Wisconsin Artists Cover Wilco For A Good Cause

Wisco: A Tribute To Wilco's Summerteeth

Our friends over at Muzzle Of Bees recently asked some of their favorite Wisconsin artists to record a tribute to Wilco’s classic album, Summerteeth.  The result is a polished, professional and wildly creative re-invention of one of indie rock’s most adored records featuring performances by Pezzettino, Flight, The Selfish Gene, Surgeons In Heat, The Celebrated Workingman, and more.

Wisco: A Tribute To Wilco’s Summerteeth is available for FREE DOWNLOAD in its entirety right now.  If you dig what you hear, Muzzle Of Bees is asking for donations to be made to the Wisconsin Humane Society in a show of support.

Beautiful music and minds coming together to make good things happen—that’s what we love.  Well done!

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Celebrate Five Years Of Great Music Blogging With Muzzle of Bees

There are few things we love more than music, but quality writing is a close contender.  Combine the two, and it’s a total braingasm.  If you share our passions, you’ll be delighted to know that they will indeed be thrust together in a very exciting upcoming event.

It’s hard to believe that Muzzle Of Bees, one of our favorite sources for intelligent music commentary, news, mp3s, etc, has been around for five years already, but it’s true.  The much-adored Wisconsin-based blog will be hosting a party/concert in Madison to mark the occasion at the High Noon Saloon on February 19th, featuring performances by Juniper Tar, Common Loon, Strand of Oaks, and White Pines.

Get the details here.

Congratulations Muzzle of Bees!  Here’s to many more years of great blogging!

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Sharon Van Etten Talks To Muzzle Of Bees

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“This is a remarkable album, quietly riveting, translucently pure, and infused with eccentric intelligence.” Dusted Magazine’s Jennifer Kelly on Sharon’s latest album, Because I Was In Love

Sharon Van Etten has one of those rare voices that cuts straight to the hearts of her listeners.  Following in the vein of beloved indie gals like Cat Power and Jana Hunter, Van Etten creates songs that (to borrow a phrase) float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

Naturally, we’re more than a little excited to get to see her perform live in Madison at the High Noon Saloon this Sunday (Jan. 17th) when she opens for Bowerbirds.  (Tickets for that show are still available here.) To find out more about this incredible artist, check out Alex Schaaf’s recent “6 Questions” interview with her (plus a free mp3 download!) over at Muzzle of Bees.

Hope to see you at the show on Sunday!

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Media Roundup: 25 Bands of National Note

We at True Endeavors always perk up our ears when we hear media mentions of artists that will be or have been through town.  We want to share that content with our faithful blog readers.  After all, just because an artist’s show may be over doesn’t mean that their music stops moving us!

Please feel free to get involved by leaving comments on this, and all blog posts.  We want to hear about your experiences at True Endeavors shows and what the artists’ music means to you!

Bloggers have been seriously busy writing about the YEAH YEAH YEAHS, Rachael Yamagata, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, and Meiko. Locally based blog Muzzle of Bees gathered their Bon Iver posts together in anticipation of the band’s upcoming show in December.

Mog.com featured an entertaining conversational review of Blitzen Trapper’s new album, Furr.  Aquarium Drunkard features a nice, lengthy interview, plus mp3 downloads.  (They’ll be opening for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks on October 30th.)

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs new album, Dirt Don’t Hurt, got reviewed by the fine folks at Pitchfork, as did The Broken West’s new one, Now or Heaven.

The Spinto Band, which rolls into town on October 24th, has been profiled on everything from Spin to Daytrotter to PopMatters.

Madison favorite Feist recently released her new video for “Honey Honey.”

Alejandro Escovedo, Sonja Kitchell, Ray LaMontagne, and Stephin Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields) were recently featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current, where they performed live in studio.

State Radio proves that music can still be politically relevant, and inspire a variety of passionate reactions with their anti-war song “Camillo.”

Check out the trippy new video from Eagles of Death Metal:

Last month, Milwaukee native, and inspirational Earth-friendly warrior Peter Mulvey returned to Madison on his “No Gasoline Tour.”  Want to find out how he did it?  Click here for pics and videos from the man himself!

Heather Browne, of the wildly popular I Am Fuel You Are Friends blog, detailed her impressions of Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit and Hacienda’s live show before they wowed Madison at the High Noon Saloon.

Also, check out a review of The Delta Spirit’s album from Earvolution.

Were you one of the lucky rabid Hold Steady fans to attend their show earlier this summer?  Hear front-man Craig Finn reflect on the artists that HE goes nuts for, and the music that moves him.

Alt-country legend Lucinda Williams stops in Madison on October 25th for her show at the Orpheum Theatre.  Earlier this month, she paid a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman and performed her brand new single, “Real Love.”  Check it out!

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Media Round-up..The Queen of Rockabilly and More

Looking for the buzz on artists touring through Madison?

The Swell Season show this Monday sold out in 24 hrs. but for those of you have been wondering who the opener will be, Nina Nastasia has been chosen.

