Jakob Dylan Lands On Daytrotter

Jakob Dylan

While Tag’s in Milwaukee enjoying Mr. Dylan live in-concert this fine Thursday evening, you can enjoy the next best thing: Jakob’s recent Daytrotter session with Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. So lovely!

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Jakob Dylan’s Latest Masterpiece and An Update From Tag

Jakob Dylan

I’ve been pestering my Facebook friends with my affection for Jakob Dylan‘s new CD, Women And Country, so some of you might already be hip to this new obsession of mine. Produced by one of my favorite musicians and producers, T Bone Burnett, this record features guest appearances by avant guitarist Marc Ribot, fiddle/mandolin genius (and ex-Alpha Band member) David Mansfield, and, most notably, the stellar back-up vocals of Neko Case and Kelly Hogan.

I’ve learned to pay attention to what makes me cry, and, for whatever reason, these songs make me cry. There’s a deep beauty and wisdom about them, going beneath the surface of things:

Through rolling acres of boneyards we drift

Our spirits’ been broken been splintered to bits

Faith is believing what you see ain’t so

…we got to learn to live with these ghosts

They can’t leave and we can’t go.

-“Everybody’s Hurtin'”

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Just Announced Madison Concerts: The New Pornographers, CocoRosie, Murs, and Summer Camp Pre-Party Jamboree

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS with special guests THE DODOS

New Pornographers

Wednesday, August 4, 8pm

Orpheum Theatre

$25 adv $28 dos, all ages

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 27 at 12 noon.

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COCOROSIE

cocorosie

Saturday, June 19, 8pm

Barrymore Theatre

$20 adv $22 dos, all ages

Tickets on sale this Friday, March 26 at 12 noon.

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MURS

Murs

Tuesday, May 11, 9pm

The Annex

$14 adv $16 dos, 18+

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SUMMER CAMP PRE-PARTY JAMBOREE

featuring 30db, Cornmeal, Family Groove Company, and Steez

Friday, May 7, 8pm

Barrymore Theatre

$15 adv $18 dos, all ages

This is a pre-Summer Camp festival party. The 10th Annual Summer Camp festival takes place this year in Chillicothe, IL on May 28 – 30. All four bands are playing Summer Camp.

Note: 30db is a new supergroup featuring Jeff Austin (YMSB), Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey’s McGee), and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi AllStars).

Tickets on sale this Friday, March 26, at 12 noon.

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Indie MP3 Download-o-rama!

In the mood for some new music?  How about some free new music?!  We’ve heard your demands and are here to deliver the goods.  Below you’ll find a veritable bunch of great indie, folk, electronic, and rock tracks—both old and new—that are sure to please.  Enjoy these guilt-free mp3 downloads!

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Band of Horses
Band Of Horses

No One’s Gonna Love You – Band of Horses

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Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Michigan State – Devendra Banhart

The Charles C. Leary – Devendra Banhart

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Black Kids

Black Kids

Hit The Heartbreaks – Black Kids

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Neko Case

Neko Case

If You Knew – Neko Case

People Got A Lotta Nerve – Neko Case
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The Coup

The Coup

We Are The Ones – The Coup

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DeVotchKa

DeVotchKa

You Love Me – DeVotchKa

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Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland

Old Fashion Morphine – Jolie Holland

Black Stars – Jolie Holland

I Wanna Die – Jolie Holland

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The Kills

The Kills

Passion Is Accurate (b-side/L.I.A.D.) – The Kills

No Wow (Test Icicles Remix) – The Kills

Ticket Man – The Kills

Love Is A Deserter (Do Da Mix) – The Kills

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Late of the Pier

Late of the Pier

Space and the Woods – Late of the Pier

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Lykke Li

Lykke Li

Dance Dance Dance – Lykke Li

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Bob Mould

Bob Mould

The Silence Between Us – Bob Mould

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No Age

No Age

Eraser – No Age

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Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf

Winter Windows – Sea Wolf

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Joe Stummer & The Mescaleros

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

Coma Girl – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

Tony Adams – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

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White Lies

White Lies

Nothing Is For Ever – White Lies

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Media Roundup: Interviews, New Tunes and a Bit of Jail Time…

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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Amy Winehouse has announced plans to launch a record label of her own in the near future.  He first singing?  Goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

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Joaquin Phoenix, the man who wowed audiences with his unforgettable portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk The Line is at the center of this week’s most unexpected story in music.  The actor is leaving Hollywood behind to pursue a career in music–specifically, hip-hop.  Seriously.

