Ticket Giveaway: The Kooks w/The Whigs!

THE KOOKS

The Kooks

with THE WHIGS
Thursday, October 9 @ 8:00 pm
Barrymore Theatre
608.241.8864
$17.50 adv $20 dos – all ages
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Free mp3 download – a live version of ‘Always Where I Need To Be’

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This Week’s Shows- Ray, Ryan, Relient, and More

This is a busy week for great, diverse music around Madison. Whether you’re in the mood for high-energy pop punk (Relient K), a little alt-country (Ryan Adams and The Cardinals), want to get funky (Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk), or anything in between, True Endeavors has the ticket!

Thursday, October 2

RELIENT K


“…smart blend of punk pop and power pop, weaving together influences as diverse as the Beach Boys, Blink-182 and Fountains of Wayne.” – Los Angeles Times

Genre: Rock/Pop Punk/Alternative

Similar to: Dogwood, Last Tuesday, Slick Shoes
with special guests
LUDO, THIS PROVIDENCE, HOUSE OF HEROES
7pm
Barrymore Theatre
608.241.8864
$16 adv $18 dos – all ages
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STATE RADIO

Genre: Rock/Reggae/Indie

Similar to: Dispatch, OAR, Jack Johnson

“Playing an interesting blend of rock and reggae, State Radio use their music to express their political stance on a variety of issues affecting our world today.” – SHOUT! webzine

with BONGO LOVE
9:00 pm
High Noon Saloon
608.268.1122
$15 adv and dos — 18+
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DEAD CONFEDERATE


Genre: Rock/Psychedelic

Similar to: My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon

“Both in name and in sound, Dead Confederate aims to further the cause of Southern rock. The Georgia band does indeed mix its Neil Young with its Lynyrd Skynyrd, but underneath all those heavy chords is a group of guys raised on Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and other titans of early-’90s alt-rock.” – NPR

with special guests
CATFISH HAVEN
plus
FRESHWATER COLLINS
9:00pm
The Annex
608.256.7750
$8 adv and dos – 18+
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Friday, October 3

SUNSET RUBDOWN

Genre: Indie

Similar to: Tapes n’ Tapes, Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse

“Whereas Wolf Parade play a weird, schizoid rhythm & blues, Sunset Rubdown play more with collage, chamber rock, the Scott Walker wing of the singer-songwriter genre.” – Aji Signal

with CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE
9:30pm
The Annex
608.256.7750
$10 adv $12 – 18+
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RAY LAMONTAGNE


Genre: Acoustic/Folk

Similar to: Iron and Wine, Hayward Williams, Joe Purdy

“He has this vulnerable, raspy, velvety, pure voice. He absolutely pours his soul into his music, which is always the most inspiring things you can see in a live show. He feels each word and resonates with each chord.” – I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blog

with special guest
LEONA NAESS
7:30pm
Wisconsin Union Theater
608.262.2201
Currently sold out! Some tickets may be released day of show.
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Sunday, October 5

ANI DIFRANCO

Genre: Folk

Similar to: Mary Lou Lord, Utah Phillips, Tracy Chapman

“…she has the kind of enthusiasm, intensity and clarity that gets things done.” -Guardian UK

with PETER MULVEY
8:00pm
Wisconsin Union Theater
608.262.2201
$35 reserved seating ($32.50 UW-Madison students) – all ages
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True Endeavors and JAM Productions
present
LIVE IN CONCERT
CARDINALS


Genre: Rock/Alternative/Country

Similar to: Wilco, Neko Case, Gillian Welch, Mason Jennings

“The Cardinals are out to rule arenas. Everything they played had a grand, mythic sweep, with epic guitar workouts and larger-than-life choruses.” – Boston Herald
Featuring:
Ryan Adams
Neal Casal
Chris Feinstein
Jon Graboff
Brad Pemberton
8:30pm
Overture Hall
608.258.4141
$35 reserved seating

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(There is a six-ticket limit for this concert!)
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Tuesday October 7

IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK

Genre: Funk

Similar to: The Meters, Lee Diamond, Dr. John

“Ivan Neville is the funkiest collection of human gumbo ever assembled on the planet.” —Bonnie Raitt
with special guests
THE GOMERS FUNK MACHINE
8pm
High Noon Saloon
608.268.1122
$15 – 21+
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Wednesday, October 8

SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS

Genre: Rock/Garage/Surf

Similar to: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy, The Legendary Shack Shakers

“For more than a decade, the three North Carolinians in Southern Culture on the Skids have been honing their party-hearty mix of rockabilly swagger, surf-rock speed and countrified melodies.” – Rolling Stone

with tba
8pm
High Noon Saloon
608.268.1122
$13 adv $15 dos — 21+
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Thursday, October 9

THE KOOKS

Genre: Alternative/Indie/Reggae

Similar to: The Kinks, Supergrass, The Thrills, Sam Roberts

“Though they tend to elicit comparisons to the Beatles, Oasis, and a few other noteworthy Brits, in the grand, high school yearbook of rock, it would seem that the class prophecy has appointed the Kooks inheritors of the mantle previously borne by the Kinks.” – PopMatters

with THE WHIGS
8:00 pm
Barrymore Theatre
608.241.8864
$17.50 adv $20 dos – all ages
BUY TICKETS NOW !

Free mp3 download – a live version of ‘Always Where I Need To Be’

A Local Band’s Golden Rule: Show Up

Jimi Hendrix gained attention by joining Eric Clapton onstage in London in 1966; The Stooges were signed when a record company went to scout out the headlining band MC5; Nirvana’s success helped catapult the Melvins. The Toadies got their start when fellow bands Decadent Dub Team (Cottonmouth TX), Last Rites, and the Buck Pets helped them land gigs in Dallas when in the past the task seemed impossible.

There are countless other examples of bands helping out their counterparts gain attention. And there is much to be learned from the path to national success of crucial bands throughout history, lessons applicable for local Madison Bands.

Recently I was watching Axiom, a local Madison alternative rock trio with a sense of humor; take the stage at their CD release party, when I took a glimpse at the crowd. The room was full of people, of course, but what really caught my eye were the other local bands in attendance. Local Madison bands not on the bill like Triibe and Lords of Discipline were in the house, and Kill Junior stuck around after their own high energy set.

It got me thinking of how important it is for local bands to be supportive of one another. Not only by coming out to the shows, but in all aspects of influence and cooperation. Sharing practice spaces and recording times, providing an opportunity for a fellow local band to play a show with you, and most importantly spreading the word about other local bands.

I got the chance to speak with Axiom after their stellar show, complete with lightsaber battle. When I brought up the subject of local band alliances, they were quick to point out “It’s important for musicians to treat their music scene as a community. If we don’t support each other, who will?” The support isn’t limited to hooking other bands up with shows, but also in musical influence. A band’s sound is in constant evolution. Axiom takes their influences from national acts such as Tool and Primus, but also credits local bands like Kill Junior, Ignorus, and Sunspot as an influential part of their sound. Evolving a unique sound to call your own is the essential appendage in the survival of the fittest in this unpredictable music industry.

lightsabers

lightsabers

In other words, succeeding in the music biz, even on a local level, involves cooperation. As Axiom stated in our interview, “The Madison scene is hit or miss… It would be nice to see the Madison scene revert back to the way it was 10-20 years ago, when everyone went out to their favorite bar to watch bands.”

Most working bands and musicians dream of making it big, gaining recognition regionally, nationally, somewhere other than their home town. And most want to see Madison become a national hot spot for music, a smaller version of Nashville or L.A. sans the cowboy boots and glitter.

What I’m suggesting is some kind of “golden rule” for local bands: If you want others to show up for your gig, you must to the same and show up for them. You never know where it could lead.

You can start out by checking out Meteorade opening for XYZ Affair and Roomate at High Noon on July 27 or the The Box Social opening up for the Toadies and the Whigs at the Annex on July 31. And don’t forget Kurt Cobain’s favorite band, the Melvins, at High Noon on August 3.

Katie Jo Crubaugh, True Endeavors Public Relations Intern

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