Monday, July 30, 2012

Friday 8/3: The Ipcress File @ The Marquee Theater

Michael Caine in The IPCRESS File
Before he started playing father figures for Christopher Nolan heroes or lending his voice to characters in forgotten 3D pictures (was I the only one who saw Gnomeo and Juliet?), Michael Caine played the British spy Henry Palmer, in his first leading role in the film adaptation of Len Deighton's The IPCRESS File. The plot of the film is as convoluted as any good spy film involving missing scientists, double-crosses, stuffy British bureaucrats, brainwashing, and the mysterious acronym IPCRESS. The film is entertaining in a way quite unlike the Bond films, focusing on the minutiae of being a spy in dreary, unremarkable locations. Get pumped.

7 PM, Marquee Theater Union South, FREE.

Trailer after the jump.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday 7/23: Chris Forsyth, Spiral Joy Band, Sapropelic Pycnic @ Mickey's Tavern

Chris Forsyth (via)
Woah. Chris Forsyth is playing a free show tonight at Mickey's in support of his latest solo album Kenzo Deluxe (out now on Northern Spy). He's a psychedelic guitarist from Philadelphia. When describing his music, we could easily throw around terms like "hypnotic," "raga," and "spaced-out Americana." Instead you should just check out the first track from Kenzo Deluxe, which happens to be an excerpt of his score for the Rolling Stones 1972 tour documentary Cocksucker Blues:


Also playing are some of the finest of Madison's musical avant-garde, Spiral Joy Band and Sapropelic Pycnic. Yes!

Tonight. Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10pm. Free. 21+.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday 7/21: A Haircut, The Wets @ Todd's House

A Haircut
One of the original goals for this blog was to serve as a guide to the more intimate events going on in Madison: the house shows, the poetry readings, the hole-in-the-wall art show. We realized that we were missing out on a lot of cool things going on in Madison, despite regularly checking the AV Club (RIP) and the Isthmus. We're still missing out on lots of cool stuff (for example, the Hussy played in a basement on West Wilson on Wednesday?!), but that's because we aren't omniscient — send us tips!

I hadn't really thought about it this way until this morning, but tonight is sort of a Madison Yeah house show. Todd, our newest writer, is hosting it in his empty yellow house on Jenifer. I'm playing my first show in over two years with The Wets. This band was originally intended to be some sort of twee pop/slowcore crossover, but it ended up sounding like neither. A while back, Julia came up with a great name for the distinct culture here in the upper midwest: lakepunk dairycore. I think that lakepunk — as an attitude, a lifestyle, a mood — is a real thing. These lakes give off some pretty strong vibes; Otis Redding's ghost is in Lake Monona. I guess I'd call us lakepunk.

A Haircut is one of my favorite bands in Madison right now, and I'd also call them lakepunk. It's a stripped-down two-piece that sounds like an intense argument over the telephone. Andrea Lutz's vocals sound genuinely upset yet assertive while her fuzzed-up guitar can barely keep up; Andrew Trester's drums lazily gallop along, the shoulder shrug that's setting it all off. This hopefully will not be one of their last shows.

It's the yellow house with H's on the front. Come in through the back.

Tonight. Todd's House. Jenifer and Paterson Street. 9pm. Free. All Ages.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Monday 7/16: The Hunt for the Higgs Boson @ Chamberlin Hall, UW

A portion of the CMS detector of the Large Hadron Collider
On July 4th, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (The European Center for Nuclear Research) announced the discovery of a new particle that looks like Higgs boson. The Higgs boson (or just the Higgs) is a particle theoretically predicted almost a half century ago as part of the Higgs mechanism. The Higgs mechanism is responsible for the particles of the Standard Model, like electrons and quarks (the constituent particles of things like the proton and neutron), having mass.

