Saturday, February 14th in Der Rath: White Arrows w/ CHAPPO

Spend your Valentine’s day with a night of upbeat, feel good indie pop.

White Arrows have been described as “psychedelic pop” and that encompases a lot of their sound.  With electronic undertones and it will be hard not to dance as they play. This is what good pop music sounds like. Originally getting their start in New York but now based out of Los Angeles, they released their first album, Dry Land Is Not A Myth in 2012. Their newest album In Bardo was released in September of 2014. Previously they’ve toured with the likes of Cults, White Denim, The Neighbourhood, Santigold, and The Naked and Famous. Fans of any one of these acts plus fans of groups like Animal Collective and MGMT will LOVE this show.

Here’s a super cool/visually appealing White Arrows music video they released in the fall:

And here’s a live video so you can get a peek at how awesome this show will be:

Along with White Arrows, CHAPPO is playing. I swear you’ve heard their song Come Home before, it was definitely in a commercial or something a couple years ago. It’s infectious and poppy and is one of the most fun songs to get stuck in your head. It’s off their full length album Moonwater which was released in 2012. More recently though, CHAPPO released an EP entitled Celebrate in December.

Come Home:

Celebrate (lyric video that came out only a week ago):

Why spend money on a Valentine’s dinner when you can enjoy free fun indie rock music instead? 8:00 pm in der Rath in Memorial Union.

WUD Music’s List of Lists #6: The Spring 2015 Lineup (So Far)

This is Mod Sun. (Photo copyright by Evan Dell)

This is Mod Sun. (Photo copyright by Evan Dell)

We’re just over a week away from free live concerts picking up again at Memorial Union and Union South, and we have a solid bunch of shows we’d like to share with you. Save the dates!

Friday, January 23rd in Memorial Union – Raura w/ Xoe Wise
Friday, January 23rd in Union South – Pat McCurdy
Saturday, January 24th in Memorial Union – The Racing Pulses w/ Busy Living
Saturday, January 24th in Union South – F. Stokes
Friday, January 30th in Memorial Union – Saturday Looks Good To Me
Friday, January 30th in Union South – Chicago Afrobeat Project
Saturday, January 31st in Memorial Union – The Living Statues
Saturday, February 7th in Memorial Union – Barley Jacks
Saturday, February 14th in Memorial Union – White Arrows
Saturday, February 14th in Union South – A Ferris Ferris Ferris Valentine’s Day (featuring music curated by the one and only Ben Ferris)
Friday, February 20th in Memorial Union – TV Girl
Saturday, February 21st in Memorial Union – JMSN
Thursday, February 26th in Union South – Cakes Da Killa
Friday, March 6th in Memorial Union – Lust for Youth
Friday, March 6th in Union South – Sidewalk Chalk w/ Kiernan McMullen
Saturday, March 7th in Union South – Wave Chapelle w/ Charles Grant and Max Meridius
Friday, March 13th in Memorial Union – Mod Sun
Saturday, March 14th in Memorial Union – Jake Armerding
Friday, April 10th in Union South – Foxygen
Shows in Memorial Union will take place in Der Rathskeller, and shows in Union South will take place in The Sett. All showtimes are 9 PM, except for shows in Memorial Union in February, which will be starting at 8 PM (it’s a pet project!).
Hope you like the list so far! We will be announcing more shows periodically throughout the semester, so make sure to check back here, like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter! Peace!

 

THIS FRIDAY: Dizzy Wright in Union South – FAQs

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Hey there music lovers! If you haven’t heard yet, we are having a ticketed show to end our Fall semester with a bang. Independent rappers Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton are coming to Union South THIS FRIDAY, December 5th, and tickets are still on sale!

I’m sure a lot of you have a lot of questions about the show overall, so we’re here to lay everything out for you (in FAQ form), so when all your friends are hearing about this show last minute and grilling you with questions, you will have the inside scoop from us and be the cool friend for knowing what the hell is going down on campus. Without further ado, here are the facts:

I hate reading unless it’s on Facebook. Where else can I find this info?

You can join our Facebook event and find most everything you need to know, but the best tidbits are below!

When is this show? Where is it?

Again, this show is Friday, December 5th. It will be taking place in The Sett in Union South. If you need to utilize Mapquest or another service to find the venue, the address for Union South is 1308 W. Dayton Street, 53715.

Wait a second. WUD Music shows are normally $FREE.99. Why do I have to pay for this one?

While we here at WUD Music strive to fulfill our mission of booking great free music every weekend, on occasion we will book an artist that takes a little more out of our budget than average. Selling tickets for these special shows allow us to present the artist to you for a price that is affordable for both you and us.

So how much are tickets?

Tickets are $15 today through Thursday. The price increases to $18 on Friday (the day of the show).

Am I eligible to purchase a ticket?

