Rock of the Arts

... all indie, all the time

Mesa Amplifiers available at Cascio Interstate Music
Home Reviews

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 Reviler.org 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. 

Read more...
 

Watch FIDLAR channel their inner CCR

FIDLAR

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. 

Read more...
 

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.

Read more...
 

Watch The Babies video "Baby"

The Babies

By the stroke of god and an open date between Chicago and Minneapolis, you might have caught The Babies at Mickey's Tavern in Madison for a free Monday night show a while back.

A side project of Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and Kevin Morby of Woods, The Babies second album "Our House On The Hill" has been out  for just a short period of time. The gig at Mickeys was only the fourth date of their tour.

Read more...
 
Page 10 of 34

Rock of the Arts

Club Crawl

Sylvan Esso
w/ Dosh
Majestic Theatre
Thu, Sept. 4
 
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
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/ TBA
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

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

Syndication

feed-image Feed Entries

Connect with us

 twitterFacebookYouTubeInstagrampinterest

Sound Board

     Launch Indie Music Player Pop-Up

Music News Round-up