Now Streaming: Lee Ranaldo & The Dust’s ” Lecce, Leaving”

Lee Ranaldo

Earlier this year, True Endeavors hosted Sonic Youth legend Thurston Moore at the High Noon Saloon.  That stage will once again host a member of the iconic indie band when Lee Ranaldo & The Dust perform live on October 14 (tickets here).

The band’s  album, Last Night On Earth, will be released the week prior, but you can check out a stream of the track “Lecce, Leaving” over at Pitchfork right now.  Take a listen, and tell us what you think!

Get Heavy With Thurston Moore and Chelsea Light Moving This Thursday

Chelsea Light Moving


This week, Madison will play host to a true indie rock legend (Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore) and his new outfit Chelsea Light Moving.   Jonk Music‘s Chris Lay described the band by saying,”Moore and posse aren’t looking down their noses at you; quite the opposite. They’re the musical equivalent of an older sibling loaning you records they bought after their freshman year in college. They want you to dig it, and you know you’ll be better for it.”  Read the rest of his praises here.


Join us for the show, won’t you?  Tickets are still available for the band’s March 28 concert at the High Noon Saloon.  

An Unforgettable Birthday Thanks To Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving

Chelsea Light Moving

We can’t imagine what birthday wish this lucky fan could have possibly dreamed up after indie rock legend Thurston Moore brought his new outfit, Chelsea Light Moving, to his party!

Click here to watch video of the band kicking out a few tunes in a Massachusetts basement for a completely geeked out birthday boy and his closest buddies.  We’re beyond jealous!

It’s not quite a personal party headlined by an icon, the band will be in town to hit the stage at the High Noon Saloon on March 28.  It’ll be every bit as exciting, and we can promise there won’t be any trace of eau de mothballs in the air.

Get your tickets now!

Now Streaming: Chelsea Light Moving’s Debut

Chelsea Light Moving


Been wondering what Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore has been up to these days?  Well, he has a new band and a soon-to-be-released album, the self-titled Chelsea Light Moving, on the way, which the indie rock community has been buzzing about for quite some time now.

NPR recently made all of the album’s tracks available for your listening pleasure here.  Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

You can catch Chelsea Light Moving live in Madison at the High Noon Saloon on March 28.  Get tickets here.  

Just Announced Madison Concert + Win Tickets: Chelsea Light Moving, 3.28.13

Thursday, March 28, 2013


featuring Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth

Chelsea Light Moving

with Cave

High Noon Saloon – 8pm

$15 ADV $15 DOS – 18+


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Will NOT Comply: Wilco guitarist Nels Cline sticks with non-commercial fare

I’ve been fortunate to be involved with every Wilco show since their first show in Madison at Club de Wash in November 1994. The band had just formed out of the acrimonious split that occurred between Uncle Tupelo frontmen Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar. I had a birds-eye view of the last throes of that collaboration at an Uncle Tupelo show I presented at the Barrymore in March 1994, one of the last shows the band did before breaking up.

Jay Farrar (vocalist, guitarist), Jeff Tweedy (bassist, guitarist, vocalist), Mike Heidorn (drums)

The original members of Uncle Tupelo sitting From left to right: Jay Farrar (vocalist, guitarist), Jeff Tweedy (bassist, guitarist, vocalist), Mike Heidorn (drums)

Jeff and Jay at that point were not talking to each other. The tension was palpable, with Jay walled off and aloofly cocooned, and Jeff noticeably upbeat — perhaps relieved the end was near. I remember that the Bottle Rockets opened the show, and vaguely recall Brian Henneman joining them onstage. That the line-up, apart from Jay, essentially became the band that only months later debuted as Wilco. (I also remember staying up all night at a hotel on E. Wash — the Aloha?–with Jeff and the guys, joined by Mark Spencer of Blood Oranges — who was touring with Freedy Johnston. The Bushmills did us in as we watched the 1967 Casino Royale spoof on late-night television — starring Peter Sellers, Woody Allen and Orson Welles — it was a hoot.)

A lot has happened to Wilco since, more than can be captured in a single paragraph. The Reprise to Nonesuch saga resulting in the ground-breaking Yankee Hotel Foxtrot — expertly captured in the great documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, a Grammy nod for A Ghost is Born, and several line-up changes, including the addition of avante-garde jazz guitarist Nels Cline.

Jeff Tweedy & Wilco

Jeff Tweedy & Wilco

That Nels would join Wilco in 2004 was no real surprise Wilco fans, even those who preferred the early days of A.M. and Being There Cline is highly revered in No Wave and free jazz circles, an area of interest for Tweedy and Co. spurred by their collaboration with NYC producer/musician and Chicago transplant Jim O’Rourke. (O’Rourke and Tweedy had recorded a record together with drummer Glenn Kotche under the rubric Loose Fur, which led to Kotche joining Wilco in 2001.) Cline was also a member of The Geraldine Fibbers in the 1990s, a band that played the East End around 1997. I’m not sure, but they might have opened for indie supergroup Golden Smog, another one of Tweedy’s side projects.


Nels Cline Singers: Nels Cline (guitar) Devin Hoff (Bass) Scott Amendola (Drums)

Fans of Thurston Moore, Marc Ribot, Elliot Sharp, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman — you are strongly encouraged to check out Monday’s show with The Nels Cline Singers at High Noon on Monday, June 2. An instrumental trio, The Nels Cline Singers offer an evening of improvisational jazz that rarely comes to Madison, at least not since 1993-94, when John Zorn visited Madison twice in the span of six months.

Doors or this mind-blowing show open at 7pm, and Painted Saints (featuring Paul Fonfara — interviewed in this week’s Onion) kicks off the evening at 8pm. This is an 18+ show. Tickets are $16 adv and $18 dos, and are available HERE. See you there!

– Tag Evers