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Party on the pond with Garbage and The Flaming Lips

Shirley Manson

Shirley Manson’s hair is even a redder-red now, tightly pulled back and stacked atop her head in an erect cylinder. She has followed the band on stage and is beaming. This smiling Scot strikes a stark contrast to the v1.0 Shirley Manson who always seemed to me more Manson than Shirley. I and the rest of the world were first introduced to Garbage back in 1995 with their pink-feathered covered self-titled debut. 

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Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Tim McIlrath cover Patti Smith at Madison rally

Tom Morello

Madison is a liberal political bastion that attracts activist musicians from around the country. The recall election between Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, has fired up the grassroots revolutionary spirit. Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Tim McIlrath, Brother Ali and Mike McColgan stopped by the Labor Temple in Madison to play for a "Get Out The Vote" rally.

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Jennifer Herrema and RTX is Black Bananas

Jennifer Herrema

Jennifer Herrema, the iconic "heroin chic" poster girl of the 90s and one-half of the influential Royal Trux band, has a new project out called Black Bananas. Reincarnated from her last band RTX, Black Bananas released "Rad Times Xpress IV" in January and have been on the road with with Sleigh Bells and Heavy Cream. More recently the band has been providing support for Kurt Vile.

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Peaking Lights on mixtapes, psychedelics and lucifer

Peaking Lights with Mikko 
Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis of Peaking Lights bid farewell to Madison late last year, but not before becoming a dub-psych trio with the birth of their son Mikko. The young lad has become an unofficial member of the band, guesting on the just released track "LO HI" from the eagerly anticipated new album "Lucifer" due out in June.

Madison's loss is L.A.'s gain as the couple headed back to the golden state, with little Mikko in tow, to set-up camp. Last year's brilliant "936" from Peaking Lights was our number one local Madison album for 2011.

Aaron Coyes recently spoke with indie music blog Adhoc:

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Club Crawl

Lydia Loveless
w/ Rodeo Bums
High Noon Saloon
Wed, April 23

Temples
w/ Drowners
& Squarewave
High Noon Saloon
Fri, April 25

Danny Brown
Lucki Eck$, ZelooperZ
Majestic Theatre
Fri, April 25

The Uncluded
(Aesop Rock
& Kimya Dawson)
w/ Toki Wright & Big Cats,
Charles Grant
High Noon Saloon
Thurs, May 1

Cloud Nothings
w/ Protomartyr
& Fire Retarded
High Noon Saloon
Fri, May 2

Roger McGuinn
(of the Byrds)
Stoughton Opera House
Fri, May 2

The 1975
Orpheum Theater
Sat, May 3

EMA
w/ Downtown Boys
High Noon Saloon
Sat, May 3

High Noon Saloon's 10th
Anniversary Party with 
Murder By Death 
& Those Poor Bastards
Sun, May 4 

Fitz & the Tantrums
w/ Night Terrors of 1927
Barrymore Theatre
Tues, May 6

PEAKING LIGHTS
W/ Trin Tran
High Noon Saloon
Tues, May 6
Early Show: 6:30 – 9:30pm

LOW
Shitty Barn
Wed, May 7
Spring Green

Neko Case
w/ The Dodos
Orpheum Theater
Wed, May 14

Acid Mothers Temple
w/ Perhaps 
The Frequency
Sat, May 17

Atlas Sound
w/ Fargo
Majestic Theatre
Fri, May 23

Ghost of a
Saber Tooth Tiger
(Sean Lennon &
Charlotte Kemp Muhl)
w/ TBA 
High Noon Saloon
Sat, May 31

Blitzen Trapper
w/ The Parkington Sisters
High Noon Saloon
Tues, June 12

Diarrhea Planet 
w/ Fire Retarded 
and Midnight Run
High Noon Saloon
Sun, June 17

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