Thursday, September 29, 2011

Friday 9/30: Brain Idea, The Hussy @ The Sett

Brain Idea (via)
It is a true pleasure to find out that Chicago's Brain Idea will be playing at the Sett this Friday night.  As 75% of the music that I listen to on a regular basis is kiwi pop and apparently every blogger on the internet has associated them with this genre, I had no choice but to check out their albums to hear for myself: it's true, these Midwestern dudes are totally channeling the best of the Flying Nun catalog.  For fans of the Clean, krautpop, and reverberated vocals.

Madison's own noisy garage rock duo The Hussy will be opening.  While I have always enjoyed seeing them live, if "Bobby Hussy" ever unnecessarily flings his guitar into my head again, I'm taking it home.

The Sett at UW Union South. 1308 W. Dayton Street. 9:30pm. Free. All ages!

Videos after the jump...

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

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Thursday

Blue Ox Reading: UW MFA candidates Chloe Krug Benjamin & Meghan O'Gieblyn @ Avol Books. 7:30-8:30pm. (More here.)

MegaFaun, Doug Paisley @ High Noon Saloon. 7:30pm. $12. 18+.

Bob Log III, Mr. Free & the Satellite Freakout! @ High Noon Saloon. 11pm. $12. 21+.

Netherfriends, Control, Nick Whetro @ Mickey’s Tavern. 10:30pm. Free. 21+.

Friday

Girls, Papa, Nobunny @ Majestic Theatre. 115 King St. $15.

Anna Vogelzang, Katie Powderly, Count This Penny, Savannah Smith @ Frequency. 9pm. 21+.

Brain Idea, The Hussy @ The Sett. Union South. 1308 W. Dayton Street. 9:30pm. Free. All ages.

Waiting for the Moon @ UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.


Saturday

Cap Alan (members of Czarbles and All Tiny Creatures), Shedding, Golden Donna
Project Lodge. 817 E. Johnson. 7:30pm. $5. All ages.

Caroline Smith, The Good Night Sleeps, Dead Man Winter @ Memorial Union Terrace. 9:30pm. Free. All ages.

J. Pavillion, Sister Midnight, User 45 @ Good Style Shop. 402 East Washington Avenue. 7pm. Free. All ages.

The Mysteries of Lisbon @ UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.

Sunday

The Besnard Lakes, Malajube @ High Noon Saloon. 8pm. $12. 18+.

Monday

Twin Sister @ The Sett. 9pm. Free. All ages.

Koffin Kats @ High Noon Saloon. 8pm. $8. 21+.


Did I miss anything?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thursday 9/29: Bob Log III, Mr. Free & the Satellite Freakout! @ High Noon Saloon

Bob Log III (via)
Bob Log III (pronounced Bob Log the Third) is a one-man band playing perverted & fast Delta blues, all while wearing a human cannonball suit and a pilot's helmet connected to a telephone-receiver-turned-microphone.  He's famous for inventing the "boob scotch," a drink which he usually has fans prepare for him on stage before playing his song of the same name ("Come on get your tit in my drink, stir my scotch with something pink").  His first album School Bus is a freak masterpiece, featuring hits like "I Want Your Shit On My Leg" and "Big Ass Hard On."  You get the idea.  This is music for getting silly drunk with your friends and bouncing around.

Mr. Free & the Satellite Freakout! is a band from Tucson, Arizona who play weird carnival rock with post-hardcore influences.  Much like Bob Log III, the majority of attention they get is thanks to their wild performances.  They apparently sometimes tour in a vegetable-oil-powered van which doubles as a guerrilla venue, much like Friends Forever but with fewer pyrotechnics (cf. this documentary).

High Noon Saloon. 701 E Washington Ave. 10:30 pm. $12. 21+.

Videos after the jump...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Monday 9/26: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Big Troubles @ High Noon Saloon

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (via)
Tomorrow's show at the High Noon Saloon is going to be something like a 2011 Slumberland Records showcase (cooooool!).  While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's latest album Belong is slightly more 90s alt rock than upbeat indie pop—a small departure from their debut album which almost justified the goofy band name—it's still a solid sophomore effort.  Full disclosure: I initially avoided listening to this band because of their name, but when I found out that the singer/guitarist Kip Berman and I have the same alma mater and that their single "Young Adult Friction" is about having sex in our college library, I was sold.  "I never thought I would come of age, let alone on a moldy page" — fantastic.

