Great weather, free food and drinks, and so much music EVERYWHERE! This is a very unhelpful statement about the greatest place in the world but if you’ve never been it’s hard to put into words the energy and excitement surrounding South by Southwest.

A few of us from WUD were lucky enough to go down this year and I did have an amazing time; I  saw great music and not-so-great music, experienced the power of the badge, and oh yeah, those sound guys. So enjoy some pics from my time in Austin!

( I also stuck a great Shit People at SXSW Don’t Say video in by The Spinto Band just for kicks at the end)

Hooray For Earth, such a kewl venue

Random water balloon fight broke out on 6th StPurity Ring at the Pitchfork ShowcaseAlabama Shakes at the Yours Truly house!Chickens in the backyard at the YT house! What up, Zola JesusThe Spin Showcase at Stubb’sTennis at the Hype Hotel. Free drinks AND Taco Bell!Oh hey, Guards. Love ya.GIVERS, my favorite show these guys are so great!


Weekend in Photos

Astronautalis. Picture by T.J. Matzen. All pictures by T.J. Matzen were edited by Steven Spoerl.

Have we told you lately that you guys rock? At the Astronautalis show, along with our stellar Badger attendees we had visitors from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and all over Wisconsin who came to see the traveling rhyme-slinger do the things that only he can do. Over 300 of you saw him perform songs from his albums (and appropriately screamed the lyrics back at him), two freestyles about fan-submitted subjects from Cinnamon Toast Crunch to the George Clooney, and tell off-the-cuff jokes that make you confident that he could have a successful stand-up comedy career if he ever wanted to give that a shot. Openers Bi-Polar Bear did a great job of complementing his hip-hop side while Hewn delivered energetic, Tom Waits-praising growl-rock.

It was a party in every sense of the word. These pictures do a great job of showing that (though there’s nothing like the real thing, which is why y’all should hit our free shows at Der Rath and The Sett). If you have pics from this show or the Advance Base and Poison Control Center / Sat Nite. Duets / The Fatty Acids shows that you think the world should see, please send them to Check out the photos and video below. Click to enlarge. More after the jump.

Bi-Polar Bear. Picture by T.J. Matzen

Hewn. Picture by Steven Spoerl.

Video of Astronautalis by Steven Spoerl.

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The Weekend In Photos

There are over 80 pictures to check out here of the weekend’s concerts; the bands were just too photogenic to narrow it down any more. YACHT’s video graphics, amazing poses, crowd interactions, and general awesomeness made each picture unique. Asobi Seksu’s energy comes through in photos of them. Juniper Tar invited folks on stage, which made for excellent pictures. Photos of Night Moves, Asumaya, Trapper Schoepp, and Kane Place Record Club also display how hard these guys rock. So check out the pics – you might just spot yourself in some.

Have pictures of these shows you think the world needs to see? Send them to and we’ll probably add them. Click photos to enlarge.

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The Weekend in Photos

All pictures of F. Stokes by Molly Palzkill

Check out some photos from F. Stokes’ homecoming and Lost Lander playing WSUM. Do you want to see your pictures in this segment? Send your pics of WUD Music events to along with you’re name. If we like them, we’ll post them!

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Lost Lander
Der Rathskeller, February 10th, 2012
WSUM Appearance

All pictures of Lost Lander by Cara Hunt.

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Weekend in Pictures: Los Campesinos! + Parenthetical Girls

Los Campesinos! Photo by Azaria Posik

Well done, Badgers. This weekend’s show was easily the most well-attended event The Sett’s ever seen. Bored in class? Want to play a version of “Where’s Waldo?” where ‘Waldo’ is you? Try to find yourself in these pictures that also contain famous people. Click to enlarge. More after the jump.

Parenthetical Girls. Photo by Molly Palzkill.

Parenthetical Girls. Photo by Molly Palzkill.

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DMF Recap: French Horn Rebellion

This is what a party looks like; this is what DANCE MTHR FCKR looks like. Things got crazy on Friday, as dancers packed the Sett (and the stage) for Milwaukee’s own French Horn Rebellion. Go ahead, try to find someone who’s not enjoying themselves in these pictures.

Did you miss the party? Lucky for you we have a DMF every Friday from midnight to 2 a.m. Check out the pictures below (more after the jump), and keep an eye on the calendar to see who’s spinning for future DMF’s.

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Forward Announces Headliner


Hot off the presses and thanks to a tip from fellow WUD Music member Ethan Berlin, Forward Music Fest announces the 2009 headliner, Andrew Bird at Overture Hall. Madison’s finest Pale Young Gentlemen will open. This announcement can only mean more great things to come for the fledgling festival.

It’s no secret that Madison loves Andrew Bird.

On another note, I have a great story about Andy Bird, or rather his backing band that I need to share.

Two weeks ago when I was finishing up my shift at Pete’s Candy Store and having a drink at the bar, a bearded and trucker capped man looking a little road weary sits down next to me. He orders a Guiness and a shot of Jim Beam, looks at me and offers me a shot of Jim Beam. I take it. We get to talking. He plays drums in a band and I ask him “Which band?” He says “Andrew Bird.” And I do a double take and say, “Wait, you’re Dosh, aren’t you?” He says, “Yeah, Martin Dosh.” I reminisced about past Andrew Bird performances I had seen including Bird and Dosh’s performance at the Union Theater in Sept. ’07. The rest of the backing band shows up and we do a little talking and a little more drinking. It’s about 2:45am at this point. The bar is closed and we head down the street to the band’s tour bus and continue to drink until about 4am. After kindly being promised 2 spots on the guest list at fucking Radio City Music Hall for the show the next day (Thursday, June 18), I stumbled to the subway and eventually made it home around 5am for a night’s rest. Sure enough, the next day Ethan and I show up at Radio City with spots on the guest list in the Orchestra. It’s a crazy story to believe but it happened.

Forward will announce more acts on July 8 and I’m excited for what’s to come. The weekend of Sept. 18 and 19 should provide many stories for festival goers and build upon last spring’s surprises such as the Diplo after-party (engineered by Forward’s own wunderkind Wyndham Manning) and the impromptu apartment crash by U-N-I.



Here’s to future unexpected brushes with fame.

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