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Sunday, April 20, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 77.0° F  Overcast

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Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls offer hope and fiery politics at concert for The Progressive

For much of Thursday night it was hard to tell who was having a better time at The Progressive's centennial celebration concert, the audience or the artists. But when Dar Williams and Melissa Ferrick lifted a young girl up onto the Orpheum Theatre's towering stage to join them for the second all-star jam to end the evening, it was pretty clear they wouldn't want to be anywhere else. >More
 The Thermals pop with conviction at the High Noon Saloon

Surprisingly, it took The Thermals a little while to get warmed up on Tuesday night. When they took the stage at the High Noon Saloon, lead singer/guitarist Hutch Harris and bassist Kathy Foster were dressed appropriately for the slightly chilly spring night. By the third song on the set list "Let Go," Harris had shed his sport coat, and Foster's sweater followed soon after. The crowd however took a little longer. >More
 Masses mob Der Rathskeller for Los Campesinos! and Titus Andronicus show in Madison

On certain nights it becomes obvious that the 80 year old Memorial Union was not designed for rock concerts. As hundreds of students and a few slightly stunned members of the general public packed into Der Rathskeller on Friday night to see buzz bands Los Campesinos! and Titus Andronicus, staff struggled to get tables and chairs out of the overcrowded room before the show started. >More
 Madison Music Makers take the stage at the High Noon

The Madison Music Makers program schedules several formal concerts a year for its sixty students in venues ranging from local churches to the stately Overture Center, but on a chilly Sunday afternoon they got together somewhere a little more casual: the High Noon Saloon. >More
 Black Eyed Snakes hits the High Noon with Furthermore Beer

Furthermore Beer apparently wants to prove that not only that its new Makeweight brew tastes good, but it's also a brewery with good taste. Featuring the Black Eyed Snakes, Decibully and Scag 48, their second Brew Ha Ha (dubbed 2 Ha Ha) Saturday night at the High Noon Saloon made a very good case for them. >More
 Who will be the Last Band Standing at the High Noon Saloon?

There's probably never been a contest where being named "the winner" is such a dubious distinction. In fact, with no official scoring system, no rules, no judge, and only the fuzziest of recollections the next day, there often isn't even a consensus on determining the winner. That won't stop a spirited competition at Last Band Standing IV at the High Noon Saloon on Friday, December 28. >More
 Crustacean Records rocks out for round two of its new DVD

For the second time this year, Crustacean Records took over the High Noon Saloon for a night of shooting footage for what will become the label's first DVD. The first recording was held on a warm night back in August, and featured performances Screamin' Cyn Cyn & The Pons, Ouija Radio, The Gusto, Droids Attack and Things Fall Apart. It was slightly chillier Saturday night as John Kruth, Drunk Drivers, Awesome Snakes, The Skintones and Mad Trucker Gone Mad took the stage for round two. >More
 Howe Gelb and Eleni Mandell charm fans in a warm Annex

Howe Gelb is not for everyone. That fact may explain why there weren't more than a couple dozen people at Friday night's show at the Annex. Most of the people there were serious fans, shouting requests from his imposing catalog of releases under his own name, alter ego Blacky Ranchette and the Giant Sand moniker. The rest of us were sometimes confused, sometimes entertained. >More
 Venue hopping with the Madison Made Music Project

The night kicked off at the Overture Center with introductions from Jeff Burkhart, one of the project coordinators. With as many as four shows occurring simultaneously throughout the night, I had to choose my destinations carefully. >More
 Clear skies grace Roots Fest at the Capital Brewery Bier Garten

Capital Brewery had to be happy that the weatherman was right. The skies were clear and the sun was shining for their first ever Roots Fest on Saturday. A large crowd was on hand to enjoy not only the beer but a fine line-up of local bands capped off by Wisconsin native Willy Porter. >More
 A full menu at the High Noon Rock & Roll Buffet

While it is likely that area music lovers had seen one or more of these bands before, this was the first time such a wide variety had been collected into one place, complete with a menu. I may have been foolish, but I thought I probably had a big enough musical appetite to do the whole thing. >More
 Honky Tonk Tuesdays get their footing at Mickey's Tavern

Despite the fact that Pardekooper is often seen wearing a cowboy hat (and wearing it well) and Blake Thomas can write a song that'll have you crying in your beer in seconds flat, there isn't much about this trio that says honky tonk. >More
 The Cash Box Kings talk blues and beer

While drummer Kenny "Beady Eyes" Smith (son of Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Muddy Waters' drummer) is arguably the most famous of the band, he keeps the lowest profile, usually only taking the mike for a cover of "Hoochie Coochie Man." The rest of the time vocals are handled by either Travis Koopman or Joe Nosek; Koopman's guitar playing gives the band its jumping energy, while Nosek's harmonica brings the authentic blues feel. >More
 How John Dee Graham headlined the House of Righteous Music

House concerts are a fantastic opportunity to see a band you love in an intimate setting. Everyone is there to see the show, not to be seen or to chat with their friends. >More
 The New Kentucky Quarter says farewell to Madison

The swell of applause that brought TNKQ back to the stage even after Walters announced he only had the voice left for the final song indicated that Madison wasn't quite ready to let them go. I know I certainly wasn't. >More
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