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Watch the Hooten Hallers live - Methamphetamine Romance

Hooten Hallers

We've been hearing about the Hooten Hallers for years. Our blogger friends from Columbia, Missouri swear by the local duo who manage to put their own quirky take on rootsy swamp rock. John Randall, vocals and guitar along Andy Rehm on drums and vocals deliver a "state of mind experience" that is best seen live. Their shows are crazy, unpredictable and sometimes even scary. A whiskey drinking  two piece hillbilly rock machine.


MN/WI Scene Swap - Leisure Birds

Leisure Birds Globe Master

Editor's note: This is the first MN/WI Scene Swap article where Madison's Rock of the Arts and Minneapolis music blog swap artists. PHOX was our Madison choice. Leisure Birds was chosen by our Twin Cities friends.

The Twin Cities music scene is small enough that it is not all that unusual to see many of the same artists in varying different artistic endeavors throughout the years.  Bands come together and drift apart with regularity, their various members going on to form other bands, solo projects, one-off collaborations, etc.  Occasionally the various different combinations really cohere into something great. 

So it is with Minneapolis quartet Leisure Birds, a band comprised of faces familiar to anyone who has paid attention to Twin Cities’ music over the last few years.  Made up of Jake Luck, Colin Gormand Weiland, Alex Achen and Cory Carlson, Leisure Birds have struck gold with a fuzzy, spaced-out, krautrock sound. 


Watch FIDLAR channel their inner CCR


Fidlar has been raising the punk rock flag on the indie blogosphere over the last few months. The Los Angeles quartet have been linked with rekindling the 1977 spirit of the Ramones and Sex Pistols. Their name is an acronym for "Fuck It, Dog, Life's A Risk." Now, you can't get much more in your face than that. Except to name one of your EP's "Don't Try" after poet Charles Bukowski's epitaph. Fidlar claims west coast influences like the Germs, Black Flag and the Cramps. Throw in some classic rock – notably Creedence Clearwater Revival – for good measure and you have the ingredients for their debut self-titled album to be released in January. 
While leaving no leaf unturned, Fidlar has released a video for "Gimmie Something" from the new album. You could say Fidlar is channeling their inner CCR with a video clip that looks suspiciously like John Fogerty and company. 


Listen to Hovercraft Wisconsin Indie Music Sampler 2012

Hover Craft

Nothing like a local Milwaukee holiday craft fair to put together one of the better state music samplers we’ve heard in a while. Hover Craft celebrates everything local and that includes a rockin’ 19 song Milwaukee-centric Bandcamp indie sampler featuring musicians from across Wisconsin. Madison is represented by the Hussy and the Midwest Beat.

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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!)

Good Style Shop
Sat, Sept. 6

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

Joey's Song
Benefit Concert
Feat: Butch Vig & Duke Erikson from Garbage, Freedy Johnston
& special guest Chaser
Majestic Theatre
Sun, Sept. 7

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

Bubble Music Festival
Various Madison Venues
Thurs, Sept 11 thru
Sat, Sept 13

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
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
Wed,, Oct. 15

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

High Noon Saloon
Fri. Oct 24


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