Hey guys hope you all had an adventurous spring break! We’re back with some huge shows this weekend. You can check out some locals Thursday in The Sett Chris Koza and Undlin & Wolfe starting at 8pm. Following this then on Friday in Der Rathskellar is Tiny Moving Parts and over in The Sett on Friday a huge show with Foxygen and Alex Cameron. To wrap up the weekend Saturday we have a Local Hip-Hop Festival showcasing a huge lineup of local rappers in The Sett. Be sure to make it out on this packed weekend while you still don’t have to think about finals.
Here at WUD Music, our mission is to produce free live concerts on a weekly basis that showcase quality music by local, regional, and national acts. We even book international acts sometimes (see: Mac Demarco)!
Because of the high volume of shows we put on and the smaller venues we book for, we obviously cannot afford to produce concerts at the level of quality everyone’s favorite superstars would expect. Regardless, it’s still fun to to see how much it would cost to make these fantasies a reality.
The following show fliers represent some of the awesome design work our marketing subcommittee has been up to, as well as what we would have to charge for tickets to these uber-intimate concerts that we would all kill to witness.
1. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has been more focused on her duets with Tony Bennett for the last year or so, but that doesn’t mean one of her solo productions doesn’t still break the bank. Ticket Price: $3,555
2. Kendrick Lamar w/ ScHoolboy Q
Speaking of “Break the Bank”, how about we have ScHoolboy Q come to Madison? That would be a dope show, but if he OPENED for Kendrick Lamar?! That show would be beyond lit. With the release of To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick is bound to cost a bit more for live concerts, but I sense that many hip hop heads would be willing to shell out the same amount as a weekend at Lollapalooza for a TDE set in a 500-person venue.
Ticket Price: $295
3. Lana Del Rey
A favorite of college students at all campuses, somber pop songstress Lana Del Rey would put on an amazing stripped-down set in Der Rathskeller. Just so long as no one tries to run up on stage and hug her to death first. Ticket Price: $688
4, Mumford and Sons
The boys are back together! After a break up/hiatus for the past year or two, Mumford and Sons return to prominence with a new album set to release on May 4th. I guess they couldn’t resist making tons of money, as evidenced by another exorbitant admission price for a nonexistent show. Ticket Price: $1,425
5. Taylor Swift
Oh man. This show might be the most expensive of the five, but based on her impromptu performance at the SNL 40 afterparty, at least we know she’d be nice enough to make it happen if we could shell out the dough.
Ticket Price: $4170
There you have it. Have a favorite flier? Want to know the price of a different show? Hit us up on Twitter (@WUDMusic). You can check out our REAL list of shows via our Facebook events list. We hope to see you at one of our FREE shows soon!
If you aren’t really into the world of EDM, Madeon is someone who should definitely be on your radar. Hugo Leclercq rose to fame in 2011 when a video of him performing his song Pop Culture on a Launchpad went viral. Starting with the simple “Here are 39 songs I like” it’s pretty incredible:
Not only is this 20 year old Frenchman insanely talented when it comes to producing his own music, he’s also already produced for the likes of Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, and Two Door Cinema Club. He’s been touring since he was 17 and left school to pursue this career. He also cites Daft Punk as one of his major influences. This month he’s releasing his first full length album, Adventure on March 30th. He will also be in Madison at Segredo May 3rd (the day after Revelry Music and Arts Festival, what a weekend for music!) and from numerous past experiences I can assure you his live show is the place to be. He has no need to use a microphone to hype the crowd up as some DJs often do, he remains silent and lets his music affect the crowd for him. He’s also been hinting at big things for his new tour, and in his recent Reddit Ask Me Anything he said that improvising is his favorite part of live shows and he’ll be playing brand new live versions of both old and new songs. Now that I’ve listed his impressive credentials, on to the new album you need to check out.
The album itself is 12 songs long in the standard edition and 18 in the deluxe. I’ll look at the deluxe version because it is currently streaming on iTunes Radio (link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/station/idra.973549523). The deluxe version features 5 previously released singles and (Icarus, Finale ft. Nicholas Petricca, The City, Cut the Kid, and Technicolor) 5 more recently released singles (You’re On ft. Kyan, Pay No Mind ft. Passion Pit, Imperium, Home and Nonsense ft. Mark Foster). This album features many more collaborations than have ever been released by Madeon before. Finale ft. Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (the perfect closing song for his live shows) has been out since 2012, but besides that Madeon hasn’t released many collaborations. He now has numerous people featured on this album from Passion Pit and Mark Foster of Foster the People to Dan Smith of Bastille and Charli XCX on Ok. La Lune ft. Dan Smith is reminiscent of other Bastille songs with heavy drums but very different electronic influences than Bastille would normally have and Pay No Mind ft. Passion Pit is extremely high energy and catchy with typical soaring Passion Pit vocals. When talking in his Reddit Ask Me Anything Madeon also hinted at a possible collaboration with Phantogram. He brings in other artists well and the collaborations are among my favorite songs on the album. You’re On and Pay No Mind also already have music videos out are the first two parts in a trilogy of related music videos:
Something new on this album is Madeon himself singing. He sings on three tracks; Beings, Zephyr, and the very emotional Home. Of the creative process of singing on his own tracks has said he only became nervous about his singing when he realized he was releasing his songs. There’s no indication yet of whether or not he will be singing live like Porter Robinson just did on his Worlds tour.
