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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

Death Cab for Cutie
w/ The Antlers
Riverside Theater (Milw)
Mon, May 4

High Noon Saloon
11th Anniversary!
w/ Agent Orange,
In the Whale,
4 Aspirin Morning
Tue, May 5

David Bazan
w/ Advance Base
Shitty Barn
Spring Green
Wed, May 6

Vetiver
w/ Eric D. Johnson
of Fruit Bats
The Frequency
Thu, May 7

Pianos Become The Teeth
w/ Loma Prieta,
Gates
Cactus Club (Milw)
Fri, May 8

Dolores,
Surgeons in Heat (LP Release), Building on Buildings
High Noon Saloon
Wed, May 13

Tame Impala
w/ Mini Mansions
Riverside Theater (Milw)
Thu, May 14

Dan Deacon
w/ Prince Rama,
Ben O’Brien
High Noon Saloon
Fri, May 15

Jenny Lewis
w/ Nikki Lane
Turner Hall (Milw)
Tue, May 19

METZ and FIDLAR
High Noon Saloon
Sat, May 23

Surfer Blood
w/ Alex Calder
The Frequency
Sun, May 24

ST. VINCENT
w/ Sarah Neufeld
of Arcade Fire
Orpheum Theater
Tue, May 26

Built to Spill
w/ Wooden Indian
Burial Ground, Clark and the Himselfs
High Noon Saloon
Tue, May 26

Archie Powell
& The Exports
w/ Heavy Looks,
Little Legend
The Frequency
Fri, May 29

Mandolin Orange
w/ Michaela Anne
The Frequency
Sat, May 30
 
Royal Blood
w/ Mini Mansions
High Noon Saloon
Sun, May 31

Hot Chip
w/ Slow Magic
Turner Hall (Milw)
Sun, May 31

Father John Misty
w/ Springtime Carnivore
Pabst Theater (Milw)
Sun, May 31

Milo Greene
w/ Hey Marseilles 
High Noon Saloon
Mon, June 1

NE-HI
w/ Modern Mod,
Dolores
The Frequency
Thu, June 4

CJ Ramone 
& Shonen Knife
w/ TBA
Cactus Club (Milw)
Tues, June 9

The John Spencer Blues Explosion
w/ Daddy Long Legs
High Noon Saloon 
Sat, June 13 

Kate Tempest
w/ TBA
High Noon Saloon
Mon, Jun 15

Future Birds
w/ Christopher Gold,
The Sharrows
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Jun 19

Dawes
w/ Langhorne Slim
Capitol Theatre
Sat, June 20

Iceage
w/ Low Life
High Noon Saloon
Sun, Jun 21

Eaux Claires
Music & Arts Festival
feat. Bon Iver,
The National, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens
+ more
Foster Farms - Eau Claire
July 17 & 18

Elvis Costello
& the Attractions
Overture Hall
Thu, July 23

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