Friday Night at Der Rathskeller: Seabird w/ Briar Rabbit

Friday Night at Der Rathskeller: Seabird w/ Briar Rabbit

Kentucky alternative rock band Seabird will be bringing their rich, melodic, and lyrical music to the Rathskeller this Friday. Here’s what you need to know:

Briar Rabbit, a singer-songwriter from Chicago, will also be there. You should check out his Facebook and his website. His music is described as “romantic melodies and colorfully layered narrative that evoke painfully beautiful imagery through honest lyricism.”


The show starts at 9pm Friday night, and it’s at Der Rathskeller. As always, the show is FREE. If you’d like to hear about more free concerts and happenings, sign up for our newsletter. As a bonus, if you sign up in the next few days, you’ll be entered to win free Comedy Central on Campus tickets!


Saturday Night at The Sett: Taylor Bennett w/ Mick Jenkins and Saba

All the press indicates that Taylor Bennett is going to be hip hop’s next big thing (as soon as he graduate high school). And it’s no wonder-this wunderkind is the Chance the Rapper’s younger brother.

While Taylor Bennett’s vocals bear a striking resemblance to the acid rapper, his lyrical themes take on a slightly more aggressive tone. Listen for yourself:

Here are a few things you should know about Taylor:

  • He’s from Chicago, and his older brother Chance helped take care of him for a few years when their father moved to Washington D.C.
  • His mixtape is available for free (click here)
  • He’s releasing a new album later this year called The Taylor Bennett Show.
  • He looks just like Chance: download (2)
  • Of course, he’s listed in the Top 21 Rappers Under 21 list

Mick Jenkins is a fellow Chicago rapper. His music is incredibly raw and lyrical:

His mixtape is also available for free (click here).

Saba is another Chicago rapper, and a member of Chicago rap collective Pivot Gang. He’s also featured on the Chance the Rapper song “Everybody’s Something”:

The show is free, and it’s going to be sick. There’s no reason not to come and party with WUD Music and the next Chicago rap prodigy, Taylor Bennett. The show starts at 9:30. We’ll see you there!

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Saturday Night at The Sett: empires w/ Mutts

Rolling Stone magazine calls them “a big, multifaceted, tower-of-power sound” and writes, “inspired by the independent spirit of 90s grunge, Empires’ music takes the urgency and emotion of that era and reboots it for a new generation.”


Empires, along with Mutt, will be playing at The Sett this Saturday night, all free of charge.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Empires is an alternative rock band from Chicago, IL.
  • They’re music is grungy, independent, confident, and catchy. It’s something that will stay stuck in your head. You won’t be mad about it.
  • A review of their album “Garage Hymns”: “That unbothered, focused approach carries the record’s best moments and gives its duller spots a little extra polish. Here’s living proof that while attitude is fun, it’s a poor substitute for honesty.”
  • Here’s their Facebook page. Here’s their Twitter. Most importantly, here’s their Soundcloud.
  • This song is amazing:
  • Their live shows are incredible:
  • The show starts at 9:00pm in Union South at The Sett. Get there early to grab a pitcher of Spotted Cow and to watch Mutts. This show is going to be incredible; we hope to see you there.

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Saturday Night at The Sett: Com Truise w/ Phantoms

Seth Haley, better known as the “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk” artist Com Truise, will be performing for free at The Sett this Saturday.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • He released his last album, In Decay, in 2012. You can listen to it here.
  • He’s noted for performing with a live drummer.
  • His music is heavily influenced by 1980s music, featuring heavy synthesizers and driving and clear beats.
  • This is his first time performing in Madison, WI.
  • His music videos are elaborate and cinematic:
  • So are his live shows:
  • Here’s his Facebook page. Check out his Twitter.
  • The show is free. It starts at 9:30 pm in The Sett at Union South. Everyone’s going to be there.

We hope to see you there as well!

Friday Night at Der Rathskeller: The Usual Things w/ Lake Avenue

Join us Friday night in Der Rathskeller, as Minnesota alternative rock takes over Memorial Union.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • As always, the show is free.
  • Both bands are based out of Minneapolis, MN.
  • The band interests of The Usual Things members is described as such: “Pop Tarts.”
  • This is their Facebook. This is their website.
  • The Usual Things just released a new album called “Sweet Home Alone.”
  • ‘Incredible songs and solid musicianship without indie haircuts or too-tight pants. Please God, send more.’ -Maximum Ink
  • This is their video for “Middle Coast”:
  • Lake Avenue just released an album called “You Can’t Take it With You”
  • This is their Facebook page. This is their website.
  • They put on a hell of a live show:
  • They have received international exposure in Germany.

This free live show will start at 9:30pm Friday in the Rath. Make sure you stop by and jam to some happy and infectious tunes.