The power pop of Big Troubles will definitely help jump-start this Monday night.  Their latest album Romantic Comedy officially drops this Tuesday, and you can listen to a full stream of the album over on Stereogum.

High Noon Saloon. 701 E Washington Ave. 8pm. $15. 18+.

Videos after the jump...

Friday, September 23, 2011

FRIDAY 9/23: NICHOLAS RAY'S BIGGER THAN LIFE @UW CINEMATHEQUE

Bigger Than Life

UW Cinematheque curator Jim Healy interviewed famous author Jonathan Lethem about Nicholas Ray's masterpiece of American melodrama, Bigger Than Life. It's a pretty great interview.

Notably, Lethem had some interesting things to say about whether the film might actually be classifiable as science fiction or horror:
Sure, if you want to call it science fiction, absolutely, but then you start to call into question what the definition means. Bigger Than Life’s not set in the future, but it is about a kind of scientific intrusion on the everyday, and so it functions that way a bit. But I think it’s closer, in its soul, to horror. Its affinities are closer in two ways. It is, in a sense, a very upscale version of the kind of film that Hollywood was constantly making in that same era, with werewolves and their like intruding into blandly normal suburban life. But it is also horror in the sense that it relates, in a mild way, to things like the writings of someone like H.P. Lovecraft: ontological or philosophical horror. It’s about the outbreak of evil into the surface of everyday life. What if I had a thought that made me monstrous?
Bigger Than Life is about a regular American dad who becomes obsessed with greatness after taking an experimental new drug. It's by turns beautiful, hilarious, and deeply disturbing. Go see it tonight.

UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm (but get there early!). Free.

Great scene from Bigger Than Life after the jump...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

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Thursday

Adelyn Rose, Kalispell, Corcovado, J. Kursel @ Project Lodge. 817 E. Johnson St. 7pm. $5.

Peaking Lights @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson St. 10:30pm. Free.

The Album Leaf @ Majestic Theatre. 115 King St. $13.

The Interrupters (from the director of Hoop Dreams) @ MMoCA Spotlight Film Series. 7pm. $7.

Friday


Bigger than Life (dir: Nicholas Ray) @ UW Cinematheque. 7pm. Free.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ The Sett (Union South). 1308 W. Dayton St. 9pm. Free.

Daniel and the Lion @ High Noon Saloon. 701 E. Washington Ave. 8pm. $14.

Big Black Cloud (Portland), Dharma Dogs, Manginas @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson St. 10:30pm. Free.

Saturday


Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons, Shunda K with Yo! Majesty, Deadbeat Club @ Crystal Corner. 1302 Williamson St. | 10pm. 21+. $6.

The Atlas Moth, KENmode, Orwell, and Poney @ The Wisco. 9pm. 21+. $6.

The _______-shaped Poetry Reading Series w/ Whit Griffin, Jordan Dunn, and Rebecca Steffy Couch. Avol's Books. 7pm. Free.

Whale Belly, Asumaya @ Project Lodge. 817 E. Johnson St. 7pm. $5.

The Lonesome Savages, Bad Omens, White Faces @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson St. 10:30pm. Free.

A Lull (Chicago), Pioneer @ The Sett (Union South). 9 pm. 1308 W. Dayton St. Free. 


Did I miss anything?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Saturday 9/24: Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons, Yo Majesty with Shunda K, Deadbeat Club @ Crystal Corner

Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons
With singer Shane O' Neill soon departing Madison for New York, this Saturday may prove to be the last Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons' show for a while, which is a bummer because they're awesome. If you've never seen them, and you like spastic, provocative, pastiche rock, then get out there and get your mind blown while you still can.

Yo Majesty
They're playing with Yo Majesty, a critically-acclaimed "lesbian/Christian rap duo" from Florida, and Shunda K, a rapper who apparently used to be in Yo Majesty but is now goin' it solo. Opening up the show is the Deadbeat Club, a B-52's cover band!

