Free MP3 Download From The Black Angels: “Bad Vibrations”

Black Angels

If you like The Warlocks, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, 13th Floor Elevators, The Velvet Underground, Back Rebel Motorcycle Club, or Black Mountain (coming to Madison on June 30th!  Tickets here), then you definitely need The Black Angels in your life.

This Austin-based band has been creating consistently incredible albums of sinister psychedelia since 2005, and are preparing to turn their latest creation, Phosphene Dream, loose later this year.  The ‘Angels have kindly made one of their new tracks, “Bad Vibrations,” available as a free download.  What do you think?  We’re crossing our fingers that an upcoming tour will bring them back to Madison…

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Free MP3 Downloads: Dr. Dog, The Weakerthans, Josh Ritter, The Hold Steady, The Black Angels, Califone, & Josh Harty

Low on cash, but need your music fix? Look no further! Check out these great FREE MP3 downloads from your favorite artists.



Dr. Dog

The ABCs – Dr. Dog

Adeline – Dr. Dog

Easy Beat – Dr. Dog

Say Something – Dr. Dog

Wake Up – Dr. Dog

California – Dr. Dog

Ain’t It Strange – Dr. Dog

Worst Trip – Dr. Dog


The Weakerthans

On A Beautiful Day – The Weakerthans

Prescience Of Dawn – The Weakerthans

Sounds Familiar – The Weakerthans (live)


Josh Ritter

Thin Blue Flame – Josh Ritter

Snow Is Gone – Josh Ritter (live)


The Hold Steady

Chips Ahoy! – The Hold Steady


Black Angels

The First Vietnamese War – The Black Angels



The Orchids – Califone

Trout Silk – Califone


Josh Harty

Where Did I Go Wrong – Josh Harty

Media Roundup: The Kooks, Rudd shows announced

With the fourth of July quickly approaching and the temperature rising, summer has officially hit its stride in Madison.  Be sure to get out there and enjoy it while it lasts, because in true Midwestern fashion, the fall isn’t too far away, complete with more concert announcements happening every week!

Those kooky Kooks
On Thursday, October 9, British rockers The Kooks roll into the Barrymore Theatre, as part of a North American tour in support of their April release, Konk, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.  The band recently grabbed some headlines for salacious comments made about the VIP section at the Isle of Wright Festival, in addition to Luke Pritchard’s name-dropping Carmen Electra as a boink interest.

Australian guitarist Xavier Rudd, recently voted the sexiest male vegetarian down under in a PETA poll, will find himself right at home here in Madison on Tuesday, September 23, for a show at the Majestic Theatre.  Come and see the show to evaluate the tofu junkie’s sexy factor for yourselves — tickets go on sale July 11 at the Majestic Theatre, Context and a number of other downtown locations.

Also announced this week:  Former Phish bassist Mike Gordon on Wednesday, September 3, at the Majestic Theatre (interviewed recently in the Rolling Stone); Canadian folk group Great Big Sea on Thursday, September 11, at the Majestic; and North Carolinian group Southern Culture on the Skids on Wednesday, October 8, at the High Noon Saloon!

Recently seen and heard:

This Weeks Shows & Downloads

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


Friday June 27


Genre: Indie/Folk/Americana



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+



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


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 –




Thursday July 3


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 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




Friday July 4

WORT-FM welcomes


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


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+



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


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


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.


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