Matthew Sweet, Melvins Lite, and Mission Of Burma Shows Now 18+

Melvins Lite

There has been a lot of talk amongst our True Endeavors followers about the 21+ age restrictions for certain shows.  Your voices have been heard.  As a result, the September 19 Matthew Sweet, September 20 Melvins Lite, and September 28 Mission of Burma concerts have been changed to 18+.    We hope this will make it easier for our younger fans to get to see the live music that they love.

Please visit our Music Calendar to pick up tickets to these, and other great Madison shows!

Just Announced Madison Concert + Win Tickets Before You Can Buy: Melvins Lite, 9.20.12

Thursday, September 20, 2012

MELVINS LITE

Melvins Lite

High Noon Saloon – 8pm

$17 ADV $19 DOS – 21+

Tickets available on our Music Calendar Friday, June 6. 

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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (6.23-6.29): Melvins and Thao & Mirah with The Most Of All

Thao and Mirah

As if hearing the announcement that Stars, Citizen Cope and The Walkmen will all be playing in Madison later this year wasn’t enough to start your week out on the right foot, how about some free tickets to see Melvins or Thao and Mirah with The Most Of All?  Yup, we’re giving away a pair for each show, so read on to find out how to get your sweet little tune lovin’ paws on ’em…

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NPR Has Bonnaroo Covered

Bonnaroo

If you weren’t able to make it down to Manchester, Tennessee this year, don’t worry.  You can still check out the sights and sounds of Bonnaroo on NPR.  Their festival pages feature photos and live concert recordings of artists like The xx, Regina Spektor, She & Him, The Gossip, The National, The Flaming Lips, The Dead Weather, Melvins, LCD Soundsystem and tons more.  We highly recommend that you check it out.

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Just Announced Madison Concerts: Melvins and Everybody Was In The French Resistance…Now!

An Evening with MELVINS

Melvins

**2 Sets**

Saturday, June 26, 10 pm

High Noon Saloon

$17 adv $19 dos, 21 +

Tickets on sale soon on our Music Calendar.

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EVERYBODY WAS IN THE FRENCH RESISTANCE…NOW!

French Resistance

featuring members of Art Brut and The Blood Arm

Wednesday, May 5, 9pm

The Frequency

$10 — 21+

Tickets on sale soon on our Music Calendar.

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A Local Band’s Golden Rule: Show Up

Jimi Hendrix gained attention by joining Eric Clapton onstage in London in 1966; The Stooges were signed when a record company went to scout out the headlining band MC5; Nirvana’s success helped catapult the Melvins. The Toadies got their start when fellow bands Decadent Dub Team (Cottonmouth TX), Last Rites, and the Buck Pets helped them land gigs in Dallas when in the past the task seemed impossible.

There are countless other examples of bands helping out their counterparts gain attention. And there is much to be learned from the path to national success of crucial bands throughout history, lessons applicable for local Madison Bands.

Recently I was watching Axiom, a local Madison alternative rock trio with a sense of humor; take the stage at their CD release party, when I took a glimpse at the crowd. The room was full of people, of course, but what really caught my eye were the other local bands in attendance. Local Madison bands not on the bill like Triibe and Lords of Discipline were in the house, and Kill Junior stuck around after their own high energy set.

It got me thinking of how important it is for local bands to be supportive of one another. Not only by coming out to the shows, but in all aspects of influence and cooperation. Sharing practice spaces and recording times, providing an opportunity for a fellow local band to play a show with you, and most importantly spreading the word about other local bands.

I got the chance to speak with Axiom after their stellar show, complete with lightsaber battle. When I brought up the subject of local band alliances, they were quick to point out “It’s important for musicians to treat their music scene as a community. If we don’t support each other, who will?” The support isn’t limited to hooking other bands up with shows, but also in musical influence. A band’s sound is in constant evolution. Axiom takes their influences from national acts such as Tool and Primus, but also credits local bands like Kill Junior, Ignorus, and Sunspot as an influential part of their sound. Evolving a unique sound to call your own is the essential appendage in the survival of the fittest in this unpredictable music industry.

lightsabers

lightsabers

In other words, succeeding in the music biz, even on a local level, involves cooperation. As Axiom stated in our interview, “The Madison scene is hit or miss… It would be nice to see the Madison scene revert back to the way it was 10-20 years ago, when everyone went out to their favorite bar to watch bands.”

Most working bands and musicians dream of making it big, gaining recognition regionally, nationally, somewhere other than their home town. And most want to see Madison become a national hot spot for music, a smaller version of Nashville or L.A. sans the cowboy boots and glitter.

What I’m suggesting is some kind of “golden rule” for local bands: If you want others to show up for your gig, you must to the same and show up for them. You never know where it could lead.

You can start out by checking out Meteorade opening for XYZ Affair and Roomate at High Noon on July 27 or the The Box Social opening up for the Toadies and the Whigs at the Annex on July 31. And don’t forget Kurt Cobain’s favorite band, the Melvins, at High Noon on August 3.

Katie Jo Crubaugh, True Endeavors Public Relations Intern

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