As a whole the album is incredibly diverse and the fact that the deluxe version features older Madeon songs makes it feel like a look at his work as a whole. The album has the classic Madoen songs finally in album format but also tons of new material for fans to enjoy. The album flows well and has both a fitting introduction in Isometric that transitions easily to the next track You’re On and a slowed down new conclusion in Only Way Out ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic.
Madeon embodies good electro-house music in a genre that is often too repetitive and not musically unique. This is not the bumping club beats that comes to mind when you think of EDM, this is a beautifully produced emotional music. Adventure is an album you want to be sure not to miss; out March 30th and streaming now on ITunes Radio.
Happy Tapedeck Tuesday everyone! It’s going to be a wonderful weekend here in Madison! Finally warm again and the shows will be poppin this weekend so go check them out! In The Sett Friday at 9pm, MOD Sun will be headlining with the hommies Blackbear, KR and Dillon Cooper. Check out MOD Sun’s most recent release “Look Up.” Then, in Der Rathskellar on Saturday night Jake Armerding will be performing his acoustic set starting at 9pm. See ya there!
Tuesday, March 10th marks the long-awaited release date of Mod Sun’s debut full-length album “Look Up” on Rostrum Records!
Hailing from Bloomington MN, Mod Sun is known as the pioneer of “Hippy-Hop” – his unique blend of upbeat and colorfully flavored instrumentals in combination with uplifting, weed-laced lyrics. After a number of years playing drums in semi-successful post-hardcore bands (Four Letter Lie, Scary Kids Scaring Kids) as a teenager, Mod Sun (formerly Derek Smith) decided to pick up the mic and change his creative focus to making rap music. MOD SUN is an acronym for “Movement on Dreams, Stand Under None” – a mantra Mod embodies in all that he does. His personality is as infectious in person as it is in his songs, claiming that he “…has no fans, just friends”.
Look Up is Mod’s first official album after a slew of mixtapes and EPs dating back to 2009. The project boasts a number of heavy-hitting features including G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly, Dizzy Wright, Travis Barker, Riff Raff and even an unofficial interlude by Tech N9ne, a long-time friend of Mod’s. The album flows seamlessly with spacey, otherworldly interludes linking one track to the next. Keeping with the style of his last few projects, the production on this album leans more towards live instrumentation than the sample-based instrumentals common in his earlier work. Produced by Mod himself, lead single “Howlin at the Moon” is a trippy, synth-y foray into a 1970’s fever dream (seriously, check out the video below).
The album opens with a trippy introduction by Mod Sun, urging listeners to “find magic in the everyday” and segueing into the first track, “Headed Home”. The album doesn’t quite gain pace until the 3rd track, the garage-rock fueled “Free Love”, a party anthem perfect for any hippy on a summer’s day. G-Eazy steps up to the mic on “Goddess”, his lady killer flow mixing well with the sing-song chorus (“I just wanna run away with you”). The interlude by Tech N9ne is surprisingly one of the highlights of the album. Tech touches on the struggle to find happiness in one of his most light-hearted appearances on a track to date. Serving the role of the ‘club banger’ we get “My Hippy”, a track that’s been out for a while but reappears on the album with a new feature from Dizzy Wright. The heavy bass and hi-hat-laden track makes for a great opener to Mod’s live set. Another highlight on the album is “Shoot ‘Em Down” featuring Machine Gun Kelly. Mod and MGK trade off rapid-fire verses while Blackbear holds it down with a chorus that threatens to “Shoot ‘Em Down with a peace sign”. The instrumental doesn’t stand out as much as others on the album, but the acoustic guitar and live drum rhythm (common in a lot of Mod’s newer tracks) lets the rappers really take the spotlight and show off their lyricism.
