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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

Har Mar Superstar
& The Pizza Underground
w/ Candy Boys,
Tickle Torture
High Noon Saloon
Sun, Nov 30

Cracker
w/ Mojo Radio 
Majestic Theatre
Wed, Dec. 3

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue
starring Los Straightjackets
w/ Ian McLagan
Barrymore Theatre
Thur, Dec 4

J.E. Sunde + Kalispell
w/ Dolores
The Frequency
Thu, Dec 4

Hugh Bob &
The Hustle
w/ The Sharrows
The Frequency
Fri, Dec 5
 
Shakey Graves
w/ Sean Rowe,
Esmé Patterson
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Dec 5 (sold out)

The Sea and Cake
w/ Building on Buildings
High Noon Saloon
Thu, Dec 11

The Lone Bellow
w/ Robert Ellis
Stoughton Opera House
Fri, Dec 12

WINTERSONG
w/ Anna Vogelzang, 
Count This Penny,
Corey Hart, Paul Otteson, Faux Fawn, Whitney Mann, Crane Your Swan Neck, Dietrich Gosser
Barrymore Theater
Sat, Dec 13
 
FRZN FEST
w/ Cloud Nothings,
Hamilton Leithauser,
Strand of Oaks, deM atlaS,
Protomartyr + More
Thur, Jan 15 - Sun, Jan 18

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