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Check out this fun interview with Gregg Gillis, the man behind Girl Talk, from TheTapeIsNotSticky.com.

Gregg Gillis, of Girl Talk

Gregg Gillis, of Girl Talk

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While you’re eagerly waiting for The Virgins to play Madison on Feb 3rd (get tickets here), check out their interview on The Guardian‘s podcast.  Also featured? Animal Collective.

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In reunion news, of which there seems to be no shortage these days, glam rockers Mott The Hoople are reforming for two London shows in celebration of 40 years since the band’s 1969 formation.

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Have a listen to the latest from Neko Case, “People Got A Lot of Nerve,” off her upcoming album, Middle Cyclone.

Neko Case

Neko Case

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The folks at BrooklynVegan.com have compiled a list of the best metal of 2008–and preview what’s to come this year.

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In a revolutionary move to free themselves from the crippling grip of corporate influence, L.A. radio station Indie 103.1 is saying goodbye to the airwaves and hello to the internet.

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Massively prolific songwriter Ryan Adams announced to much shock that he is done making music. Wanna place bets on how long his musical abstinance actually lasts?  I give it a month.

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

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Gary Kurfirst, the incredibly influential manager, promoter, publisher, producer, and label executive, has passed away.

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Emusic.com has asked the mothers of some of indie rock’s favorite wiz kids (such as Bon Iver, Beirut, Adam Green, and Les Savy Fav) to comment on the music that their children make.  Read what the proud moms had to say!

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Boy George, who was found guilty of false imprisonment, has been sentenced to 15 months in prision.

Boy George

Boy George

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Andrew Bird‘s new album, Noble Beast, is streaming in-full on NPR.org.

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird

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Tag’s Reflections on 2008

Our first show in 2008 was Poi Dog Pondering, performing an acoustic set at High Noon, with one of my favorite regional bands, Romantica, opening. Such a great way to start the year

February, the shortest month of the year, was long on pleasant surprises. Basia Bulat’s set at High Noon was so endearing, and her single “In The Night” remained one of my favorite songs of the year. Sara Bareilles played live on The Today Show and then, that same day, flew into Madison for her sold out show at High Noon; her piano-driven set made it obvious there’s a lot more substance to her than the ubiquitous “Love Song,” as catchy as that song is.

Nicole Atkins blew us away with her single, “The Way It Is” from 2007’s Neptune City…it’s an amazing piece of post-modern cabaret and it went down smooth at Café Montmartre. The opener Parlor Mob, with their loving send-up of Led Zep, was a fun contrast. And, speaking of metal tributes of sorts, who can forget Bang Camaro and their cheaper by the dozen approach to old-fashioned cock rock?

February was also the month Matt Costa’s van and trailer went off the road on an Iowa highway on their way to High Noon. Though rolling over three times, the band escaped with only minor injuries. We’re grateful that was the worst of it and look forward to Matt’s return. (Yes, Wisconsin winters are a challenge, so be careful out there folks!)

Trampled by Turtles March 7th at High Noon sold out unexpectedly. From the rush of people going outside to get a cigarette and the people making their way back inside on that frigid night, I joked it was no longer trampled by turtles–I thought I was going to be trampled by human beings!

The Gutter Twins required us to bring in so much additional gear you would have thought that they were playing in from of 3,000 people instead of 300. Predictably, Greg Dulli was cheery and Mark Lanegan was not. The legendary X performed on March 21 at the Barrymore for a very fun show — it was the first time I’d ever seen a grey-haired moshpit.

