Review: Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees garage rock nirvana

I knew something was up when the long line of fans waiting patiently to enter the High Noon Saloon snaked out into the parking lot. This was no ordinary crowd. Garage rock fanatics from Milwaukee and Chicago joined Madison fans in a Saturday night meeting of the minds to worship Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees. Yes, a true taste of lo-fi San Francisco guitar driven angst. In addition, Madison bands The Hussy and Trin Tran were on hand to add some local flavor.

Madison's Trin Tran to release record on Ty Segall's new label

Trin Tran

Trin Tran, the one-man band creation of Madison’s Steve Coombs, has quite a cult following. One of those ardent fans turns out to be garage-rocker Ty Segall who just happens to be starting his own label imprint God? in conjunction with Drag City Records. Who does Ty want for the first release on his new label? You guessed it…Trin Tran.

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Listen to new track from PHOX album Friendship


The ever-crazy Matt Holmen of Madison band PHOX checked in with us for an update. He also included a track from the new album Friendship. This is what Matt had to say:

"What's shaking? Hope summer is winding down well for you. It is indeed over here, as PHOX just finished our first full-length album, and we're super jazzed about it!"

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Montreal troubadours Plants and Animals thrive in live setting

plants and animals

Few places in the world harbor better artists than Montreal; Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire, Chromeo and Grimes all call the Canadian culture center home. That’s why I was looking forward to Montreal's Plants and Animals in the intimate surroundings of The Frequency in Madison on a Saturday night. It was final exam week at UW-Madison and although students were scarce, the crowd was made up of hard-core fans. Many of whom came  from outside the city to see a great live show and no one left disappointed.

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