To celebrate this accomplishment and the contributions of many of the faculty, University of Wisconsin physics professor Sridhara Dasu is giving a public lecture on what the Higgs is, what it does, how scientists found it, and what the LHC does next. Professor Dasu is a member of the CMS collaboration (CMS is one of the two detectors at the LHC) and an expert in all things involving the Higgs, the LHC, and more exotic particle physics like supersymmetry. He is also a wonderful speaker. So come, learn about the wonders of modern particle physics, and get the inevitable, terrible Big Bang Theory joke (please don't watch this show). Will be rad.

7 PM, 2241 Chamberlin Hall (1150 University Ave) - FREE.

Videos about the Higgs after the jump.

Friday, July 13, 2012

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

Photo: Devi Arnold

Friday

These Are The Damned @ The Marquee. Union South. 1308 West Dayton Street. 7pm. Free. 

Shedding, Thomas Wincek, Noxroy @ Dragonfly Lounge. 401 East Washington Avenue. 9:30pm. $5. 21+.

Batcave, M. Sord, Boss Keloid @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 8pm. $5. All Ages.

Wild Nothing, Night Moves @ The Terrace. Memorial Union. 800 Langdon Street. 9:30pm. Free. All Ages.

The Type, Resist Her Transistor, Shiny Side Down @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10pm. Free. 21+.

Deadbeat Club, Brittany Shane, Pistols at Dawn @ The Frequency. 121 West Main Street. 9pm. $6. 21+.

Bes Monde, The Bin Men, DNA TSO @ The Wisco. 852 Williamson Street. 10pm. $5. 21+.

Saturday

Reopening Jam @ Good Style Shop. 402 East Washington Avenue. 12pm–8pm.

Burial Hex, Kinit Her, Sun Splitter, Eitarnora, Apaculus @ The Frequency. 121 West Main Street. 9pm. $?. 18+.

The Fuck Knights, Muddy Udders, New Villains @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10pm. Free. 21+.

Airhythmatic, Room Mates, Sean Smart, Moses, D'Amato @ Dragonfly Lounge. 401 East Washington Avenue. 9:30pm. $5. 21+.

Punk Rock Double Header @ The Majestic. 115 King Street. 7pm & 10pm. $7 each/$10 for both. All Ages.

Sunday

ProLo Comedy Showcase: Storytellers @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 7:30pm. $2. All Ages.


Let me know if I'm forgetting something!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thursday 7/12: Milk Music, Lotus Plaza, Dent May @ UW Terrace


For all you people out there who opted not to go to Chicago's Pitchfork Festival this year--not because you don't like music, but because outdoor music festivals are soul-smothering ghettos, packed with annoying teenagers, overpriced lemonade, and terrible, terrible DJs--it turns out there's a consolation prize for such basic levels of intelligence!

Because a few of the bands playing Pitchfork will actually be braving their way to Madison tomorrow, playing in a totally-free, way-more-comfy show that's being casually branded as "Madfork."

More info on all the bands after the jump....


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Monday 7/9: Big Trouble in Little China @ Memorial Union Terrace

Kim Cattrall, Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun, and Suzee Pai in Big Trouble in Little China
Big Trouble in Little China is the John Carpenter directed martial arts action comedy you never knew you wanted. It has monsters, magicians, kung fu, trucking, and maybe most importantly, the stilted verbal delivery of Kurt Russell. The plot is silly: Kurt Russell helps rescue his friend's fiancee and his semi from a Chinatown based immortal sorcerer Lo Pan. It has a certain silliness that raise it above other mid-eighties action comedies like the very similar Eddie Murphy vehicle The Golden Child. John Carpenter's reliance on practical special effects make the fantastic elements seem like they should actually lurk under the narrow streets of Chinatown.

Memorial Union Terrace, 9 PM FREE.

Trailer after the jump. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday 7/6: Cave @ Mickey's Tavern

Cave
Chicago's Cave brings together the peppy, pile-driving grooves of vintage krautrock bands like Neu! with an array of spacey pulses and circling blips. Fans of drone and instrumental post-rock may surprise themselves; turns out, they can dance too.