Mojo says: “These intimate hushes and lilts would be remarkable even as instrumentals…. Yet it’s Nastasia’s voice–and the words that it sings–that really sucks the air out of the room.”

Check out her free download: Nina Nastasia- Our Day Trip, 2006 On Leaving

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Were you one of the fans disappointed by the break up of Page France? Well the frontman for that now defunct band started “The Cotton Jones Basket Ride” playing at Café Montmartre on June 22.

Check out this free download: The Cotton Jones Basket Ride- To Death With You, 2007 Paranoid Cocoon

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If you are one of the few who don’t know about legendary Wanda Jackson listen up..Ms. Jackson is sometimes referred to as the first female rock-n-roll singer, and is celebrated as “The Queen of Rockabilly”. She toured with peers Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. Although ultimately she spurned Elvis’ romantic attempts, he is the one who encouraged her to shift from country and gospel to rock. Check out what else she has to say about the two of them in this Rolling Stone article. She has been nominated for 2 Grammys and inducted in to countless halls of fame. You can’t miss out on seeing the legend in person at age 71 Wed June 25 at the High Noon Saloon.

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Local media coverage of True Endeavors shows:
Austin psychedelic rockers The Black Angels interview/preview in Madison Music Review
Photos of Ingrid Michaelson at Barrymore in Muzzle of Bees
Ingrid Michaelson Review in Isthmus

This Week’s Free Tix- Silos & Ingrid Michaelson

Thursday June 5

True Endeavors and Muzzle of Bees present: DREW GLACKIN MEMORIAL CONCERT featuring THE SILOS with special guest WEINLAN

“…the Silos borrow liberally from both country and classic, blues-based rock, creating a sound that is seemingly less polished but far more energetic than most of what gets played on either mainstream country or classic rock radio.” -Popmatters.com

Early show – 6:30 pm @ High Noon Saloon (608) 268-1122 $15 adv $15 dos – 21+

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Saturday June 7

True Endeavors presents INGRID MICHAELSON with special guest GREG LASWELL

The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaleson

8:00 pm @ Barrymore Theatre 608.241.8864 $15 adv $18 dos

all ages

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Third Person to email MJ@TrueEndeavors.com with the subject line of the show you would like to see will win two guest list spots to the show!

Shows This Week & Free Downloads

Summer has rolled in as tour buses roll away but we’ve got a couple of good ones for you this week..

Monday May 26

If you’re in to The Avett Brothers or Okkervil River check out..

True Endeavors and Muzzle of Bees present: LANGHORNE SLIM AND THE WAR EAGLES with THE BUILDERS & THE BUTCHERS

“I’m not sure that there’s’ any other kind, but the songs I write are love songs. Some are literal, about specific events, people and relationships in my life; a form of therapy, self-help for the flowers and the crap along the road of life.” -Langhorne Slim

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4 Free Langhorne Slim Song Downloads:

Langhorne Slim- English Tea, 2006 Unreleased Daytrotter Sessions

Langhorne Slim- By the Time the Sun Comes Down, 2006 Unreleased Daytrotter Sessions

Langhorne Slim- She’s Gone, 2006 Unreleased Daytrotter Sessions

Langhorne Slim- Restless, 2006 Unreleased Daytrotter Sessions

Daytrotter

8:00 pm @ High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 adv – 18+

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Thursday May 29

If you’re in to Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, or Steve Earle you also like (trust me)..

THE EVERYBODYFIELDS with special guests MARTHA BERNER & KATIE SAWICKI

“..deeply rooted in americana, bluegrass, and classic country..Here you still find the slow, sad sounds of halfway there, but there is a new strength to the sound, a vein of rock and punk that is so well hidden, you don’t even know it’s there” -LastFM

Everythings OK- The Everybodyfields

Interview- The Everybodyfields

2 Free Everybodyfields Song Downloads:

The Everybodyfields- So Good, 2007 Live at The Grey Eagle

The Everybodyfields- Nubbins, 2007 Live at The Grey Eagle

8:30 pm (8pm doors) @ Cafe Montmartre 608.255.5900 $10 at the door / $10 adv – 21+

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We don’t have any nationally touring shows for you this weekend but there is some good stuff going on around town..

This Friday May 23 some of our local faves including PALE YOUNG GENTLEMEN, SLEEPING IN THE AVIARY, and others are hosting a Whatfor CD Release Party at the High Noon Saloon- 10:00 PM , $5 cover, 21 +

This Friday is also the monthly IQ party if you are more in the mood for a DJ. Local hostess Liz Tymus is throwing the Marquee Pre-Party from 9PM-11PM and dance party 11PM-2AM at the Majestic, 18+.

Saturday May 24 offers up a variety of Latin and African based music including El Clan Destino- the Afro Cuban project of local bassist Nick Moran. The benefit for African Youth Outreach at Cafe Montmartre costs $10 per adult, $7 for students with a current ID, 9PM, 21+

What are you up to this week? Tell us what else you recommend!