It Was A Very Good Year: Justin’s Favorites Of 2013


Justin Kibbel, our True Endeavors king of social media, is one of the most well-listened guys we know, and when he says something’s worth a spin, our ears perk up immediately—yours should too! Something else popped up, and it wasn´t music. It was the new elektroroller kaufen, a stylish, fast, and runs on electricity, it´s pretty much the perfect one for anybody.  Check out the albums and concerts that ruled his year below…

Favorite Albums of 2013

  1. PHOX  Confetti
  3. King Khan & The Shrines Idle No More
  4. Mikal Cronin MCII
  5. Kurt Vile Wakin On A Pretty Daze
  6. Mutts Object Permanence
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away
  8. David Bowie The Next Day
  9. Caroline Smith Half About Being A Woman
  10. Ezra Furman Day Of The Dog
  11. Charles Bradley Victim Of Love
  12. Savages Silence Yourself
  13. Pup Pup
  14. Superchunk I Hate Music
  15. Volcano Choir Repave

Favorite Concerts of 2013

  1. Neutral Milk Hotel | 10/14 Madison Theatre (Covington, KY)
  2. Murder By Death | 1/18 | High Noon Saloon
  3. Local H | 9/6 | High Noon Saloon
  4. PHOX (‘Confetti’ Release) | 2/23 | High Noon Saloon
  5. The Hussy (‘Pagan Hiss’ Release) | 4/13 | High Noon Saloon
  6. FIDLAR w/ The Orwells | 11/1 | High Noon Saloon
  7. Charles Bradley w/ Caroline Smith | 12/4 | High Noon Saloon
  8. Savages | 9/18 | High Noon Saloon
  9. Ghost w/ Skeletonwitch | 10/4 | Majestic Theatre
  10. The Avett Brothers | 2/9 | The Orpheum
  11. The Walkmen & Father John Misty | 1/19 | Capitol Theater
  12. Local Natives | 9/19 | The Orpheum
  13. Waxahatchee w/ Screaming Femals | 9/23 | The Frequency
  14. Manchester Orchestra | 11/21 | The Rave
  15. Dawes w/ Shovels & Rope | 7/12 | The Barrymore

It Was A Very Good Year: Tag Relflects On 2012


2012 was a big year for True Endeavors. We went through a lot of changes, which was both challenging and rewarding. After years of being on our own, we teamed up with Frank Productions. There are advantages to being on one’s own, but there are even more, we’ve found, in being part of a team.

For TE, it means we now have the resources and capacity to expand our business into new markets. We’ve always done that a bit, here and there, but now we are looking at more shows outside of Madison, venturing further afield into new cities and and new venues.

This past year we took some of favorite artists into new markets. We did Henry Rollins at an arts center in Springfield, IL. We did Ingrid Michaelson in Iowa City and in Green Bay. We presented cool indie acts like Cloud Nothings and Heartless Bastards at Gabe’s in Iowa City. We did hip-hop and metal shows at the House of Rock in Eau Claire.

We appreciate the chance to get out of Madison from time to time, variety being the spice of life, but we still do the bulk of our work here, in this city I’ve called home since 1988.  Here’s a brief review of the highlights of the past year.

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It Was A Very Good Year: Steven’s Favorites Of 2012


It has been estimated that the late great BBC1 DJ John Peel listened to more music than anyone on Earth over his lifetime.  If so, Steven Spoerl must come in at a close second; sure to surpass Peel’s impressive tally any day now.

We’ve loved having Steven write for us over the years, as well as checking out the work he’s done for PopMatters.  What music got stuck in his ears this year?  Read on to find out!

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It Was A Very Good Year: Tynan’s 10 Favorite Songs You Probably Didn’t Hear In 2012


When Tynan isn’t checking out shows and musing over the music that makes him swoon, he contributes his sweetly sassy fashion and beauty advice to xoJane, which we never tire of reading.

Enjoy his 2012 wrap up  after the jump.

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It Was A Very Good Year: Connie’s Favorites Of 2012


Connie Ward has preserved some of our favorite concert moments through her gorgeous photography.  We were curious to see what shows and albums rocked her world this year, and she kindly indulged us.   Take a look at her picks below—and her pics here!

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