This is going to be a great show.

Crystal Corner. 1302 Williamson St. 10pm. $6.

Tons of videos of all the bands below...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TUESDAY 9/20: CEDARWELL, PIONEER @ MICKEY'S TAVERN

Cedarwell
Wisconsin indie-folk heroes Cedarwell are playing tonight at Mickey's Tavern with Madison's own Pioneer, who notably will be performing with a new full band as opposed to just guitar and cello.

Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 9pm. Free.

Tons of videos below...

Monday, September 19, 2011

MONDAY 9/19: JASON KAHN + JON MUELLER, SPIRAL JOY BAND, ANDREW FITZPATRICK @ THE PROJECT LODGE

Spiral Joy Band

Fans of droney improvised noise should head down to the Project Lodge tonight. Jason Kahn & Jon Mueller, both famous for all kinds of acts on their own, including Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir (with Bon Iver) are performing together, along with Madison's Spiral Joy Band and Andrew Fitzpatrick from All Tiny Creatures. I recommend getting stoned first, or at least meditating.

Project Lodge. 817 Johnson Street. 7:30pm. $5.

Assorted songs and videos after the jump...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thursday 9/22: Peaking Lights @ Mickey's Tavern

Peaking Lights
The good news: Madison's psychedelic dub-pop duo Peaking Lights will be playing their first show in almost a year at Mickey's this Thursday! The bad news: this will be their last show in Madison for a long while, because soon they will be relocating from the east side of the isthmus to the west coast of the country. This is a major bummer, because—for someone like me who tends to avoid "dub music" at all costs—this is the only contemporary band whose lo-fi dub vibes provide a worthwhile & enjoyable listening experience. This show is going to be special. Do not miss this.

Their set will consist of their entire album 936 (available on cd/vinyl via Not Not Fun Records) from start to finish. I can't stress this enough: do not miss this show.

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

Videos after the jump...

Friday, September 16, 2011

MMoCA Releases Fall Schedule for Spotlight Film Series

From We Need to Talk about Kevin
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) just released the new schedule for their fall "Spotlight Series" of films. Included in the line-up is the long-awaited adaptation of the controversial Lionel Shriver novel, We Need to Talk about Kevin, in which Tilda Swinton plays a mother who is forced to deal with her troubled, perhaps evil, son. (October 27, 7pm.)

Also included is The Interrupters, a documentary from the director of the masterpiece Hoop Dreams, about a group of Chicagoan "violence interrupters" trying to protect the city streets from the same kinds of violence they used to inflict. "The most necessary film you'll see this year," says Dana Stevens at Slate. (September 22, 7pm.)

For a full schedule of the entire series, check out the MMoCA website. All of them are new, important films, which sadly we don't get enough of in Madison.

Films are $7 for non-members, free for members.

Trailers for The Interrupters and We Need to Talk about Kevin after the jump...


Thursday, September 15, 2011

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

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Friday

Michael Ian Black @ Majestic Theatre. 115 King St. 8pm. $25.

Fighting Bob Fest opening night @ Barrymore Theatre. 2090 Atwood Ave. 7pm. $8-10.

A Hawk and Hacksaw @ The Sett. 1308 W. Dayton St. 9pm. Free.

Tiny Riots @ The Frequency. 121 W. Main Street. 10pm. $5.

Saturday

Fighting Bob Fest main event @ Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center. 9am-5pm. Directions and registration here. $20 Donation.

"Laughter Against the Machine" w/ Nato Green, W. Kamau Bell, Janine Brito @ Bartell Theatre. 8pm. $15. Tickets here

El Valiente, Lady Scissors @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10:30pm. Free.

Company of Thieves, Save the Clocktower @ The Sett. 1304 Dayton St. 9pm. Free.

Sunday

Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, Deleted Scenes, Land Of Vandals @ High Noon Saloon. 8pm. $12.

Northless, Aseethe, The Parish @ The Frequency. 121 W. Main Street. 8:30pm. $5.

Willy Street Fair. Starts at 11am. Williamson Street. Free.


