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Rock of the Arts top ten Madison albums 2011

One thing can be said for Madison's music scene in 2011. It was the emergence of the city as a bona fide lo-fi mecca. Maybe you had to have your ear to the ground of the indie music blogs, like we do, to see the numerous mentions of Madison artists like Peaking Lights, Julian Lynch, All Tiny Creatures, Dead Luke and Slow Loris across the country. Something is going on here. Can someone please tell the Madison Area Music Awards?


Madison is developing a reputation as a fertile ground for experimental creativity outside the rigid confines of what’s left of the established music industry. Basement/bedroom studios are the norm with no rules, schedules or forced commercial intentions to get in the way. A true breeding environment for pure, original, independent music.

After running this blog for over two years there’s one thing that we’ve come to know. Madisonians would rather have a local artist take risks, push boundaries and potentially fail than go with the status quo. The same irreverent vigor that fueled the capitol protests is present in the music scene here. Revolution not only works in politics, but encompasses the arts and music as well.

Pundits argue that Madison is too small and fragmented to have a viable music scene comparable to Austin, Texas. We disagree. The constant four-year replenishment cycle of new students at the UW guarantees that the Madison indie breeding ground never gets stale, always injecting new energy into an ageless scene. You want proof?

Our top ten local Madison albums of 2011:

#10 Nellie Wilson and the Hellbound Honeys - Taking the 'O' Out of Country  

 #09 Jeremiah Nelson - Drugs to Make You Sober

 #08 The Midwest Beat - Gone Not Lost

 #07 The Hussy  - Cement Tomb Mind Control

 #06 Icarus Himself - Career Culture

 
#05 Slow Loris - Routine Glow

 #04 Dead Luke - Meanwhile...In the Midwest


God of Nothing
 

 #03 All Tiny Creatures - Harbors 

 
An Iris

 #02 Julian Lynch –  Terra

 
 #01 Peaking Lights – 936

 

All The Sun That Shines by Peaking Lights

 

Rock of the Arts

Club Crawl

Dale Watson &
His Lone Stars
w/ Pearls Mahone
High Noon Saloon
Wed, July 1

Against Me
w/ Frank Iero
& the Cellabration
Majestic Theatre
Fri, July 3

Blitzen Trapper
w/ We are the Willows
High Noon Saloon
Sat, July 4

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!)

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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