Jens Lekman played Old Music Hall and demonstrated how the right artist at the right venue can create pure magic, in contrast to the night before with Lewis and Clark at the Annex in which we had the right artist at the wrong venue. Actually, that was also the case with Gary Louris & The Mekons, a great pairing at the Barrymore at the end of March that was dramatically under-attended, possibly due to The Weakerthans and AA Bondy playing the same night at High Noon. It’s tough playing traffic cop. Sometimes there’s no getting around these scheduling conflicts.

→ Free Download: Sounds Familiar – The Weakerthans

April 4th we had Vampire Weekend at High Noon. It sold out weeks in advance, benefiting from cover stories in the national press before their record had even been released. Sometimes we get lucky.

One of the coolest shows of the year was Blitzen Trapper with Fleet Foxes on a Tuesday night early show at High Noon in early April. Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper would go on to receive end of the year acclamations for two of the best albums of the year.

On April 11th we had the first of 2 Bon Iver shows in Madison – this one a sold out show at the Stage Door–another artist that would go on to be on everybody’s top 10 list for 2008.

The New Pornographers with Okkervil River at the Orpheum…how cool was that? The word the day before the show that Neko Case had broken her leg reminded me of other female artists who played the Orpheum in years past with sprained ankles or broken legs, including Feist and Ani DiFranco. But Neko would not be making it until she came back to headline the Forward Fest in September-still the New Pornos/Okkervil show was a blast, with much discussion following as to which band was better. (My vote, diplomatically, was a tie.)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was the first band I’d ever seen that posted strobe warnings for the benefit of those with epilepsy and other conditions whereby they might go into a seizure. VERY INTENSE — enough to make people with “normal physiologies” dizzy and pass out. Dead Meadow played May 5th at High Noon’s fourth anniversary party–great stoner rock show, and True Endeavors supplied free pizza to celebrate the occasion.

Tegan and Sara played Madison a couple of times in years past to relatively small crowds – in May they came back and sold out the Barrymore Theatre. In contrast, Jim White again put on an amazing show at the Stage Door to a very small crowd. Sometimes quality is rewarded with a big show, sometimes not. Fortunately for us, we had our share of sell outs to wrap up the spring season, thanks to The Avett Brothers and Josh Ritter at High Noon, and KT Tunstall at the Barrymore.

→ Free Download: Snow Is Gone – Josh Ritter

MJ and I were at the National Conference for Media Reform the first weekend of June. We had the honor and privilege of stage-managing the conference where we rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bill Moyers, Dan Rather, Naomi Klein, Amy Goodman, Van Jones, Arianna Huffington, and Senator Byron Dorgan. www.freepress.net

June had some unexpectedly strong shows, starting off with the ever-strange, ever-amazing Buckethead. Stephen Marley sold out the Barrymore, and one of 2008’s most anticipated events was the sold out performance at the Overture with The Swell Season-music from the motion picture Once, featuring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. One of the special moments for me of the entire year was when Glen stood way from the mic and busked “Say It To Me Now” with his worn-out guitar and raspy voice, much like he did on that Dublin street in the early part of that amazing film.

→ Free Download: Buckethead- Three Fingers, 2005 Enter the Chicken

Speaking of the Overture, I hope you caught Lyle Lovett’s riveting performance in July – the 13-piece band, which grew to 20+ with the addition of local gospel singers from Alex Gee’s church, made this one of the top shows of the year.

The political hip-hop of Immortal Technique sold out High Noon in July and I was amazed at the number of leftie slogans on t-shirts, evidence that apathy is not a fair way to characterize this demographic. The Hold Steady sold out the Majestic convincingly and unsurprisingly for what many might argue was the best show of the year. Unless you are a Toadies fan, in which case you might make the case for their sold-out show with The Whigs on July 31 at the Annex.