Did I miss anything?

Fighting Bob Fest is happening on Friday night and all day Saturday

Sen. Bernie Sanders
Fighting Bob Fest, Madison's annual conference of progressive lectures and forums, is having its opening night at the Barrymore Theatre on Friday. Tickets are $8 adv/ $10 day of. Buy them here. The Barrymore is at 2090 Atwood Ave.

Then on Saturday the fest moves to the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center, where the full schedule will be as follows:

9:15 AM Welcome by Mayor Paul Soglin & Dave Zweifel
9:30 AM Mike McCabe, WI Democracy Campaign
9:50 AM Tony Schultz, farmer
10:10 AM Ellen Bravo, Feminist activist, organizer, and author
10:30 AM Raging Grannies
10:45 AM Congressman Dave Obey
11:10 AM Lunch & Breakouts
12:20 PM Dr. Cornel West, Civil Rights Activist, author, professor Princeton University
1:00 PM Thom Hartmann, Author, Radio Host
1:30 PM Greg Palast, Investigative Journalist BBC, best-selling author
1:50 PM Senator Bernie Sanders, Vermont
2:20 PM Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin
2:40 PM John Nichols, The Cap Times, The Nation, MSNBC
3:00 PM Peter Leidy, Musician
3:15 PM Jim Hightower, populist, author, activist, friend
3:45 PM Closing--Ed Garvey
4:00 PM Piper Road Spring Band--Music, Spotted Cow, Discussion


We're particularly stoked to see Bernie Sanders (famous for his filibusters as well as for being the only member of the Socialist Party in the U.S. Senate), as well as Cornel West and John Nichols. (Dennis Kucinich will also be around on Friday.)

Tickets to the Saturday portion of the fest are free, but they ask for a $20 donation. For directions and registration info, check out their website.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Laughter against the Machine" comedy tour comes to Madison this Saturday


Laughter against the Machine, the roaming troop of Bay Area comics that includes Nato Green, Janine Brito, and W. Kamau Bell, is coming to the Bartell Theatre in Madison on Saturday.

From the group's website:
Nato and Kamau conceived Laughter Against The Machine in 2008 as an issue-oriented comedy show where the comedians and the audience to expect to be challenged to laugh and think at the same time. Nato and Kamau wanted a comedy show with no preconceived expectations, no party lines, and certainly no cheerleading, because they have beef with everybody, including themselves.
The idea, I think, is to offer a kind of therapy session for disillusioned liberals, but while still being honest and surprising and provocative with their material. Sounds great to me.

Bartell Theatre. 113 E. Mifflin Street. 8-10pm. $15.

View the trailer for Laughter against the Machine's comedy tour after the jump...


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

TUESDAY 9/13: ATMOSPHERE, BLUEPRINT, EVIDENCE @ ORPHEUM THEATRE



Atmosphere, maybe the only famous hip-hop act today with D.I.Y. leanings, and probably the only one currently representing the flyover states, are playing tonight at the Orpheum Theatre w/ Blueprint and Evidence.

Mid-west pride, ya'll.

216 State St. $28/$32. 8pm.

Peaking Lights share new mix; moving sale at the Madison Public Library's central branch

Peaking Lights
Peaking Lights, in celebration of getting a proper UK release for their heavily-praised album "936," released a new mix on the internet the other day. It's pretty good, if you're into super-obscure soul, funk, and dub, which anyone probably ought to be. (via Domino Records.)

Incidentally: Record Jammer Slayron, a.k.a Aaron Coynes from Peaking Lights, will also be deejaying at Mickey's Tavern this Thursday night. 1524 Williamson St. 10:30pm. Free.
 
Here's the mix:

MIXXED-UP by Peaking Lights



Not at all relatedly: The Madison Public Library's Central Branch is having a big moving sale that starts on Wednesday. It's a great chance to pick up a load of good reading for basically nothing.

