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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

 

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Club Crawl

Meat Puppets
& Cass McCombs
High Noon Saloon
Wed, Oct. 22

Dum Dum Girls
w/ Ex Cops
High Noon Saloon
Thur, Oct. 23

POND
w/ Doctopus
& Dolores
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Oct 24

We Were Promised Jet Packs
w/ The Twilight Sad
Majestic Theatre
Sat, Oct. 25

w/ Atmosphere, Prof
American Authors,
The Mowgli's,
Generationals + More
State Street
Sat, Nov 1

Tokyo Police Club
w/ Arkells,
The Living Statues
Majestic Theatre
Wed, Nov 5

Flannel Fest 2014 
w/ Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Daniel and The Lion, The Mascot Theory, Dead Horses, The Beth Kille Band, The Sharrows
High Noon Saloon
Sat, Nov. 8

Sonny Knight & the Lakers
The Frequency
Sat, Nov 8

Brother Ali
w/ Bambu, DJ Last Word, Hosted By MaLLy
High Noon Saloon
Thu, Nov 13
 
My Brightest Diamond
w/ Dosh & Ghostband
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Nov. 14

Henry Rollins:
Spoken Word Tour
Stoughton Opera House
Sun, Nov 16

Run the Jewels
(feat El-P + Killer Mike)
w/ Ratking, Despot
Majestic Theatre
Fri, Nov. 21

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