Check out this rad music video, in which the band plays a show on the back of a truck driving through Chicago:



W/ Dead Luke.

Tonight. 10pm. Mickey's Tavern. FREE.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thursday 7/5: Possession @ UW Cinematheque

The UW Cinematheque is kicking off their summer schedule with tonight's screening of Andrzej Zulawski's Possession (1981). Budd Wilkins writes in Slant that it's "a French/German co-production filmed on location throughout West Berlin (and hitting many of the same spots Wim Wenders would later use in Wings of Desire)" and "likewise bears the benchmarks of an entity divided against itself. It's certainly no coincidence that the film opens with shots of armed soldiers patrolling the Berlin Wall's liminal no man's land. Divisiveness and duplicity are at the heart of Zulawski's notorious cult film, and Possession's dramatic structure is almost as schizoid as its protagonists, married couple Mark (Sam Neill) and Anna (Isabelle Adjani), whose relationship inexplicably comes apart: The film's first half comes on like Scenes from a Marriage as directed by Lars von Trier and played at 2x speed, a lacerating depiction of disintegration both marital and psychological, while the latter half steadily morphs into Repulsion by way of Cronenberg's The Brood when Anna holes up in a rundown flat and proceeds to dispatch any man brazen enough to disturb her love-in with a tentacular monstrosity she most likely miscarried months earlier."

Isabelle Adjani's performance garnered the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award and the César Award for Best Actress. And yes, that's the same Sam Neill who plays Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park.

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

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

Rhythm & Booms (via)

Thursday

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

Dave Waite, Jon Huck, Chris Lay @ Comedy Club on State. 202 State Street. 8:30pm. $8. 18+.

Animals In Human Attire, Bell Monks, FMLY, Croaker @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 6pm. $5 or Lost City wristband. All ages.

Kyle & Keem, Hyphon, Safari Al, Airhythmatic, Sketch Tha Cataclysm, Super Hot Lava @ The Rigby. 119 East Main Street. 7pm. $5 or wristband. 21+.

Ugly Brothers, Ben Schapiro, Myles Coyne, Tom Teslik @ Full of Bull Famous Roast Beef. 605 East Washington Avenue. 6pm. $5 or wristband. All ages.

Sleepy Lesbos, Mutts, Crane Your Swan Neck, Daniel & the Lion, The Cost of Living @ High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 9pm. $5 or wristband. 21+.

Friday

Cave, Dead Luke @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10pm. Free. 21+.

The Graduate @ The Marquee. Union South. 1308 West Dayton Street. 7pm. Free 

Chants, Cedarwell, Jeremiah Nelson @ The Terrace. Memorial Union. 800 Langdon Street. 9pm. Free.

Alta, Echo Island, Eskimeaux, Double Ewes, Treefort, Br'er @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 5pm. $5 or wristband. All ages.

Cassidy DW, El Valiente, Michael Armstrong, The New Years Gang, Dharma Dogs, Aktar Aktar @ The Rigby. 119 East Main Street. 7pm. $5 or wristband. 21+.

Withershins, Temple, Automagik, Poney, Kitty Rhombus @ Dragonfly Lounge. 401 East Washington Avenue. 9pm. $5 or wristband. 21+.

William Z. Villain, Cribshitter, Coo Woo, Fort Wilson Riot, Pushmi-Pullyu @ High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 9pm. $5 or wristband. 21+.

Siblings, Watercourse Quartet, Glacier @ Audio For The Arts. 7 South Blair Street. 8pm. $5 or wristband. All ages. 

Dave Waite, Jon Huck, Chris Lay @ Comedy Club on State. 202 State Street. 8:30pm. $8. 18+.

Saturday

Absolutely, The Sharrows, Noxroy, Golden Donna, Fibrous Blonde, Sister Crystals, Lovely Socialite, The Cemetery Improvement Society @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 5pm. $5 or wristband. All ages.

