Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

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Thursday

Sutekh Hexen, This Station of Life, Circulation of Light, Reptile Worship @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 7:30pm. $5. All ages.

Driftless Pony Club, Doctor Noise, Old Earth @ High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 9pm. $7. 18+.

Friday

The Waiting Room @ UW Cinematheque. 821 University Avenue. 4070 Vilas Hall. 7pm. Free.

Crackity Jones, Wife @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10pm. Free. 21+.

Saturday

The Wild Bunch @ UW Cinematheque. 821 University Avenue. 4070 Vilas Hall. 7pm. Free.

Jucifer, Dick the Bruiser, Agony Forge @ The Frequency. 121 West Main Street. 9pm. $8. 18+.

Sunday

Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow @ The Frequency. 121 West Main Street. 8pm. $8. 18+.

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


What did we forget?

Thursday 8/30: Sutekh Hexen, Circulation of Light and Reptile Worship @ Dragonfly Lounge

***UPDATE*** After a last-minute cancellation by the Project Lodge, the show has been moved to the Dragonfly Lounge (401 E. Washington Avenue) and starts at 10pm sharp! This also means the show is now 21+, unfortunately. Furthermore, This Station of Life has canceled their appearance.

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The elusive Sutekh Hexen is making a rare live appearance at Madison's Project Lodge tomorrow evening. The band's singular concoction of black metal, noise and dark ambient music conjures images of piles of scrap metal in an endless desert; it is creation for the sake of destruction. Wear all black for maximum results.

Semi-local Circulation of Light (a.k.a. Nathaniel Ritter) will provide a set of elegant ambient (think "Talk Amongst the Trees"-era Eluvium), and Milwaukee-based noise project Reptile Worship will start things off with an ear-shattering assault.

The fun starts at 10pm sharp at the Dragonfly Lounge (401 E. Washington Avenue). A measly $5 will do ya. 21+ only, folks. As always, I advise that you show up on time.

A sampling of sounds from the bands playing tomorrow night after the jump...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Friday 8/23: Naomi Punk, Giant People, The New Years Gang, The Boneyard @ Project Lodge

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Olympia's Naomi Punk will be playing the Project Lodge this Friday night. You can tell from the above photo and from their sound that they're from the west coast. The Seattle Times' Andrew Matson is calling them neo-grunge, but I'm not sure that's how I'd describe what sounds like a collision between the San Franciscan heavy psych garage punk of Sic Alps and the Pacific Northwestern art punk of Talbot Tagora. They are really good, so maybe it'd be best to just say that they play... naomi punk. Check out this stop motion collage video for their single "Burned Body" off this year's The Feeling:


Madison's Giant People will be playing their last show. Their Giant EP is an homage to 90s alt rock — think the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., and Superchunk. The New Years Gang have been playing a lot of shows around town this summer but I've somehow missed every one. Their name (a reference to the guys responsible for the awkwardly misguided Sterling Hall bombing in 1970 here at UW-Madison) made me a little bit uncomfortable, but I heard that they started out as a Ramones cover band and have evolved from those humble beginnings, so it probably rules. Also playing are a Madison band called The Boneyard who are not my cup of tea but you might like them if you like heavy radio rock from the 2000s.

Friday night. The Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 7:30pm. $5. All ages.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

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Thursday

Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons, The Hussy, Cowboy Winter @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10pm. Free. 21+.

Yeasayer, Daughn Gibson @ The Majestic. 115 King Street. 9pm. $15. All ages.

Friday

Giant People, Naomi Punk, The New Years Gang, The Boneyard @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 7:30pm. $5. All ages.

Mutts, Hewn, Savage Boys, Suns @ Dragonfly Lounge. 401 East Washington Avenue. 9:30pm. $5. 21+.

German Art Students, Oedipus Tex @ High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 5:30pm. $5. 21+.

The Ditchrunners, All Murder, Nellie Wilson @ High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 10pm. $5. 21+.

Saturday

United Sons of Toil, The Paver, El Valiente @ The Frequency. 121 West Main Street. 9pm. $5. 21+.

Murzik, Many Places, Ferdinand the Bull @ Dragonfly Lounge. 401 East Washington Avenue. 9:30pm. $5. 21+.

Beefus, Sons of Atom @ Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10:30pm. Free. 21+.

Sunday

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

Ezra Furman, Brett Newski & the Corruption, Conductors @ High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 8pm. $10. 18+.


If none of this interests you, the Orton Park Festival is this weekend and is open to the public (the Cycropia Aerial Dance Troupe is amazing).

Let me know if I missed something!

