Thursday, October 27, 2011


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Spotlight Cinema: We Need to Talk About Kevin @ MMoCA. 227 State Street. 7pm. $7.


Neon Indian, Kreayshawn @ The Sett. Union South. 1308 W. Dayton St. 9pm. Free.

We Can't Go Home Again (dir: Nicholas Ray) @ UW Cinematheque. (W/ Susan Ray in person!) 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Ave. 7pm. Free.

Fambly Fun!, Awkward Terrible, and Croaker @ Lothlorien Co-op. 244 West Lakelawn Place. 7pm. Free.


Halloween @ Mickey's Tavern featuring El Valiente, In the Kitchen, and Bucky Pope performing cover sets of Nick Cave, Flaming Lips, and The Cramps. 521 Williamson Street. 10:30pm. Free.

Kuroneko (Black Cat) @ UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Ave. 7pm. Free.


Blood On The Dance Floor, Angelspit, New Years Day, Challenger @ The Loft. 149 Waubesa St. All ages. $14. 


The Brood (dir: David Cronenberg) + Phantasm @ UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Ave. 7pm. Free.

Did I miss anything?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Boris played The Majestic w/ Tera Melos / PHOTOS BELOW

Japanese pop-metal artists Boris played The Majestic last Tuesday.  They brought a gong.  Photos below...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Saturday 10/22: Obits, Bottomless @ The Sett

Obits features members of the classic bands Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes, and Pitchfork has described their sound as "dueling guitars that have refined the echo and twang of surf and rockabilly into a sharp edge, basslines that are less walking than swaggering, drums too respectful and too evil for elaborate fills." Pretty sure this is gonna rock.

The Sett. UW Union South. 1308 W. Dayton St. 9pm. Free.

Videos below...

Thursday, October 20, 2011


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Friday Night Festival of Fiction @ Wisconsin Book Festival: Dean Bakopoulos, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Myla Goldberg, John Burnham Schwartz. 8pm-10:30pm. Orpheum Theatre: Main. Free. (More info here.)

IfIHadAHiFi, Northless @ The Sett. UW Union South. 9pm. Free.

Zines, Comics, Life (and Music) @ Project Lodge. 7pm. $5. All Ages.


Jeffrey Eugenides: Reading from The Marriage Plot. Capitol Theatre/Overture Center. 5:30-7pm. Free. (More info here.)

Madison Zinefest @ Union South. 10am-6pm.

Obits, Bottomless @ The Sett. UW Union South. 9pm. Free.

Sugar Stems, Goodnight Loving, Lonesome Savages @ Mickey's Tavern. 10:30pm. Free.


Squarewave, Hamell on Trial, Galynee, MarkOnDrums @ High Noon Saloon. 21+. 8:30pm. $8.

Yes, Inferno (from Texas), Dharma Dogs @ The Frequency. 8:30pm. $5.

Did I miss anything?

Monday, October 17, 2011


Tonight at the Project Lodge, Madison Yeah favorite Asumaya will open for Washington D.C.'s Hume, which appear from the video above to be an awesome experimental two-piece in the general category of bands like Hella, Marnie Stern, etc.

Everybody go!

817 E. Johnson St. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thursday 10/20-Sunday 10/23: Madison Zinefest 2011

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The eighth annual Madison Zinefest is a four-day celebration of do-it-yourself culture in the Midwest, with the focus ranging from the wonderful little self-publications known as zines to cassette tape music labels.  In a world where babies think that print magazines are broken iPads, you can imagine the importance of preserving a culture of tactile media, so check out as many of these events as you can!

Open Mic Zine Reading @ Rainbow Bookstore, 426 W. Gilman Street.
Thursday, October 20th, 7pm.
Listen to zinesters reading their work and read your own!

Zines, Comics, Life (and Music) @ Project Lodge, 817 E. Johnson Street.
Friday, October 21st, 7pm, $5 donation.
This event in particular is a celebration of DIY comics and music. Chicago's John Porcellino—author, illustrator, and publisher of the excellent King-Cat Comics—and Madison's Stacie Arellano will be talking about their experiences with self-published comics. Afterwards, there will be performances by Slag Heap, Brett Naucke, Josh Burke, Floating Gardens, and Daniel Wyche, who all run independent music labels such as Catholic Tapes, Tailings, Midnight Star Media, and Field Studies.  More information can be found here.

