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All hail to Royal Blood! UK power duo delivers while Mini Mansions impress

Royal Blood

There’s an old adage in rock n roll “blowing the doors off a venue.” In the case of Royal Blood, it’s blowing out the circuit breakers.

Bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher have been on quite a whirlwind since we saw them opening for the Pixies in Madison last fall. The duo won the Brit Award for Best British Group presented to them in London by none other than Jimmy Page. Their debut self-titled album released ten months ago just surged into the top ten in America, while their sold-out club tour is a warm up for dates with Foo Fighters. Hard rock fans with a liking toward blues-based influences flocked to the High Noon Saloon in Madison selling out the show well in advance.

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Brooklyn sax/synth wiz Jonah Parzen-Johnson melds analog sounds with Google Maps

Jonah Parzen-Johnson

Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a Brooklyn, by way of Chicago, purist who records live saxophone and analog synth on two track tape without loops or overdubs. The experimental soloist is on tour supporting a new album Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow on Primary Records. Parzen-Johnson stops by Bright Red Studios in Madison on Saturday night for a musical conversation about the negative effects of nostalgia on creativity and his crusade to look to the future for inspiration. He refers to his creative energy as lo-fi folk with a minimalist synth attitude.

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Hanging with DMA’s, The Living Statues, Oh My Love

DMA's

DMA’s were having a Spinal Tap moment. For some reason, their merchandise didn't make it to the venue and a fan wanted a t-shirt. “We’re waiting on an American company,” explains perplexed guitarist Johnny Took. The accommodating fan assures the band everything will be all right if they get the goods by their Bonnaroo gig.

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Courtney Barnett: Aussie with an attitude

Courtney Barnett

Maybe it's because the ozone layer is thinner over Australia that so many great rock bands come from Down Under. Too much ultra violet radiation can make you crazy. Take Courtney Barnett, the Melbourne rocker has single handedly reignited the torch for female guitar savvy heroics with witty lyrics and lots of attitude.

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Club Crawl

Dolores
w/ Daniel &
The Lion,
Michaela Thomas
High Noon Saloon
Mon, July 6

Ceremony
w/ Pity Sex, Tenement,
Tony Molina
The Frequency
Thu, July 9

Melvins
w/ Le Butcherettes
High Noon Saloon
Thu, July 9

Invisible Mansion
w/ Trophy Dad,
Hello Dmitri
Mickey's Tavern
Sat, July 11 (Free!)

Matthew Sweet
w/ The Orange Peels
High Noon Saloon
Sun, July 12

Jamaican Queens
w/ Made Violent,
Cold Fronts
The Frequency
Mon, July 13

Melt-Banana & Torche
w/ Hot Nerds, Zebras
High Noon Saloon
Wed, July 15

The Hussy
w/ Tree Blood
Shitty Barn (Spring Green)
Wed, July 15

Jessica Pratt
w/ Ryley Walker
The Frequency
Wed, July 15

Moon King
w/ Mr. Twin Sister
Memorial Union Terrace
Thu, July 16 (Free!)

Live on King Street
feat. The New Pornographers
w/ Thao & The Get Down Stay down and Bully
Martin Luther King Blvd (outside)
Fri, July 17 (Free!)

Faun Fables
Mother Fool's 
Coffee House
Fri, July 17

Eaux Claires
Music & Arts Festival
feat. Bon Iver,
The National, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens
+ more
Foster Farms - Eau Claire
July 17 & 18

Natalie Prass
w/ In Tall Buildings,
Hannah Luree
The Frequency
Sat, July 18

Indigo Girls
w/ Michelle Malone
Capitol Theater
Sun, July 19

Ex Hex w/ Tweens
& Uzi Ferrari
High Noon Saloon
Tue, July 21

Elvis Costello
& the Attractions
Overture Hall
Thu, July 23

Clap Your
Hands Say Yeah
w/ Teen Men
Majestic Theatre
Fri, July 24

Heaters w/ TBA
Memorial Union Terrace
Thu, July 23 (Free!)

Open Mike Eagle
w/ Milo
The Frequency
Fri, July 24

Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)
w/ Serengeti
Memorial Union Terrace
Fri, July 24 (Free!)

A.A. Bondy
w/ Wood Chickens
The Frequency
Sat, July 25

Lady Lamb
The Beekeeper
w/ TBA
Memorial Union Terrace
Sat, July 25 (Free!)

alt-J
w/ San Fermin
Riverside Theater (Milw)
Wed, July 29

Live on King Street
feat. Cloud Cult
w/ San Fermin, Zella Day
Majestic Theatre (outside)
Fri, July 31 (Free!)

Screaming Females
w/ Vacation, Dusk
The Frequency
Fri, July 31

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