Thursday 8/23: Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons, The Hussy, Cowboy Winter @ Mickey's Tavern

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Shane O'Neill (better known as ShaneShane) is returning to Madison for a Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons reunion show this Thursday night at Mickey's Tavern. When I had first seen this band play last summer, I was impressed by how well they defy the usual genre categorizations throughout their set. You could say they play giddy post-pop punk with a strong Devo influence, but they're much more than that. Check out this fantastic stop motion video made by Wisconsin animator Brooke Duckart for the Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons track "cat WACO":


Freaky garage rockers The Hussy are back from a brief tour to New York where they played the Cheater Slicks' 25th anniversary show, so they're "tour tight" and ready to rage. In any case, it's always fun to see Bobby set his guitar on fire. 

Cowboy Winter is Madison's newest garage soul band, and this is their first show.

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

Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday 8/20: Space Jam @ Memorial Union Terrace

Wayne Knight and Michael Jordan in Space Jam
The premise we all know: The Looney Tunes recruit Michael Jordan, baseball star, to return to basketball and play with them against a pack of roided-out aliens in the bodies of the likes of Ewing, Barkley, and Bird. What you probably don't know is that the film hasn't aged well. It's still interesting for the Bill Murray cameo, the presence of Wayne Knight, and we get to see a celebrity, Jordan, at the height of his selling power. It's good if you've had a beer or three.

9PM Memorial Union Terrace, FREE.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday 8/13: Finding Nemo @ Vilas Beach

Ellen Degeneres,  Albert Brooks, and Barry Humpreys lend their voices in Finding Nemo
There was a fleeting moment at the beginning of my freshman year of high school where people based their opinion of you not on how cool or well-read or in shape they were but on how many times they saw Finding Nemo. This was true from the football team, to the Korean gang members, and to the robotics team. During this moment when you met anyone "How many times did you see it?" was the icebreaker and it was often before we even traded names. I saw it only once and from then was marked an uncool kid. I still look upon the film with a small bit of scorn. It is still a wonderful film that's being shown outside on a beach on a 20' screen which I hope is floating on Lake Wingra. What could be better on a Monday night? There's even music beforehand.

Vilas Beach 8PM FREE.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?

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Friday

Cognitive Dissonance, Catacombz, Technicolor Teeth, Hatekrusher, 2012 @ Subvert City. "Ask a punk." 9pm. $5. All Ages.

Zebras, The Hussy, IfIHadAHiFi, Dharma Dogs @ The Frequency. 121 West Main Street. 9:30pm. $6. 18+.

Fake Natives, Treefort, Dakotas @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 8pm. $5. All Ages.

Government Zero, Narrow Vines, Mr. Deadgun Jones, Dead Apples, All Murder, Skintones, Kick-back @ The Rigby. 119 East Main Street. 5pm. $??. 21+.

The Motorz, Shot To Hell @ High Noon Saloon. 701 East Washington Avenue. 5:30pm. $5. 21+.

Saturday

Grand Opening Art Show @ Bright Red Studios. 9 North Ingersoll Street. 6pm-12am. Free. All Ages.

Lovely Socialite, Chants, Tom Teslik @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 8pm. $5. All Ages.

Country Fest: Hoyle Brothers, Ghost Town Council, Vintage Red @ The Terrace. Memorial Union. 800 Langdon Street. 9:30pm. Free. All Ages.

Jeremiah Nelson, Cameron McGill, Pioneer @ The Frequency. 121 West Main Street. 9pm. $7. 18+.

Sunday

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

Monday

Kevin Greenspon, Second Family Band, Sapropelic Pycnic, Golden Donna, Slow Loris @ Project Lodge. 817 East Johnson Street. 8pm. $5. All Ages.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory @ The Terrace. Memorial Union. 800 Langdon Street. 9pm. Free. All Ages.


Let me know if I missed anything.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Part 2 of Pioneer's AV Club Video Series

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Madison's favorite alt-folk group Pioneer recently released the second part of their AV Club video series, which is an untitled song from the same performance as the first video. The audio for both songs, plus some demos, are available for free download. Make sure to check out Pioneer (and a lot of other great Wisconsin musicians) at the third annual Rock County Folk Symposium on September 2nd!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday 8/1: Whatever Brains, Sinking Suns, Dharma Dogs @ Mickey's Tavern

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Madison, you are in for a real treat tonight: Raleigh, NC's Whatever Brains are coming to town to play a completely FREE show at Mickey's Tavern tonight, Wednesday August 1. Whatever Brains are hard to pin down, both musically and lyrically: their music ranges from sugar-high punk ragers to plodding dirges, all topped off with the sharpest lyrics this side of the Fall. Suffice it to say that they're one of the hardest-working and most inventive rock bands operating today. While the band may not mind if you listen, I do, and I strongly recommend going to check them out tonight at Mickey's.

Before you head out, you can listen to their latest album (available as a pay-what-you-want download) here.

Madison's own Sinking Suns and Dharma Dogs open - neither are to be missed. The Facebook event says 11:30pm but showing up a little earlier may be wise. Mickey's Tavern is located at 1524 Williamson Street, and again, this killer show is completely FREE. Don't be afraid to throw the touring boys some cash, though.

 A couple Whatever Brains videos after the jump...