From the Public Library's website
Help our Friends clear out their sale storage area during a huge four-day sale from September 14 to September 17.  Hours are:
  • Wednesday, September 14 - 10am-8pm
  • Thursday, September 15 - 9am-8pm
  • Friday, September 16 - 9am-6pm
  • Saturday, September 17 - 9 am-2pm
The sale features one-of-a-kind items, rare books, framed art prints, and books for all ages and interests, as well as large collections of automotive manuals and over 10,000 VHS videos and and books-on-cassette.  Sale prices: $1 hardcover, $.50 paperbacks, plus specially-marked items. Saturday's 9-2 sale is an all-day bag sale, $3 per bag.  Stop in early for the best selection.
The old central branch is located at 201 West Mifflin Street.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wednesday 9/14: Tapes N' Tapes @ High Noon Saloon

Tapes N' Tapes
Tapes N' Tapes are more conventional than their red-herring of a name might suggest: No, they don't use tape looping or tape effects. This is straight indie rock that draws from the era we live in (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, The Dodos, et al), and thus doesn't spur much in the way of conversation. The only reason to like them, really, is that they're good. Catchy, heartfelt, occasionally danceable.

W/ Icarus Himself and Howler.

High Noon Saloon. 701 E. Washington Ave. 8:30pm. $12.

Songs below...


Friday, September 9, 2011

Saturday 9/10: TV Ghost, Running @ The Sett

TV Ghost (via)
TV Ghost formed when they were all around the age of fifteen, and at the time were hailed as some sort of reincarnation of no wave. After releasing a few records and getting closer to the legal drinking age, their sound now has "the creepy tension of a post-punk haunted house where the Cramps, the Scientists, or Pere Ubu might leap out from the shadows at any moment." If this quote from the pitchfork review of their latest album (there simply isn't a better way to describe it) catches your attention whatsoever, check this show out.

Running is a weird & brutal punk band shrouded in mystery, thanks to their aversion to a proper web presence (their official page is a janky tripod website complete with pyramid-scheme spam jargon) and the fact that the majority of their releases are limited-run cassettes which quickly sell out.

To whoever has been booking these noisy dark post-punk shows: holler at me. We should be friends.

The Sett at UW Union South. 1308 W. Dayton Street. 9pm. Free. All ages!

Tons of music after the jump...

Male Bonding, Love Inks played at The Sett / PHOTOS AND VIDEO BELOW


Thursday, September 8, 2011

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

"Dogs Day," Goodman Pool, Madison, WI (via)

Thursday

Kyle Kinane @ Comedy Club on State Street. 202 State St. 8:30pm. $8-$10.

Friday

Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dosh @ Majestic Theatre. 115 King St. 9pm. $18.

Shoppers, Tenement, We Suck @ The Wisco. 852 Williamson St. 9pm. 21+. $5.

Knock on Any Door (dir: Nicholas Ray) @ UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.

MFA-in-Visual-Art Retrospective Show, Opening Reception. Art Lofts Gallery. 111 North Frances Street. 6-8pm. Free. (See previous post.)

"Monsters of Poetry" reading w/ Adam Fell, Matt Guenette, Stephanie Anderson, MC Hyland @ The Project Lodge. 821 E. Johnson Street. 7:30pm. $3 donation.

Crackity Jones (Pixies cover band),  The Shabelles @ Mickey’s Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10:30pm. Free.

Flosstradamus, Group of Moderns @ The Sett (Union South). 1308 Dayton Street. 9:30pm. Free.

Kyle Kinane @ Comedy Club on State Street. 202 State St. 8pm, 10:30pm. $8-$10.

Sleeping in the Aviary @ Der Rathskeller (Memorial Union). 800 Langdon Street. 7pm. Free.

Geek-Kon. $15/day. Madison Marriott West, off Highway 12, Middleton, Wisconsin (more info here).

Saturday


TV Ghost, Runners @ The Sett (Union South). 1308 W. Dayton Street. 9pm. Free.

Paula Poundstone @ Barrymore Theatre. 2090 Atwood Ave. 8pm. $33.

The Sunny Era @ Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse. 1101 Williamson Street. 8pm. $6.

Snake On The Lake: Vieux Farka Touré @ Memorial Union Terrace. 800 Langdon Street. 10pm. Free.