Tickets are available for purchase by any and all students in the Madison area with Student ID. UW-Madison, Edgewood College, MATC, Madison Media Institute, you name it. Members of The Wisconsin Union can also purchase tickets.

Awesome, I am eligible! So where can I purchase these tickets?

Tickets are available for purchase at the Memorial Union and Vilas Hall box offices. The MU box office is located in the newly renovated West Wing, and the Vilas box office is attached to VIlas Hall and can be entered on East Campus Mall.

You can also purchase tickets online (with fees) at http://bit.ly/DizzyTix.

Crap. I am not a student, nor am I am Union member. But I REALLY wanted to see this show! What can I do to get in?

Fortunately for you, Mr./Ms. Ineligible, there are ways to attend this show if you are not currently a student or Union Member. You can join The Wisconsin Union here, and become a Union Member today! Trust us, there are more benefits to becoming a member than just this show.

Eligible purchasers are also able to buy up to two tickets, so they can bring a guest (eligible or not) with them to the show!

What the hell? I’m trying to buy tickets online and I can’t print them off! What’s up with that?!

Because of our guidelines for who is allowed to purchase tickets, we have to check for student IDs or Union membership cards regardless of whether you purchase in person or online. All tickets ordered online can be picked up at will call the day of the show.

Where is this “will call” you speak of?

You can pick up will call tickets at the Union South box office, which is near the Daily Scoop on the first floor of the building.

Can I purchase tickets the day of at the Union South box office also?

Yes, you can! Remember though, tickets are $18 day of show, so get your rear in gear and save yourself some money! The Union South box office will be open the day of the show from 5:30PM to 10:00PM.

When is Dizzy Wright ACTUALLY going to go on stage?

The doors to The Sett will open at 8:00PM and the show starts at 9:00PM. Follow us on Twitter, to get these details of set times the night of the show. Hope this helped everyone. Thanks for reading!

Wait! What if I don’t like hip hop and still want to see something cool?

Oh, we’ve got you covered. Vinyl Theatre is showing off their indie pop sound in Der Rathskeller in Memorial Union. The show starts with The Millennium at 9:00PM. Join our Facebook Event here!

Again, thanks for reading, and hopefully this answers all your questions. If you have any additional questions, hit us up on Twitter or the Dizzy Wright Facebook event. Peace.

Night Moves w/Pony Bwoy and The Great Duck War: Saturday, November 15th, der Rathskeller

I’m normally not one to put genre labels on bands. But today, I AM THAT PERSON. “Psychedelic Country” is TOTALLY Night Moves. If I had to describe them in terms of other bands (which I’ve been trying to do for years now with almost no success because they are so original) I would mayyyyybe say something along the lines of Fleetwood Mac beats with twangy/Tame Impala-ish/Temples-ish vocals. But even that cannot describe them in all their glory.

Look at at all that hair.

Look at all that hair.

I listen to a lot of hip-hop/rap and alternative artists, and not much country music. However, I find myself scouring the interwebz in search of more Night Moves.

Between their charming twang, groovy bellbottoms, and echoing vocals, there is something for everyone to love.

This Minneapolis-based group has played on campus before. I first saw them on complete accident in high school in 2011, and INSTANTLY fell in love. Since then they’ve returned every year, probably Madison’s music taste is impeccable and we don’t want to escape those dreamy chords.

Check out their live performance of “Headlights” on KEXP here:

Night Moves’ return to Madison is special this time. They’re bringing some friends with them: Pony Bwoy.

Pony Bwoy must have caught the Night Moves fever.

Pony Bwoy must have caught the Night Moves fever.

When wandering around Youtube Narnia one night I discovered Pony Bwoy’s most chill music video; it oozed synth and bled passion. My eyes were glued to my Ba$ic Bitch Macbook Pro. I was hooked.

Here is that video, PREPARE YOSELF:

TURNS OUT THEY’RE FRIENDS WITH NIGHT MOVES— WHO KNEW?? It was perfect. This show was ‘bout 2 be off da hook.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Who doesn’t like jamming to your friend’s band like you would in a house show??
The Great Duck War to the rescue!

Reid Kurkerewicz and Noah and Justin Huber combine Modest Mouse-esque vocals with energetic drumming and delicate guitar to create one hell of a sound.

How could you not love these g00nz??

The Great Duck War killin' the photo game.

The Great Duck War killin’ the photo game.

You can catch all these gnarly bands this Saturday in der Rathskeller. You don’t want to be that person at your neighbor’s house party next week who missed this show, do you?

Oh, did I mention it’s FREE?!

JUST ANNOUNCED: Dizzy Wright w/ Jarren Benton, 12/5 @ Union South

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Independent Hip-Hop heads rejoice! We are proud to present Funk Volume rappers Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton as a dynamic duo that is ready to help Madison students finish their fall semester with a bang.

