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Madison’s Bubble Music Festival returns for a second year

Bubbles

Music festivals can be a strange breed. Notorious for being seemingly risky propositions that need to be nurtured carefully from inception. If promoters can make it through two consecutive annual iterations of the event without incurring mountains of debt or backlash from fans, there’s a good chance of continued success.
 
The Bubble Music Festival, Madison’s self-proclaimed emerging artist showcase, enters the crucial second year sporting 100 bands across multiple venues from Sept. 11-13. The schedule is chalked full of local artists like Little Red Wolf, The Sharrows, Heavy Looks, Cowboy Winter and a host of others. We also see some representation from Minneapolis and Detroit to give the proceedings a bigger regional feel.

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Interview: Mysterious Canadian band The Tallest Tree - I'll Be Your (For You)

The Tallest Tree

We've become friends with a young married couple, Dawn and Armando, whose band The Tallest Tree is out of Dundas, Ontario, Canada. For those of you who are geographically challenged that's near Hamilton just south of Toronto. Their first single "Boat" gained immediate positive response from our readers for its hummable grooves. Picked up by a host of online music outlets, the song has started a groundswell that is hard to explain.

Well, we just received a new song and video from our Canadian vagabounds and it's stunning. Recorded with a minimalistic approach, I'll Be Your (For You) is simple but powerful. A haunting melody that just keeps you wanting more. We managed to track down Dawn and Armando for a few questions. 

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Har Mar Superstar hits the road with Macaulay Culkin's The Pizza Underground?

Har Mar Superstar

Our friends over at Brooklyn Vegan alerted us to one of the more unusual artist pairings this fall. Obviously, a booking agent's great idea. The Twin Cities' bowling ball of slap-happy soul revues Har Mar Superstar and Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, The Pizza Underground, join forces for a double whammy of something.

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Ty Segall unleashes Manipulator

Ty Segall
Photo by Denee Petracek

The ever prolific Ty Segall has a new album called Manipulator coming out on Drag City. With over 60 minutes of pure Ty spread over 17 tracks, Manipulator makes up for the past year without any new Segall music. This is easily one of Ty's more diverse records. A growth journey through exploration of new sound landscapes, but never far from a wailing guitar.

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From Russia with love: Sunday Store - Low Direction

Sunday Store

The Russians are coming! Sergey Savin of Saint Petersburg, Russia dropped this nugget of psychedelic wonderment known as Sunday Store on us. Hipsters do exist in the land of Putin, no matter what Fox News says. This directly from Sergey;

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Rock of the Arts

Club Crawl

Sylvan Esso
w/ Dosh
Majestic Theatre
Thu, Sept. 4 (sold-out!)
 
Trampled By Turtles
w/ Hurray for the Riff Raff
Overture Hall
Fri. Sept. 5

The Midwest Beat
(Record Release)
w/ Fire Retarded, Sugar Stems, Cowboy Winter
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Sept. 5

The Dig (NYC)
w/ Vic and Gab
Memorial Union Terrace
Sat, Sept. 6 (Free!)

w/ Lee Bains III
& The Glory Fires,
Orgone, Lizzo,
Four Fists featuring
P.O.S. & Astronautalis
Madison's CENTRAL PARK
Sun, Sept. 7 (3pm - 8pm)

Joey's Song
Benefit Concert
w/ THE KNOW-IT-ALL BOYFRIENDS
Feat: Butch Vig & Duke Erikson from Garbage, Freedy Johnston
& special guest Chaser
Majestic Theatre
Sun, Sept. 7

Tenement
w/ Your Pest Band,
Sanhose
Mickey's Tavern
Tues, Sept 9 (Free!)

Communion Showcase:
w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield
Crash, Oh, My Love!
The Frequency
Wed, Sept. 17

Black Lips
w/ The King Khan & BBQ Show, The Hussy
High Noon Saloon
Thur, Sept. 18
 
Spoon
w/ EMA
Orpheum Theater
Thur, Sept. 18

Live on King Street
w/ The Head & the Heart,
Bare Mutants,
Count This Penny
Majestic Theatre (outside)
Fri, Sept. 19 (Free!) 

Lee Fields and the Expressions
w/ Spirit Family Reunion
Majestic Theatre
Fri, Sept. 19 (Inside)

The War on Drugs
w/ Califone
Majestic Theatre
Sat, Sept. 20

Justin Townes Earle
w/ American Aquarium
Barrymore Theatre
Wed, Sept. 24 

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Stoughton Opera House
Show # 1
Thurs, Sept. 25
 
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Stoughton Opera House
Show # 2
Fri, Sept. 26

Twin Peaks
w/ NE-HI, The Liqs
& Varsity
The Frequency
Fri, Sept. 26

Panda Bear
w/ Blues Control
Majestic Theatre
Sat, Sept. 27

Tim & Eric
w/ Dr. Steve Brule
Barrymore Theatre
Sat, Sept. 27

The Wood Brothers
w/ Chris Kasper
Stoughton Opera House
Thur, Oct. 2

Shovels & Rope
w/ John Fulbright
Barrymore Theater
Sun, Oct 5

PAWS (Glasgow)
w/ Total Slacker
and Flashlights
Der Rathskeller
Fri, Oct. 10 (Free!)

Delta Spirit
w/ Sacco
Barrymore Theater
Mon, Oct. 13

Field Report
w/ TBA
The Frequency
Wed, Oct. 15

Meat Puppets
& Cass McCombs
High Noon Saloon
Wed, Oct. 22

Dum Dum Girls
w/ Ex Cops
High Noon Saloon
Thur, Oct. 23

POND
High Noon Saloon
Fri. Oct 24

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