→ Free Download: Chips Ahoy! – The Hold Steady

In August we were blessed to host at the Barrymore none other than She & Him, whose brilliant debut Vol. 1 was Paste magazine’s album of the year. The Onion’s over-the-top snarkiness notwithstanding, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward put out one of the best albums of the year and their performance was wonderful, simply wonderful.

→ Free Download: She and Him- Why do you Let me Stay Here?, Volume 1 2008

We started the fall season with over 60 shows on sale. In reality, there’s just a glut of touring acts on the road these days, mainly because artists cannot make a living making records due to illegal downloads.

Big shows in September included Okkervil River with very special guest The Walkmen at the Barrymore. Both bands released new records that month and both performed amazing sets…without a doubt this was one of the best shows of the year. Australian surfer dude/didgeridoo-playing Xavier Rudd made his first appearance in Madison…his set was perhaps the most unusual of the year. The Dandy Warhols put on a great show to a smallish crowd, leaving us wondering if tough times were ahead.

Sure enough, we had more disappointment with shows like Abigail Washburn, Keller Williams, and Reliant K. It soon became obvious that the economy was going to be a factor. For the first time in all the years that we’ve been in business, it became clear that Madison wasn’t isolated form the recession affecting the rest of the nation.

Part of the problem, as already noted, was the sheer number of shows, all booked before anyone had heard of sub prime. There were 38 shows in the month of October alone. Among those shows, we had standout performances by Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, The Magnetic Fields, Nick Lowe, Pinback, Alejandro Escovedo, Murs, Lucinda Williams, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, finishing up with a sold out Halloween performance by Atmosphere.

→ Free Download: Magnetic Fields- Always Where I Need to be, Live

Can’t forget that Electric 6 and Local H sold out the High Noon unexpectedly. We were able to keep on selling after Local H finished playing and some of their fans left. Electric 6 fans were waiting and were able to get in-we had a packed house all night long

But still business suffered-disappointing turnouts for top notch shows like Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Kooks, Sonja Kitchell, Dead Confederate, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Amy Ray, Augustana, Slightly Stoopid, and The Acorn reminded us that we were, yes, in a recession.

In November, the number of shows dropped off a bit, but the quality was sky high. Amos Lee, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Horse Feathers, My Brightest Diamond, Devin The Dude, Subtle, The Rosebuds, Eagles of Death Metal, Deerhunter, Ingrid Michaelson (her second successful appearance at the Barrymore this year),Matt Nathanson, Pelican, Gaslight Anthem, Ladyhawk and Susan Tedeschi all put on memorable shows.

December was an unusually strong month for us, with well-attended and nearly sold out shows by Sharon Jones and Carrie Underwood mixed in with sold out shows by Bon Iver and the BoDeans. Unfortunately, we suffered a cancellation by The Sadies, only our second of the year – Matt Costa in February being the other. We look forward to getting both of them back in 2009.

A word about Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: we promised you this would be the show of the year and we were not blowing smoke. While it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite among all the many shows we presented, this was certainly up there.

As great as the music has been through thick and thin, we had the great pleasure of serving our community through our fund raising wing, True Community Endeavors. This year, we raised money and awareness for the following organizations: Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund, The Progressive, WORT, Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, AIDS Network, and Liberty Tree.

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Lastly, there was a time in late September, early October, when we weren’t sure we were going to survive the economic downturn. We gradually came to the realization that we were selling concert tickets, not automobiles, and that you don’t need to take out a loan to buy a concert ticket. Indeed, people still have a need for entertainment even in difficult and challenging times, perhaps even more so, whether it’s a distraction from all the bad news or the sense of community and transcendence some glean from a great live performance.

At the end of the year, I’m again profoundly grateful for the privilege of doing what we do at True Endeavors. We look forward to the New Year, particularly January 20 and our new president — that exhale of relief alone seems to have made a difference in the local economy.

Whatever 2009 brings, we’ll be going through it together. With your help and continued support, we’ll be out there doing our best to promote a vibrant and relevant music scene in Madison.

See you at the shows!