Kyle Kinane @ Comedy Club on State Street. 202 State St. 8pm, 10:30pm. $8-$10/

Geek-Kon. $20/day. Madison Marriott West, off Highway 12, Middleton, Wisconsin (more info here).

Sunday

Geek-Kon. $15/day. Madison Marriott West, off Highway 12, Middleton, Wisconsin (more info here).


Did I miss anything?

Friday 9/9: Shoppers, Tenement, We Suck @ The Wisco

Shoppers (via)
Shoppers is a dark & fuzzy punk band from Syracuse, New York. They're currently on tour promoting their awesome new full-length album Silver Year, and this Friday they will be playing at the Willy Street Pub & Grill, better known to locals as the Wisco.

Tenement is a Wisconsin pop punk band who have some moments where they totally channel the Exploding Hearts. They don't play in Madison often, so this is a treat.

I don't know anything about We Suck but the flier says that they are "freak rock maniacs" from Stoughton, whatever that means. Maybe they don't suck?

The Wisco. 852 Williamson Street. 9pm. 21+. Five dollars.

Some music after the jump...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WEDNESDAY 9/7: POLKA PRESS HOSTING A PRINTMAKING PARTY; VINTAGE MADISON FALL FASHION SHOW @ HIGH NOON SALOON

The Movable Type Truck

Madison printmaking company Polka Press is having a hands-on event at their headquarters tonight. The guest of honor will be the Moveable Type Truck, from Portland, Oregon, which will be demonstrating its famous mobile letterpress.

From the Polka Press website:

Come try your hand at letterpress printing, buy prints, drink beer and just hang out with your awesome friends at Polka Press! No experience necessary!

Polka-Press. 2717 Atwood Ave. 5-8pm. Donations suggested.


Also: The 2nd Annual Vintage Madison Fall Fashion Show is happening tonight at the High Noon Saloon. Come for the vintage clothes, stay for the music and dancing. The band Surgeons in Heat will be on hand, as well as a DJ. More info here.

High Noon Saloon. 701 E Washington Ave. 7pm-11pm. $5.

A great explanatory video about the Moveable Type Truck after the jump...


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wednesday 9/7: Nerd Nite comes to Madison


Nerd Nite, the internationally-syndicated lecture series known for its obscure topics and excessive beer drinking, is coming to Madison this Wednesday night. It's happening at Genna's Lounge, near the capitol building. You'll hear Madison local geniuses rant about such exciting subjects as penises, the science of human language, and pee. (Not kidding; those are the real topics.)

More about Nerd Nite here.

Wednesday, September 7th. Genna's Lounge. 105 West Main Street. 8pm. Free.

After the jump, a segment about Nerd Nite that was produced for Japanese TV...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Karp Family Labor Day Concert tonight, playing Schumann, Brahms; MFA Retrospective starts tomorrow, with a reception on Friday

Robert Schumann

The 35th Annual Karp Family Labor Day Concert is happening tonight on campus. A seven-piece orchestra (two cellos, one violin, one viola, two pianos, a clarinet, and a french horn!) will perform pieces by Sol Cohen, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Zdenek Fibich. Even if you don't think you like classical music, this might be a fine introduction to some of the prettiest piano-based pieces.

Mills Concert Hall, 455 North Park Street (in the Humanities Building). 7:30-10:30pm. Free.
artwork by Briony Morrow-Cribs

Also: the UW's MFA-in-Visual-Art students are holding a massive review show of their past work this week. The show begins tomorrow at noon and lasts until September 14th.

The following artists are included in the line-up:
Luke Ahern
Sandra Anible
Marcus Benavides
Tom Berenz
Nic Bitting
Doug Bosley
Shawn Everette
Sophia Flood
Courtney Hall
Heejin Hwang
Niki Johnson
Dale Kaminski
Marina Kelly
Jonathan Kramka
Ryan Lawless
Gabe Mejia
Jaydan Moore
Briony Morrow
Brian Murer
Mary Niec
AJ Nordhagen
Kyle Patnaude
Jason Ramey
Anthony Bruce Roark
Andrew Salyer
J.E. Sandberg
Trina Smith
Patrick Smyczek
Eddie Villanueva

Opening reception is on Friday, September 9th, at 6-8pm, where presumably there will be lots of wine and socializing. More here.

