tUnE-yArDs latest album "WHOKILL" has taken the blogoshpere by storm. We caught a live performance of "Gangsta" at the French Legation Musuem during SXSW.
Ted Leo shows his admiration for the Wisconsin protesters on the UW Memorial Union Terrace.
Indie Sound Board Spotlight
New Orleans is home base for Generationals. Smart hooks with 60’s guitar/keyboard stylings and enough low-fi reverberation to invoke the feeling of a new sound. We fell in love with the band after seeing them with Ra Ra Riot several weeks back at the Majestic Theater in Madison. Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer are the masterminds behind Generationals. A touring version, with three additional members, will be at the Memorial Union der Rathskeller. Generationals are out on the road behind their second album, Actor- Caster on Park the Van Records. We had a chance to ask Grant Widmer a few questions.
Ra Ra Riot’s last show in Madison was a sold-out gig at the High Noon Saloon during the Forward Music Festival in September of 2009. The band was riding high on the success of the “The Rumb Line" album, a Letterman appearance and the blessing of indie bloggers across the country. Since then the band has released their second album “The Orchard” with help on mixing duties from Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij.
Ra Ra Riot
We had seen Ra Ra Riot on Daytrotter’s Barnstormer III tour last April as they showcased material off the new album. Ra Ra Riot’s spirited chamber pop is anchored by the sweet tones of cellist Alexandra Lawn and violinist Rebecca Zeller creating a unique sound that lead vocalist Wes Miles can pull the reins on. This was the band’s last show of a U.S. tour before heading off to Japan and they were operating smoothly on all cylinders.