the crowd with his self-described “acoustic based, island influenced, soulful, pop music”.

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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.

Make The Holidays Merrier At Colbie Caillat’s Madison Concert (12.5.09)

Planning on heading out to catch Miss Caillat’s show on December 5th?  Why not participate in the season of giving while you’re enjoying the tunes?  Toys For Tots will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys at the show.  Your donations will make the holidays a bit brighter as they will later be distributed to needy kids in the area.

Get tickets to Colbie Caillat’s show here.