Equal parts hard and chill, Dizzy Wright comes out of Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been establishing his own sound since he signed to L.A. rapper Hopsin’s independent record label, Funk Volume.Through his hustle, he earned himself a spot in XXL Magazine’s 2013 Freshman Class. His latest project, State of Mind, is a seven-song EP that dropped in April and peaked at 54 on the Billboard 200. You can listen to State of Mind via Spotify below.

Hailing from Decatur Georgia, Jarren Benton brings an entirely different vein of hip hop with his sound. With influences coming from both Eminem and Outkast, Jarren looks to maintain elements from the mainstream and inject his own element of crazy simultaneously. Benton’s hustle earned him a 2014 Freshman Class designation from XXL, and has most recently been sharing new music every week of #BlackOctober.

If you’re going to take time away from studies before midterms get real, this show is where you’ll want to be to set the weekend off right. See you at Union South!

WUD Music Presents: Dizzy Wright w/Jarren Benton
Date: Friday, December 5th
Time: Doors @ 8:00PM, Show @ 9:00PM
Tickets: $15
Day of Show: $18

Tickets are available to ALL Madison students and Union Members. They can be purchased at box offices in Memorial Union and East Campus Mall or online here: http://bit.ly/DizzyTix

Saturday Night on the Terrace: Lords of the Trident w/ Thunderunderus and Beast Warrior

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BEHOLD, the most METAL band on Earth! Or at least that is what Madison-based group Lords of the Trident claims. With an epicly extensive legend on the formation of the band, and musical arrangements that harken back to the 80s metal sound of bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, the question of their being the most metal band in the world at least warrants debate.

In all seriousness, the band is more a parody of itself than anything, and more comparable to Tenacious D (minus the wussy acoustic guitar) than Iron Maiden. I mean, come on. They have a song called “Rapeshore”.

But despite the ridiculousness of their image and the pyrotechnics and confetti cannons, Lords of the Trident is a talented group of individuals playing the music they love and having as much fun as they can on stage. Because of their talent and attitude, they actually have a strong core following from Madisonians. Their most recent release was funded by Kickstarter, and with only 108 backers, they more than tripled the amount of money they needed to fund the project. If that’s not fan dedication, I don’t know what is.

Lords of the Trident will be headlining Saturday, 8/10 at the Memorial Union Terrace. The first stop on their fall tour, fellow metal bands Thunderunderus and Beast Warrior will be providing support. The show starts at 9:00PM, and admission is FREE!

Saturday Night on the Terrace: El-P and Killer Mike w/ Despot, Kool A.D.

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Tonight, WUD Music is presenting what is arguably the biggest rap show it has ever produced on the Memorial Union Terrace. Rappers El-P and Killer Mike have both gained mad respect over the years in the alternative and dirty south hip-hop scenes, respectively.

El-P is a former member of the underground group Company Flow, has produced music for a plethora of artists, and is the co-founder, owner and CEO of New York record label Definitive Jux.

Killer Mike has been in the game since he met Outkast rapper Big Boi in his college years, and has been on the grind ever since. While releasing six solo albums, he was also featured on a handful of songs in the early 2000s, most notably Outkast’s Grammy-winning single “The Whole World”.

Tonight, these decorated MCs come to you as a newly formed hip-hop duo, Run the Jewels. Their self-titled album can be downloaded for free here, and trust me when I say it is more than worth the time spent to acquire it. Clocking in just under 33 minutes, the duo brings 10 tracks with unique, hard-hitting beats and verses that seem effortlessly crafted. When El-P’s faster staccato bars mix seamlessly with Mike’s smooth dirty south flow, it leaves the listener more than satisfied. But my words alone can’t justify the album. Listen for yourself.

El-P and Killer Mike will be supported by Despot, a New York underground rapper with over a decade of experience, and Kool A.D., a former member of the New York group Das Racist.

Saturday, July 20, 8:00PM, Memorial Union Terrace
Admission: FREE

Monday Feature: Revelry is Coming

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You know a weekend is going to be great when you’re already anticipating for the week to be over on Monday at one in the morning. Whether you’ll be attending the annual Mifflin Street Block Party, hitting up capitol square for the weekly fresh market, or kicking back and watching a Star Wars trilogy (preferably the original one), there is no shortage of funtivities available for Madison citizens this first weekend of May.

And while all of these funtivities are respectable means of entertainment in their own right, I want to highlight the weekend event I will be attending: Revelry Music and Arts Festival. DISCLAIMER: I am in no way being prompted to write this feature by any member of WUD Music. I chose to write this feature because it’s music related, it’s Madison news, I love music, live concerts are awesome, and I want to give those that are or may be going a small preview of what they can expect out of the musical talent at the festival. So let’s get to that. I am going to give my short, unarticulated opinion of the artists that were highlighted in the wonderfully crafted video below. Here goes nothing.