24 Hour Zine Making Challenge, Zine Swap @ Varsity Hall, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street.
Saturday, October 22nd, 10am-6pm.
Drop in to make your own zine, swap your work with others, talk about DIY culture with other enthusiasts, buy/barter handcrafted swag, etc. More information can be found here.

Zine Library @ Madison InfoShop, 1019 Williamson Street.
Sunday, October 23rd, 12pm-4pm.
Lounge around reading zines!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dum Dum Girls played High Noon w/ Crocodiles, Colleen Green / PHOTOS AND VIDEO BELOW

Benicio Del Toro loves NAKED ISLAND

from Naked Island

The classic Japanese film Naked Island is screening tomorrow night at the UW Cinematheque. Notably, the film includes no dialogue, and is about the origin of mankind. I've actually never seen it, but actor Benicio Del Toro says it's one of his favorite movies ever, so best check it out.

Saturday, October 15. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.

Check out Benicio Del Toro interviewing the director Kaneto Shindo after the jump...

Thursday, October 13, 2011



Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles @ High Noon Saloon. 701 E. Washington Ave. 9pm. $12/$14.

Optometri, Theramones @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10:30pm. Free.


Melt Banana, Coffin Pricks, Hellplant @ High Noon Saloon. 701 E. Washington Ave. 9:30 pm. 21+. $12.

Peter Wolf Crier, Milagres @ The Sett. Union South. 1308 West Dayton Street. 9pm. Free.

French Horn Rebellion @ The Sett. Union South. 1308 West Dayton Street. Midnight. Free.

Double Feature: In a Lonely Place + Party Girl @ UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.


Kitty Rhombus @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10:30pm. Free.

Star Persons @ The Sett. Union South. 1308 West Dayton Street. 9pm. Free.

Naked Island @ UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.

Dharma Dogs, Jimmy Murn + The HeyMakers, What's the Action? @ Lazy Oaf Lounge. 10pm. 1617 N Stoughton Rd. Free.


Giant People, An Aesthetic Anesthetic @ Project Lodge. 817 E. Johnson St. 7:30pm. $5

Cant, Mirror Mirror, Blood Orange @ High Noon Saloon. 701 E. Washington Ave. 9pm. 18+. $12.

Did I miss anything?

Thursday 10/13: Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles, Colleen Green @ High Noon Saloon

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The Dum Dum Girls, an all-female surf-pop four-piece, are playing at the High Noon Saloon tonight.  While their debut I Will Be is now considered a garage pop gem, their recently-released Only In Dreams is surprisingly mature in comparison.  I'm looking forward to dancing along to every catchy melody, and so should you.

Apparently after the break up of the jazzy post-hardcore outfit The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, the singer/saxophonist and guitarist decided to go in an entirely new direction by starting the lo-fi new wave band Crocodiles.  Think Neu! mixed with The Jesus and Mary Chain

Colleen Green sings while playing power chords over drum machine beats.  Her music sounds like the Ramones playing super stoned (i.e., way slower), and her vocals invoke the lo-fi bedroom vibes of early Sebadoh.  Her latest album Cujo came out earlier this month on Art Fag and will soon be entering heavy rotation in my car.

This show is going to be so good.  Get stoked!

High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 8:30pm. $12/14. 18+.

So many videos after the jump...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Julian Lynch has a new music video

This music video of Madison's Julian Lynch has been making the rounds on the internet lately. But I quite like it and wanted to make sure you saw it.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Spencer Krug, the lead singer and keyboardist for the band Wolf Parade, is bringing his organ-heavy solo-project to Madison tonight. It's called Moonface and it consists of a lot of layering of different keyboard tracks to produce music that is somehow both droney and catchy. There's singing, too.

The Sett. Union South. 1308 West Dayton Street. 9pm. Free.

Video after the jump...

Friday, October 7, 2011


Not sure how I missed this, but Monsters of Poetry are doing a reading tonight at the Project Lodge. Notably the line-up includes a fiction writer, one of whose stories is online and pretty damn good.

