Win A Pair Of Passes To The Decemberists Soundcheck Party!

The Decemberists

Before hitting the stage to perform before a packed Madison audience this evening, The Decemberists will be warming up their pipes and tuning their guitars to blissful perfection this afternoon at Overture Hall (tickets still available here).

Want to score a pair of passes to hang out during the band’s pre-concert soundcheck?  All you have to do is leave a comment with at least three songs that you’d like to hear the band run through before the show.

Please have your comments posted by noon today (4.19.11).  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly thereafter.  Good luck!

*Note:  This giveaway is for admission to the band’s soundcheck only and does not include tickets to tonight’s concert.

Just Weird Enough: The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy Talks Art + Win A Pair Of Tickets

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The Decemberists have always been a “weird” band. Dressed in old-time tuxedos, goth gowns, and hair tonic, The Decemberists look like a photo album from the 1800’s. Eeriness hangs over their promo shots like the old family photos in a Hitchcock film.

The Decemberists are not weird in a bizarre manner (like Lady Gaga). They are not weird in an overly artistic manner (like David Bowie). By no means are they beyond weird (like Gary Busey). But they are just weird enough to be the Pixies of the 00’s. And they’ve grown a little tired of it.

“We knew people might have a hard time getting into it,” said principal songwriter Colin Meloy about the old English folk sound of past albums. “Once we were on stage at Bonnaroo or wherever, I just kind of wanted to play some normal songs.”

Their latest effort, The King is Dead, does just that, embodying the alternative of R.E.M. with the anthemic Americana of Tom Petty. The songs stay simple, and they’re better for it.

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Monday Concert Connection: Building Something Unholy

Happy Monday, blog readers! Are you ready for another round of fabulous ticket giveaways? Yes? Well let’s get to ’em! This week’s contests feature Bible of the Devil + Slough Feg, and The Builders and The Butchers. Read on to find out how you can win, and while you’re here, you can preview this week’s hottest ticket: The Decemberists.  Tickets are still available!

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Venue Change: The Decemberists Move On Up

Decemberists

Just a quick note for you Decemberists fans:  their August 5th show with Heartless Bastards has been moved from The Orpheum to Overture Hall.  Tickets purchased for The Orpheum, before the venue change was made will be honored at Overture Hall.  If you still need tickets to the show, you can purchase them here.

Media Roundup: Hey mp3 Junkies! Look Here!

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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Shows To See This Week (If you like…)

Friday May 9

If you like Matt Pond PA, Stars, or Iron & Wine try..

MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’S with special guests CAMERON McGILL + JENTRI COLELLO

Genre: Rock/ Indie/ Folk

Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s is an 8-piece indie-pop/orchestral pop band from Indianapolis, Indiana. The band’s sound, categorized as “chamber pop”, has been compared to the indie rock groups Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, and The Shins.

Quiet As A Mouse- Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s

9:00 pm @ Orpheum Stage Door 608.255.8755 $10 adv $12 dos – all ages

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Friday May 9

If you like Blitzen Trapper, Ryan Adams, or Neko Case then try

THE AVETT BROTHERS with JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD

Genre: Folk Rock

4 Free Avett Brothers Song Downloads

9:30 pm @ High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $15 adv /$18 dos – 18+

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Presented with Muzzle of Bees

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Saturday May 10

If you like Matt Nathanson, Nicole Atkins, or Ingrid Michaelson try..

Three of Hearts Tour featuring TODD CAREY / ALEXA WILKINSON / JONATHAN CLAY

1 Free Todd Carey Song Download

Saturday 9:30 pm @ Cafe Montmartre 608.255.5900 $8 adv $10 dos – 18+ BUY TICKETS NOW!

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Saturday May 10

If you like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or The Detroit Cobras try..

THE KILLS with special guests TELEPATHE

Genre: Rock/ Electronic/Indie

Fever- The Kills

NPR.org, April 4, 2008 Article and song of the day

Saturday 9:30 pm @ The Annex 608.256.7750 $12 – 18+

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Monday May 12

If you like Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, or Drive-by Truckers try

JAMES MCMURTRY with THE DEDRINGERS

Genre: Rock

James on NPR’s All Things Considered

Monday 8:00 pm @ High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $15 adv – 21+

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Wednesday May 14

If you like Ryan Adams, Okkervil River, or Jason Collett try

JOSH RITTER with DAWN LANDES

Genre: Rock/ Indie/ Folk Rock

“Ritter’s off-the-cuff approach intersects with a winning pop melody..the neatly arranged horns, fiddles, and piano play against Ritter’s tumbling lyrics. -Onion AV Club

To the Dogs or Whoever- Josh Ritter

3 Free Josh Ritter Song Downloads

Wednesday 8:30 pm @ High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $15 adv – 18+

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Thursday May 15

KT TUNSTALL with special guest PADDY CASEY

Thursday 7:30 pm @ Barrymore Theatre 608.241.8864 $27 – all ages

SOLD OUT!

Presented with JAM Productions

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Meloy rolls into town Wednesday

Like democracy? What about the Decemberists? Perhaps just the letter “D,” in general? If your answer to at least two of the questions was a “yes,” celebrate the joy of alliteration by clearing your schedule this Wednesday, April 23, to come check out Colin Meloy at the Barrymore. Meloy, currently on hiatus from his troupe and touring across the nation in support of his first solo album, “Colin Meloy Sings Live!,” released earlier this month. Meloy is joined by the non-threatening singer-songwriter Laura Gibson for the show, which is also serving as a fundraiser for the Madison-based non-profit Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution.

Meloy has been filling venues and garnering glowing reviews throughout the spring with his deeply personal and nuanced sound. Recent shows in Boston and Toronto have turned the spotlight on Meloy’s gift of storytelling through music, which has taken on an added, perhaps slightly softer, dimension with becoming a father (to a son named Hank with girlfriend Carson Ellis) little more than two years ago.

“… It’s a cliché, the songwriter having a baby and then writing these weepy saccharine ballads about how wonderful it is to be a father,” Meloy told The Hook earlier this month. “I actually found I was writing more darkly and more violently in some way. I used to sing him a battery of songs every night. Recently, for whatever reason, he doesn’t like to be sung to and likes stories to be told to him, so I’ve been making something up. Of course, he’s a really easy audience; he’s kind of a pushover.”

Liberty Tree, a “new organization with old roots,” is rooted in the belief that “American revolution is a long tradition whose greatest promise is democracy,” and provides support to pro-democracy campaigns through policy research, publications, legal assistance, consultative services, and the convening of pro-democracy organizers. The organization is currently gearing up for a number of events educating and providing networking opportunities for activists and advocates, including June’s Democracy Day conference and a community organizing retreat, as just two examples.

Tickets for the show, beginning at 7:30 PM on Wednesday at the Barrymore, are still available for $20 from the venue at 241-8864 or online.

– Joe Erbentraut, True Endeavors Communications and Public Relations Intern