Media Roundup: Live Previews and Legal Matters (Baby)

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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You want weird?  We’ve got weird.  Bet you never thought you’d see the names James Iha, Taylor Hanson, Adam Schlesinger and Bun E. Carlos in the same sentence, did you?  Now what if we told you they were all members of a brand new supergroup called Tinted Windows?  Yeah.  Seriously.  

 

The members of Tinted Windows

The members of Tinted Windows

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are heading back to the studio to record the follow-up to their award-winning album, Raising Sand.  

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Hey Anglophiles! Want full coverage of the BRIT awards?  Point that mouse riiiiight here for photos, vids, results and more!

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Kings of Leon‘s Only By The Night album was a massive hit with fans and critics alike last year.  Eagerly anticipating new tunes from the Followill brothers?  The good news: the songs are indeed on their way.  The bad news: you’ll have to wait another year to hear them. 

 

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

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For a long time, if you wanted to make money being a musician, you had to set pen to paper and WRITE!  A new bill called The Performance Rights Act would ensure that studio musicians, band members and songwriters would all receive compensation in the form of radio airplay royalties for their work.  

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Naomi Klein, author of the brilliant book No Logo, is undoubtedly cringing at this latest perversion of art by the folks at Bacardi.  First SoCo, now this?  There was, however, an artistic victory worth noting regarding the estate of Jimi Hendrix and its battle with Hendrix Electric Vodka.  Baby steps…

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Want to get schooled in the fine art of maximizing sound quality from your headphones?  Look no further.  

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Thao Nguyen will hit the road with Samantha Crain!  Click here for the tour dates plus a video from the always amazing Miss Nguyen herself!  

 

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

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The Spinto Band was recently featured on Daytrotter.com, with free downloads.  _______________________________

Dane101’s Steve Furay pays tribute to the late legendary hip hop producer J Dilla.  

 

J Dilla

J Dilla

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The Grammy Awards are hardly relevant in the eyes of many music fans, but the increased presence of indie artists taking home awards this year has got to be a good thing, right?

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Fans of Noah and the Whale will want to check out this video (part 1 of a series) filmed for La Blogotheque.  Also, in case you missed our review of their gorgeous debut album, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down, you can read it here.    

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The individual accused of threatening to kill Men At Work frontman Colin Hay was arrested in Los Angeles last week. Who can it beeeee now?  The band’s own guitarist, Ronald Strykert!  

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Calexico‘s Joey Burns recently took the time to participate in an interview for MOG TV.  

 

Calexico

Calexico

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On March 7th, alt-country singer-songwriter Haley Bonar will roll into Madison.  Get a preview of what’ll be in store at the show here, and while you’re at it, you can head over here to grab your tickets in advance!  

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And, naturally, when April 16th rolls around you’ll want to find yourself at the Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit‘s show at the High Noon Saloon.  Here are just a few reasons why. (Psst! Get tickets to the show now! ) 

 

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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Media Roundup: Who’s Cool and Stuff

Find out what’s going on with your favorite True Endeavors artists since they’ve been through Madison, and learn more about who’s coming to town in the near future!

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The Kills recently premiered their new video for “Tape Song,” filmed while on tour with The Raconteurs (see if you can spot the cameos from Jack White).   And seriously, could Alison Mosshart be any cooler?!

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Speaking of impossibly cool musicians, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club just made “The Effects of 333” their first release on their Abstract Dragon Label.  Download the album here!  The boys in black also report that they’re working on completing a DVD.

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Besides not eating after midnight, what else does The Spinto Band have in common with Gremlins?  Daytrotter knows!

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Fans of Springsteen, The Clash, Lucero, Against Me!, The Dropkick Murphys and The Hold Steady, are sure to get goosebumps after hearing The Gaslight Anthem‘s intense, heartfelt punk-infused rock.  After all, Kerrang! magazine called them “the best new band you’ll hear in 2008.”  Check out I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blogger Heather Browne’s nod to their upcoming Madison show and listen to live mp3s of the band.

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If you got a chance to enjoy the recent Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks show with Blitzen Trapper, you may want to check out their funked out James Gang cover from their St. Louis show.

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The National‘s Matt Berninger spoke to mog.com about everything from touring, band names and Gandhi.

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Rachael Yamagata recently played The High Noon Saloon as part of The Hotel Cafe Tour.  Click here to listen to her duet with Ray LaMontagne, and here to read Rolling Stone’s review of her album, Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart.

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Deerhunter‘s new album, Microcastle, was recently reviewed by the Onion’s A.V. Club.

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Check out Salt Lake Tribune’s interview with Eagles of Death Metal, who just recently rocked a sold out crowd at the High Noon Saloon!

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…and this interview with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady from the Associated Press.

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This Week’s Shows: Folk, Metal, Indie

Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s nothing to do in Madison. There are a massive four shows this Friday alone!

Fans of acoustic folk and Americana should be well-satisfied this week, as True Endeavors brings you shows from Pieta Brown, Lucinda Williams, The Wood Brothers and Trampled By Turtles.

Looking to get your metal on? Check out Mushroomhead on Sunday!

And some treats for you indie kids: The Spinto Band will play Friday, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks next Thursday. No excuses for boredom this week!