From the facebook event page:
Monsters of Poetry & The Madison Review
are proud to present:

Brad Liening, Lily Brown, Claire Becker & Carmen Maria Machado!!!

... The reading will begin at 7:30pm at The Project Lodge, located at 817 E. Johnson, Madison, WI. A $3 suggested donation at the door gets you a raffle ticket for a raffle that includes signed books and chap-books by the readers and other lovely things. The Project Lodge is a BYOB establishment.

The Readers:

BRAD LIENING is the author of Ghosts and Doppelgangers and several chapbooks, including We Are Doomed: Dispatches from the City of the Future. He helps edit InDigest Magazine and lives in Minneapolis.

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO is a short-fiction writer from Allentown, Pennsylvania and is a second-year student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short story, "Flood", was a finalist in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers in 2010, received an honorable mention for the Louise M. Young Memorial Prize for Literature, and appeared in the spring issue of The Madison Review. She resides in Iowa City.

LILY BROWN’S first book, Rust or Go Missing, is out from Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Poems are out or forthcoming in American Letters and Commentary, Gulf Coast, 6X6, Transom, and Catch Up. She was born and raised in Massachusetts, but currently lives in Athens, Georgia.

CLAIRE BECKER is the author of the full-length collection Where We Think It Should Go, from Octopus Books, and several chapbooks, most recently The Werld, from Horseless Press. With Lily Brown, she co-edits the online journal RealPoetik. She lives in San Francisco and teaches visually impaired students in the Oakland public schools.

Project Lodge. 817 E. Johnson. 7:30pm. $3.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


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The Soft Hills, Faster Than Sane, Ida Jo, El-Tin Fun, and Pushmi-Pullyu @ Glass Nickel Pizza. Atwood Ave. 8pm.

Grouplove, Belle Brigade @ The Frequency. 121 Main Street. 9pm. $10.

Cut Chemist, Man Mantis, DJ Vilas Park Sniper @ High Noon Saloon. 701 E. Washington. 9pm. $22.


Dead Luke, The Hussy, Static Eyes, Circuit Des Yeux, Max Elliot @Mickey's Tavern. 10:30pm. Free.

Steven Wright @ Stoughton Opera House. $45.

Crane Your Swan Neck, Boats @ The Frequency. 121 Main Street. 10pm. $10.

The High Green Wall + Wind Across the Everglades @ UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Ave. 7pm. Free.


Moonface @ The Sett. UW Union South. 9pm. Free.

Icarus Himself, Surgeons in Heat @ Der Rathkeller. Memorial Union. 9:30pm. Free.

Lewis Black @ Overture Centure for the Arts. $40.

Postcard @ UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Ave. 7pm. Free.

TL;DR, The Everest Ruin, Sour Face Ann @ Mr. Roberts Bar. 2116 Atwood Avenue. 10pm. Free.


Water Torture (NY), Dirt Eyes (NY), Slob Donovan (MKE),  Mellow Harsher @ The Wisco. 9:30pm. $5-$10. (More here)

Man or Astro-Man?, Jaill @ The Majestic. 8pm. $15.

Did I miss anything?

Comedy Roundup for the Week

Steven Wright
Before Dimitri Martin, before Mitch Hedberg, there was one master of rapid-fire absurdist minimalism: Steven Wright. He's performing this Friday at the Stoughton Opera House. It's $45, but hey, that's like 10 cents per joke when you think about it. Plus he's a genius.

Friday, October 7. Stoughton Opera House. 381 E. Main St. Friday, October 7. 8pm. $45.

Lewis Black
You know Lewis Black from the Daily Show and assorted other guest spots. He's one of the smartest "complainy" comics working today, and has described his personal brand of humor as "being on the Titanic every single day and being the only person who knows what is going to happen."

Saturday, October 8. Overture Center for the Arts. 201 State Street. $40.

Mary Mack
Then on Tuesday, midwestern comics Mary Mack and Amber Preston are coming to the Project Lodge for an unusual (and notably cheap) event. Mack is known for playing a mandolin sometimes, but don't let that turn you off. Both comics have been highly rated by all the proper authorities who rate comics, and personally I'm just curious to see how it'll go to have a comedy show at a D.I.Y. space like the Project Lodge (better remember to B.Y.O.B.)

