This Week’s Shows, Reviews, Poetry, and Free Tix

Get ready for yet another week packed with great indie shows from artists who are earning a great deal of attention from the music press..

Pitchfork says that the Ohio-based Heartless Bastards’ lush garage rock makes them “sound like giants tied to the earth.” Deerhunter has been a longtime favorite on the psychedelic/experimental scene. Their latest album, Microcastle, which The Onion’s A.V. Club described as an album of “blazing gold and orange hues, warmly whirring guitar solos, pepped-up drumming, pop hooks, and gauzy echoes of Motown and krautrock,” is sure to send more fans their way. The four New Jersey kids collectively known as Gaslight Anthem are already receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to their rock/punk sound, inspiring road trips from fans across the country to catch their shows. (Check out the I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blog for a mention of their upcoming show at the High Noon Saloon!)

Read on to find out more about these, and other can’t-miss True Endeavors shows coming up this week!

Friday, November 14

THE ROSEBUDS

“The Rosebuds have long threatened to be the best, and smartest, pure pop band going, and with Life Like they take a big step towards becoming exactly that.” -PopMatters.com

Genre: Indie, Pop, Rock

Similar to: Arcade Fire, Yo La Tengo, Stars

with special guests MEGAFAUN and THE CELEBRATED WORKINGMAN
9:30pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 adv $12 dos — 18+

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue..fill in the blank as a comment to win a pair of tix.
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Saturday, November 15
HEARTLESS BASTARDS

“Shifting easily between throaty whispers and formidable full-throttle sustains, (Erika) Wennerstrom remains undeniably captivating. She sounds like Patti Smith or Janis Joplin, or maybe Regina Spektor with more muscle.” -StylusMagazine.com

Genre: Rock, Indie, Soul

Similar to: The Detroit Cobras, The Black Keys, French Kicks
with AA BONDY
9:30 pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $12 adv $12 dos – 18+

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Who’s your fave celebrity bastard or mother of a bastard? Comment to win tix!

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Sunday, November 16
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKE-OFFS

“Hip crackin’ country twangz and heart melting ballads straight outta the Appalachian Mountains. Holly Golightly, stylish and beautiful, makes songs older than Clinch Mountain and is channeling every dead member of the Carter Family through that mean ol’ voice of hers… get ready to have a teenage crush.” -ElectricRoulette.com

Genre: Country, Blues, Indie

Similar to: Neko Case, Loretta Lynn, Bonne ‘Prince’ Billy
with special guests BLAKE THOMAS and DELANEY DAVIDSON
8pm Cafe Montmartre 608.255.5900 $10 adv, $12 dos – 21+

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What actress played Holly Golightly in the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffanys? First correct comment wins tix!

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DEERHUNTER

“Deerhunter is an experimental noise rock band from Atlanta, fronted by the compellingly odd singer Bradford Cox. Cox’s vocal style blends vocal experimentation along the lines of Meredith Monk or Yoko Ono with a more direct and punky howl inspired by the Fall’s Mark E. Smith.” -Billboard.com

Genre: Psychedelic, Shoegaze, Experimental

Similar to: The Walkmen, Atlas Sound, Liars
with special guests TIMES NEW VIKING and DISAPPEARS
8pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $12 adv $14 dos — 18+

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Tuesday, November 18
INGRID MICHAELSON

“With her piano-fueled songwriting, witty wordplay, and slight vocal vibrato, Ingrid Michaelson carries the tradition of the female singer/songwriter into the 21st century.” -Billboard.com

Genre: Indie, Pop, Folk Rock

Similar to: Meiko, Rachael Yamagata, The Weepies
with special guests NEWTON FAULKNER and DAVID FORD
7:30 pm Barrymore Theatre 608.241.8864 $16 adv $18 dos – all ages

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Wednesdy, November 19
MATT NATHANSON

“He writes accomplished, heartfelt songs, and he radiates the easygoing, nice-guy personality of an older, wiser John Mayer.” -PopMatters.com

Genre: Pop, Rock, Acoustic

Similar to: Matt Wertz, Josh Kelley, Graham Colton
with JESSE BAYLIN and THE BREAK AND REPAIR METHOD
8:00 pm Majestic Theatre 608.255.0901 $15 adv $17 dos – all ages

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THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM + LADYHAWK

The band’s lead singer, Brian Fallon, has a controlled bark, all fuzzy edges around a clear, crisp center; it mirrors the band’s sound, which masks highly assured pop instincts underneath a ragged exterior.” -NYTimes.com

Genre: Rock, Punk, Soul

Similar to: Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Lucero, Dillinger Four
9:00pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 adv (adv available online only) – 18+

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Hey Marvel buffs, in which comic is Ladyhawk a code name?

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