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Twin Peaks headline Chicago invasion

Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks

If you wanted a peek into the Chicago rock n' roll scene there was no better place to be than the Frequency last Friday night. Twin Peaks, the latest bad boys to emerge from the Windy City, have quite the reputation. Besides being close friends of The Orwells they brought along an impressive group of emerging Chicago bands including NE-HI, The Liq's, and VARSITY.


Brett Dennen’s personality shines through on acoustic tour

Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen was barefoot and seated on the large barren stage, with some of his artwork displayed on a table next to his wooden chair.

“This is the first night of my tour, so we’ll see how this goes,” he said hesitantly.


Watch Black Lips King Khan BBQ party!

Black Lips and King Khan

It was a sizzling southern BBQ with Black Lips and King Khan. The night was hot and steamy. The club was sold-out and the crowd yearned for the craziness of a wild rock show.

Anyone who's familiar with Atlanta's Black Lips knows they're unpredictable. The last time we saw them at SXSW, Cole Alexander played guitar with his manhood at a Dickies music showcase. Their last stop in Madison was on Easter Sunday in 2010 with The Hussy where Cole proceeded to make out with bassist Jared Swilley onstage and Bobby Hussy dressed as Jesus with a crown of thorns on his long locks.


Four Fists with P.O.S. and Astronautilus drive YumYum Fest music vibe

P.O.S. and Astronautilus don't need a stage

YumYum Fest features the cream of the crop from Madison restaurants. So, it should be no surprise the music lineup for the inaugural festival would match the creativity and innovative spirit of the chefs involved.

The diverse mix of artists included southern rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, the R&B funk of Orgone and a Minneapolis hip-hop lesson from Lizzo and Four Fists featuring P.O.S. and AstronautilusLazerbeek, the Minneapolis-based underground producer, announced via Twitter early in the day that he would be making the trek to Madison providing master music director services for both Lizzo and Four Fists.


Glory be to the ACID BABY JESUS

It's true, we never pass on a good psych-rock band. From a secluded Greek island infused with the spirit of Roky Erickson, Sky Saxon and Mediterranean folk leanings comes ACID BABY JESUS. A Greek psychedelic rock hybrid band that incorporates Greece's rebetiko music into their infinite distorted fuzz.

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Rock of the Arts

Club Crawl

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

Maps & Atlases
w/ Mutts
The Frequency
Fri, Oct. 3

SLOW MAGIC w/ Kodak to Graph, Daktyl
The Frequency
Sat, Oct. 4

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

Of Montreal
w/ Pillar Point
Majestic Theatre
Sun, Oct. 5

Mason Jennings
w/ Lucette
Stoughton Opera House
Thu, Oct. 9

Total Slacker
w/ PAWS (Glasgow)
and Flashlights
UW Memorial Union
Fri, Oct. 10 (Free!)

Surfer Blood
w/ We are Scientists
& Eternal Summers
The Sett - Union South
Fri, Oct. 10 (Free!)

w/ Royal Blood
Orpheum Theater
Sun, Oct. 12

S. Carey
w/ Vic & Gab
Majestic Theatre
Tues, Oct. 14

Delta Spirit
w/ Sacco
Barrymore Theater
Wed,, Oct. 15

Gardens & Villa
UW Memorial Union
Fri, Oct. 17

Grayskul (Seattle)
Union South - The Sett
Sat, Oct. 18

Communion Showcase:
w/ Field Report,
Water Liars,
The Whigs
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

w/ Doctopus
High Noon Saloon
Fri. Oct 24

We Were Promised Jet Packs
w/ The Twilight Sad
Majestic Theatre
Sat. Oct. 25

w/ Atmosphere
American Authors,
The Mowgli's,
Generationals + More
State Street
Sat, Nov 1

Flannel Fest 2014 
w/ Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Daniel and The Lion, The Mascot Theory, Dead Horses, The Beth Kille Band, The Sharrows
High Noon Saloon
Sat. Nov. 8

My Brightest Diamond
w/ Dosh & Ghostband
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Nov. 14


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