Toro y Moi – Contrary to what your initial reaction may be, Toro y Moi is actually one man. And he may be one of the chillest men I’ve ever heard on a track. For starters, he combined both the Spanish and French languages to create his stage name. It doesn’t matter as long as it translates to English easily (Bull and Me) and sounds cool, right? Beyond this, his calm vocals and looped electronic beats are combined to him consider him a part of the genre known as chillwave. It doesn’t get any more chill than that.

Hoodie Allen – One of my close friends has been a Hoodie fan well before the Revelry lineup was released, and since its release I have hopped on the bandwagon hard. His All American EP was only $5 on iTunes, and provides eight solid tracks that exemplify his catchy music and smart lyrics. In addition, his newest mixtape Crew Cuts is on his website for free! Outside of his music, the former Google employee and UPenn Sprint Football player has collaborated on comedy videos with CollegeHumor that are just too funny to only watch once.

Phox – This seven-piece band from Baraboo, Wisconsin utilizes instruments that run the gamut of sounds, resulting in songs that are most often whimsical, but can also be hectic and heavy. No songs particularly called out to me, but there’s no doubt that the band is unique.

The Mowgli’s – While the only music I could find of theirs was the five songs from their Love’s Not Dead EP, this pop-rock octet has an established pedigree with a recent performance at SXSW 2013 and a scheduled performance at Lollapalooza 2013. Their eight-person chorus is extremely catchy, and “San Francisco” is an irresistible summer jam. 

Chance the Rapper – Chance the Rapper is definitely a different sounding hip-hop artist, with a significantly higher voice than your typical MC. His second mixtape, Acid Rap drops tomorrow, so hopefully Madison will be receptive to his new material come Saturday.

Delta Spirit – This band has a strong alternative rock sound, and many of the songs I listened to have the feel of a live show even though they’re master tracks. I trust that their live performance will be nothing short of a great display of musical talent. In addition, they have a song on the official first volume of The Walking Dead soundtrack, so I am sold.

Julian Lynch – Chill, instrumental, and articulate all at once, Julian Lynch’s music gives off good vibes. With a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology (!?) from UW-Madison, I think concert attendees will give the former city resident a warm reception.

Oh Land – Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Nanna Øland Fabricius serves as singer, songwriter, and producer, for her music. Pianos and an extensive palette of electronic sounds make for a plethora of experimental tunes for Oh Land to sing over. It will be interesting to see how her music translates to a live performance.

So there you have it: A preview of the biggest acts that Revelry has to offer. It would seem that there is a little something for everyone in the festival’s first installment, and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s to the joys of live music, summer, and the continued success of this festival for years to come. Revel on.

Just Announced: April showers?

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As most of you soar off in the sky, escaping your busy student lives by plane to a hopefully warm climate, beg that same warm weather to follow you back to Madison, for the sake of all us. April would then only shower us with sun rays and good music.

You may recognize Sam James as a contestant on The Voice. He is a singer song-writer that grabbed everyone’s attention with his version of “Imagine.” Originating from Massachusetts, Sam James has been pursuing a music career from the beginning while developing his unique vocal style.

So, unique artists are what you like? Check out Mark Kroos at the end of April as he performs two guitar necks at the same time. According to his biography, he is the only artist touring as a solo artist with this instrument. Yes, two is better than one.

4/5/13  Sam James w/ tba- Union South: The Sett

4/27/13  Mark Kroos w/ tba – Memorial Union: Der Rathskeller 

Check out more April “showers” of music at our WUD Music Calendar.

Just Announced: Life happens before and after spring break

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Hopefully everyone was able to breath a sigh of relief after their end-of February midterms, and for those of you with midterms in the near future, may you study long and prosper.

It is getting towards that time though where everyone just pushes through these last few weeks of March before their much-anticipated spring break. But did you know that you can find insane entertainment before AND after spring break?

WUD Music knew. We’ve always known and just for the enjoyment of students all around campus, we announce these sick shows below:

3/15  RAGELIFE w/ CRASHprez + Lord of the Fly- Memorial Union: Der Rathskeller

4/12 Behind the Beat: John Christensen Jazz Quartet- Memorial Union: Der Rathskeller 

4/13  Deastro w/ Lord Scrummage: Memorial Union: Der Rathskeller 

4/19  Purling Hiss w/ Claps + Spires That in the Sunset Rise- Memorial Union: Der Rathskeller 

4/26  Heavy Times w/ Pleasure Leftists + Dharma dogs- Memorial Union: Der Rathskeller 

4/26 Behind the Beat: Green Means Go- Memorial Union: Der Rathskeller 

5/3 Behind the Beat: Unnecessary Bells- Memorial Union: Der Rathskeller