Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (10.27-11.02): Dar Williams, The Weepies, Nightmare On State Street (featuring Dirty Disco Kidz), The Dandy Warhols, Woven Bones, Gogol Bordello, Oh No Oh My, and Pomegranates

Woven Bones

Halloween is almost here, which means all you Madisonians are probably busy piecing the final bits of your epic costumes together in anticipation of this weekend’s reverie.  We hope your holiday plans involve a trip downtown to see those wild and crazy gypsy punks in Gogol Bordello rock the Capitol Theater on Halloween night.  Trust us, it’s going to be one hell of a party!

But just because we’re hosting one of the fall’s most exciting events, it doesn’t mean that the rest of this week’s concerts are any less spectacular than usual!  We’re talking about shows from great artists like Dar Williams, The Weepies, Nightmare On State Street (featuring Dirty Disco Kidz), The Dandy Warhols, Woven Bones (pictured), Oh No Oh My, and Pomegranates.

Want to find out how you can win tickets to these fabulous concerts?  Read on!

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Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols

The Dandys are one of those almost unbearably cool bands.  Their ability to pull off such extreme levels of amazingness would probably be pretty obnoxious if they weren’t truly some of the nicest cats around.  They’re returning to Madison’s Majestic Theater on Friday, October 29th in support of their recently-released retrospective album, The Capitol Years: 1995-2007. (Watch their new video for “This Is The Tide” here.)

We’ve been drooling like dogs to see The Dandy Warhols take command of the stage once again with that trademark dreamy indie space pop of theirs that just oozes sex appeal.  Expect loud guitars, big hooks, and major style.  Read on to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to their can’t-miss show.

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CD Review: The Dandy Warhols ARE Sound

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Six years ago, The Dandy Warhols glammed up their trademark psycho art rock sound with a little help on the production end from Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and released Welcome To The Monkey House. The resulting record was a polished, modern, electro-flavored dance popgasm including the unforgettable “We Used To Be Friends” (Veronica Mars, anyone?).

Despite the band’s success after the album’s release, it was actually an alternative mix that they had hoped would make the final pressing. Capitol Records, however, did not share their vision. The Dandys’ preferred version was pushed aside in favor of the more commercially acceptable Monkey House mix and that was that—until now.

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Media Roundup: DiFranco returns

This just in: Queen of indie, feminism and indie feminists Ani DiFranco has announced a return to the isthmus as part of her fall tour. DiFranco will appear at the Wisconsin Union Theater on Sunday, October 5, with tickets going on sale this morning, Friday, June 20, at 11:30 AM. The new mother, who is currently working on her latest release, Red Letter Year, last appeared in Madison in October 2006. Given the timing of the show, one day short of a month before this year’s presidential election, the concert should provide an excellent outlet for those of you who wish Dennis Kucinich was still in the candidate pool. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see a truly inspiring, Grammy Award-winning artist.

Ani DiFranco comes to Madison October 5
If you’re craving some gold ole’ female singer-songwriting, but can’t hold onto your (ironically striped, polka-dotted, argyle or perhaps even mismatching) socks until the fall, consider checking out Australian performer Missy Higgins, who will be coming to the Majestic Theatre on Thursday, July 10. Higgins has taken the down-under by storm, recently winning multiple ARIA Awards (the Australian equivalent of the Grammys). Check out this interview from LiveDaily to learn more about the talented musician.

Also freshly announced in the past week was The Dandy Warhols‘ soiree at the Barrymore, scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, in support of the physical release of …Earth to the Dandy Warhols…, the band’s latest offering, which was digitally released in May. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Darker My Love and The Upsidedown, go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, June 21. To read more about the band’s brave step into the digital age, check out this interview from Wired earlier this week.

As always, stay tuned to the True Endeavors concert calendar and TrueEndeavors.com to keep up-to-date on all of the latest concert announcements, which also included Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, Ralph’s World and several others this past week.

Finally, if you weren’t unable to snag tickets to the sold-out Swell Season (i.e. Once stars Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova and Hansard’s band, the Frames) show this past Monday, check out some of the links to catch a glimpse of what you missed, including a link to purchasing information for an audio download of the entire show from PlayedLastNight.com.