Lambchop’s Latest Album Pays Tribute To Dear Friend, Vic Chesnutt


Lambchop‘s recent release, Mr. M., their 11th in nearly 20 years, is dedicated to Vic Chesnutt, who committed suicide on Christmas Day, 2009. The album is evocative of how we deal with great loss. The mundane everyday details of life percolate with moments of epiphany. Memories bubble to the surface and the weight of poignancy pulls against the plodding forward movement of life. Death is a taboo in our culture, and we don’t have clear signposts on how to process it. In some tribal cultures, one mourns the death of a loved one by taking a year off to really pound the earth. Here, we get three bereavement days and then it’s back to work. Get over it, get on with your life, move on, move on.

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Remembering Vic Chesnutt

“The music of Vic Chesnutt is deeply intimate and introspective. It requires a little solitude to really take it in. For me, I suddenly saw and felt both the joy and sadness of his world. His music was, and still is, like life itself: crude and elegant, beautiful and gruesome.” — Robin Hilton, NPR

He was one of those rare individuals who constantly impressed friends, family and fans with his rich character, brilliance and kindness.  He will be deeply missed.  As we mourn his loss, let’s take time to appreciate the talent he shared with us during his all-too-short time on Earth.

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Mixed Reports: Vic Chesnutt May Be Deceased

Various sources are reporting different versions of this tragedy as we write.   Folk singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt received emergency medical attention earlier today.  Although sources close to him reported via Twitter that he died from a painkiller overdose, various music sites such as his label state that he is in a coma.  Let’s all hope it is the latter.

Update from Constellation records:

Surrounded by family and friends, Vic Chesnutt died in Athens Georgia this afternoon, Friday 25 December at 14:59.

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Wednesday’s Week in Shows!

This week True Endeavors brings you three headlining artists whose styles run the gamut from folky Americana to danceable funk.   Check them out below!

Thursday, January 29


Genre: Folk, Americana, Singer-Songwriter
Similar to: Jess Klein, Dar Williams, Brandi Carlile, Kris Delmhorst
9pm Cafe Montmartre $10 adv & 10 dos – 21+

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Friday, January 30


Genre: Folk, Alt-Country, Singer-Songwriter
Similar to: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jay Farrar, Centro-matic, Calexico
9:30pm High Noon Saloon $10 adv – 18+
Elf Power will play before Vic, and then join Vic on stage as his backing band.

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Tuesday, February 3


Genre: Indie, New Wave, Funk
Similar to: Black Kids, The Republic Tigers, The Spinto Band, MGMT
8:30pm The Annex $10 adv $10 dos – 18+

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As always, there are some great local bands hitting the stages around town this week that you’ll want to check out too!

Wednesday, January 28

Wykkyd Vykkyr w/ White Trash Hot Rod, The Antiprism @ The Frequency 10:00 pm

Brown Derby @ The Crystal Corner  9:30 pm

Saturday, January 31

Sleeping in the Aviary, National Beekeepers Society @ UW Memorial Union Rathskeller  9:30 pm

DJs Mike Carlson and Papi Love @ The Majestic Theater 9:00 pm

Monday, February 2

Cylde Stubblefield @ Madison’s 10:00 pm