Tag Evers

This Weeks Shows & Downloads

We’ve got lots of videos, interviews, and songs you can watch or download for your very own.

Enjoy!

Friday June 27

ROSE POLENZANI

Genre: Indie/Folk/Americana

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MEG HUTCHINSON

Genre: Folk/Acoustic/Pop

The Boston Globe describes her sound as “elegant and free-floating melodies that feel both modern and rooted.

Song for Jeffrey Lucey- Meg Hutchinson

with special guest ROSE COUSINS

Friday, June 27, 6:30 pm early start time High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 – 18+

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Sunday June 29

PETE FRANCIS (of Dispatch)

Genre: Rock/Folk Rock/Jam Band

In his songs a poetic tension exists between textured imagery and pure improvised rock and roll. The record expresses Francis’ soulful rock, folk and blues influences with layered instrumentation of B-3 organ, lap-steel guitar, mandolin, and a driving rhythm section.

Similar to: Slightly Stoopid, John Butler Trio, Matt Nathanson, & Matt Costa

Shooting Star and the Ambulance- Pete Francis

Pete Francis Interview

with COLOURMUSIC

Genre: Pop/Rock/Experimental

messily refined indie rock..and innovative, yet catchy, melodies that work their way into your head without you even knowing it..wildly inventive shows, and it’s while performing that the band’s vivid personalities come through.

Similar to: The Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, & Kings of Leon

Circles- Colourmusic

Free Downloads:

Colourmusic- Yes Yes Yes

Colourmusic- Circles

Colourmusic- Calling Your Name

Sunday, June 29, 8pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 –

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Thursday July 3

DEAD CONFEDERATE

Genre: Rock/Psychedelic

Though the band is pinned as producing the same kind of indie rock aesthetic à la My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses, Dead Confederate dabbles in darker shades than their compared predecessors..Dead Confederate echo the Drive-By Truckers’ bittersweet southern rock angst with the smoke-heavy swagger of the Black Angels.

The Rat- Dead confederate

Dead Confederate Interview

Free Download:

Dead Confederate

with special guests ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL

Genre: Folk/Americana

After a pair of glowing reviews from the influential music website Pitchfork they have recently come to prominence as a major indie rock band.

..evocative lyrics and powerful instrumentation..an outstanding fusion of alt-country earnestness and indie rock absurdity. Without any trace of flaunt or deliberateness, this homespun epic proves as casual in tone as it is ambitious in scope… sure to have tears welling and fists aloft in raucous salute.”- Josh Berquist, PopMatters, April 2007

Similar to: Okkervil River, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, M. Ward, The Avett Brothers, & My Morning Jacket

My Children, Be Joyful- Rock Plaza Central

Rock Plaza Central Interview 2007

Free Downloads:

Rock Plaza Central- My Children, Be Joyful, 2006 Are We Not Horses

Rock Plaza Central- We’ve Got a Lot to be Glad For, 2006 Are We Not Horses

Thursday July 3, 9pm High Noon Saloon 608.268-1122 $8 adv $8 dos

18+

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Friday July 4

WORT-FM welcomes

STARS AND STRIPES EXTRAVAGANZA featuring ROBBIE FULKS AND FRIENDS

Genre: Country/Indie/Bluegrass

While most current country music is calculated to form an inoffensive backdrop to the suburban shopping experience, Robbie Fulks writes songs that make you think and feel and quite often laugh out loud.

Similar to: Steve Earle, Neko Case, & Lyle Lovett

Cigarette State- Robbie Fullks

plus ROMANTICA

Genre: Americana/Folk/Pop

With an album on Paste Magazine’s Top 100 of 2007 and comparisons popping up all over the place between singer/songwriter Ben Kyle and both Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams, it probably won’t be too long before you’ll no longer be able to catch these guys in such a cozy venue.

Drink the Night Away- Romantica

Free Downloads:

Romantica- The Dark (with Ryan Adams)

9:30 pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $15 adv and dos . 21+

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