As far as lyrics on the album as a whole, Mod doesn’t fail to impress. Although he often gets criticized for having a simpler flow (some even denying his style is “rap” at all), he seems to really have stepped up his game on Look Up. Tracks like “My Favorite Shirt is My Skin”, “Not That Bad (feat. Jody Highroller)” and “Same Way Pt. 2” really show off Mod’s lyrical ability. His verses are peppy and upbeat, telling psychedelic stories and sharing his words of wisdom. Although they may not be as complex or intellectual as some ‘conscious rappers’, it’s impossible to listen to a Mod Sun track without leaving happy and inspired. My personal favorite track on the album is “Same Way Pt 2”, a follow-up to “Same Way” which was a track off of his very first mixtape. The track features a children’s chorus singing the hook, and one of Mod’s most personal and touching verses yet – “I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a hero, I vow to make this world a better place before my child turns zero”. It’s a perfect conclusion to the musical portion of the album, fading out with ambient bell chimes and violins accompanying the eerie voices of children singing, like waking up from a dream.
As the music fades, the album changes pace and we hear Mod Sun begin to narrate a novel. Not only does Look Up include 15 tracks (long for an LP) of new original material, but Mod also decided to include his autobiographical book “Did I Ever Wake Up..?” with the bundle in the form of an audiobook narrated and scored by himself.
The album dropped TODAY, March 10th which happens to coincide with Mod’s birthday, to be celebrated with a hometown show at the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis. Last month he embarked on his first national headlining tour, accompanied by fellow MCs Dillon Cooper, KR, and Karizma, his good friend (and co-producer on Look Up) Blackbear, and DJ Gnash. The Look Up Tour brings more production than ever before to Mod’s live set, adding onstage light-up set pieces and a live band to his show. The tour comes to Madison on Friday March 13th at The Sett in Union South!
WUD Music presents the Look Up Tour featuring Mod Sun, Dillon Cooper, Blackbear and KR
Friday, March 13th – The Sett in Union South
Misterwives has had the right sound to burst out into the indie-pop scene ever since releasing their EP back in January 2014. I could not get enough of “Reflections” after I heard it. It captured the power and emotion that music is all about. The entire EP, titled Reflections, had a similar spunk to it. It was incredibly refreshing music, but at the same time it would be a challenge for Misterwives to successfully follow up the EP with a full length album that carried the same energy.
Fortunately, Our Own House took the energy of Reflections to another level. The first track “Our Own House,” rivals “Reflections” in terms of vocals and energy to set the album in the right direction. The next track “Not Your Way” continues with that energy and themes of independence and feminism, which is awesome to hear. Especially for an album that I believe can hit the mainstream, these kinds of themes are not voiced enough in music. After “Reflections,” the album slows down a bit, but it does so in the best way possible through “Oceans.” These first four tracks effectively set up a flow for the record to follow. “Our Own House” captures your attention immediately, and afterwards you won’t be able to stop listening.
Not only do the “slower” tracks on the record allow for it to flow, but they also create a time to allow Mandy Lee’s jaw-dropping vocals to really shine. The energy and passion of her voice brings the album together effectively. Listen to “Coffins” or “Queens” to really see this in action. She finds a way to bend her vocals in a different way for each track, and somehow they are all beyond catchy. I apologize in advance for your inability to get these songs out of your head.
If it is not clear by now, Our Own House does indie-pop incredibly well. This style of music is gaining quite a bit of traction now, and it will be interesting to see how Misterwives will follow up with their next record. They have shown an ability to be catchy, while also varying each track up and allowing the record to flow. In short, Our Own House will be tough to top.
5 Words to Describe Misterwives’ Our Own House: Refreshing. Spunky. Energetic. Accessible. Entertaining.
Must-listens for Misterwives newbies: “Our Own House,” “Reflections,” “No Need for Dreaming”
My completely arbitrary score for Misterwives’ Our Own House: 8/10
Happy Tapedeck Tuesday, everybody! Temperatures are finally getting back up into the 30’s, and we’ve all made it through our first wave of midterms. I think that warrants some celebration. We have a wide variety of shows in store for you this weekend, so be sure to come out and enjoy some free music! I promise your toes won’t freeze off in the process.
Check out this playlist featuring all of the artists playing this weekend, along with some others worth checking out:
On Friday, Lust For Youth brings his experimental electronic music to Der Rath all the way from Sweden, accompanied by Samantha Glass. The same night, Chicago hip hop ensemble/live band Sidewalk Chalk will be rocking The Sett with support from acoustic singer-songwriter Kiernan McMullan.
On Saturday, the punk scene takes over Der Rath with the self-described “sludgy jangly pop” stylings of Vundabar with Madison’s The Great Duck War.
The same night, rapper Wave Chapelle will be tearing it up at The Sett with some help from WUD-Music’s very own hip-hop prodigy Max Meridius.