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!


Live Review: Daniel Johnston 8-12-09

Daniel Johnston

“They went and called the movie ‘The Devil and Daniel Johnston.’  Now how am I ever going to be free?!”

Such were the thoughts of an artists whose demons are almost more famous than he is.  It’s not too wild to bet that Daniel Johnston’s image will never truly be liberated from the conflicted, eccentric man portrayed in the aforementioned award-winning documentary about his life.  Surely, many of the audience members at his Wednesday night concert were drawn there in anticipation of the “grand spectacle” of Daniel Johnston rather than the sole attraction to his music.

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Artists You Should Know Ticket Giveaway: Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston

“Hi, how are you?” Great, and feeling better all the time knowing your show’s coming up, Daniel!

It’s not often that we have the opportunity to see a genuine cult icon perform in our fair city, but we’ll have that chance next week when Daniel Johnston takes the stage at The Barrymore Theatre.  The fragile vulnerability of his unique musical work has been championed by everyone from Kurt Cobain to Yo La Tengo, and it’s not hard to hear why.  There’s beauty in his shaking, nervous hands forced onstage by sheer courage and conviction and in the warbling, almost whispering, voice that invites you into his soul.  Read on to learn more about this beloved artist and find out how you could win tickets to his sure-to-be unforgettable show.

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Artists You Should Know: The Celebrated Workingman

Celebrated Workingman

Milwaukee’s Celebrated Workingman is quickly becoming one of the most…err…celebrated bands from that other fine lakeside city.  You may have already enjoyed a soulful indie popgasm at their High Noon Saloon show with The Rural Alberta Advantage last month (see video below).  Want more?  You got it.  The band’s own Mark Waldoch will be opening up this Saturday’s Black Francis show.  Read on to find out why you won’t want to miss this one!

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Monday Concert Connection: A Tasty Trio

Mondays usually mean one thing to our loyal readers: FREE TICKETS.  Today is no exception to the rule, as we are giving away a pair of tix to each of this week’s upcoming shows.  That means you have the chance to hit up The Ditty Bops, The Detroit Cobras or The Rural Alberta Advantage—on us.  Read on to find out how you can win.

The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Rural Alberta Advantage

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This Week’s Shows, Reviews, Poetry, and Free Tix

Get ready for yet another week packed with great indie shows from artists who are earning a great deal of attention from the music press..

Pitchfork says that the Ohio-based Heartless Bastards’ lush garage rock makes them “sound like giants tied to the earth.” Deerhunter has been a longtime favorite on the psychedelic/experimental scene. Their latest album, Microcastle, which The Onion’s A.V. Club described as an album of “blazing gold and orange hues, warmly whirring guitar solos, pepped-up drumming, pop hooks, and gauzy echoes of Motown and krautrock,” is sure to send more fans their way. The four New Jersey kids collectively known as Gaslight Anthem are already receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to their rock/punk sound, inspiring road trips from fans across the country to catch their shows. (Check out the I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blog for a mention of their upcoming show at the High Noon Saloon!)

Read on to find out more about these, and other can’t-miss True Endeavors shows coming up this week!

Friday, November 14


“The Rosebuds have long threatened to be the best, and smartest, pure pop band going, and with Life Like they take a big step towards becoming exactly that.” -PopMatters.com

Genre: Indie, Pop, Rock

Similar to: Arcade Fire, Yo La Tengo, Stars

9:30pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 adv $12 dos — 18+


Roses are Red, Violets are Blue..fill in the blank as a comment to win a pair of tix.

Saturday, November 15

“Shifting easily between throaty whispers and formidable full-throttle sustains, (Erika) Wennerstrom remains undeniably captivating. She sounds like Patti Smith or Janis Joplin, or maybe Regina Spektor with more muscle.” -StylusMagazine.com

Genre: Rock, Indie, Soul

Similar to: The Detroit Cobras, The Black Keys, French Kicks
9:30 pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $12 adv $12 dos – 18+


Who’s your fave celebrity bastard or mother of a bastard? Comment to win tix!


Sunday, November 16

“Hip crackin’ country twangz and heart melting ballads straight outta the Appalachian Mountains. Holly Golightly, stylish and beautiful, makes songs older than Clinch Mountain and is channeling every dead member of the Carter Family through that mean ol’ voice of hers… get ready to have a teenage crush.” -ElectricRoulette.com

Genre: Country, Blues, Indie

Similar to: Neko Case, Loretta Lynn, Bonne ‘Prince’ Billy
with special guests BLAKE THOMAS and DELANEY DAVIDSON
8pm Cafe Montmartre 608.255.5900 $10 adv, $12 dos – 21+


What actress played Holly Golightly in the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffanys? First correct comment wins tix!



“Deerhunter is an experimental noise rock band from Atlanta, fronted by the compellingly odd singer Bradford Cox. Cox’s vocal style blends vocal experimentation along the lines of Meredith Monk or Yoko Ono with a more direct and punky howl inspired by the Fall’s Mark E. Smith.” -Billboard.com

Genre: Psychedelic, Shoegaze, Experimental

Similar to: The Walkmen, Atlas Sound, Liars
with special guests TIMES NEW VIKING and DISAPPEARS
8pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $12 adv $14 dos — 18+


Tuesday, November 18

“With her piano-fueled songwriting, witty wordplay, and slight vocal vibrato, Ingrid Michaelson carries the tradition of the female singer/songwriter into the 21st century.” -Billboard.com

Genre: Indie, Pop, Folk Rock

Similar to: Meiko, Rachael Yamagata, The Weepies
with special guests NEWTON FAULKNER and DAVID FORD
7:30 pm Barrymore Theatre 608.241.8864 $16 adv $18 dos – all ages


Wednesdy, November 19

“He writes accomplished, heartfelt songs, and he radiates the easygoing, nice-guy personality of an older, wiser John Mayer.” -PopMatters.com

Genre: Pop, Rock, Acoustic

Similar to: Matt Wertz, Josh Kelley, Graham Colton
8:00 pm Majestic Theatre 608.255.0901 $15 adv $17 dos – all ages



The band’s lead singer, Brian Fallon, has a controlled bark, all fuzzy edges around a clear, crisp center; it mirrors the band’s sound, which masks highly assured pop instincts underneath a ragged exterior.” -NYTimes.com

Genre: Rock, Punk, Soul

Similar to: Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Lucero, Dillinger Four
9:00pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 adv (adv available online only) – 18+


Hey Marvel buffs, in which comic is Ladyhawk a code name?


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