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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

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

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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