Youth Lagoon, Father John Misty @ High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 9:30pm. $13 advanced/$15 door. 18+.

R. Ring, Archie Powell & The Exports @ The Terrace. Memorial Union. 800 Langdon Street. 9:30pm. Free.

Sampēa & The Lady Strangers, Robert Weiss, Jamie Yanda, Ben Knollenberg @ Full of Bull. 605 East Washington Avenue. 6pm. $5 or wristband. All ages.

Luke Polipnick, The Brothers Grimm, Troy Schafer @ Good Style Shop. 402 East Washington Avenue. 6pm. $5 or wristband. All ages.

Sat. Night Duets, Ferdinand the Bull, Giant People, Conveyor, Porcupine, All These Runners @ The Rigby. 119 East Main Street. 7pm. $5 or wristband. 21+.

Sunday

Vintage Flea & Finds July Market @ East Side Club. 3735 Monona Drive. 10am-4pm.

Comedy Showcase @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. $2. 7:30pm. All ages.

Monday

Uncanny Valley, Golden Donna, Legends of the Hidden Temple @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10pm. Free. 21+.

Big Trouble in Little China @ The Terrace. Memorial Union. 800 Langdon Street. 9pm. Free.


Did I miss anything?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Thursday 7/5 - Sunday 7/8: Lost City Music Festival

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Over seventy bands will be playing in Madison this week as a part of the Lost City Music Festival. About forty of the acts are from the isthmus, while the majority of the rest are from Wisconsin, and there are about fifteen touring acts from outside of the state. You can pay five bucks per show, but it's only TEN DOLLARS for a nice rubber bracelet which will get you into any of the shows. The four-day festival starts on Thursday evening, and will take place in six different venues within walking distance of each other: the Project Lodge, the Rigby Pub & Grill, the High Noon Saloon, the Good Style Shop, Full of Bull Roast Beef, the Dragonfly Lounge, and Audio of the Arts. Shows at the Project Lodge, Good Style Shop, Full of Bull, and Audio of the Arts are all ages, while shows at the bars are 21+.

The organizers — John Kruse, Ben Cameron, Corey Murphy, and Tom Teslik — view this as the successor of the Forward Music Festival, though their approach is quite different in ways that may help them avoid the pitfalls that come with organizing such a massive program.  The most interesting difference is that there are no headliners, which makes the festival more egalitarian by not highlighting any particular performance. While big name headliners are typically used as a draw, the lack of such an event emphasizes the fact that this festival is really about discovering local music.

The second biggest difference — certainly related to the lack of a headliner — is that this festival is not-for-profit. All proceeds are being donated to three awesome local non-profits: Madison Music Makers, the Madison Area Music Association, and the Girls Rock Camp Madison.  According to the Lost City website, "that means your paid admission will make a direct impact on the youth of Madison, continuing the tradition of local music giving back to the community.  Proceeds given to Madison Music Makers and the Madison Area Music Association will help provide music equipment and supplies, and proceeds given to Girls Rock Camp Madison will help provide scholarships to kids who can not afford to attend otherwise." So rad. All of the bands are volunteering to play, which massively cuts down on the financial cost of organizing a festival.  The organizers have been using their own funds, while Murfie's sponsorship has allowed them to drop the price of the all-access wristband. Even if you're uninterested in checking out this compact cross-section of the local music community, this is a festival that everyone should support.

Personally, I'm most excited to see Absolutely on Saturday at the Project Lodge. This Milwaukee three piece plays fantastic post-hardcore à la Unwound, and I've been impatiently waiting to see them since I first heard their album Learns to Love Mistakes. Since this is their only Madison show this summer, I'll be getting my money's worth. Check out the full schedule at the Lost City website, which has links to recordings of every band, and you'll surely find at least one act to get excited about.