Now Streaming: Protomartyr’s “Under Color Of Official Right”

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“Next time you’re feeling bummed out, throw on Protomartyr. It’ll be your mirror,” promised NPR, as they previewed the tracks from the Detroit post-punks’ upcoming Under Color Of Official Right.   Fans of bands like Diarrhea Planet, Parquet Courts, Iceage, and Gun Outfit will definitely want to take note.

Take a listen here, and don’t forget to grab tickets to see the band when they open for Cloud Nothings at Gabe’s in Iowa City on April 30, and right here in Madison at the High Noon Saloon on May 2.

Now Streaming: Lydia Loveless’ “Really Wanna See You”

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We can’t wait to see this young songwriter take the stage at the High Noon Saloon next month in support of her recently-released Somewhere Else album.   Lydia‘s alt-country/punk sound has earned her considerable praise in the press:

“This set confirms she’s a rugged, uncompromising young talent with a distinctive voice and take-no-crap attitude primed and ready to take Americana into the next few decades.” – American Songwriter

“It’s anyone’s guess where Loveless will go from here, but she’s already made an album that’s genuinely dazzling, and Somewhere Else sounds like a real contender for best album of 2014.” – All Music Guide 

“…this is a great, memorable and oftentimes moving release from someone who sounds like she has about 20 years and 10 albums more experience than she does.” – Alternative Press

Click here to have a listen to “Really Wanna See You,” and don’t forget to pick up your tickets to see her live in Madison on April 23.

Now Streaming: Fire Retarded’s “Meat Stairs”

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Our friends in Fire Retarded recently got some love from Impose who remarked that “Meat Stairs” (the first track from their upcoming Scroggz Manor album) “moves fast enough for you to lose track of your own heartbeat, and as the group pounds through a hypnotic refrain, a blistering solo is not far off, making the ultimate trio of heavy shit, sludgy shit, and take-no-prisoners vocal stylings move the track through to its crashing conclusion.”

Take a listen here, and catch the band live in Madison as part of our annual FRZN Fest on January 18.

Now Streaming: Jeremy Messersmith’s “Ghost”

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Jeremy Messersmith has already been named one of the top artists to watch in 2014, but may we suggest taking a listen as well?  

Enjoy the sweeping and predictably haunting “Ghost” from his upcoming Heart Murmurs record courtesy of The Current’s Andrea Swensson here and let us know what you think in the comments section below. 

 

Don’t miss Jeremy when he rolls by Madison’s High Noon Saloon for a show on February 13!  

Now Streaming: Yellow Ostrich’s “Shades”

 

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The New York-by-way-of-Wisconsin indie outfit of Yellow Ostrich is due to release their upcoming record, Cosmos, on February 25, but you can stream the first single right now!  Click here to check out “Shades,” and let us know what you think in the comments section below.  (Fans of bands like Vacationer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Fruit Bats, and Oberhofer should take special note.)

 

Join us to see the band perform live in Madison at the High Noon Saloon on March 29.  

Now Streaming: Polica’s Shulamith

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Take a listen to the just-released sophomore album, Shulamith, from Minneapolis’ Polica courtesy of NPR.  Entertainment Weekly remarked that the record is “propulsive enough for dance floors, and dreamy enough for headphones.”  We’re curious to hear what you think. Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

We’ll be hosting the band at the Barrymore when they make their grand return to Madison on December 7 with Lizzo.  Get your tickets here.

Now Streaming: Lupe Fiasco’s “Old School Love”

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Lupe Fiasco‘s new album Tetsuo & Youth is coming soon, but you can stream the first single for free right now!   Click here to check out “Old School Love” featuring Ed Sheerhan and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Lupe fans, don’t forget to get your tickets to his Madison performance at the Orpheum on November 27 and his Kalamazoo concert on the 30th!