Friday, October 24

TYRONE WELLS and JASON REEVES

“While it’s uncertain who the main draw of the night was – Jason Reeves or Tyrone Wells – it is evident that at the end of the night, all walked away fans of both performers…Between acoustic, electric and bass guitars, as well as keyboard and light percussion features, the backing band only accentuated Reeves’ vocals during their nearly 40-minute set…. Tyrone Wells followed Reeves’ set and proved to be just as good a storyteller…In addition, Wells surprised the crowd by beat boxing.” -Filter-Mag.com

Genre: Folk, Acoustic, Pop

Similar to: Graham Colton, Jason Mraz, James Blunt

7:30pm Cafe Montmartre $10 adv, $12 dos – 21+
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PIETA BROWN

“With her languid, ethereal delivery, she has weathered numerous comparisons to such singers as the Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins.” -Billboard.com

Genre: Folk, Country, Acoustic, Rock, Blues

Similar to: Lucinda Williams, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Gillian Welch

with JOSH HARTY
6:30pm (early show) High Noon Saloon $10 adv $12 dos – 21+
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THE SPINTO BAND

“An indie pop group whose electronica-tinged tunes nod to Pavement, Of Montreal, and Field Music…” -Billboard.com

Genre: Indie, Pop, Rock

Similar to: Pavement, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, The Walkmen, Yo La Tengo

with FRIGHTENED RABBIT and SABER-TOOTH MAN
9:30pm High Noon Saloon $10 adv and dos — 18+
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THE WOOD BROTHERS

“Guitarist and vocalist Oliver Wood and acoustic bassist Chris Wood have crafted a sonic footprint while maintaining an individual voice that can write good songs outside of the glow of the pair’s day jobs with Medeski, Martin & Wood and King Johnson, respectively.” -Jambands.com

Genre: Folk, Blues, Americana

Similar to: Amos Lee, Jolie Holland, Greg Brown

with tba
9pm The Annex $15 adv and dos – 18+
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Saturday, October 25
ELECTRIC SIX
LOCAL H
THE GOLDEN DOGS

“The foundations of their (Electric Six) sound still come from disco, synth pop, glam, and arena rock…” -AllMusic.com

“Guitar-and-drums duo Local H arrived out of Chicago in 1995 with raucous but catch-in-the-throat songs that slammed together a bridge from the Replacements to Nirvana.” -Blender.com

Genre: Rock, Disco, Alternative, Funk

Similar to: Scissor Sisters, Eagles of Death Metal, Andrew W.K.

9:30pm High Noon Saloon $12 adv $14 dos – 18+

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True Endeavors presents
105.5 Triple M welcomes
LUCINDA WILLIAMS

“A sharp contrast to the studied tapestry of sound and embittered lyrics of West, Little Honey finds Williams in celebratory mode, with raucous rock, bluesy testimonies and tongue-in-cheek twang.” -PasteMagazine.com

Genre: Rock, Alt-Country, Blues, Folk

Similar to: Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, Neko Case, Gram Parsons

with special guests BUICK 6
8pm Orpheum Theatre $30 — all ages
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( $1.00 per ticket to benefit local non-profit )

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Sunday, October 26
MUSHROOMHEAD

“Known for its theatrical live show and the black masks that most of its members wear on-stage, Mushroomhead is one of the more unique and adventurous alternative metal outfits that emerged in the 1990s. And the Cleveland band’s music is as interesting as its image; Mushroomhead’s forceful yet melodic alterna-metal incorporates elements of hip-hop, punk, and goth rock as well as industrial and techno.” -allmusic.com

Genre: Alternative, Metal

Similar to: Korn, Mudvayne, Slipknot

with special guests
THE AUTUMN OFFERING plus HUMAN FACTORS LAB and X FACTOR 1
7:30pm The Annex $20 adv and dos – 18+
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AMY RAY

“Amy Ray talks the talk – her lyrics fearlessly nail issues of violence, environmental issues and other pressing topics; her Indigo Girls concerts often serve as fundraisers for various deserving organizations.” -PopMatters.com

Genre: Folk, Rock

Similar to: Jess Klein, Melissa Etheridge, Dar Williams, Josh Hoge

with ARIZONA
8pm High Noon Saloon $15 adv $15 dos – 18+
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Wednesday, October 29
AUGUSTANA

“Inspired by the success of “Boston,” a heartfelt, widescreen ballad that has sold more than 1 million digital tracks, rock quintet Augustana emphasizes piano and keyboards on this sophomore collection (Can’t Love,Can’t Hurt) of bittersweet songs about breakups, breakdowns and breakaways.” -Billboard.com

Genre: Alternative, Emo, Rock, Pop

Similar to: OneRepublic, The Fray, Jack’s Mannequin

with tba
9pm High Noon Saloon $15 adv – 18+

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Thursday, October 30
STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS

“Thick swaths of amplified electric guitar kick off Stephen Malkmus’ fourth post-Pavement album (the second credited to the Jicks), a flashpot smoking, hash-redolent bit of 1970s rock homage that will put you in mind of Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath.” -PopMatters.com

Genre: Indie, Rock, Lo-Fi

Similar to: Sebadoh, Guided By Voices, Built To Spill

with BLITZEN TRAPPER
8:30 pm High Noon Saloon $16 adv $18 dos — 18+
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TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

“The four-piece band, seated in chairs across the stage, made a joyful racket in its short set, blending mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass to find a niche in the bluegrass that combines the tunefulness of Nickel Creek and the fury of the Avett Brothers.” -Washington Post Live Review

Genre: Bluegrass, Jam band

Similar to: Yonder Mountain String Band, Fat Maw Rooney, Railroad Earth, Bela Fleck

with THE ALTERNATE ROUTES
8pm Barrymore Theatre $15 adv and dos all ages
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