i love the moment that you command

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On March 24th, 2011, The Rural Alberta Advantage headlined the night at High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin. Drawing from both Hometowns and their new release, Departing, RAA the three-piece put out an amazing amount of sound for band with no bass and lead acoustic guitar.

Singer/guitarist Nils Edenloff didn’t disappoint with the unmistakably unique timbre of his voice and guitar, and Paul Banwatt made himself known on the drums (seriously – he can’t be ignored and why would you try to when someone’s this good?). On the keyboard was Amy Cole, her sweet, thin voice rounding out their signature sound.

Check out our videos below for performances of some of our favorite songs from Hometowns:


the noise that moves so soft and low

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Has James Vincent McMorrow recently come to your town? Did you miss seeing him? Kick yourself. Then start combing your city’s concert schedule for the chance to catch him the next time he comes through.

On his debut album, McMorrow’s voice is beautiful. Live, it’s unbelievable. It’s rare that a quiet falsetto can command one’s attention, but I was nothing short of rapt for his entire set. Providing direct support to Rural Alberta Advantage for their March 24th, 2011 show at High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin, McMorrow and his band made it through a fair chunk of Early in the Morning. By the end of the set, my heart was literally pounding.

Below are two videos from the show – “Hear the Noise That Moves So Soft and Low” and “This Old Dark Machine”. Sadly, they don’t even begin to do McMorrow’s live presence justice. Seriously: see this man perform live.

the way to a monster’s lair

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Chicago’s In Tall Buildings played an opening set at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI on March 24, 2011. While the debut album was written and recorded entirely by Erik Hall, In Tall Buildings has expanded to three members for touring. The resulting chemistry is excellent – the songs have taken on a new life and are infinitely more impressive live than their quite good recorded counterparts. Click below for set-closer “The Way to a Monster’s Lair”.