Tuesday, October 11. Project Lodge. 817 E. Johnson. $5-$10. More here.

Tons of videos of all these comics after the jump...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thursday 10/6: The Soft Hills, Faster Than Sane, Ida Jo, El-Tin Fun, Pushmi-Pullyu @ Glass Nickel Pizza

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Word on the street is that Glass Nickel Pizza on Atwood Avenue was once the place to go to see some of the coolest punk/noise rock shows in Madison. This Thursday, they will be hosting their first show in quite a while, but this time around the music will be much more relaxed.

The Soft Hills are from Seattle and play gentle folk rock tinged with psychedelic influences. Everyone else on the somewhat lengthy bill are local acts: Faster Than Sane is a girl with a guitar playing sad songs; Ida Jo sings and has developed an original folk-influenced violin style; El-Tin Fun is a lo-fi bedroom indie rock band; and Pushmi-Pullyu is a quiet, experimental electronic/acoustic pop project.

For an evening of good beer, the best pizza in town, and an array of homegrown, original, soft-spoken music performed live in a basement bar, head over to the Glass Nickel on Thursday night.

Glass Nickel Pizza. 2916 Atwood Avenue. 8pm. $5. 21+.

Music after the jump...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Monday 10/3: Twin Sister, Canopies @ The Sett

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New York's dreamy electro-pop/hipster r&b outfit Twin Sister will be playing a special show at the Sett on Monday night.  Their new album In Heaven has been adored in the press (yep, yep, "the best twee music"), and it looks like this is one of the only free shows they'll be playing on their national tour.

Also playing in Madison for the first time are Milwaukee's Canopies, whose electro-pop hooks are a little more straightforward than Twin Sister's but still good for dancing. 

The Sett at Union South. 1308 West Dayton Street.  9pm.  Free.  All Ages.

As I unfortunately learned with the Brain Idea show on Friday, shows at the Sett start on time — so definitely check out this show, and be sure to show up on time!

A spooky music video and some music after the jump...

Sunday 10/2: The Besnard Lakes, Malajube @ High Noon Saloon

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If you're into Canadian shoegaze & post-rock, head over to the High Noon Saloon tonight.  The Besnard Lakes are a husband/wife team from Montreal who enlist the help of local friends such as Stars and Godspeed You! Black Emperor/A Silver Mt. Zion for their albums and tours.

If you're into Canadian power indie pop, you should also head over to the High Noon Saloon tonight.  Malajube are also from Montreal, sing in French, and are famous rock stars in Quebec.

High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 8pm. $12. 18+.

The music videos after the jump are totally recommended...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday 10/1: Mysteries of Lisbon @ UW Cinematheque

Mysteries of Lisbon
The late Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz's last film, Mysteries of Lisbon (2010), is a hypnotically beautiful meditation on storytelling which never comes off as sluggish, despite its 272-minute run time.  This snippet of a review should give you a good impression of what to expect:
Mysteries is based on a work by 19th century Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco, a writer heavily influenced by Victor Hugo, and it’s a grand, sprawling tale full of classic Victorian narrative twists and lush, period romantic drama. And yet Ruiz articulates Branco’s tale with a poetically incisive vision, creating a psychological and imaginative epic depicting in a subtle, but steady fashion the depths of influence that go into creating an adult psyche, penetrating the haunted mind of its main protagonist, and the collapse from moral rot and hypocrisy of old world Portugal and the physical and interior processes creating a new one. In its immersive sensations, Mysteries calls to mind the best of Luchino Visconti, Max Ophüls, and the Kubrick of Barry Lyndon (1975) in the sustained intensity of mood, whilst the teeming layers of narrative gears working to elucidate the complex forces that create individuals blended with a layer of effervescent fantasy evokes, if less fantastically, the wild storytelling riffs of Wojciech Has’ The Saragossa Manuscript (1964).
Though a less-impressed critic dismissed this work as an "overly precious," "dull, high-minded soap opera"—whatever, that guy gave the new Planet of the Apes movie five stars—watching this on the big screen seems like the perfect way to spend a chilly Saturday evening.

UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.

Official trailer after the jump...