Art Lofts Gallery. 111 North Frances Street. Free.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

SUNDAY 9/4: WHITE RABBITS @ UW MEMORIAL UNION TERRACE

White Rabbits

White Rabbits play suave-sounding party anthems in the vein of bands like Spoon and The Walkmen. But what makes them stand out is their live shows, which are notorious for their energy and improvisational turns. They jump around a lot, they switch instruments in the middle of songs, they have more than a few too many drummers. In general they emanate a certain frenetic friskiness that is refreshing and fun to see, especially in a band that's been around for more than a few years.

Memorial Union Terrace. 800 Langdon Street. 8pm. Free.

Video of White Rabbits performing below...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Wednesday 9/7: Male Bonding, Love Inks @ The Sett

Male Bonding (via)
London's critically-acclaimed noise-pop trio Male Bonding will be playing a free show at UW's Union South on Wednesday. Their music comes with a notable c86 UK indie pop influence (think Shop Assistants). It's fun.

Austin's Love Inks will open the show with some of the best understated pop music that's come out this year. Melodic guitar and bass over a drum machine, all topped with some rather lovely vocals: yes, please! It's really hard to dislike minimalist pop.

This is going to be a really good show.

Wednesday, September 7th at 9pm. The Sett at UW Union South. 1308 W. Dayton Street. Free. All ages!

Delightful music videos from Male Bonding and Love Inks after the jump.

Rock County Folk Symposium going on Sept 4-5; pre-Symposium events happening all weekend

Group of the Altos
The Rock County Folk Symposium, which is happening in Janesville this Sunday through Monday, is throwing some pre-event party/shows in Madison on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Tonight’s is a show at Union South, featuring the awesome slow-burn instrumentalism (Godspeed fans take note!) of Group of the Altos, as well as homespun Madison acts Double Ewes, Corcovado, and Marfa.

Union South. 1308 W Dayton. 8:30pm. Free.

Zorch
Saturday’s is a party with party bands, namely Zorch, Kitty Rhombus, Fambly Fun!, and The Manginas.

The Bassment. 415 E Johnson Street (Rear Entry). 9pm. Free.

Corcovado (via urban agrarian)

For more info about the Symposium itself, check out the Back 40 blog or read the interview with the festival’s organizer over at the AV Club Madison.

LOADS of videos and songs by nearly all the acts performing at the Rock County Folk Symposium (plus Zorch) after the jump...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

(photo via)

Friday

"A Taste of the Rock County Folk Symposium"w/ Group of the Altos, Double Ewes, Corcovado, Marfa @Union South. 1308 W Dayton. 8:30pm. (More info here.)

Terminal Orchestra w/ Asumaya @ The Project Lodge. 817 E. Johnson St. 7:30pm. $5.

BoomBox, Sovereign Sect, DJ Solo @ Majestic Theatre. 115 King St. $15.

Double Feature: On Dangerous Ground and Rebel without a Cause @UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.

The Room @ Union South. 1308 W. Dayton St. Midnight. Free.

Saturday


Rock County Folk Symposium Pre-Party: Zorch, Kitty Rhombus, Fambly Fun!, The Manginas @The Bassment. 415 E Johnson Street (Rear Entry). Free. (More info here.)

RJD2 @ Majestic Theatre. 115 King St. 9pm. $20.

The Budos Band, .357 String Band, The Taalbi Brothers @ Memorial Union Terrace. 800 Langdon Street. Free.

Film socialisme (dir: Jean-Luc Godard) @UW Cinematheque. 4070 Vilas Hall. 821 University Avenue. 7pm. Free.

The Room @ Union South. 1308 W. Dayton St. Midnight. Free.

Sunday


The Rock County Folk Symposium w/Corcovado, Asumaya, Pioneer, Anna Vogelzang, Double Ewes, Group of the Altos @ Secret location in Janesville. (See previous post). $15. Buy your tickets here.

White Rabbits @Memorial Union Terrace. 8pm. 800 Langdon Street. Free.


Did I miss anything?